New York Lawyers for Hit and Run Accident Victims
Vehicle accidents in New York are becoming more commonplace as the population explodes and there are more people on the roads. These accidents involve other motorists, bicyclists, and even pedestrians at times. When the perpetrator chooses leaving the scene of an accident as their best option, victims are left to suffer the consequences due to others’ poor choices. If the perpetrator cannot be identified, then there is no criminal hit and run penalty. The victims in the accident, however, will likely still have many medical bills, necessary car repairs, or both ahead of them. Victims of a hit and run in New York need an experienced hit and run accident lawyer who can help them get the compensation they deserve.
If you or a loved one have been the victim of a NYC hit and run, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, immediately. The longer you wait, the more evidence is lost. The attorneys at The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC, have extensive experience representing and fighting for victims of hit and run accidents in New York. They understand that this can be a delicate and confusing time, and you are likely experiencing a flood of emotions along with your physical injuries. We will help you navigate the legal system as well as the insurance companies and get you the compensation that you deserve.
Why would a hit and run driver in New York decide that leaving the scene of an accident is a good idea?
There are many reasons why a driver may choose to flee the scene of an accident, though none of them good. Many times a driver panics after they have caused an accident and they choose to flee in order to avoid apprehension. Other times they may have a suspended driver’s license or no license at all and wish to avoid further charges. Worst of all, a driver may be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol when the accident occurred. They may flee to avoid spending time in jail and taking responsibility for the havoc they have wreaked by breaking the law. Every accident is different and drivers flee for all kinds of reasons. These are only some of the most common reasons we have seen.
How long do I have to file suit?
A hit and run claim is likely a personal injury claim, unless someone tragically passes in the accident. The state of New York imposes a three-year statute of limitations on a personal injury claim and a two-year statute in a wrongful death claim. It is, however, uncommon for someone to wait that long. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a hit and run accident in New York, it is best to seek legal counsel immediately. There are instances where injuries may not be instantly apparent, and that is the only reason someone may not file a claim immediately.
Why is it so important to file suit in a NYC hit and run right away?
There are several reasons why it is important not to wait to seek legal counsel or even to file suit. The first reason is that there will be more evidence in the beginning, as physical evidence may dissipate with time. It may get lost or damaged, and important witnesses may move or change their contact information. Additionally, if you are filing suit, you will want your hit and run accident lawyer to work with the police and their investigation as well. You will likely have medical expenses that need to be covered, and your vehicle may also need repair. If you do not file suit, you may be left responsible for all of those expenses.
Will the hit and run driver be held at fault?
Many times in New York, leaving the scene of an accident can be considered an admission of guilt. It is not automatic, but the evidence weighs heavily in your favor. New York is a comparative negligence state which means that if by some chance, you are found partially responsible for the accident, the damages you are awarded will be reduced by that amount. For instance, if your claim is worth $100,000 and you are found to be at fault for 10% of the accident, then you are likely to be awarded $90,000.
If the other driver is never identified, can I still collect damages?
Yes, you can. Your car insurance likely has a provision called Supplemental Uninsured Motorist (SUM) coverage that will still allow you to collect for pain and suffering if you sustained a serious injury in an accident that was not your fault.
Who will pay for my medical expenses and lost wages?
If you are the victim of a NYC hit and run accident, then you should file a no-fault claim with the insurance company of the car that caused the accident. It is important that this claim is filed within thirty days, or you may give up your legal right to compensation. No-fault coverage will pay for medical expenses, lost wages, prescriptions costs, and even transportation to and from medical providers if needed.
What should I do if I am the victim of a hit and run accident in New York?
First, you should try to gather your thoughts and seek medical attention. If there are witnesses, they can help call 911 if you are unable to do so. Try to take a mental note of the color and make of the car. If you are able to write down the license plate number or get a witness to, it is always helpful. If you are unable to do so, just write down any details that you can remember. Ask a family member to help photograph your injuries. You may, unfortunately, forget what you saw, but photographs will be helpful in court. Do not speak to an insurance company, give any recorded statements, or sign anything without speaking to a hit and run accident lawyer first. Doing so could void, or significantly reduce, your right to financial compensation. Seek experienced legal counsel as soon as you are able to.
Call a New York hit and run accident lawyer with extensive experience
The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC has extensive experience and a proven track record of success representing hit and run accident victims in New York. Our highly skilled attorneys work closely with experts in the field to investigate diligently while preparing and presenting the strongest argument available so you can recover adequate financial compensation to cover your medical costs and lost wages. If you sustained a serious injury because someone else chose to leave the scene of an accident that they caused, The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC will fight fiercely for your rights as a victim and represent your best interests so that you can concentrate on recovering. If you or a loved one have suffered unnecessarily from the tragedy of a serious injury sustained in a NYC hit and run, call The Law Offices of Michael S. Lamonsoff, PLLC today. You can call the toll free number at (877) 675-4529 to set up your initial consultation, or you can fill out our consultation request form and we will get in touch with you shortly. Don’t hesitate to call, you have rights and will absolutely receive our attorney’s personal attention for the duration of your case.