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February 19, 2024 | Car Accidents

What to Do After a Hit And Run in New York

Steps to Take If You Are the Victim of a Hit and Run

A devastating number of hit and run accidents occur in New York each year. These accidents leave unsuspecting victims seriously injured with little idea of where to turn for compensation. If you are involved in a hit and run accident, you need to speak to an attorney to determine your legal options. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to pursue compensation from your no-fault benefits or from a liable third party.

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we provide representation for individuals who have been injured in hit and run accidents throughout New York. Our legal team is well-versed in handling even the most complex cases. We know how to hold people and insurance companies accountable. Get the free legal advice you need and deserve. Contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.  

What Is a Hit and Run Accident?

A hit and run accident occurs when someone leaves the scene of an accident without exchanging information with other parties. State law requires motorists to share their license and insurance information with any other drivers that are involved in an accident. 

Pursuant to Vehicle & Traffic § 600 individuals who are involved in an accident with property damage that does not exceed $1,000 and no injuries are required to exchange information with other drivers but do not have to call the police. If, however, there are injuries or property damage exceeding $1,000, information must be exchanged, and local law enforcement must be notified. The law enforcement officer will then file a report on the incident. 

It is unlawful for any person to leave the scene of an accident without exchanging information, even if there were no injuries. A driver who leaves the scene of an accident without exchanging information would face legal consequences even if they were not at fault for the crash. 

What Should I Do If I am Involved in a Hit and Run in New York?

If you are involved in a hit and run, you need to take several steps to protect your rights. Failure to follow these steps could result in your claim for damages being denied. 

Steps to take if you are the victim of a hit and run accident in New York:

  • Contact 9-1-1. It is imperative to contact 9-1-1 to report the accident. Even if there were no injuries, you should still report the incident. It is illegal to leave the scene of the accident. The other driver should be held accountable.
  • Seek medical attention. If anyone is injured in the accident, you need to notify law enforcement. The dispatched can ensure that emergency medical personnel are sent to the scene. Even if you are not taken to the emergency room, you still need to get medical treatment as soon as possible.
  • Collect evidence. If you are able, try to collect as much evidence as possible after the car accident. Document the type of vehicle, including the license plates, if you can read them. It is important not to put yourself in danger. You should not chase the hit and run driver or attempt to apprehend them. Reporting the incident to law enforcement is your best bet. 
  • Notify your insurance company. Motorists in New York are required to carry no-fault insurance coverage. Your no-fault benefits may help to cover your medical bills, lost wages, and more.
  • Consult with an experienced attorney. You should contact an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can guide you through the process and help to ensure you receive the largest recovery possible after a hit and run accident. 

Whether you were rear-ended or involved in a hit and run with a commercial vehicle, it is essential to act quickly. You only have a limited amount of time to file a claim against your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage or to pursue damages against a hit and run driver. 

Seeking Legal Counsel After a Hit and Run Accident

It is critical to seek legal counsel after a hit and run accident in New York. Failing to take legal action may mean that you receive nothing for your medical bills and lost wages. You could be out tens of thousands of dollars for an accident that was caused by another person’s negligence. A lawyer will help to ensure that you get the recovery you deserve and that all potentially liable parties are held accountable for their wrongdoing. 

Contact Ajlouny Injury Law for a Free Consultation

Were you injured in a hit and run accident in New York? Contact Ajlouny Injury Law to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Get FREE legal advice from an experienced, highly qualified legal team. We have helped thousands of New Yorkers get compensation for their injuries. 

We can help you get the money you need. Do not settle for less. Let our lawyers review your case to determine the best course of action.

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