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Our Kansas City Motorcycle Accident Lawyer Can Help You Recover Compensation After a Hit-and-Run Accident

Motorcycle accidents are difficult enough, but when the person responsible flees the scene, it makes the whole situation even more stressful and traumatic. There are steps you can take after a hit-and-run motorcycle accident to help keep your rights and potential compensation protected. Consulting with our experienced Kansas City motorcycle accident lawyers at Peterson & Associates can help you with this process so you can focus on your recovery while we handle the rest.

Kansas City Law Regarding Hit-and-Run Accidents

When a vehicle hits a motorcycle, and the driver flees the scene without offering help or exchanging contact information, it is known as a hit-and-run accident. Hit and runs are considered a criminal offense. Drivers must remain at the scene and cooperate with emergency responders and law enforcement.

Anyone involved in a motorcycle accident, whether the motorcyclist or the driver of another vehicle, is required to stop and stay at the scene. Depending on the circumstances, hit-and-run offenses can result in heavy penalties and criminal charges, such as fines, license suspension or revocation, and even time in jail. 

Drivers may flee the scene for various reasons—perhaps they’re unlicensed, under the influence of drugs or alcohol, uninsured, or simply terrified of the consequences. Regardless of their motive, fleeing an accident is against the law.

Steps to Strengthen Your Case After a Hit-and-Run

If you are a victim of a Kansas City hit-and-run motorcycle accident, we recommend taking the following crucial steps to protect your rights and strengthen your claim:

  • Call law enforcement. Contact the police to report the accident. Provide them with as many details as possible about the fleeing vehicle and driver, such as its color, make, model, or any portion of the license plate number you managed to capture. The police report can serve as valuable evidence in your case.
  • Collect evidence. Take photographs of the accident scene, including any skid marks, debris, or damage to your motorcycle. You should also gather contact information from witnesses who may have seen the incident unfold.
  • Seek medical attention. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it's essential to seek prompt medical attention. Some injuries have delayed symptoms and can worsen over time. Getting medical attention can create an official report of your injuries, which can be used as evidence for your claim.
  • Consult with our experienced lawyer. Having our experienced motorcycle accident attorney on your side can make a significant difference. Your lawyer can guide you through the legal process, protect your rights, and fight for the compensation you deserve, even when the driver is not located.
  • Keep records. Keep records of any expenses resulting from the hit-and-run accident. This includes medical treatment records such as hospital stays, medication, and doctor visits. These records can be used to support your claim and verify the timeline of your recovery.

Recovering Compensation When the Driver is Not Found

Even if the driver who struck your motorcycle is never found, you still have rights and avenues for recovering compensation. The following are some options to consider:

File a Claim with Your Own Insurance Company

In Kansas City, motorcyclists and other drivers must have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage of $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident for bodily injury. This coverage can help if you're in a hit-and-run accident or the other driver doesn't have insurance. However, for serious injuries, the medical costs will likely exceed these amounts.

Optional coverage, such as MedPay, may cover medical expenses following an accident, regardless of who is at fault. In addition, collision coverage can help pay for the repairs to your motorcycle after an accident, regardless of who caused the crash. This can be particularly useful if the at-fault driver cannot be identified.

Health Insurance Coverage

Your health insurance may be another option to cover your medical costs. Your health insurance plan may cover accident-related medical bills, but you may be responsible for copayments and deductibles as outlined in your policy.

Consider Seeking Compensation from Other Parties

In some instances, other parties may be liable for your damages, even if the hit-and-run driver remains unknown. For example, if the accident occurred due to a road defect or inadequate signage, you may have a case against the government entity responsible for maintaining that particular area.

Depending on the specific circumstances of your case, there may be other legal avenues to pursue compensation. An experienced motorcycle accident lawyer will evaluate your situation and advise you on the best course of action.

Your Options If the Driver is Found

If the hit-and-run driver is eventually found, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit against them. A successful lawsuit can result in compensation for:

  • Medical expenses such as doctor visits, hospitalization, treatment, and medication
  • Property damage to your bike and belongings
  • Lost wages and loss of future income earnings
  • Pain and suffering and emotional distress

Taking legal action not only helps you recover financially but also holds the responsible driver accountable, potentially preventing future hit-and-run incidents. Beyond financial compensation, a lawsuit can provide the closure you need to move forward after a hit-and-run accident. Our skilled motorcycle accident attorneys are dedicated to improving your chances of a favorable outcome, offering the support and experience you need during this challenging time. By partnering with us, you take a crucial step towards justice and recovery.

Results matter at Peterson & Associates. Our team has a proven track record of advocating for our clients, who have suffered injuries due to negligence and collected settlements for more than half a billion dollars. 

As our client, Theresa, said of her experience with our firm, “[Peterson & Associates] walk their clients through every step of the way of the of a legal process. They answer questions, they are there when you call them, and after when you don’t even need them anymore they are still there for you.” 

We strive to make sure our clients get the settlements they deserve. Don’t attempt to settle your case alone; let us help you take the steps you need to secure a winning outcome.