Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident Tips
Hit-and-run bicycle accidents are more common than most people would think, especially in big cities like Los Angeles where the streets are full of motorists, some less attentive – and less law-abiding – than others. Whether the drivers are talking or texting on their smart phones, conversing with passengers, or just being plain negligent, it is common for bad motorist behavior to result in bicycle accidents. And in some cases, the liable driver leaves the scene of the accident, even though he or she has the legal obligation to stop.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run bicycle accident, you may still have ways to obtain compensation for your damages. However, you must take the proper steps to preserve your legal rights and keep your options open:
- File a police report. The police may still be able to catch the guy who hit you using department resources. Also, your insurance provider will almost always require you to file a report.
- Contact your car and health insurance to let them know what occurred. The sooner you file a claim, the better. If the perpetrator is never caught, your insurance policy may become your last option for recovery.
- See a doctor immediately. Regardless of whether you feel pain or not, you should get medical attention. Some injuries may not show symptoms until days or even weeks later.
- Get contact info from witnesses, if applicable. They may have seen something that could help the police identify and locate the culpable driver.
- Consult with an attorney. An experienced attorney can not only help you explore all of your coverage options, but also help investigate the accident.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our auto accident attorneys have helped countless clients get fair compensation after a hit-and-run accident. If you have any questions about your specific case, call us at (800) 522-7274 for a FREE consultation. Our staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.