The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration research shows that thousands of bicyclists are injured and killed each year in accidents with motorists. If an hit and run accident happens between a motorist and a bicycle, the bicyclist will suffer the majority of injuries or even death. If you were involved in an accident on a bicycle, and the motorist leaves the scene of the accident, you can be left both physically injured and confused regarding your next steps.
Steps to Take Following a Hit and Run Accident as a Bicyclist
If you were injured in an accident involving a motorist who decided to leave the scene of the accident, make sure to follow these steps:
1. Get to Safety
Confusion, panic, or maybe in a state of shock are the emotions you may feel after you are hit. You should try to get your self out of the way if you are physically able. In order not to receive any additional injuries from other motorists.
2. Call 911
Even if the driver has left the scene of the accident, you should immediately call 911. There may be options that the police have to attempt to identify the person who fled the accident. Additionally, you will want to file an official police report.
3. Seek Medical Attention
Agree to have the emergency personnel evaluate your injuries to determine if you need to go to the emergency room. Even if your injuries may not life-threatening or accident shock may mask the severity of your injuries. You may discover that your injuries seem worse over time or you develop new symptoms. It is critical that you see your healthcare professional as soon as possible.
One of the critical components of a hit-and-run accident is witness testimony. A witness to your accident may be able to identify the car model or may obtain a license plate number. Additionally, it is important to note that nearby businesses or if traffic lights may have cameras attached, which can provide information regarding identifying the person. Be sure to get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses at the scene of the accident!
5. Photograph the Scene, Injuries, Bicycle, and Vehicle(s) Involved
Document by taking photos, if at all possible, can be critical to proving liability of your injuries and damages. If you’re unable to take photos, ask the emergency responders or witnesses to take them and get their contact information.
6. Contact Your Insurance Company
Although the accident may not have been your fault, you should always contact your insurance company. They may be able to help you figure out additional steps to receive compensation for your injuries.
7. Have Your Bicycle Inspected
You should always have your bicycle inspected by a professional bike shop. Compensation can pursue by using the information from the bike shop
8. Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
Another very important step after being involved in a hit and run bicycle accident is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Contact a skilled personal injury attorney at Griggs Injury Law at (816) 474-0202 today to find out how we can help you build your case in a hit and run bicycle accident.