According to the law and common courtesy, anyone involved in an accident where there is damage to property or a personal injury, needs to stay on the scene until authorities arrive. However, when a driver flees the scene after an accident, it is deemed a hit and run accident, which are all too common. According to the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety, at least 1 out of 10 accidents involves a hit and run driver. In the case of a motorcycle collision, the victim is likely to be injured, left to cope with the injury and financial implications on their own unless they seek help from a motorcycle accident personal injury attorney that can help they seek compensation for their injuries.
Why Drivers Flee The Scene Of A Motorcycle Crash
There are many reasons a driver may leave a scene of an accident. Most commonly, it is because they either are already in trouble with the law, they do not have auto insurance or both. Uninsured motorists are everywhere, making up 16% of drivers nationally and an estimated 6% in Illinois. The statistics also point out that 14% of all accidents are caused by these irresponsible drivers, making these types of accidents more common than you would think.
To put salt in the wound, a large portion of hit and run accidents happen with pedestrians, bicyclists and even motorcycles. Although the damage is greater to these individuals as they do not have a vehicle protecting them, the damage is usually less to the perpetrators vehicle, allowing them to drive away. Since an estimated 40% of uninsured motorists are driving vehicle 15 years or older, they are most likely less concerned with any damage to their vehicle and more concerned about not being held responsible for the damage they caused to the person or people they hit.
Legal Options For Motorcyclists Involved In Hit And Run Victims
When a motorcyclist is a victim of a hit and run accident, they should never give up hope. There are options available to recover damages, even if the at-fault driver is not found. Of course the first course of action will be to find the driver. It is important after any accident, but especially a hit and run, that the victim recall and record all details they can about the accident. This can help authorities find the driver and hold them responsible for their actions.
However, if the driver is not found, or is found and does not have insurance, motorcycle victims of hit and run accidents can file a claim through their own insurance company if they have uninsured motorist protection. This can cover medical bills, lost wages and other expenses caused by the accident. However, to ensure that the insurance company is paying out the maximum amount for the accident and injuries, consult a personal injury lawyer that is experienced in handling auto insurance company claims that can negotiate the best payout for the claim.
Chicago Uninsured Motorist Attorneys For Injured Motorcyclists
Our lawyers know the impact that injuries from a motorcycle can have on the individual and their family. Particularly when the accident involves a hit-and-run driver or person without any liability insurance, our attorneys can help prosecute your case so you can concentrate on getting your health. Just like other types of personal injury cases, uninsured motorist cases involving motorcyclists have strict time constraints for pursuing a claim. Contact us now to discuss your options before time expires.