Hit-and-Run Accidents Involving Bicycles, Pedestrians and Other Motorists
For bicyclists and motorists injured in hit-and-run accidents, recovering financial compensation presents some unique challenges. But, it is not impossible. In many cases, it will be possible to identify the hit-and-run driver; and, when this is the case, victims can pursue auto insurance claims just like they can under “normal” circumstances. Even if it is not possible to identify the driver, there may still be options available, and Fort Lauderdale hit-and-run accident lawyer Joseph Maus has decades of experience helping bicycle riders and other accident victims recover just compensation under a broad range of circumstances.
Pursuing a Hit-and-Run Accident Claim Against the At-Fault Driver
Depending on the circumstances involved, there are a number of potential ways to identify a hit-and-run driver. From your own recollection of relevant details to witness statements and traffic camera footage, it may be possible to piece together various pieces of information in order to determine who hit you. Our firm can quickly launch an investigation, and we can work with local law enforcement in Fort Lauderdale in order to try to identify the driver who is liable for your losses.
If our Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident law firm is able to identify the driver, then we can pursue a claim under his or her auto insurance policy on your behalf. This is true whether you were injured in a vehicle-on-vehicle collision or a bicycle accident. Auto insurance covers all types of liability-based claims, and Mr. Moss can use his experience to make sure you receive the financial compensation you deserve.
Pursuing Hit-and-Run Accident Claims When the Driver Cannot Be Identified
In some cases, it will not be possible to track down a hit-and-run driver, or it may be the case that the driver who hit you is uninsured (which may be why he or she fled the scene). In this scenario, Mr. Maus will look to other sources of financial recovery. Potential alternate sources of financial compensation in hit-and-run accident cases include:
- A Vehicle, Bicycle, or Helmet Defect Claim – Vehicle, bicycle and helmet defects can cause and contribute to serious accidents and injuries. If your injuries are partially the result of a product defect, our Fort Lauderdale bicycle accident law firm can fight to hold the product manufacturer accountable.
- A Road Defect Claim – Road defects can also play central roles in car and bicycle accidents. If faulty road design or negligent road construction or maintenance played a role in your accident, Mr. Maus can seek just compensation on your behalf.
- Another Third–Party Liability Claim – There are various other potential third-party liability claims in hit-and-run accident cases as well. If any other person or company is partially at fault for your injuries, Mr. Maus can file a claim for financial compensation.
- An Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UIM) Claim – Finally, if you have UIM coverage, you can file a claim under your own auto insurance policy (this is true for drivers, passengers and bicycle riders). However, these are challenging claims, and you will want an experienced attorney on your side.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation With a Fort Lauderdale Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer
For more information about your legal rights after a hit-and-run accident in Fort Lauderdale, schedule a free initial consultation at Maus Law Firm. Call us at 855-999-5297 or contact us online 24/7. You pay nothing until we win.