Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accidents
Hit-and-run accidents can be deadly. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic
Safety, there were an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run accidents in 2015, resulting in 2,049 fatalities. Victims who survive a hit-and-run accident can suffer severe, life-altering injuries that require long-term recovery.
Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on our roadways. Sadly, some hit-and-run drivers who injure motorcycle riders are never identified. If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run motorcycle crash, contact William Mattar, P.C. today. Our motorcycle accident attorneys are standing by, ready to help you get the compensation you need. Call (844) 444-4444.
What is a Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accident?
In a hit-and-run motorcycle accident, the driver flees the scene before reporting the accident. There are a few potential reasons why a driver who hits a motorcyclist may flee. They may have caused the accident or know they have seriously injured the motorcyclist and do not want to face the consequences. In other cases, where a driver is under the influence, they may not have the foresight to stay and wait for responding officers to arrive.
New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law requires drivers to stay at the scene of an accident and report it to police if they believe someone has been injured.
Causes of Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Accidents
Hit-and-run motorcycle accident can be severe. But how exactly do these accidents occur? Hit-and-run accidents where a vehicle strikes a motorcycle can be caused by several potential factors, including:
- Aggressive driving and/or road rage (i.e., tailgating);
- Lack of visibility;
- Distracted driving (i.e., texting);
- Driving under the influence; and
- Failure to see or check for a motorcyclist.
If you’ve been hit and injured by a motorist while riding your motorcycle, contact our offices right away at (844) 444-4444. Accident claims can be time-sensitive, so don’t wait to get help.
Can You Get Compensation After a Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Crash?
Victims of hit-and-run motorcycle crashes can suffer life-threatening injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and internal organ damage. Injuries such as these can have a financial, physical, and emotional impact on a person’s life. If you’ve sustained injuries, William Mattar, P.C. can help you obtain compensation after an accident.
If the hit-and-run driver is not located, you may need to rely on your auto insurance policy. This may include uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. An accident attorney can look closely at your policy and help determine what sources of compensation may be available to you.
If the police do identify and locate the hit-and-run driver, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit them as well. Call us today to learn more about your legal options. We’re available 24/7 to get started on your case.
Contact Our Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Today
If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle crash, contact William Mattar, P.C. Our motorcycle accident lawyers help injured motorcyclists across New York State. Call us at (844) 444-4444 to learn more or to schedule a free initial consultation. No Fee Until We WinSM.