Articles Posted in Hit And Run Accidents

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If you are buying car insurance in New York, then you have the option of purchasing uninsured motorist coverage. This kind of coverage can be especially helpful if you are injured in an accident caused by an unidentified hit-and-run driver or a driver who simply doesn’t have insurance. Likewise, you may also have under-insured motorist coverage, which can provide compensation when the driver who hit you doesn’t have enough insurance to cover the full cost of your injury.

Uninsured and underinsured motorist claims are filed with your own insurance company. It is important to file such claims as soon as possible after a crash, though building an underinsured claim may take longer because the full cost of your injuries may not be immediately apparent. After a time, if you and your attorney determine that the other party’s insurance won’t cover all of your medical treatment, then you can file an underinsured claim.

With regard to underinsured coverage, something to keep in mind is that the negligent driver’s insurance would still be responsible up to the limit of that insurance. For example, say you have underinsured coverage up to $50,000 and the cost of your injury is $100,000. If the negligent driver’s policy covers $75,000, then your underinsured claim would be for $25,000, not the full $50,000 covered by your underinsured policy.

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If you have been injured in a hit-and-run accident in New York, then you have a range of options for maximizing the amount of compensation you receive. Your options depend on the facts of your particular case, and a personal injury attorney can investigate exactly what happened and help you build a claim.

When a hit-and-run driver has not been identified, then compensation may be available through your own insurance company if you have uninsured motorist coverage or personal injury protection. In any case, a thorough investigation should be conducted. There may be witnesses, video surveillance and other forms of evidence that could lead to the identification of a hit-and-run driver.

After injurious auto accidents, drivers have specific responsibilities, the basic of which is for the uninjured driver to contact emergency services. Serious car accidents also require motorists to contact police. All of these duties mean that drivers involved in a crash must remain at the scene.

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In a perfect world, covering the cost of medical care after an injurious auto accident would be an easy matter. You would simply go to a hospital, and the care would be provided with no cost to you. Unfortunately, receiving compensation for medical care can be exceedingly complicated after a car accident.

If you have been injured in a crash in New York, then you should be sure to send notification of the accident to all parties that may be responsible. An attorney with experience in these matters can help you identify potentially responsible parties and send notifications in a timely manner. If you intend to file a no-fault claim, then notice should be sent within 30 days of the accident.

Depending on the circumstances of the crash, the potentially responsible parties could include the following:

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Under New York’s no-fault insurance laws, a person’s insurance company will compensate for losses resulting from a car accident, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. However, if you file a no-fault claim with your insurer, you should do so within 30 days after the accident. Under special circumstances, a person could file a claim after the 30-day period, but clear and detailed proof would have to be provided to show why the exception should be made.

In any case, it is a good idea to file a detailed claim as soon as possible. If the circumstances of the accident are complex, or if an insurance policy is unlikely to cover all of the damages, then a personal injury attorney may be able to help secure the compensation you need for lost wages and medical bills.

A problem we often see in New York is that a hit-and-run accident has left an injured victim unsure of how to cover the costs resulting from the crash. In this case, too, a personal injury attorney can conduct a full investigation to identify who hit you and how to hold that person accountable.

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Most of us would assume that drivers involved in auto accidents would stop their vehicles, check to see if anyone was injured, and begin the process of calling police and contacting insurance companies. Unfortunately, though, that is not always the case.

Hit-and-run accidents happen in a variety of situations, and New Yorkers who have been victimized by a hit-and-run driver should know what steps to take after the crash.

For many people, the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident can be a flurry of emotions. Anxiety, anger, helplessness — these are all natural reactions to the realization that a motorist who hit you has illegally left the scene of the accident. Still, it is important to try to keep a cool head.

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In New York and across the nation, there are laws about what to do when a car accident involving an injury occurs. One important law is that all drivers remain at the scene until authorities arrive. This makes sure that if any help can be provided to injured parties, it is; and can help determine if any extenuating factors may have played into causing the crash. Unfortunately, in some cases, people who believe that there is a reason that they could be found negligent in an accident are sometimes too afraid of the consequences to remain. Often, these people leave the scene, changing the status from just an accident to a hit-and-run accident that could involve criminal charges that may not have been a factor before.

One recent incident which could prove to involve this aspect occurred when a young mother and a passenger ran out of gas. While stopped alongside a New York highway and standing next to her SUV, she and the SUV were struck. The driver who hit them reportedly sped off without stopping. Both the young mother and the passenger were transferred to a local hospital for medical treatment.

The young mother was pronounced dead at the hospital. The passenger of the SUV sustained head and knee injuries. The investigation is ongoing, with police searching for information from the public as to who the missing driver might be, as well as investigating local body shops for drivers requesting front-end work consistent with a hit-and-run accident.

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Over the weekend, the life of another Queens resident was stolen too soon because of a hit-and-run car accident. According to police, the 19-year-old man was walking across a street around 11 p.m. Saturday when a car blew through the intersection and struck him. Unfortunately, the driver did not stop to help the young pedestrian.

After hitting the young man at the intersection of 59th Street and Broadway, the driver left the scene. Although the pedestrian was taken to a hospital, he was pronounced dead soon after.

Hit-and-run accidents are extremely dangerous. Leaving an injured victim to fend for his or herself can be a recipe for tragedy and devastation. In this case, like many other hit-and-runs that happen in our area, police are still searching for the driver who hit the young man. Fortunately, a driver does not have to be found in order for a victim or his or her family to seek compensation.

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In New York, there are laws about what to do if you have been involved in an accident. One extremely important law is that both drivers must remain at the scene of the crash if someone was injured or killed. This law helps make sure that no one is left behind to try to get help on their own. Unfortunately, some people are too afraid of the other potential consequences of a serious crash that they choose to flee the scene, leaving victims to fend for themselves. This type of negligence can lead to a delay in treatment, which could result in death.

Just last week, a serious hit-and-run accident took place in Queens. When a 59-year-old woman stepped out of her car at 97th Avenue and 117th Street, she was struck by a car. Instead of stopping to help her, however, the driver fled the scene. Sadly, the mother of two died from injuries she sustained in the crash.

Thankfully, a police officer was nearby and saw the collision. He chased down the driver and eventually arrested him. The driver was charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and vehicular manslaughter.

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