Work With The NYC Lawyers Who Are Protecting Your Rights in Hit & Run Accidents
Sadly, incidents of drivers hitting pedestrians, bicyclists, and other motorists and then fleeing the scene occur every day in New York City. Hit-and-run accidents have been described as a plague in New York City and the surrounding areas. Fleeing drivers are often drunk, high, uninsured, lacking a valid license or have an outstanding arrest warrant. They presume they have a better chance of avoiding the consequences by taking off and are willing to leave tragedy in their wake.
Unfortunately, police often do not catch the perpetrators. Fleeing drivers who are captured are typically treated with a slap on the wrist in New York City. The driver is unlikely to have insurance or assets, making them unable to pay damages. Regardless of whether the hit-and-run driver ever faces justice, you have the right to justice by recovering money and benefits for your injuries, medical expenses and reimbursement of your lost wages.
Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. is a premier New York City personal injury and wrongful death firm that helps clients in New York City and other NY communities. Our attorneys think strategically to obtain all the money and benefits you are entitled to for injuries you sustained in a hit-and-run accident.
New York Hit-and-Run Laws
Leaving the scene of an accident that causes injuries, death or property damages is illegal in New York. Yet, the penalties do not match the crime. Many of these drivers run to escape DUI charges that carry much harsher penalties. Our firm advocates for stronger hit-and-run laws in New York that incentivize people to stay and help rather than reward them for running.
Uninsured Driver Insurance and PIP
New York is a no-fault state, meaning your no-fault personal injury protection (PIP) insurance policy covers your medical expenses and reimbursement of your lost wages regardless of fault. As such, you can collect money for your injuries, medical bills and associated costs from your own auto insurance company regardless of whether police apprehend the fleeing driver. In addition, you are entitled to file a claim under your uninsured motorist policy as well as serve a Demand for Arbitration if a hit-and-run driver injures you.
Other auto insurance policies may exist and provide uninsured motorist coverage if you do not own an auto. It is important you speak to an experienced personal injury and wrongful death lawyer to collect all money and benefits you are entitled to.
There is a time a limit to make a claim for uninsured motor vehicle benefits, usually 90 days, from date of accident. Don’t delay, act today, call us at 1-888-575-6410.
Third Party Claims
Our New York City auto accident lawyers constantly look for different angles in which to hold every potential wrongdoer accountable to recover money and benefits for our clients. For example, we consider whether the accident occurred because of dangerous roadway conditions, such as cracked pavement, a broken traffic signal a downed stop sign or dim street lighting. We might also consider whether road construction or a defective car, seat back, safety belt, airbag, auto manufacturer defect or another driver caused or contributed to the accident.
Learn More about Recovering Damages from a Fleeing Driver
If the driver flees the scene of the accident, you have many options to obtain the money and benefits you are entitled to. Learn more about your rights by calling Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. at 1-888-575-6410. We have five convenient New York offices to serve you — Manhattan, the Bronx, Deer Park, Jericho and White Plains. Our firm handles your claim on contingency fee basis, which means you do not pay attorneys’ fees until we recover money for you.