A hit-and-run accident is one of the most devastating experiences on the road. It seems almost unthinkable that someone could cause a crash and then leave injured persons to fend for themselves. Sadly, this happens more often than New Yorkers realize.

Even worse, these cases are on the rise, and lethal cases are common. Fatal hit-and-run cases have increased over the past ten years by 89%. New York ranks among the top 10 states with a high percentage of hit-and-run accidents, with 7.3% of cases involving a fleeing driver.

These crashes result in catastrophic injuries and force innocent people to pay the bill. If you or your loved one suffered injuries in a hit-and-run accident, our New York hit and run accident lawyer can help— the Friedman Levy team is eager to seek justice on your behalf.

The Rights of Victims After a Hit and Run Accident

In New York, it is illegal for someone to leave an accident scene without identifying themselves. Law enforcement treats hit and run accidents as serious offenses. If you were the victim of a hit-and-run but you did not suffer injuries, then the offender could face misdemeanor charges. If you sustained serious injuries or someone died, it could become a felony.

If the offender faces charges, the criminal case is separate from your civil claim for damages, and one typically does not affect the other. However, a jail sentence could impact your ability to recover compensation for damages. If this happens, your attorney can inform you of your options.

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The Importance of Legal Representation with a Hit and Run Accident

In the wake of a hit-and-run accident, you may feel alone and unsure about how to proceed. Experienced hit and run accident lawyers in NYC can take over the case and provide the guidance you need to move forward with confidence in your decisions. Here are some of the reasons you need an attorney:

1.    New York personal injury laws are complex.

Personal injury laws are complex, and New York is especially unique. The legal landscape includes strict regulations, vague loopholes, and a lot of paperwork. Just reviewing the tort laws can feel overwhelming. Our hit-and-run accident lawyers have the knowledge and experience to simplify the process, explain the regulations, and guide you through the process.

2.    Insurance provisions for hit and runs can vary.

New York is a no-fault insurance state. Consequently, your insurance company typically pays for medical expenses. However, this does not extend to vehicle damage. The state holds the at-fault driver liable for this, but what happens if the police never identified the hit and run driver? What happens if your insurance is from a state without no-fault provisions? Every case is different. We can take a closer look at the details and advise you.

3.    There is a Statute of Limitations for hit and runs in New York.

New York imposes a Statute of Limitations of three years on hit and run lawsuits. This means you have limited time to file your claim in court. The clock starts ticking from the day the accident occurs, and if you do not file within that timeframe, you could lose your right to seek compensation altogether. An experienced hit and run accident lawyer works hard to ensure you get everything in on time.

4.    You deserve justice and fair compensation.

No one should have to suffer the consequences of a hit-and-run accident alone. That’s why you should leverage our knowledge and experience to protect your rights. We will work tirelessly to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions and ensure that you receive fair compensation.

How Our Experienced Hit and Run Accident Lawyers Can Help You

When you hire our auto accident lawyer, we charge nothing upfront. We only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for your case. That makes us a risk-free investment in the protection of your rights. Here are some of the strategies we’ll take advantage of to win your case:

  1. Gather evidence and reconstruct the crash.
  2. Review the evidence provided to confirm you are not the at-fault driver.
  3.  Identify the at-fault driver and pursue them for damages.
  4. Determine insurance coverage and claims.
  5. Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
  6. Represent you in court if necessary.

Steps to Take After a Hit and Run Accident

After a hit-and-run accident, prompt response can make a big difference. Once you notice the person does not intend to stay, try to get some descriptive factors to help the police find them.

Examples include the following:

  1. Full or partial license plate
  2. Make and model of the vehicle
  3. Color of the vehicle
  4. Description of the driver
  5. Number of vehicle occupants

You should also contact emergency services as soon as possible. Seek medical attention and report the incident to the police. Provide the information you have so that they can begin their search for the driver who fled. The sooner they start looking, the better their chances are of finding that person.

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Why Choose Our Law Firm

At Friedman Levy, we are more than just lawyers. We are advocates for justice, committed to helping victims of hit-and-run accidents reclaim their lives. We have decades of experience, a track record of successful outcomes, and a client-centered approach. These are just some of the many things that set us apart. Schedule your consultation with our NY personal injury law firm today.