It can feel surreal to get into a crash with a vehicle when you’re on a bike. In fact, the impact can even send you into a state of shock. If you’re lucky, the driver will show compassion and assist you, especially if you’re injured.

Unfortunately, this is also the time when a driver may try to escape, in which case you’ve now found yourself the victim of a hit-and-run accident.

A driver responsible for a hit-and-run bicycle accident can be sued by the cyclist, but this is only possible if you can capture the identity of the driver, a difficult challenge if the person quickly takes off. What can you do to get the justice you deserve?

Do what you can to document the incident

If at all possible, record the scene, including trying to get the license plate, face, vehicle, and any other identifying information. Make sure you also track down any witnesses and take down statements and contact information from them. In some scenarios, witnesses are your best bet for your case, especially if you became disoriented, incapacitated, or unconscious as a result of the accident.

File a police report. This step is required for filing an insurance claim against the driver as well as for your own insurance policy if you have one. This will provide important documentation as well if you have to take your case to court.

Do not make statements about fault. This is important so that the insurance company doesn’t attempt to reduce your compensation by trying to claim negligence on your part.

Do not pass up medical treatment

It’s very important that you seek medical attention following the accident, even if you don’t immediately think you’re injured. Some injuries can take days to develop. Having a medical record of the incident will also be important for your case.

A hit-and-run accident can feel terrifying, but by remaining as calm and collected as possible, you can work to build a case and hold the driver accountable.