If you enjoy cycling, you understand the importance of adhering to traffic laws and making sure you are visible when you are out on the roads. Even if you are wearing fluorescent colors and doing everything that you can to stand out, there is a chance that you will be involved in a crash. Sometimes there are phantom drivers who cause accidents out on the roadways. A phantom driver is an unidentified driver who either causes an accident or actually hits another vehicle or person, then leaves the scene. It is sometimes referred to as a hit and run.
What to do if Hit by a Phantom Driver
If you have been hit by a phantom driver, try to remember as many details as possible about the vehicle. If possible, get at least part of the license plate information. Remember the make and model of car and its direction of travel. Stay on the accident scene and call 911 right away, telling them what happened and the vehicle’s direction of travel. If your injuries are severe, call for an ambulance.
If it is physically possible for you to do so, take photos of the accident scene from all angles. Get photos of the bike damage and your injuries. Ask any witnesses to prepare written statements regarding what they saw. They will need to include their names and contact details.
The police officer will investigate and complete an accident report, which will help support your claim of being hit by a phantom driver. This will be needed to pursue a personal injury claim.
What to do After Being Hit by a Phantom Driver
Establishing medical care is imperative to the success of your personal injury claim. By establishing care, you are showing the relationship between the accident and the injuries you suffered. Putting off medical care can cost you a successful personal injury claim. You will need to maintain documentation that shows your losses and supports your personal injury claim.
Here are some of the records that you will need to maintain as evidence and supporting documentation:
- Medical bills
- Medical excuses
- Proof of missed work and lost wages
- Photos of the injuries
- Photos of the accident scene
- The accident report
- Witness statements
- Repair estimates for your bike
- A daily journal detailing how your injuries have affected your daily living
When you pursue a personal injury claim after having been hit by a phantom driver, you might claim several different kinds of damages. Here are some of the more common damages that you might suffer because of the crash:
- Medical expenses – past and present
- Lost wages – past and present
- Pain and suffering
- Property damages
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of consortium
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
If you were hit by a phantom driver while cycling, you should consult with a personal injury lawyer. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency basis, so you have nothing at all to lose. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form to get your claim on track today.