A paper copy of the Incident Report Form should be carried on each club ride by the Ride Leader(s). This form has all the following information and directions. At the accident scene, fill out that form. It will provide the information to be entered into the on-line Incident Entry form later.
If there is any question about whether an Incident Report should be entered, just DO IT. It is best to err on the side of caution.
For Show-and-Go rides, make sure at-least one person is carrying the insurance Incident Report Form.
- Work as a team to get medical help quickly – determine if 911 should be called. When in doubt, call 911!
- If the rider hit his/her head (or if helmet is off or damaged), looks to have a broken bone, has trouble responding or has lost consciousness (no matter how short a time), always call 911.
At the accident scene
- Work as a team to comfort and protect the down rider.
- When a 911 call is required, immobilize the rider
- If head or neck injury is suspected, hold head in place and do not move body. If possible, use jackets or clothing to maintain head/neck position until EMTs arrive.
- Cover down rider with clothing or jacket to help prevent cooling and impact of shock.
- When it is safe to do so assign riders to redirect traffic.
- Contact the down rider’s emergency contact.
- Document the accident on the Incident Report form.
- Take pictures to help document the situation.
- Help make arrangements for collecting and returning the injured rider’s bicycle. One or two riders should stay back with the bike, until someone comes by to pick it up.
- The ride leader is responsible for making sure all riders complete the ride safely, so either the ride leader leads the group back or designates another rider to lead the group back to finish the ride.
Post Accident Handling
Instructions for post accident processing are found here.