Hit and run accidents are unfortunately one of the most common types of bicycle accidents. The roads of New York are full of negligent drivers. Whether the drivers are on their cell phones, talking to passengers in their car, or simply not paying attention to the road, it is common for drivers to collide with the large number of New York City bicycle riders. Although these negligent drivers know that they have the responsibility to stop, many continue to drive after the accident.
While the majority of bicyclists may be able to recover damages from their own automobile insurance, their carrier and even the police can make this recovery difficult. Below are four important things you need to do after being involved in a hit and run bicycle accident in order to preserve your legal rights:
File a police report. Despite common belief, the police have access to many resources and may be able to catch the negligent driver who fled the scene of the accident. Furthermore, your insurance carrier will almost always require you to file a police report.
Notify your own car insurance and health insurance. You need to file a claim as soon as possible. Your insurance policy may be your only source of recovery.
Get immediate medical attention. Even if you do not feel hurt, you should see your doctor immediately after your accident. Some symptoms may not surface until days or even weeks after an injury.
Identify any witnesses and get their contact information. Although the negligent driver may have fled the scene of the accident, there may be witnesses.
Injured on a Bike? We Are Here to Help!
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a bicycle accident, even a hit and run, that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, call the NYC bike accident lawyers at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. as you may be entitled to compensation.
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