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If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident in New York, you will want to look into your legal options. Continue reading and give our skilled New York City auto accidents attorney today to discuss your options.

What are the common ways that hit-and-run accidents occur in New York?

You will want to keep in mind that a hit-and-run accident can happen practically anywhere, and in most cases, the driver who hit you panicked and ran without thinking about the consequences. Some other reasons a driver may run include the following:

  • They failed to buy the right car insurance and do not want to encounter the economic repercussions. The immediate reason that people drive without insurance is that they cannot afford it, so it is safe to assume that they would struggle to pay out-of-pocket for damages.
  • They were driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Even a first-offense DUI can come with big legal consequences, and the drunk driver faces important consequences if their actions result in injuries.
  • They have outstanding warrants or other legal issues. Most states need you to reach out to the police for any accident resulting in injuries or significant property damage. Someone wanted by the police may run to avoid getting caught.
  • If you are the victim of a hit-and-run collision, there are still a few essential things you can do to protect your rights immediately after. First, save the license plate number or take a photo if you can get to your phone in time.
  • Then reach out to the police no matter what. After that, take pictures of the damages and the surrounding scene before seeking medical attention. Even if you feel fine, you should see a doctor right away in case you have internal or latent injuries.
  • Lastly, think about speaking with an attorney about what you can do next to obtain the financial compensation you need to heal and move forward.

How Can You Cover the Damages From a Hit and Run?

Just like with any car accident, you usually turn to insurance for compensation. Without information about the other driver, your only option is to file a claim with your insurer. If you have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, you should at least have a way to fix or replace your damaged vehicle. If you live in one of the 12 no-fault states, you will turn to your personal injury protection insurance to cover medical bills and lost wages associated with your injuries. You may also check with your health insurance provider to see if any necessary treatments for your injuries are covered under your policy.

Contact Our New York City Firm

If you have been injured in a New York City accident, Swerling Law is here to help. Contact Swerling Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.


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