The unfortunate truth about cycling accidents is that the cyclist is wildly more likely to be a victim of a hit and run. No one can know for sure why hit and run accidents happen. Maybe the driver lacked insurance, maybe they were intoxicated, maybe they thought the cyclist would just rub some dirt on it and get back up. Regardless of why the driver did it, if they hit a cyclist and drove off, it is big trouble for both parties.
The First Step
Always be to seek medical attention first as a cyclist. However, be aware that you need to work fast or you may lose crucial evidence forever. In hit and run cases, this evidence comes often in the form of witnesses. Luckily, unlike other accidents, people are so disturbed by the cruelty of a hit and run, they are more willing to testify. If you call the police after the accident, they can help gather witness statements and contact information.
Police should also work with you to find the driver, not just for your civil case, but because they have committed a crime by driving away. This means the police will likely use nearby traffic cams in order to get the license plate number where they can then track down the owner. This is great news for an injured cyclist as it can often feel like once that driver drives away, then they will never be found again. However, that is far from the truth.
We Can Help
If you have been in an accident, whether it be a hit and run or a traditional accident, you will still need legal representation to get the compensation that you deserve. For those who have been hurt in a cycling accident, contact us today to see what the Law Office of Gary Brustin can do for you.