Bicyclists are already at a disadvantage when they are in a motor vehicle collision, with little to protect them from serious injury. When the motorist responsible for the accident then speeds away without regard to the injured cyclist, it is a horrendous act of double victimization. When a bicyclist is injured in a hit-and-run accident, they may feel that they have no recourse to receive financial compensation for their injuries, but often there are still options available to them.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is familiar with all types of Chicago bicycle accident cases-- including those involving a hit-and-run driver. Our office can investigate the matter for you and help locate the offending vehicle. We can also help you in filing an uninsured motorist claim with your auto insurer. Using these procedures, we can help get you financial compensation for your injuries. Complete this form for a free review of your Chicago hit-and-run bike accident case.
Hit And Run Bike Fatalities
Although there is not specific data on bicyclist hit and run fatalities, there is data on pedestrian hit and run fatalities. Many of the federal data reporting includes bicyclists and pedestrians together, making the data relevant to both those on foot and those riding their bicycles. The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) collects data on all fatal motor vehicle crashes. According to data in a 25 years analysis done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, almost 1 out of 5 fatal pedestrian accidents are perpetrated by hit and run drivers. This is an alarming number and reflects on the amount of bicyclist that may also be left injured after being hit by a motorist.
Finding The Person Responsible For A Hit-and-Run Bicycle Crash
It is harder than ever to get away with a crime in our technological world. There are more tools and resources available now then ever before for law enforcement to catch criminals. The first step in any hit and run bicycle accident is to get the help of the local police to help track down the person driving the vehicle involved. The police can investigate the accident and may find evidence to lead them to the perpetrator from:
- Witnesses, possible cell phone camera footage
- Street cameras
- Business security surveillance
- Vehicle descriptions
Never assume that the police will not be able to find the culprit, even if you think there was not anyone around to witness the crime. Always file a police report and allow the authorities the chance to do their job.
Uninsured Motorist Insurance Protecting Injured Cyclists
Even if the police are unsuccessful in tracking down the driver who hit a bicyclist and left them injured, they may be able to be compensated for their injuries through their own auto insurance policy. Most uninsured motorist coverage will pay for injuries in a hit and run accident, even if the person is riding a bike at the time of the accident. As long as the driver of the vehicle was at fault for the hit and run accident, most insurance companies will pay out for the injuries sustained to their client that was riding the bicycle involved.
Fair Compensation For Injuries Sustained in Hit-and-Run Bicycle Crashes in Illinois
In a hit and run bicycle accident, whether the driver is found or the cyclist uses their own insurance policy, most likely it will be an insurance company paying out for the damages. The insurance industry is in the business of making money and they will only pay the bare minimum that they can get away with. In an injury accident, there may be many unforeseen costs that are not covered by what the insurance company is willing to pay. It is important to have legal assistance on the side of the victim to make sure they get the financial compensation that they are entitled to.
Hit And Run Accident Lawyers for Bicyclists Injured in Chicago and Throughout Illinois
For those who have been injured in a hit and run bicycle accident in Chicago, make sure you have someone on your side to help you recover the maximum monetary settlement for your assault. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have successfully represented many of our bicyclist clients involved in hit and run accidents, fighting to get the best possible financial outcome for their case. Let us help you get the monetary award you need to pay for the cost of your injuries, any lost wages and other losses. Call us today for a free consultation with a Chicago bike crash attorney to discuss your hit and run bicycle accident in Chicago and what your options are for compensation. (888) 424-5757
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