Driver Tried to Flee with Injured Cyclist on Roof
A hit and run driver was stopped by a good Samaritan who stopped the fleeing driver after noticing the cyclist victim was still on the roof of the car. Police say that the accident happened Monday, February 24, 2020, on Joiner Parkway in Lincoln.
A picture on the Facebook page of the Lincoln Firefighters showed a Cadillac SUV with a dent on the hood and a smashed in the windshield. The good Samaritan has to pull in front of the SUV to get them to stop so he could tell the driver there was a cyclist on his roof.
The cyclist was taken to a local hospital with significant injuries. It’s not known if the driver was aware of the cyclist, nor has the driver been charged with any crimes. The accident is still under investigation.
Five Reasons Hit and Run Bike Accidents are Horrible
- A hit and run adds extra grief to the victim: When a cyclist gets hit by a car, the violence and force of the much larger and heavier vehicle are devastating. Then to have the driver take off and to escape responsibility, it adds a level of cruelty to the accident.
- It Can significantly delay medical assistance for the victim: If the cyclist is left unconscious or seriously injured so that he or she can’t fend for themselves, it adds to the danger and the risk to the cyclist.
- It creates anxiety about compensation: If the driver is unknown, the victim is unable to get compensation from the driver’s insurance company.
- Places Blame for the Accident on the Victim: Once the driver leaves, it makes it difficult for accident investigators to reconstruct the crash, and it might leave the victim left holding the blame.
- Might Cause Insurance Premium Increase: As a last resort, a victim of an automobile accident can use their own insurance to pay for their injuries and damages if they have uninsured and underinsured that can be used when the driver flees. This might cause a significant increase in the victim’s insurance policy.
Bicycle Hit and Run Injuries
When a cyclist is struck and the driver flees, this can increase the injury to the cyclist and cause additional costs and damages. One of the reasons is because of the delay in treatment. When a car hits a bike, there are certain injuries that become common due to the weight and size difference. Some of those injuries are:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Severe Concussions
- Wrist Fractures
- Broken Arms/Legs
- Chest Compressions
- Internal Injuries/Bleeding
- Severe Road Rash
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