What is the Most Common Mistake Cyclists Make in a Collision with a Pedestrian or a Dog?

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Jim Dodson: Listen to Florida bike guy. So what's the most common mistake I see that cyclists make after they have a collision with a pedestrian or a dog? You know, and honestly, the answer's quite simple, they simply don't get the identity of the person who is walking the dog, or the person that got in their way, the pedestrian.

So, give you a little war story. We had call recently from someone who was on a trail, and the dog was on a leash with someone who was in the neighborhood walking. So the cyclist approached the dog, suddenly bolts across into the path of the caller, and they went down and were injured. You know, and interestingly enough, there were other people in the area, there was other cyclists in the area. Everybody stood around, the police came, the paramedics came, and not one person got the identity of the dog owner. And we see this so frequently. I've had numerous people call, particularly on collisions on the trail, where it's a dog owner, or a person who's walking and they step into the path of a bike, or whatever. Those are typically a homeowner's claim, and we need, though, the identity of the homeowner. Whether it's the dog, or the person personally.

So if you're riding in a group and someone has a crash, do the person the biggest favor of their life, get the identity of the person who caused the injury. Just get it and write it down. Hey, what's your name, where do you live, what's your street address? Write it down. If you can get a photograph of them, terrific, get that as well. You know, I've had situations where even if we found a photograph of the person, we'd send an investigator into the neighborhood to find them, but that's a rare event, honestly. And I understand people are not lawyers, they're not thinking like lawyers, but I hope that with this message on this video that someone will listen to it and have the presence of mind after one of these incidents to just take a minute, get the identity of the homeowner, identify the dog, do whatever's necessary to make sure that we know who that person is. Because many times, it isn't real clear how serious the injury is when a cyclist goes down, as we all know. Sometimes these things that are really going on that brought the harm doesn't materialize right away. Sometimes it's real clear, collarbone fractures are pretty clear. Broken arms, pretty clear. All those things we understand. Concussion issues, not so much.

So, I wanted to raise your awareness of that. I think we'd be doing a big favor to the cycling community if we can get the word out on this. Remember that if you need help after a cycling injury, we're here to help, and I very much appreciate your referrals.

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It's been great talking to you. I appreciate every one of you, and if I can help in anyway, let me know. I'm Jim Dodson, The Florida Bike Guy. Be safe. Take care, bye.


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A Florida injury lawyer, family man and avid cyclist who clients have trusted for over 25 years.