Hit and Run Accident Lawyers in New York City
Getting into a car accident can be a scary experience. However, when the driver who struck your vehicle leaves from the scene, the aftermath of a collision can be even more terrifying — and pursuing a claim can be much more complex. But even if the other driver flees, you may still be entitled to monetary recovery for the injuries you sustained due to their negligence.
If you were injured in a hit and run accident, it’s essential to contact a personal injury attorney immediately who can advise you of your legal rights and secure the compensation you deserve. The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has successfully represented victims of hit and run accidents with proficiency, skill, and integrity for more than three decades.
Reasons for Hit and Run Accidents
In New York State, a driver is required by law to exchange insurance information with the other driver after a crash. If a driver fails to remain at the accident scene, they could face hit and run penalties, including monetary fines, points on their license, and jail time. Critically, if the accident resulted in physical harm to another, the at-fault driver could be charged with a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the severity of the injuries.
- There can be many reasons a driver leaves the scene of an accident. The at-fault driver may have been:
- Driving under the influence
- Driving with a revoked or suspended license
- Texting or using a cell phone while driving
- Driving without insurance
- Operating a stolen vehicle
If you were struck by a vehicle in a hit and run accident, it’s crucial to call the police and file an accident report. If the at-fault driver is found, they may be presumed to be negligent under the doctrine of negligence per se for violating New York Vehicle and Traffic Law. Additionally, it’s also a good idea to check if there were any witnesses in the area who may have seen the accident occur or noticed the license plate.
The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. provides capable counsel and adept advocacy for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists who have suffered injuries in hit and run accidents. We will carefully evaluate the evidence in your case and fight to secure the highest settlement possible.
Common Hit and Run Accident Injuries
The injuries you could sustain as a result of a hit and run accident can be significant. Depending on the force of the impact, your injuries could require extensive medical treatment and cause you to lose time from work. Hit and run accident injuries may include soft tissue injuries, lacerations, knee injuries, concussion, traumatic brain injury, nerve damage, broken bones, rib fractures, paralysis, and disfigurement. In severe cases, a hit and run accident can also cause a victim to suffer permanent disability or fatality.
It’s important to seek medical attention following a hit and run accident. Even if you don’t think you were seriously injured, some types of injuries do not become apparent until several days or weeks after an accident. Your doctor might recommend diagnostic testing, physical therapy, and any other treatment they think is necessary. It’s crucial to follow your doctor’s treatment plan not only for your health, but also to establish proof of your injuries in your personal injury lawsuit.
Our NYC-based personal injury lawyers at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. provide unwavering counsel and high-quality representation for each client. We are committed to working diligently to achieve a favorable outcome in your case and to ensure that justice is obtained.
Qualified Counsel Striving to Secure Maximum Monetary Recovery
In any car accident that occurs in New York State, no-fault insurance may cover $50,000 in medical expenses and 80% of your lost wages up to $2,000 a month. However, in most cases, no-fault insurance isn’t enough to cover the full extent of a victim’s economic and non-economic damages.
In a hit and run accident, there may be several potential sources from which you can recover compensation beyond the benefits no-fault provides. While a thorough investigation of the accident could lead to tracking down the negligent driver, you may be eligible to invoke uninsured motorist benefits provided under your insurance policy if the driver cannot be found. If the accident was caused by a defect in the road or another driver was involved in the collision, you may also be able to commence a claim against a third-party.
The personal injury lawyers at The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. understand how a hit and run accident can severely impact your life — physically, emotionally, and financially. We will conduct a meticulous investigation of your claim to help ensure you recover full compensation for your damages.
Contact an Experienced New York Hit and Run Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a hit and run accident, you may be entitled to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you obtain maximum monetary recovery. For more than 30 years, The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has been representing victims of hit and run accidents and their families — and achieving positive results in their cases.
The Dearie Law Firm, P.C. has convenient office locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, as well as mobile locations serving Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester, Rockland, and Long Island in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Contact us at 1-800-2-DEARIE for a consultation.