The problem of pedestrian accidents in New York City is well known. Widespread education efforts and a police crackdown were the focus of media attention earlier this year. Still, pedestrians continue to suffer serious injuries because of driver negligence, and injured parties or their families find themselves in need of legal assistance to reach an appropriate settlement.
Matters are significantly more complicated when a pedestrian has been injured in a hit-and-run accident. This situation tends to leave victims feeling helpless and unsure of their legal options. Even after you have contacted police and filed a report, it may still be necessary to speak with a personal injury attorney about investigating the crash, tracking down the hit-and-run driver, and suing that individual for negligence.
Witness interviews, video from security cameras and evidence from the site of the accident may all be used in efforts to locate and identify the driver who hurt you. However, most people who have suffered a hit-and-run injury are not in a position to gather these kinds of evidence. Again, a legal professional with experience in handling hit-and-run cases can take the necessary steps to help you build a strong claim.
Unfortunately, in some cases, hit-and-run drivers are not identified, but victims may still have legal options for receiving compensation. Many insurance policies provide uninsured motorist coverage or personal injury protection. If you have either of these kinds of insurance, then you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.
In any case, be sure to file an accident report and do not put off seeking medical attention. Police reports and medical records are very useful in making injury claims after hit-and-run accidents.
If you would like to learn more about your rights after a hit-and-run, then our personal injury website is a good place to start.
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