So, after my little run in with the school bus, I got inspired to make spoke cards for other people who got hit by cars (or accidents in general). At first I had some beautiful two sided cards, but then I was stuck by an idea. What if on one side was a image but the other were instructions and phone numbers – a “What to do now that I’ve had a run in with a car” sort of check list.
Seriously, it’s easy to get rattled and real basic stuff like, get their phone number, write down their license plate, get their insurance info, etc. can get a little lost.
So, I made these.
While I did talk with legal heavyweights Bob Anderton and John Duggan for a bit to get some of the particulars down, the above is just MY guideline. For instance, Bob doesn’t always recommend calling a cop. His point being, that sometimes cops can obfuscate the issue by ticketing cyclists for innane things (no helmet, etc).
John Duggan feels differently. His opinion – always call them.
This law stuff gets tricky I tell ya.
It seems that ultimately, documentation is your friend and what will get you compensation – NOT a police report. Call a cop if you want legal justice I guess. Call the insurance company if you want financial compensation. Though sometimes police reports can help, ultimately a police report is hearsay (the cop wasn’t there) and isn’t admissible in court because of it. Something to keep in mind.
So, again: This is to be an emergency “don’t forget” checklist for when you’re in the moment. Tips for documentation and steps to take to keep you safe. These are MY tips. Nobody elses. Take them for what they’re worth – but I think the advice is sound.
These are the designs on the other side. Very sexy, especially when laminated.
Everyone is welcome to print these – or something along these lines – with full permission if you like. I’m not claiming copyright on anything. Knock yourselves out. Or, the next time I see you, I’ll give you a card. I just made a bunch of them. And I don’t mind saying. They’re awesome.