What to Do If You Are Involved in a Hit & Run Cycling Accident
Just because the at-fault driver left the scene of the accident does not mean you don’t have options.
The first thing to do if you are involved in a hit and run bike accident is contact the police immediately. It is important to provide as much information about the vehicle and driver as possible. Seek medical attention if you are injured and document your injuries with photographs. Next, call Bike Legal. Our cycling attorneys can help you understand your rights and legal options, as well as work to help you receive the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Steps to Take after a Hit & Run Accident
Being hit by a car while cycling is an extremely frightening experience. When the driver of the car flees the scene, you may feel rightfully outraged, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. Here are a few important steps to take immediately after the accident in order to protect your ability to recover compensation:
Make sure you are out of harm’s way. Your safety and well-being are top priority after an accident. If you have the ability to move, pull yourself out of the roadway and make sure you are safely out of the path of other cars, vehicles, and cyclists.
Try to observe and document as many details as possible, including the driver’s license plate number, the make and model of the car he/she was driving, and a physical description of the driver. If possible, try to take photos of the driver, his or her car, and his or her license plate before or while he/she drives away.
Talk to any witnesses you see nearby. If anyone saw the accident or noticed details about the at-fault driver’s vehicle or appearance, take down their information and ask if they would be willing to provide a statement on your behalf.
Contact the police. It is important that you file an official police report. Fleeing the scene of an accident when someone is injured is a crime in the state of California, and it is important that you report the incident to local law enforcement. Stick to the facts of what happened and provide police with as much information as possible.
Seek medical attention. If you are injured, no matter how seemingly minor your injuries may be, make sure you are examined by a doctor. If necessary, call or have someone else call an ambulance to attend to your injuries. DO NOT worry about the costs associated with getting medical treatment; your safety and health is the most important thing. An attorney can help you with compensation for these costs.
Call Bike Legal. Our experience bicycle accident attorneys will quickly work to build a case that supports your right to fair compensation. Our legal team will work tirelessly in the pursuit of the maximum compensation you are owed.
A driver may flee the scene of the accident for any number of reasons; they may not have a valid driver’s license, no auto insurance, out-of-date car registration, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or they may simply be scared and react by fleeing the situation. No matter the circumstances, it is never acceptable for a driver to leave the scene after hitting a cyclist.