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What Is the Difference Between "Leaving the Scene of an Accident" and Hit and Run?

What Is the Difference Between "Leaving the Scene of an Accident" and Hit and Run?

May 1, 2023
Paul Ajlouny

Your Rights If You Were Involved in a Hit-and-Run Accident

If you are involved in an accident, it is unlawful to leave the scene of an accident. Far too many people become the victims of hit-and-run accidents in New York. So, what happens when the other person doesn’t stop or fails to leave their information and is there a difference between the two?

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we help car accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries. Our attorneys have vast experience helping our clients maximize their damages to ensure that they receive the largest recovery possible. We know the devastation that any accident can cause, let alone a hit-and-run. Let us help you get the money you need. Contact our office at (718) 233-3913 for FREE legal advice about your case.

Are a Hit and Run Accident and Leaving the Scene the Same Thing?

Despite being used interchangeably, a hit-and-run accident and leaving the scene of an accident can actually refer to two different things. 

A hit-and-run occurs when a person does not stop after a crash or collision. New York State law requires that motorists stop if they are involved in an accident, regardless of whether anyone is hurt or the amount of property damage. You can be charged with a criminal offense for failing to stop after an accident.

In addition to stopping after an accident, you need to exchange information with the other people involved in the crash. Generally, you must provide your name, address, insurance information, and vehicle registration number. Failure to exchange information could be seen as leaving the scene of an accident, even if you initially stopped.

Obtaining Compensation If Someone Leaves the Scene of an Accident

New York follows no-fault insurance laws, meaning that individuals who are injured in an accident generally pursue a claim for compensation through their own insurance company regardless of fault. If the other driver leaves the scene of the accident without exchanging information, you may still file a claim through your own insurance company.

If you do not have insurance and were involved in a hit-and-run, you may be able to obtain compensation through the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC). However, it is imperative that you contact 911 immediately after the accident and file a claim. You should also consult with a car accident attorney to determine your legal options.

How Many Hit and Run Accidents Are There in NYC Each Year?

Studies show that there are thousands of hit and run accidents in New York City each year. Individuals injured in an accident where the motorist left the scene, need to file a report with law enforcement as quickly as possible. Additionally, it is important to take photos and collect evidence that will help prove your case. 

Involved in a Hit and Run in NYC? Contact Our Office.

Were you injured in a hit and run or involved in an accident where the other motorist left the scene? You need to consult with an attorney. Contact our office at (718) 233-3913 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees unless we win. Call now to get started. 

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