Colorado Bicycle Accident Lawyers: Hit and Run
Riding a bicycle in Colorado can be great exercise and a lot of fun. It can also be very dangerous regardless how careful, safe and cautious you are. This couldn’t be truer than when you find yourself riding in traffic where there are cars present. After hitting a bicyclist, motorist oftentimes claim that they never saw the cyclist or that the cyclist came much faster than they expected. Fact is, bikes are difficult to see especially when the motorist is distracted by outside variables. Then there are those instances where motorists simply don’t care how close they come to a biker or worse, the cases where they purposely hit a bicyclist to “teach them a lesson”. Unfortunately, more often than you would believe, bikers are involved in a hit and run crash where the motorist either doesn’t know they hit someone and they continue on, accidentally hit someone and fled the scene, or hit the cyclist on purpose and fled the scene. In all of these scenarios, there are things you can do if you’ve been injured in a hit and run bicycle accident.
Hit and Run
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to protect yourself legally when riding a bike is to purchase uninsured motorist coverage (UM) or underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage through your automobile insurance policy. Many cyclists do not realize they can purchase this protection through their own auto carrier and it will apply if they are involved in a hit and run bicycle accident or in a situation where the careless or negligent driver does not carry enough insurance. Usually, this coverage is very affordable and provides insurance coverage where otherwise there might be none.
Call the Police Immediately
While you are waiting at the scene, if you are able, document everything conceivable. This includes all information about the person that caused you to crash. If there are any witnesses, get their name and phone number and document whatever it is they saw. Write down the license plate of the car they are in. Photograph everything including the roadway, any obstructions, your injuries, your equipment and anything else you feel could be important. Cooperate with the police and make sure they are aware of any witnesses that may have left before they arrived.
Call Zinda Law Group Today
At Zinda Law Group, we have provided counsel to many bicycle accident victims and their loved ones throughout Colorado. We are avid cyclists ourselves and are keenly aware of the legal nuances involved as well as the emotional support necessary to help the biking victims and their loved ones cope with their loss. Also, we have handled numerous hit and run bicycle cases and are very adept at finding insurance coverage that other lawyers may have missed.
We provide a free initial consultation to all of our clients. You can contact us through our website or call us at 303-800-1501. We handle all of our cases on a contingency fee arrangement. There is no charge to our clients unless a recovery is obtained.