Hit and run accidents are one of those things that are so horrible that we assume that they can never happen to us. We read about them in the paper or hear a story on the news, but that is as close as many of us will come.
Unfortunately, these accidents occur more often than we would like to think, especially to vulnerable travelers on foot or bicycle. Many motorists panic when they clip a bicycle and drive off, unsure of what they should do. Another percentage assume that they will not get caught. Either way you slice it, the hit and run will leave the bicyclist with the short end of the stick.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Hit and Run on Your Bicycle
We recently covered what to do in a bicycle accident when the driver remains on the scene, and a hit and run follows very similar rules, with a few key differences:
- First and foremost, call the police! We cannot stress the importance of a police report after a hit and run accident. Even though the driver fled the scene, the police can gather important information about the driver to track them down or launch an investigation into the matter, as well as speak with any witnesses that saw the crash.
- Your next call? Your own insurance. Since the other driver may not be identified until after you seek medical treatment, make sure that your medical bills are covered for now by contacting your own auto and health insurance to inform them of the accident.
- Off to Your Doctor! Even if your injuries seem minor at the time of the crash, go see your doctor immediately. This way, you injuries are treated quickly and you have shown initiative in seeking care—not to mention you start the all-important paper trail for the insurance companies.
After a hit and run accident on your bicycle, you may need an attorney to help secure the compensation that you need and deserve. Connect with us today by clicking on the live chat feature to learn how we can help you following your accident.