A motorcycle accident in and of itself is a horrifying experience. As a rider, you lack the protective metal shell of a car and will have to endure more bodily injuries than most drivers ever will even in mild accidents. Unfortunately, if the driver that hit you drives off, it can leave you in a dangerous situation if no one else is around to help you. If you come out of a hit and run motorcycle accident, it can leave you badly injured, scared, and most of all furious that the person that hit you drove off and may not bear any responsibility for it.
However, it is important to keep a clear head and know what steps you need to take in order to make sure your case is covered fully.
Call the Police
Obviously, after a motorcycle accident, your first concern should be with your health. You will want to get pressing injuries taken care of. However, it is also important that you contact the police as soon as possible after a hit and run accident. The sooner you contact the police with details about the vehicle, the higher the chance that the police will be able to find the person responsible.
If the police are able to find the vehicle that did hit you, they will face criminal charges for a hit and run. Furthermore, since they actually located the person, you can press charges in an accident case to see that your medical bills and motorcycle damage is covered after the accident.
Unfortunately, the chances of police finding a hit and run driver can be rather low, especially if you barely saw them coming at you or needed immediate medical care after the accident and could not contact them. This means you will need to be ready to take other options in case of this event.
What to Do If You Can’t Find The Negligent Driver?
If you contacted the police, but they cannot find the person that hit your motorcycle and caused this traumatic accident, unfortunately, they won’t face the punishment they deserve. It is still possible the police may catch them later, but you need money for your medical bills and motorcycle damage sooner rather than later.
If the police cannot find the other driver, you will need to file a claim with your own auto insurance company. These days, auto insurance policies come with coverage for underinsured drivers or drivers with no insurance. This also covers drivers of hit and runs.
The tricky part of filing this claim is getting it approved. This is where you will still want to contact a personal injury attorney for help. They can help you deal with your insurance company to help make sure the claim is approved. Unfortunately, one missed step or improper piece of documentation means they will deny a claim you dearly need. As such, you will want to get in contact with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible even after a hit and run where you are dealing with your own insurance company. You’d like to think they are there to help you, but unfortunately they often only care about keeping costs low.
Have you been the victim of a hit and run or the victim of any motorcycle accident? We can help you. After a motorcycle accident, your injuries will be more serious than those of a car driver and you especially deserve to have them covered. Contact us today to see how we at the Law Office of Freeman & Freeman can help you recover compensation for your extensive injuries.