Cyclists are exposed to a high risk of severe injuries and fatalities, especially in hit-and-run accidents. Even a minor accident can cause the cyclist to end with fractures on their limbs, head injuries, or spinal injuries. The lack of protection (even the helmet can’t do too much if the accident is serious) leads to harsh injuries and long recoveries. There are numerous fatal accidents where a cyclist gets hit by a motor vehicle.
But, what happens when you cycle and get hit by a car or other vehicle and the driver flees the scene? As in every hit-and-run accident, you should call the police and seek medical help for your injuries. Even if you don’t have visible injuries, be sure to get a medical exam, since numerous injuries are not visible and have no symptoms right ahead.
Call a New Mexico car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Steps to Take in a Hit-and-Run Accident
Hundreds of cyclists are injured or killed on the streets of New Mexico. The number of drivers who don’t stop at the accident scene to help the injured cyclist is not small either. So, if you were injured in such circumstances, it’s important to remember to take the following steps.
Call the Police and File a Police Report
Just because the driver decided to flee the accident scene, does not mean that you should go home as if nothing happened. Call 911 and once they arrive at the scene file a police report. It’s important to get the documentation of your accident, so you can file a claim.
Even though there is no liable driver, you can file a claim with your insurance company. The police may find the driver eventually, so in that case, you will have the necessary documents. Your insurance company will cover your medical bills and damages (within the limit of your policy).
Look for Witnesses
If there were people around, some of them have probably witnessed the accident and might have remembered the type and color of the vehicle, plates, and possibly the driver. Ask them if they remember what happened, and how the accident occurred. It’s important to get their information. If the police can question the witness, they may be a key factor in tracking and finding the driver who hit you.
Get Medical Help
When a car hits a cyclist, chances are they will fall and hit the ground. Even a cyclist wore a helmet, they could still end up with broken arms or legs, injuries on the soft tissues, bruises, and scratches, broken nose or teeth. Even if you don’t have any visible injury and don’t feel pain, it’s beyond important to get medical help.
What now seems like a small injury, may turn into a severe one in a few days. You’re in shock and you might not feel pain, but when the adrenaline wears off, things may appear different. Your medical records can help you prove the severity of your injuries and also these documents will be necessary with your insurers.
Inform Your Insurance Company
In a hit-and-run accident or any other accident, it’s important to call your insurance company and let them know what happened. In most cases, you have twenty-four hours after the accident to file a claim, so it’s important to call them as soon as possible.
Since it’s a hit-and-run, your insurance company will be your only source of a settlement. This way you will be able to pay for the medical bills and damages you have. Hit-and-run accidents involving bicycles can be a real challenge to get compensation in the way you need.
Call Our New Mexico Car Accident Lawyers
Not having a liable driver can be a real problem, so it is a smart idea to call a New Mexico car accident attorney who has experience with hit-and-run accidents and bicycles. Our team at FBD Law knows how difficult it is for accident victims to get back to their normal life. Surgeries, medicine, treatments, lost wages, long recovery, stress and pain and suffering – all take their toll on the person.
This is why your hit-and-run claim is very important to cover all the bills that you will have to pay. If it’s necessary, we will investigate the accident and this way may help the police find the liable driver. Contact our office and schedule your first consultation. We will review your case and let you know what you can expect in the further process. If you have any other questions, feel free to call us.