Queens Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer
Queens Hit-and-Run Accident Lawyer
Being involved in a crash that’s caused by the negligence of another driver can be traumatic and frustrating, especially when injuries are serious. Even more maddening than the crash itself, though, is being hit by a driver who flees the scene. If you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run accident in Queens, you need an aggressive attorney on your side who can help you to understand your options and who will advocate for your rights. At the law office of Sullivan & Galleshaw LLP, our Queens hit-and-run accident lawyers can advocate for you. Call us today to learn more about your rights after a hit-and-run crash in Queens.
What to Do After a Hit-and-Run in New York
When a car accident occurs in Queens, both drivers involved in the crash are required under law to stop their vehicles and exchange information. But if you’re the only driver who stops, what are your options and what should you do?
First, it’s important that you move your vehicle to a safe location so that it’s not at risk of being hit again. You should also immediately check for injuries to yourself or any of your passengers; if anyone has been injured, do not hesitate to call 911 and request an ambulance.
While you may be seething with rage at the fact that the other driver has fled the scene, do not attempt to follow them or chase after them–doing so could be dangerous. Instead, immediately write down as much as you can remember about the other vehicle and its driver, including vehicle make and model, color, license plate number, and any distinguishing features, such as damage to the back-right tail light.
Call the police to report the accident and wait for an officer to arrive on the scene. As you wait, take as many photos of the accident scene as you can, including damage to the exterior and interior of your vehicle. If there are any witnesses to the accident, ask for their names, contact information, and a brief statement of what they saw. Ask them to wait for the police to arrive so that they can give a statement.
Next, be sure to get medical care. You should go directly from the accident scene to the hospital.
Finally, you need to call your insurance company to report the accident, You should also seriously consider calling a hit-and-run accident lawyer in Queens who can guide you through the next steps.
Who’s Liable for a Hit-and-Run Accident in Queens?
While being involved in a hit-and-run accident in Queens can be incredibly maddening, one thing to consider is that you can still recover some compensation for the crash through your own insurance policy. This is because New York is a no-fault car insurance state that requires all drivers to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. PIP is designed to pay for the policyholder’s economic losses regardless of who was at fault for the accident.
In addition to PIP coverage, New York also requires its motorists to carry uninsured motorist coverage, which applies in the event that you are involved in an accident with a driver who doesn’t have insurance or a hit-and-run driver.
In some cases, the hit-and-run driver may be located and identified. If they do have insurance and your injuries exceed New York’s serious injury threshold, then you can file a claim for damages against the at-fault driver for damages. In many cases, unfortunately, even if the driver is identified, they do not have insurance or do not have enough insurance to pay for a victim’s losses. As such, PIP and uninsured motorist coverage are incredibly important in this type of accident.
When you work with an experienced Queens hit-and-run accident lawyer, your lawyer can also determine whether or not any other policies or coverage options exist. For example, are there any third parties who contributed to the crash?
Call Our Experienced Queens Hit-and-Run Attorneys Today for Your Free Consultation
At the law office of Sullivan & Galleshaw LLP, our experienced Queens hit-and-run accident attorneys know what you’re going through and the frustration and pain you’re experiencing. If you have suffered serious injuries, you may be wondering what your options are and how to recover compensation for your losses. When you call our legal team, you can count on us to investigate your case, calculate your damages, and identify all options for financial recovery. Our lawyers have years of experience and care about our clients. For your free consultation, please send us a message or call us at 718-843-0300 today.
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