Hit-and-run accidents are an unfortunate reality for victims every day in America. Some choose to flee or ignore that they caused an accident, especially when it’s a motorcycle rider. If you’re a rider that got hit by a car that sped away, turn to Zanes Law to get compensation.
We know the legalities of motorcycle hit-and-run accidents and how you can pursue compensation in these cases even if the driver isn’t found. If you’re worried about how you’ll pay for your injuries, our motorcycle hit-and-run accident attorneys in Phoenix can help to put your mind at ease.
Reasons for Hit-and-Run Accidents
People flee accidents for many reasons. Drunk driving is a common reason to flee because the laws against drunk drivers are so serious. Uninsured driving is another one. They may also fear arrest if they have an outstanding warrant, parking ticket, or some other legal difficulty.
Some hit-and-run drivers are just plain panicked and let their fight-or-flight reflex run wild, so they leave. In all these cases, their flight makes them incredibly negligent and makes your case easy to prove to an insurer—if we can find the right insurer to contact.
It’s also illegal to leave the scene of an accident with injuries, death, or with substantial property damage. Fleeing the scene of an accident when another driver is injured is a felony, even if the motorcycle accident was the other driver’s fault.
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Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance
Since July 2020, Arizona has required drivers to carry uninsured/underinsured coverage on their minimum coverage policies. The minimum amounts are $25,000 for one injured person or death and $50,000 for multiple people. This coverage is tailor-made for hit-and-run accident situations.
From an insurance perspective, a hit-and-run driver is the same thing as an uninsured driver. As the policyholder, you can make a claim against your own insurance for this coverage. For smaller claims, this may be enough to cover your needs.
The Phoenix motorcycle hit-and-run accident attorneys at Zanes Law can help you with the claims process. Even though you’re their customer, your insurance company may not give you the best deal. We can help you create a strong claim so that you can get the most possible from your UI/UIM coverage.
Also, if you live in an area of town with a lot of drunk drivers, you may want to raise your policy minimums.
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What if UI/UIM Doesn’t Cover Enough for My Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accident?
Uninsured motorist coverage is a great first step and far better than nothing. But for catastrophic accidents, you’ll need much more. This is where the help of a motorcycle hit-and-run accident attorney really shines.
We will work with the police to find the driver by gathering and examining the evidence of your case. A dash cam, street cam, or a Ring camera might have witnessed the accident. We can search for witnesses and question them if they saw someone.
There’s also the possibility of making a public appeal through the news. This can shame a driver into coming forward to turn themselves in. Also, if we can discover the license plate number, we can use that and MVD databases to find out who the insurer is. Even if the driver is never found, we can still make a claim.
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What Should I Do in a Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accident?
There are some essential steps you can take to protect yourself and gather evidence at the scene of a motorcycle crash. The more you can gather, the stronger our motorcycle hit-and-run accident lawyers in Phoenix can make your case—though we understand injuries may prevent you from doing some of these.
- Do not chase after the other driver! Let them flee. Starting a car chase is dangerous and could increase your liability, which lowers your final compensation.
- Call the police to report the hit-and-run. Describe your injuries and the vehicle that hit you as best as you can. If you think you have dash camera footage of the accident, tell them.
- After speaking with the police, get medical attention as soon as possible, even if you think you were unharmed. Adrenaline rushes can hide injuries, and it shows that you were concerned about your health.
- While the incident is fresh, record everything you can remember about the vehicle that hit you while you can still remember it. The license plate would be ideal, but also the make, model, and color of the vehicle will help us narrow down who might have hit you.
- If there were witnesses at the scene, ask for their contact information and to write down what they saw.
- Take photos of the car damage, your injuries, and the scene of the accident.
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Call Zanes Law for Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accident Representation
If you are the victim of a hit-and-run while riding your motorcycle, you have options. Zanes Law can help you file a claim with your insurer to access your UI/UIM insurance and pursue a lawsuit against the hit-and-run driver. Let our experienced accident attorneys take the stress of compensation off your back.
Call our offices or contact us through our website to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation about what happened to you. You’ll learn your legal rights, options for compensation, and how a Phoenix motorcycle hit-and-run accident attorney can help you. We will fight for every penny you’re owed.
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