Tragically, cyclists often fall victim to hit and run accidents. A driver in town can side swipe a cyclist without being aware they’ve made contact. Even if no contact is made, drivers can cause a cyclist to wobble and lose control by driving too close while drivers of larger vehicles are at risk of hitting cyclists on the open road without being aware their inappropriate driving has resulted in serious injury.
Always report accidents where you have been injured to Police Scotland immediately - even if you don’t have details of the offending vehicle.
In cases involving hit and run, the injured cyclist can still seek compensation even though the offending motorist is never traced. The Motor Insurers Bureau (MIB) Untraced Drivers Agreement allows innocent victims of accidents to seek an award for compensation. Once the application is received, the MIB will investigate the claim and assess compensation. We can assist you in submitting the application and guide you through the entire process, from start to finish.
With hit and run cases, time limits apply. If you have a claim for damage to your vehicle or other property, you must report the incident to the police within five days of the accident. For claims for injury this must be done within 14 days. Where it is not possible to comply with these time limits, the matter must be reported to Police Scotland as soon as reasonably possible.
If you have been involved in a cycle accident due to a hit and run, you need expert advice - contact Cycle Law Scotland on 0333 555 7783