Hit and run accidents are dreadful whenever they happen, regardless of whether the victim was driving a car, a motorcycle or walking as a pedestrian. Hit and run drivers usually are afraid of the consequences of their actions and are selfish enough to leave the scene instead of owning up to their mistake.
Many times these drivers can get away with minor damage to their vehicle, often because they hit a smaller object like a motorcycle. However, the motorcyclist, their passenger, and the bike may be left in horrible shape with no one there to pay for the damages.
Tips For Hit And Run Motorcycle Victims
All is not lost when the responsible driver flees the scene of a motorcycle accident. The first step in any hit and run accident is first to get medical assistance for an injured person and to call the police to start an investigation. Many times the police will be able to find the person responsible for causing the accident by listening to witnesses, viewing video surveillance and other sources. The accident should be treated like any other, gathering as much evidence as possible. Even though the police will investigate and collect information, it never hurts for the victims to get evidence as well.
- Take pictures. Most people have a camera or video option on their cell phone. Take photos and video of the accident scene, injuries and property damage.
- Get witnesses. If anyone is at the scene and witnessed what happened, make sure to get the names and contact information.
- Keep good records. Make sure to keep all receipts and documents of all expenses related to the accident, including medical treatments, repairs, towing and any other costs.
- Get the medical attention that you need. A delay locating a driver should not be a reason to forfeit medical care for an injury.
If the hit and run driver is found, all this evidence can be used to file a claim against their insurance or to file a lawsuit against them personally if they are not insured.
What If The Fleeing Driver Is Not Found?
Unfortunately, sometimes hit and run drivers are not found and motorcycle victims are left with the high costs of medical bills, motorcycle repairs and lost wages. Luckily if they have uninsured motorist or even collision coverage through their own insurance company, they still may be able to recover the damages. Uninsured motorist coverage generally will pay for injuries and property damage incurred through a hit and run accident, up to the limit within their policy.Accident Attorneys Representing Chicago Motorcyclists in Hit & Run Crashes
Regardless of whether you find the driver responsible for the hit and run accident or you put a claim through your uninsured motorist policy, it can behoove you to have an experienced Chicago motorcycle accident lawyer on your side. Getting compensated fairly for your injuries and losses through an insurance company is not always easy.
Our team at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can make sure you get what you deserve after being victimized in a hit-and-run motorcycle accident. We can advise you of your options and we work on a contingency fee basis, so there is no fee unless you are financially compensated. Contact us at 888-424-5757 to speak to a lawyer.
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