Bicycling Magazine This Can’t Be Happening

An article in Bicycling Magazine written by Caitlin Giddings describing Nako Nakatsuka’s crash and the aftermath.

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  1. Karl says:

    I would have never believed what post-crash adrenaline can do, until I experienced it myself. Nowhere near as serious as yours, but it was a powerful lesson..

    I had a head-on crash with another cyclist, near the San Jose Airport. He crossed the painted centerline, on a blind curve, on a paved bike trail. I did everything wrong, including not getting his personal information. Other cyclists helped me patch my bloody hand, and check both helmets for dents (e.g. possible concussions). I then “shook it off” and finished 30 more miles of my ride! Later that day, and the next morning, the bruising and joint pain really started to show itself. No lasting damage, but a valuable lesson

    Excellent site. Thank you.

  2. Drew says:

    May I suggest, post crash, putting your phone in video mode and pointing it at anything that may be pertinent. The car, license plate, your bike. It can also record the drivers confession of guilt. Leave it on till it runs out of power or storage space, you can point it at people without being obvious about it, hold it at a distance. Ask witnesses for their info and all will be recorded. Prectice doing this so it becomes automatic. Thanks for putting up this helpful site!

  3. Dee says:

    The post crash instructions are valid for all types of incident, not just cycling. At a minimum, you will be in a state of shock. If you have a smart phone then record as much as possible — people, vehicle positions (and make, model, tags), road surface condition, weather conditions, visibility, etc.

    If at all possible you want the police to attend, take statements and photographs — after being rear-ended on I-5 in the fast lane I had to argue with the 911 operator that despite the lack of injuries, vehicles blocking the fast lane during rush hour did in fact constitute an emergency that warranted attendance by a Highway Patrol officer.

    If you have any kind of injury, err on the side of caution and take the ambulance to the Emergency Room and contact an attorney at BikeLaw.Com

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