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What to Do If You’re Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident in New York

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Hit-and-run crashes and fatalities are rising at an alarming rate in New York.

A study from the American Automobile Association (AAA) reveals that a hit-and-run occurs every forty-three seconds in the United States.

If you or a loved one is a victim of a hit-and-run accident, an experienced New York Car Accident Lawyer familiar with hit-and-run cases can help you get compensation for your injuries and damages.

Hit-and-run violations, which are criminal offenses, can create further impediments for accident victims and their families seeking justice and medical and insurance support.

What Is A Hit-And-Run Accident?

A hit-and-run accident occurs when a motorist collides with another automobile, a pedestrian, or property and then speeds away from the accident scene without exchanging insurance information with the affected party or providing assistance to the injured.

In New York, after an accident, drivers must:

  • Call for emergency care
  • Offer help to those in need
  • Move their vehicle out of the way if they can, especially on busy New York roads, highways, and intersections
  • Provide contact and insurance information to the others involved in the accident
  • Call the police to report the accident

Failure or refusal to provide information, or fleeing the accident scene before the police arrive turns this accident into a hit-and-run.

Reporting Hit-And-Run Accidents In New York

The New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law requires reporting of car accidents involving injury or death to the police and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

The police also file a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident (MV-104) with the DMV, even if you have already done so.

Leaving the scene of an accident that causes personal injury or death is considered a crime in New York.

The accident must be reported to the proper authority within twenty-four hours.

Failure to file a report isn’t a crime. However, it can lead to license suspension.

If You Are Injured, Seek Medical Treatment Immediately

If you have suffered injuries, seeking immediate care is the best way to ensure fast, effective treatment. A physician or a care center can detect any accident injuries before they have a chance to progress.

Even if you feel that your injuries are not severe, a visit to the hospital is essential to receive an accurate diagnosis.

One of the first things insurance companies will try to determine is whether or not you sought immediate medical treatment after your car accident.

By not seeking timely medical treatment, you put your ability to recover compensation at risk at a time when you need it most.

Contact Your Insurer Company

Inform your insurer of the hit-and-run accident. New York is a No-fault insurance state. Your insurance will cover your injuries, lost wages, and vehicle repairs.

Gregory Spektor And Associates: Insightful Legal Representation For Victims Of Hit-and-Run Accidents In New York

If you were hurt in a hit-and-run accident, seek immediate legal advice. In New York, you have only three years from the date of your accident to take legal action.

At Gregory Spektor And Associates, our experienced car accident lawyers will review your insurance policy to determine exactly what reporting requirements are included, so that you may meet them and reduce any complications in the handling of your claim.

Our New York personal injury law firm offers free initial assessments.

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