Yes, the police may be able to find the person responsible to get compensation from them; additionally, you can file an insurance claim to cover a portion of the damages.
Who Should I Call After an Illinois Bicycle Accident?
If you are a victim in a hit-and-run bicycle accident, you should file a report with the police immediately. Illinois requires all accidents involving bodily harm, death, or property damage greater than $1,500 have crash reports filed. 625 ILCS 5/11-401. If possible, get the other driver's license plate number so the police can track that person down. Police have many tools at their disposal and often times the driver is eventually apprehended. Additionally, as soon as you are out of harm's way and have received medical attention, you should contact a qualified personal injury firm. They can preserve your right to pursue recovery in court. There is a lot you need to do if you want to collect compensation from the wrongful party and a capable firm can make sure everything is done at no cost to you until you’re satisfied.
What Should I Gather After an Illinois Bicycle Accident?
In addition to getting license plate numbers, it is important to get witness' names and numbers, as they may be useful in identifying the driver. In the event the other driver cannot be identified, or is uninsured, you may be able to receive compensation from your insurance company if you, or in some cases a family or household member, have an uninsured motorist policy. Hit-and-run drivers are typically considered uninsured. Items you should gather after a bicycle accident include:
- Your income verification.
- Your medical history.
- Receipts of expenses from the accident including medical, property damage
- Your thoughts, memories, questions about the incident.
How do Illinois Insurance Laws Affect Bicycle Accidents?
Illinois has an uninsured and hit-and-run motor vehicle coverage statute, which requires that persons insured against loss from liability also be covered in uninsured motorists and hit-and-run accidents. 215 ILCS 5/143a. Under the statute, there must be contact between you and the hit-and-run car.
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