A bicycle cannot offer its riders the same protection that airbags and other interior and exterior safety measures can provide vehicle occupants. That can mean you might sustain life-threatening injuries after a bicycle accident. The damage of an accident can be even more devastating if the vehicle driver that struck your bike fled the scene.
If that happened to you, a Tampa hit and run accident lawyer might be able to help you identify and locate the vehicle or the driver who hit you. By identifying the at-fault party, you can file a claim for the resulting financial impact of the accident.
Do not assume you will be forced to carry the financial burden of an accident simply because the at-fault driver did not remain at the scene and accept responsibility for their actions. Contact the personal injury team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling (800) 747-3733 to learn more about how we may be able to help you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
Locating and Identifying the Responsible Party in a Hit and Run Bicycle Accident
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 857 fatal bicycle accidents in the U.S. in 2018. There were 125 fatal bicycle accidents in Florida alone in 2017. This number represented the highest number of fatalities of any state in the U.S. that year.
If you or someone you love was injured, or if someone you love was fatally injured, in a bicycle accident, you have the right to pursue the at-fault vehicle driver for financial compensation. But do you know what to do if the driver who hit your bicycle fled the accident scene?
To help you get the compensation you deserve in the aftermath of a hit and run bicycle accident, our team will aim to locate and interview witnesses to the accident. Witnesses may be able to provide vehicle descriptions, driver descriptions, full or partial license plate numbers, and other details that can help our team identify the vehicle that hit you. This is important because the vehicle owner might be held responsible for your injuries and their related expenses even if they were not driving the car at the time of the accident.
We might also study the investigative notes and diagrams in your crash report to help identify the at-fault driver. Police or witnesses could have collected and recorded debris or other vehicle parts that point to the identification of the suspect vehicle. Finally, our team may look for residential or commercial video footage that captured part or all of the accident. We will not shy away from a hit and run accident claim. Instead, we will do everything we can to make sure you get the financial compensation you are entitled to.
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We Calculate Your Economic and Non-Economic Damages
As a bicycle rider, you may have insurance in place that protects you in the event of an accident. According to the Insurance Information Institute (III), if you are a homeowner, your homeowner’s policy may cover your bicycle. Renter’s insurance might provide similar protection. If you are injured in a hit and run accident, you might be able to turn to one of these insurance providers for protection and coverage of your accident-related expenses.
You might be able to recover the following expenses from your own insurer or from the hit and run driver’s insurance provider if we are successful in identifying them:
- Current and future medical care
- Current and future loss of earnings
- Repairing or replacing your bicycle
- Mental and emotional turmoil
- Physical disfigurement and disability
- Pain and suffering
When you are ready to assess the financial damage of a hit and run accident and weigh your options for financial recovery, a Tampa hit and run accident lawyer may be able to help you navigate your choices. Contact the personal injury team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine by calling (800) 747-3733 today.
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A Hit and Run Accident Lawsuit Has a Time Limit
An accident on your bicycle is a frustrating and painful experience. Your frustration can be increased when the at-fault driver flees. Your frustration can be further increased by the time limit the state places on your ability to file a lawsuit for financial recovery. According to Florida Statutes § 95.11, you generally only have four years from the date of the accident to file your lawsuit.
When our team represents you in your pursuit of compensation, we can make sure your lawsuit is filed on time whether you are pursuing financial recovery from your own insurance company or from the insurance company that represents the at-fault driver.
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We May Use Your Crash Report in a Variety of Ways
One important use of your crash report is the date and time details it records. This information can help our team ensure we comply with the statute of limitations when filing your personal injury lawsuit. Your crash report may also provide:
- Witness contact information
- Road and weather conditions
- Vehicle descriptions and make and model details
Obtain a copy of your crash report for our team and one for your personal records. When you are ready to pursue compensation, we may use the details captured in your crash report to identify the at-fault driver, prove the cause of the accident, and build a strong case for financial recovery.
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Get Responsive Legal Care After a Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident
Responsive legal care means we keep in touch with our clients throughout the financial recovery process. When you are ready to explore your compensation options after a hit and run accident, our team is ready to support you. Find out how the guidance and direction of a Tampa hit and run accident lawyer may allow you to worry about getting better while we take care of everything else. Contact the client intake team at the Law Offices of Anidjar & Levine at (800) 747-3733.
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