For Chicagoland bicyclists (and pedestrians), Active Trans offers our Crash Support Hotline 312.869.HELP (4357) and online resources www.activetrans.org/crashsupport. We can help out with referrals and resources for crash survivors.
Also on a point of language, the blog uses the term "accident" instead of "crash." We advocate for "crash." (thanks for using "collision," Michael).
We consider the term "accident" to be misleading and frequently inaccurate. While many crashes are unintended, it is questionable that all are unavoidable, which the term "accident" implies. This is particularly true in cases where the crash is not witnessed by a third party.
"Accident" removes fault and minimizes an often preventable outcome, including death and serious injury.
"Crash" is the most accurate way to describe the events of a car hitting a pole, a pedestrian, a bicyclist or another car.
Keep it in mind, Chainlinkers!
Ethan, with Active Trans