Although drivers are required to stop at the scene of a motorcycle accident they cause in Virginia, some flee instead. They may do this because of fears of the consequences if they were intoxicated, driving on a suspended or revoked license, or have a warrant out for their arrest at the time of the accident.
If you or a family member were hurt in a hit and run motorcycle collision, you have a right to compensation for your injuries from the negligent driver. However, you must identify them in order to file a claim with their insurance company. Here is what you need to do to help protect your rights.
Steps to Take After a Hit and Run Motorcycle Accident
You may be angry enough at the at-fault driver to want to chase after them. However, you could get in another collision, and it may be dangerous. The situation could escalate into a road rage incident where you are hurt even more. Instead, take these important actions that may help you identify the other driver and strengthen your claim for compensation:
- Seek Medical Care. You should call an ambulance or go to the emergency room if you suffered obvious injuries. Even if you do not believe you were hurt, you should be examined by a doctor within 48 hours to protect your health and avoid disputes with the insurance company about the cause of your injuries and how serious they are.
- Write down details. Write down as many details as you remember about how the accident occurred and any identifying information about the vehicle that hit you, such as the license plate number, make and model of the auto, and the color. This could help the police locate the driver.
- Call the police. Contact the police at the crash scene. They will conduct an investigation and write a police report that you can use when you file a claim with the other driver’s or your insurance company. They will also try to find the motorist if they can.
- Get witness information. You need to obtain the contact information of any witnesses to your motorcycle collision and ask them to provide you with any information they remember about the vehicle or the driver.
- Take pictures. Use your cell phone camera to take pictures of the damage to your motorcycle, the crash scene, and your injuries.
- Look for surveillance cameras. Check for a traffic or surveillance camera that may have recorded your accident as it occurred. It may help identify the offender.
- Contact your insurance company. You should notify your insurance company that you were in a hit and run accident. This will protect your right to file a claim under your own insurance policy if this becomes necessary.
- Retain an attorney. You should hire an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer as soon as possible. They may be able to help you find the at-fault driver and file a claim with their insurance company. They can also review your own insurance policy and file a claim with your company if you purchased collision and uninsured motorist coverage if the driver cannot be found.
Were you injured in a hit and run motorcycle accident in Norfolk or Virginia Beach? Call our office to schedule a free initial consultation to learn how we can assist you.