Unfortunately, hit-and-run bicycle accidents are relatively common. It may seem grim, but some motorists who collide with cyclists don't stop to check and see if the bicycle rider is okay after getting hit.
As a cyclist, if this happens to you, there are still steps you can take to obtain compensation for your losses. Here's what you can do to help build the best possible case for yourself:
File a Police Report Right Away
Having this official legal documentation can help your case tremendously. The police have significant resources and may be able to track down the driver who hit you as long as you contact the authorities immediately after the crash.
However, if the police cannot locate the driver for some reason, you may still be able to file a claim with your own insurance company for damages.
Seek Immediate Medical Care
Even if you don't feel seriously injured, it is still possible that you've suffered injuries you are immediately unaware of due to the shock of the crash. It is common for accident victims not to feel the pain of their injuries until hours, days, or even up to a week after a crash.
If there's a chance you've been injured, having the medical documentation to provide evidence of your injuries can be very helpful for your case.
If anyone witnessed the crash, it's important to ask for their contact information and statements of what they saw. Having an eyewitness account of the incident can be a very helpful element for your case and can make all the difference in the outcome.
Contact the Insurance Company With Your Attorney Present
Your policy may require that you provide an accident statement to your insurance provider. Keep in mind that you are not required to do this over the phone, as your statement will be recorded. You can also provide your statement in writing or ask your attorney to do it for you.
Call our firm (310) 928-9081 today for the representation you deserve.