Driver Hits Bicycle and Flees the Scene On Southeast Side
According to a KSAT News report, a bicyclist is in the hospital after being dragged by a vehicle for 200 yards near Loop 410 yesterday.
Police reported the accident happened near Loop 410 on South WW White Road. A driver hit a bike and continued driving, dragging the bike almost 200 yards. Another driver reported the incident. The adult bicyclist was taken to Brooke Army Medical in unknown condition for treatment. Police have not reported if they have a suspect vehicle description.
Did You Know?
There are roughly 243 deaths per 100,000 cyclists in San Antonio, making it one of the deadliest cities for cyclists in the United States.
What to Do After a Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident in San Antonio
Biking to work is an excellent way to save on carbon emissions, and it’s very popular in San Antonio compared to most cities. But San Antonio is also among the top 20 deadliest cities in the nation for bicycle accidents.
It’s easy for a driver who hit a bicycle to panic and drive away. This article will cover what to do if you are hit by a driver who doesn’t stop while riding your bike in San Antonio.
What To Do Immediately After a Hit-and-Run Bicycle Accident
Car-to-bicycle accidents are very serious most of the time because you don’t have any protection on a bike against a car or a truck. If a driver hits you and leaves the scene, here’s what to do:
Call the Police Immediately
Get to a safe place off of the road and call 9-1-1 immediately. The sooner police arrive, the more likely they will catch the driver. If they can’t find the driver, a police report is useful for filing an insurance claim.
If you can, take pictures of the scene, the damage to your bike, and any other relevant details (skid marks, car paint on your bike, etc.). If you’re hurt, the police can do it for you, or you can get a witness, family member, or friend pictures for you later. Get the names and phone numbers of people who saw the accident, if there are any. If you saw the car, make a note of the make, model, color, and license plate while it’s fresh in your mind.
Go to the Hospital
If you don’t think you’re very hurt, go to the hospital anyway. Adrenaline can make you think you’re less hurt than you actually are, and auto accidents rarely result in only minor injuries. Get checked out by a doctor, just in case.
Notify Your Insurance
Report the accident ASAP. Most insurance companies need notification of accidents within 24 to 72 hours. If police never find the driver, uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage may cover your damages if you have it.
Call a Pedestrian Accident Attorney
After you notify your insurance, call a pedestrian accident attorney in San Antonio. We can help you file your claim and negotiate on your behalf to make sure you aren’t cheated out of the compensation you’re legally entitled to (spoiler alert: people represented by attorneys get 3.5x greater payouts on average).
Pedestrian Accident Attorneys in San Antonio
If you were injured by a motorist in a hit-and-run bicycle accident in San Antonio, contact Carabin Shaw pedestrian injury attorneys at 800-862-1260 or with the live chat on the bottom right of your screen. We put our clients first because we care. We look forward to serving you.