Riding a bicycle should be fun and leisurely, but there are times when accidents occur due to the careless or negligent actions of a driver. If you are somebody you love has been injured in a hit-and-run bicycle accident, you may wonder if you can file a lawsuit to recover damages. At Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., our Kansas City bicycle accident attorneys want to discuss these cases and steps you can take to recover maximum compensation.
Bicycle accidents often lead to severe injuries
Bicyclists are much more vulnerable than those riding inside traditional passenger vehicles. Even if a bicyclist is wearing a helmet, there is still a high probability of a rider sustaining an injury in the event they are struck by a vehicle. When we look at the data provided by the Missouri Department of Public Safety, we can see that there were 570 total bicycle accidents reported across the state in the latest year of data. Out of these incidents, there were nine fatalities and 493 injuries.
It is not uncommon for our Kansas City bicycle accident lawyers to help clients who have sustained the following in these incidents:
- Spinal cord trauma (possible paralysis)
- Internal organ damage or internal bleeding
- Head injuries/traumatic brain injuries
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations and/or road rash
If a rider is struck by a hit-and-run driver, securing compensation can become difficult. Of course, if the police catch the hit-and-run driver, an injured bicyclist will be able to file a claim with that driver’s insurance carrier. However, it is often the case that a hit-and-run driver does not have insurance (that may be why they fled the scene). In these cases, an injured cyclist may be able to turn to their own uninsured motorist coverage if they have car insurance in Missouri. If you do not have auto insurance, you should file a claim with your health insurance carrier.
It is possible to file a personal injury lawsuit against a hit-and-run driver if the police have caught them. This may be necessary if the hit-and-run driver’s insurance policy limits are exhausted due to the severity of your injuries or if they do not have insurance coverage at all. It should be noted that the driver may not have assets or the ability to pay you any compensation in the event you are successful in your lawsuit.
Let us get to work on your case today
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a bicycle accident caused by a hit-and-run driver, seek legal assistance as soon as possible. While it may seem impossible to secure the compensation you need, the team at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C. is going to get to work on your behalf. Our goal is to secure the following:
- Your medical expenses related to the bicycle accident
- Lost wages if you cannot work while you recover
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
- Possible punitive damages against the hit-and-run driver