If you were injured in a hit and run motorcycle accident caused by a negligent driver, you may believe that you will not be able to obtain any compensation for your injuries. However, this may not be true. Here are the steps you need to take to protect your rights and build a winning case.
Who Is Responsible for Compensating You in a Hit and Run Accident?
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for at-fault motorists to flee the scene of a motorcycle crash. They may do this because they have no auto insurance, committed a crime, were drunk, or for other reasons.
It is a crime to leave the scene of an accident in our state. If the police can locate the negligent driver, you can file a claim with their insurance company. Even if the person who struck your motorcycle is never found, you have other options. You may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company under your collision, uninsured, and other insurance coverages.
Seven Important Steps You Need to Take After a Hit and Run Accident
As in other motorcycle crashes, the steps you take right after a hit and run crash occurs can affect the strength of your case and the amount of money you receive in your settlement. Here are crucial steps you need to take:
- Call the police. Even if the other driver failed to stop, you should stay at the crash scene and call the police. They will investigate your accident and try to locate the other motorist. The officer will also write a police report that can help when you file your claim with your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company.
- Get medical care. You should obtain prompt medical care within 48 hours of your motorcycle collision—even if you do not believe you were hurt. This protects your health and avoids disputes with either insurance company about the cause of your injuries or their seriousness.
- Take pictures. Take photos with your cell phone camera that include the damage to your motorcycle, crash scene, and injuries.
- Write down details. As soon as you can, write down details about the accident and the driver or their auto. This information could help locate the driver.
- Get witness contact information. You should obtain the contact information for any witnesses to the wreck. A witness could provide valuable information about the driver who fled and can help you prove that the motorist’s negligence caused your accident.
- Notify your insurance company. You should contact your insurance company to report the accident. You are required to do this under your policy, and contacting them will protect your right to file a claim if you need to.
- Retain a lawyer. You should retain an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after your hit and run accident. They can help you identify the hit and run driver, collect the evidence you need to win your case, and negotiate your settlements with the insurance companies so that you are fully compensated.
Were you injured in a hit and run motorcycle collision? Call our Roswell office to schedule your free case evaluation to learn how we can assist you.