When your life has been upended by a driver who immediately flees the scene of a crash, you should contact a New York hit-and-run accident attorney to make sure you are given the compensation you deserve. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we know what it takes to get our clients payment to cover the many costs they are facing.
Let our law firm meet with you to help you better understand your legal options. Contact the New York hit-and-run accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC by calling (516) 399-2364, or simply fill out our online contact form to schedule your free consultation.
- It is Important to Report A Hit-and-Run Accident Immediately
- There are Several Different Vehicles that Might Be Involved in Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Answers to FAQs from a New York Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer
- Top 5 Mistakes Made After a Hit-And-Run Accident
- Contact the New York Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC Today
It is Important to Report A Hit-and-Run Accident Immediately
If you are a victim of a hit-and-run accident, it is imperative that you contact the police immediately so that they can investigate the accident and complete their official report. Filing a police report is vital, because it may be the only evidence to prove that you were involved in an accident with another vehicle. A New York hit-and-run accident lawyer from Kaplan Lawyers PC will work directly with the police to help to ensure that the other driver is held responsible and to make sure that you receive all of the benefits that you need and are entitled to. Contact us at (516) 399-2364 or through our online form.
If the driver of the other vehicle can be identified, a claim can be brought against that driver for the pain and suffering he has caused. However, if the operator of the other vehicle can’t be identified, you can file a claim under the SUM (Supplementary Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist) endorsement of your own insurance policy, which will provide compensation for the pain and suffering you have experienced.
There are time restrictions to file this claim with your insurance company, and it is necessary to prove that you have sustained a serious injury to receive compensation for your pain and suffering, so it is important to retain a hit-and-run accident attorney immediately.
Our hit-and-run lawyers have decades of experience and a proven track record of helping people who have been injured in hit-and-run accidents. Contact our office for a free consultation at (516) 399-2364. We are here to help and charge no fee unless we win your case.
There are Several Different Vehicles that Might Be Involved in Hit-and-Run Accidents
Your hit-and-run accident might involve any type of vehicle. A vehicle is only as good as its driver, and if that driver flees the scene, they are, by definition, a hit-and-run driver. As a victim of that driver’s negligence, you are entitled to payment for the costs of the accident and injury. You could be facing medical bills, lost income, property damage and a great deal of pain and suffering.
- Black Car Hit-and-Run Accident
- Hit-and-Run Bus Accident
- Motorcycle Hit-and-Run Accident
- Taxicab Hit-and-Run Accident
Hit and Run Victims Have Legal Options
If you were struck by a black car, bus, motorcycle, taxicab or any other type of vehicle, you should report the crash immediately and contact our New York hit-and-run accident lawyers. It doesn’t matter if your crash involved the driver of a commercial vehicle, a motorcycle or a passenger car. Though it might be easier to identify the driver of a taxicab, particularly if there were any witnesses to the crash or cameras that recorded the collision, you are still entitled to get compensation for the costs you are facing.
We know how to get our clients the compensation for the costs forced on them by a reckless driver. We will attempt to find the hit-and-run driver, but we will also pursue the compensation that your own insurance company owes you. Put our experienced team to work on your case.
Answers to FAQs from a New York Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer
Do I need an attorney to handle my claim?
No. However, the insurance company employs an army of attorneys, claims specialists, and experts to win the case, so in order to get the compensation that you are entitled to, you will need to hire an attorney that specializes in this type of law. Our legal team has decades of experience and a proven track record of maximizing settlements, and we are in the best position to guarantee that you get everything that you are entitled to. Contact us at (516) 399-2364 or online for a free consultation.
How long do I have to bring a claim?
The statute of limitations (or time in which a claim must be brought from the date of the accident) is 3 years for a personal injury claim. If a claim is being brought for wrongful death, the claim must be brought within 2 years from the date of death. If the claim is being brought against a municipality, the time to bring a claim is significantly shorter, depending on who the claim is against, so you should consult with an attorney immediately.
Is the hit and run driver 100% at fault?
New York law follows the pure comparative negligence rule, which states that an injured party will receive compensation for their injuries in proportion to their percentage of contribution to the accident. For example, if a jury believes that a claimant was 10% at fault, the other driver is responsible for paying 90% of the claimant’s damages. In most cases, if a hit-and-run driver has been identified, he will be held strictly liable, meaning that he will be held 100% liable, as fleeing the scene can be considered an admission of guilt.
How long does it take for police to investigate a hit-and-run?
There is no specific timeframe for investigating a hit-and-run accident. How long it takes for police to investigate a hit-and-run will depend on things like whether there were witnesses to the crash who can be interviewed, whether there were traffic cameras and cameras at local businesses that may have captured the accident, and other factors that may make it easier for the hit-and-run driver to be identified. It’s important to contact an attorney right away if you are the victim of a hit-and-run, whether the person who caused the accident has been identified or not.
What if the hit and run driver is never identified?
If the police are unable to identify the hit-and-run driver, your policy has a provision called SUM, which allows you to collect for your pain and suffering claim.
Do I have to pay any legal fees if I lose my case?
No. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee, which states that if you don’t win your case, we don’t get paid.
How much is my case worth?
If any attorney tells you that they know how much your hit-and-run case is worth before reviewing all of the documentation, then they are being untruthful or they are not competent. However, our legal team has decades of experience and will maximize the value of your case.
How long will it take to settle my case?
Every case is different, but our legal team utilizes the most advanced technology and aggressive legal strategy to expedite our clients’ cases, generally resolving cases years faster than any other firm. How long your hit-and-run case takes to resolve ultimately depends on the specific circumstances of your case.
How will my medical bills get paid?
Whether you were the driver or passenger in the car, your medical bills will be paid for by the insurance company for the car that you were in. However, you must file a No-Fault application with the insurance company within 30 days from the date of the accident; if you fail to do so, you will have waived your right to file the claim for benefits.
What type of insurance will pay for damages if you are the victim of a hit-and-run driver?
In a no-fault state such as ours, your own personal injury insurance will pay for your medical bills if you are injured. If you are the injured victim of a hit-and-run driver who cannot be found, you can file a claim with your own uninsured motorist coverage for your pain and suffering.
Does No Fault pay for anything else?
Yes. No-Fault will also pay for lost wages, prescription costs, transportation to medical providers, and reasonable expenses for household services.
Why does my insurance company have to pay the bills if the hit and run driver caused the accident?
The insurance companies were involved in the drafting of the legislation that created this policy. The benefit to injured parties is that they can get the treatment that they need even if it is unclear who caused the accident, because liability will not determine who pays.
Why would the insurance companies want that?
The insurance companies agreed to the legislation because the law also limits access to the court system by injured parties. The statute states that an injured person can’t proceed with a lawsuit unless they have sustained a serious injury as defined by the legislation, which significantly restricts an individual’s ability to collect money for pain and suffering.
What is the legal definition of a serious injury?
A serious injury has been defined as death; dismemberment; significant disfigurement; fracture; loss of a fetus; permanent loss of use of a body organ, member, function, or system; permanent consequential limitation of use of a body organ or member; significant limitation of use of a body function or system; or a medically determined injury or impairment of a non-permanent nature which prevents the injured person from performing substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities for not less than ninety days during the 180 days immediately following the occurrence of the injury or impairment.
How will I know if my injuries will be considered serious?
Many of the injuries sustained in hit-and-run automobile accident cases become progressively worse with time, so it is difficult to determine their extent shortly after the accident. However, the hit-and-run automobile accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC recommend that you retain an attorney immediately so that all filings are completed to protect your rights and ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to.
How can I get my car fixed?
Even though the hit-and-run driver will be held strictly liable, if you have collision coverage, we would recommend that you contact your insurance company and submit a claim under your policy. If you don’t have collision coverage, you will have to file a third-party claim with the other driver’s insurance company. However, a third-party claim can take significantly longer to resolve, and the insurance company will try to twist your words against you. We recommend that you contact a legal professional before contacting the insurance company directly.
Top 5 Mistakes Made After a Hit-And-Run Accident
There are several steps you can take to maximize the amount of money you receive after a hit-and-run accident, such as documenting your damages, keeping track of all the bills you receive and contacting an attorney very early on in the process. However, there are just as many mistakes you could make that end up affecting the amount of money you are offered by an insurance company. These are some of the most common mistakes hit-and-run victims make after being injured by a negligent driver:
- Not filing an accident report with the police
- Failing to report the accident to their insurance company
- Assuming they will feel better and not seeking medical attention
- Believing that the insurance company will deal with them fairly
- Not hiring an experienced attorney who will complete all filings to protect their rights and ensure that the injured person will receive full compensation.
When you hire an experienced attorney, you will be able to take full advantage of their experience and guidance. Your hit-and-run lawyer will give you legal advice about what you should and shouldn’t be doing in the days, weeks and months following the crash. Your attorney will also handle most of the work associated with filing a hit-and-run accident claim, so you can rest and focus on your health and recovery.
Contact the New York Hit-and-Run Accident Attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC Today
We know how to get results for our clients. Our years of experience can be your asset. We encourage you to review our past results and client testimonials to get a better idea of our legal services. We also want the opportunity to meet with you and your loved ones to help you better understand your path to compensation.
If you can’t come to one of our offices, we can come to you. We value our client relationships, and we take our role as their advocate seriously. Let us hear your story and help you devise a winning strategy.
Contact our hit-and-run lawyers by calling (516) 399-2364 or filling out our online contact form. We offer free initial assessments, and you are under no obligation to move forward with our firm if you don’t wish to do so. Reach out to our law firm today to speak to personal injury attorneys who will fight for the payment you deserve.