Any type of NYC motor vehicle accident can leave the victim seriously injured. Hit and run accidents add insult to injury. If you were hurt in a hit and run accident in the city, don’t hesitate to call our law office for help.
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., we’re here to fight to get you the money you need. Regardless of whether they’ve located the driver, call an experienced New York car accident lawyer at our firm for a free consultation as soon as possible. We can get to work investigating the accident immediately.
Injured in a NYC Hit & Run Accident? You Deserve a Lawyer You Can Trust
Any type of unexpected accident can be overwhelming. It could take weeks or months to recover–and some injuries never heal completely. You could be left struggling with a lifetime of ongoing medical or physical therapy needs. Some victims suffer from chronic pain that lasts a lifetime.
Getting fair compensation from an at-fault driver can be hard enough. When the driver flees the scene and you have no way to get in touch with them, matters become even more difficult. Our NYC car accident lawyers know how to get results for our injured clients. When you choose us, we will:
- Investigate to determine the cause of your accident
- Work with local police, sharing information to locate the at-fault driver
- Use the evidence we find to determine whether anyone other than the hit-and-run driver could be financial responsible
- Identify all available sources of insurance coverage
- Negotiate with the insurance companies and act as a buffer while your recover
- Work with leading accident experts to put a fair value on your injuries
Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. is among the most respected personal injury law firms in NYC for a reason. We have recovered millions in compensation for accident victims across the city. With over 40 years of experience, we have the proven experience you need in your corner. Our reputation for success works to your advantage–because it follows us into negotiations and into the courtroom.
How Common Are Hit & Run Accidents?
According to insurance studies, one hit and run accident happens every single minute on U.S. roads. Drivers leave the scene of the accident for any number of reasons–all of which are illegal under NYC laws. Drivers might run from the scene in circumstances involving:
- Drug or alcohol use
- Driving without a driver’s license
- Driving without proper car insurance
- Fleeing the scene of another crime
In 2017 alone, 46,000 hit and run accidents were reported in NYC. Unfortunately, drivers in hit and run accidents rarely face criminal charges in NYC, despite the laws that make leaving the scene of an accident a crime if anyone was hurt in the accident.
New York Laws on Hit & Run Accidents
NYC law requires all drivers to remain at the accident scene if there is property damage or an injury. Even if the accident caused only minimal property damage, drivers are required to exit their vehicles and exchange contact and insurance information.
If the accident caused an injury or fatality, the drivers must also call the police. They are then legally required to wait at the scene for the police to arrive. These rules apply in all auto accident cases (with the exception of an accident involving only an injury to animals).
At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our lawyers can help with any type of hit and run car accident claim, including those involving:
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Hit and run accidents on the roads
- Parking lot hit and run accidents
- Taxi hit and run accidents
- Uber or Lyft hit and run crashes
Leaving the scene of an accident can result in traffic fines and even criminal charges. As the victim of a hit and run accident, a lawyer can help you pursue a claim for financial compensation.
The Role of Negligence Per Se in Proving Liability
Usually, the victim of a motor vehicle accident must prove that someone was negligent to recover compensation for their injuries. In a hit and run accident case, a legal theory called “negligence per se” applies.
Negligence per se means that the hit-and-run driver is presumed negligent. To establish liability under the negligence per se rule, therefore, you only have to show that the driver violated a law intended to protect the public.
Application of the negligence per se rules doesn’t mean that recovering compensation will be a slam dunk. You will still have to prove the extent of your injuries and establish a value for your claim. It’s also necessary to prove that a hit and run accident did, in fact, occur.
What About the New York No-Fault Insurance Law?
New York state law requires every driver to purchase car insurance. In any accident, you first make a claim with your own carrier for compensation. The same is true in a hit and run accident.
The problem with no fault insurance is that your policy limits might not provide enough compensation if your injuries were serious. In other cases, the insurance company might put up a fight.
Even if you’re dealing with your own insurance carrier, it’s important to have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side. Remember, the insurance company’s top goal is to reduce your compensation award. This is true even if you are the one paying the policy premiums.
What if the Hit-and-Run Driver is Charged with a Crime?
New York laws make leaving the scene of an accident a crime if someone was hurt. If the driver was charged with a crime, you don’t lose the right to sue for damages in civil court. Your case might be put on hold pending resolution of the criminal charges.
A hit-and-run driver might be charged with:
- A felony if someone was seriously injured, or died, in the accident
- A misdemeanor if only minor injuries were involved
- A traffic violation for hit-and-run cases involving property damage only
A conviction doesn’t mean you will automatically win compensation in civil court. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our personal injury lawyers will work to investigate your case to locate available sources of compensation–all while we build a persuasive case on your behalf. We will also make sure to file your case so that your claim is not time-barred by the statute of limitations.
If you were injured in a hit and run accident, a lawyer can help. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation.
Hit & Run Accidents Leave Victims Suffering from Serious Injuries
Identifying all potential sources of compensation is important in any personal injury case. Serious injuries can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat. Injuries to bicyclists and pedestrians can be even more costly–and sometimes devastating.
Unfortunately, many auto insurance policies limit payouts to as little as $25,000 per accident victim. But you don’t have to fend for yourself. Our personal injury law firm helps clients fight for fair compensation after suffering any type of personal injury, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Other head and neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Soft tissue injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Organ damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death
When you’re facing a long road to recovery, you don’t have to go it alone. Our NYC personal injury attorneys will work to secure fair compensation so you can get the treatment you need.
NYC Statute of Limitations Limits Time for Filing a Lawsuit
Your right to compensation survives even if the negligent driver leaves the scene. Despite this, you don’t have an unlimited amount of time to file your claim. Hit and run accident victims only have three years to file a personal injury lawsuit in New York City.
We’ll Fight to Get the Money You Need for Your Hit & Run Accident Injuries
Hit and run accident victims can be left struggling with painful, potentially devastating, injuries. You deserve fair compensation for the pain and suffering those injuries have caused–and the financial toll an injury can take on your life. You may be entitled to financial compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Physical therapy and rehab costs
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished quality of life
- Emotional distress
- Damages for wrongful death in fatality cases
Establishing a dollar value for the claim depends upon the severity of your injuries. Our lawyers can help you with the documentation you need to prove how much you deserve. We also stay in contact with medical and financial experts whose opinions count when negotiating with the insurance company.
Punitive Damages in New York Hit & Run Accident Cases
Punitive damages are only available in especially shocking personal injury cases. Punitive damages are designed only to punish the person responsible for the accident, so they are subject to strict limits.
Because of the serious nature of a hit and run accident, the victim may be entitled to claim punitive damages in a lawsuit against the at-fault driver.
Contact a New York City Hit & Run Accident Lawyer Who Can Help
If you were hurt in a hit and run accident, it’s important to file a police report and get the medical care you need. As soon as you can, call a personal injury lawyer. Even if you aren’t sure what happened, our lawyers will work to protect your rights while you recover.
To start the process, just call an experienced NYC hit and run accident lawyer at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. for a free initial consultation. We represent clients across the five NYC boroughs, including Long Island.