What Should I Do After a Hit and Run Car Accident?

Because of the increasing population in New York, accidents are constantly occurring. Car crashes are most common, and anyone can be randomly hurt at any time of the day. Hit and run collisions account for one fourth of all the car accidents reported in the state. The most common of these collisions occur in parking lots where one car hits another that is parked. The law requires any driver at fault to never leave the crime incident unless everything has been settled. However, there are instances when the driver at fault leaves people with injuries and flees for the hope of not being held liable for any damage. If in any case the driver leaves without any valid reason, or without leaving any contact information and identification, the collision is considered a hit and run. A driver who is responsible for hit and run will be liable for a heavier punishment.

A hit and run accident can be one of the scariest things a person can ever experience. Not only are you most likely injured, but you probably also feel very alone ā€“ especially immediately after the accident when it might seem as though there is no one there to help. And if you've lost a loved one to a hit and run accident, you probably feel more alone than ever. But with the experienced New York car accident lawyers at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, you're never alone. Call us today at (212) 986-7353 for info.

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Steps Your Personal Injury Lawyer Will Take

After a hit-and-run accident, you should contact a lawyer immediately as your injuries can worsen over time and your memory made fade. You may find yourself in a brutal battle with another driver or an insurance company, so know that legal guidance is the best way to protect yourself and secure damages. Your lawyer will help you:

Prove Liability. During a hit-and-run accident, proving liability is vital and the other person in question could be facing criminal charges. Your lawyer will need to prove liability by presenting enough information to show that the driver was responsible for the accident.

Gather Evidence. Gathering evidence after an accident could be confusing. You may not know what you will need to prove in court or how to collect the evidence that best supports your claim, but a proper lawyer will help you gather that information. The professionals at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP will help you assemble the evidence you need that will be admissible in court.

Stay Safe from Insurance Companies. Some insurance companies have strict policies, especially when it comes to hit-and-run accidents. In some cases, the other party in a hit-and-run accident may never be seen again and an insurance company may not want to offer compensation. A great attorney will protect you from unfair insurance practices.

Reach a Fair Settlement. A lot of the time, it can be difficult to come to an agreement with an insurance company. A lawyer is needed to negotiate a fair settlement. Never accept a payout before speaking with a professional.

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Why Do Drivers Flee the Scene of a NY Hit and Run?

Although many people find it difficult to understand how someone could leave an injured individual after a car wreck, especially if it was his fault, these are real life scenarios. This can happen for a number of reasons, such as panic, or the driver having an expired driver's license or is under the influence of liquor or drugs. Unfortunately, scenarios like these have happened in the past, and they will continue to happen.

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What Are Common Injuries in Hit and Run Accidents?

Hit and run accidents have several serious consequences, including a number of injuries that can be sustained during the accident. The type of injury sustained will depend on whether the victim was in another vehicle at the time of the hit and run, or if they were a pedestrian. Because pedestrians don't have the protection of a large steel frame around them, their injuries are likely to be much more severe than they would be if they'd been in a car at the time of the accident. It's because of this that more pedestrians die in hit and run accidents than other drivers. Some of the most common injuries found in hit and run accidents include:

Unfortunately, along with these injuries, death isn't uncommon when it comes to New York hit and run accidents, especially when the victim was on a bike or walking and not inside another vehicle. The U.S. Department of Transportation states that one in every five fatalities involving a cyclist or pedestrian is due to a hit and run accident.

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How to Record Accidents and Document Injuries

Hit and run accidents can be very difficult to prosecute in court. Because the responsible party didn't stay to exchange information or even make sure you were okay, it can be nearly impossible to hold someone at fault for the accident. That's why the steps you take immediately after can make a big difference in the compensation you receive.

The first thing to do is check the area immediately for any possible witnesses. While you might not have noticed the license plate or make and model of the car that hit you, witnesses who were in a better state of mind and vantage point may have this information. Speak to them, get their contact information, and ask if you can use them as a witness.

You'll need medical care after a hit and run accident, even if you feel as though it's not completely necessary at the time. Be sure to record any injuries on your way to the hospital, and make sure any that are found while you're there are also properly documented. This might be the only evidence you have of the accident, so it's important to make sure it's all recorded.

Penalties for a hit and run accident will vary depending on whether personal injury was sustained, or if it was only property damage. Of course, the penalties for personal injury are going to be much more severe for the person that hit you ā€“ it could mean up to 4 years in prison and fines that cost thousands of dollars. For this reason, it's important that you record every injury or consequence you've suffered as a result of the hit and run.

Hit and run accidents might make you feel alone, but let us reassure you that you're not. Here at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro, Moses & Halperin, LLP, we want to help as best we can.

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Types of Recoverable Damages in a New York

After a hit-and-run collision in New York City, you can be awarded compensation for your injuries. The court could also hold the other driver responsible for your damaged vehicle, lost time at work, and loss of affection or companionship such as when a family member or spouse is killed. Discuss your personal injury case with a qualified lawyer to learn how much you can earn in recoverable damages.

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Fatal Hit and Run Collisions

More traumatic are the deaths caused by hit and run collisions. The families of the victims are left with no one to blame and no one to ask for financial assistance. This can be a difficult time for a family who grieves for the loss of a loved one.

With personal injury law, determining liability can depend on several factors that can be misconstrued. Cases such as these need to be handled with sensitivity and expertise. While insurance companies and other parties may offer a settlement quickly, it is imperative to speak with a qualified representative before accepting any payouts as you may be eligible for a much greater reward.

A hit and run crash can be difficult to solve especially when the person who is injured is not able to remember the plate number of the car which caused the accident. Although many hit and run cases have been solved, it is still difficult for authorities to track down the driver at fault without any given facts. If the driver is not identified, there is no way that the person injured will able to recover any damage.

It is wise to try to remember the car's color, plate number, car brand, car model and to what direction it went. Otherwise, you will have no chance of recovering the damages that were done to you and your car. Immediate help is also needed for your own safety. You can ask bystanders to call the hospital for an ambulance, or do it yourself if you are still capable of doing so.

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A hit and run accident can change everything. Get help from a New York car accident lawyer by calling (212) 986-7353.

Our New York Car Accident Attorneys Are Here To Help

If you or someone you love has been involved in a hit and run collision, contact us today for a consultation of your situation. Our New York injury attorneys have the experience and resources to investigate your matter fully, helping to bring the negligent parties to justice. Call us at (212) 986-7353 right away.

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Additional Information

Our Car Accident Case Results

$8.3 Million - New York State Record-Setting Verdict for Single Level Cervical Discectomy

Pursuant to the New York Jury Verdict Reporter, WRSMH attorney Frank J. Lombardo obtained the highest recorded verdict in the State of New York for a single level cervical discectomy.

Frank Lombardo

$6.2 Million - Intersection Accident

Andrea V. Borden was able to obtain a jury verdict in the amount of $6.2 million on behalf of our client, a 60-year-old Brooklyn woman involved in a motor vehicle accident.

Andrea Borden

$5.5 Million - New York Motor Vehicle Accident

WRSMH attorney Bryce Moses obtained a verdict in the amount of $5,500,000 for our client who was exiting the Staten Island Expressway when her motor vehicle was struck by a Con Edison van.

Bryce Moses

$4.9 Million - NY Car Accident Injury

Our client, a man in his 30s, was standing next to the rear of a truck while working as an assistant mover, when the defendant driver struck a middle car in the rear and propelled it into our client.

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$4.5 Million - Two Passengers Injured in Rear-end Accident

Jay Wechsler obtained an excellent result at the early stages of a case for two clients who were injured in a rear-end accident.

Jay Wechsler

$3.3 Million - Client Struck By Van While On a Scooter

Attorney Jason Rubin obtained a large settlement for a man who was injured after being struck by a van while on a scooter.

Jason Rubin

$3 Million - NY Motor Vehicle Accident

Cliff Shapiro and another WRSMH attorney were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $3,000,000 on behalf of a forty-five year old man from Queens who suffered injuries to his neck and lower back in a crash.

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$2.9 Million - NY Access-A-Ride Van Accident

WRSMH settled the case of our client who was hit by an Access-A-Ride van after mediation and before trial for $2.9 million dollars.

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$2.8 Million - Three Car Auto Accident in NY

WRSMH attorney obtained a $2.8 million settlement during trial for our client who was involved in a three car accident. The plaintiff was struck twice from behind in a rear-end collision involving two vehicles.

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$2.75 Million - NY Intersection Car Accident

Phil Russotti and Kenneth Halperin obtained a settlement for our client in the amount of $2,750,000, in this case in which the plaintiff's motor vehicle was struck in the rear.

Philip Russotti, Kenneth Halperin

$2.75 Million - Rear-end Van Accident in Queens

Douglas Milch obtained a large settlement for a group of individuals injured in a van accident in Queens on the Grand Central Parkway.

Douglas Milch

$2.5 Million - Queens County Resident's Vehicle Hit by Rental Truck

Douglas Milch obtained a large settlement for a Queens County resident who was injured in a collision with a rental truck.

Douglas Milch

$2.5 Million - New York Motor Vehicle Accident

Kenneth Halperin obtained a combined settlement in the amount of $2,500,000 for a 66 year old woman and her 32 year old daughter who were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Kenneth Halperin

$2.5 Million - Man Struck By Car Walking Dog

Phil Russotti obtained a 2.5 million dollar settlement for a 57 year old man who was struck by a car while walking his dog on the side of a roadway that did not have sidewalks.

Philip Russotti

$2.5 Million - Auto vs. Pedestrian Accident in New York

Phil Russotti obtained a 2.5 million dollar settlement for a 57 year old man who was struck by a car while walking his dog on the side of a roadway that did not have sidewalks.

Philip Russotti

$2.25 Million - Permanent Injuries from Rear-end Accident In The Bronx

WRSMH attorney recently settled a case for a client who sustained permanent neck and back injuries after being rear-ended in the Bronx.

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$2 Million - NY Rear-End Accident

Kenneth Halperin and another WRSMH attorney were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 40-year-old woman from Kings County.

Kenneth Halperin

$2 Million - Intersection Accident in Brooklyn

Andrea Borden and another WRSMH attorney were able to obtain a recovery after trial in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 60-year-old housekeeper from Kings County.

Andrea Borden

$2 Million - New York Rear-End Collision

Kenneth Halperin and another WRSMH attorney were able to obtain a settlement in the amount of $2,000,000 on behalf of our client, a 45-year-old man from Queens County.

Kenneth Halperin

$2 Million - DUI Car Accident Victim

This matter was settled a couple of months prior to trial for the full insurance policy limit of $2 million by Cliff Shapiro, after being wholly litigated for the past few years by Bill Hepner.

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