Being involved in a cycling accident can be an absolutely dreadful experience. When the other driver fails to remain at the scene of the accident even the simplest collision can quickly turn into a nightmare.
Hit and run accidents are all too common. People driving without insurance, driving under the influence or driving without registration are likely to flee rather than face the music when an accident happens.
Any driver involved in an accident of any kind is required by law to stay at the scene of the accident and help the other driver as much as possible whether it’s another car, a cyclist of a pedestrian. Failure to remain at the scene of an accident is a crime.
Hit and Run Cycling Accident
If you are involved in a hit and run accident, try to record as much information as you can while it is still fresh in your mind.
· The make and model of the car.
· License plate number if you can get it.
· The names and numbers of anyone who witnessed the accident.
Look around to see if there are any cameras on buildings near you or if the accident has been recorded by an onlooker.
If you are not able to track down information on the driver of the vehicle, head to a collision reporting centre to file a report and then check in with your local hospital to get report a medical report.
Cycling Accident and Insurance Claims
Typically, an accident involving a car and cyclist falls under no-fault insurance. Many cyclists will not have their own insurance policy, but could be covered under a family member’s car insurance if they are dependent. Without insurance, or information about the other driver, a cyclist involved in a hit and run accident can make a claim under the Motor Vehicle Accident Claim Fund.
If the collision causes serious damage or the cyclist is seriously injured, the cyclist can also sue.