Hit-and-runs are one of the most devastating types of New York car accidents. These incidents are particularly egregious and often result in serious injuries and even death. After a hit-and-run accident, injury victims and their families often face an uphill battle trying to recover damages that cover the extent of their losses. A New York accident attorney can help families navigate these complex lawsuits.
Hit-and-run accidents occur when a driver leaves the scene of an accident without providing identifying information and rendering reasonable assistance to victims of the accident. Even if the accident does not appear to cause injuries, drivers must still stop and, at minimum, exchange insurance information. The failure to stop and provide information and assistance can leave vulnerable individuals in a harrowing position. Even short delays in medical treatment can have lifelong impacts on accident victims.
For instance, a New York news source recently reported on a tragic Westchester hit-and-run accident. Witnesses called police to report a man lying on the side of a roadway near Route 6. When police arrived, they discovered that the man died after being hit by a vehicle. A preliminary investigation revealed that a person traveling east on the road hit the victim and left the accident scene.
There are many reasons a person may flee the scene of an accident. A driver may not know they hit an individual; however, this is a rare occurrence. More common is that the driver is either impaired, uninsured, unlicensed, has a warrant out, or is engaged in illegal behavior. However, panic and other similar reasons are not enough to avoid liability for the accident and subsequent fleeing.
After a hit-and-run accident, injury victims should seek medical treatment and alert authorities about the accident. Hit-and-run accident victims should contact an attorney before engaging in discussions with their insurance company. An attorney can communicate with law enforcement and insurance companies to identify the responsible party and recover appropriate damages. Insurance companies inherently prioritize their financial interests over that of their policyholder. As such, an attorney can be an indispensable tool in navigating discussions between the victim and the insurance company. Further, attorneys can help file claims against insurance companies that deny a policyholder’s claim in bad faith.
Have You Suffered Injuries in a New York Hit-and-Run?
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a New York motor vehicle accident, contact the Law Office of Mark A. Siesel. The attorneys at our law firm maintain a conveniently located practice that represents accident victims throughout the state, providing clients with assistance in an array of personal injury matters. We handle New York accident cases involving car accidents, defective products, premises liability, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. Our attorneys have a long history of successfully representing clients in their claims against insurance companies and negligent parties. We understand the devastating toll that New York accidents can have on a person’s livelihood, and we can help you recover damages for your losses. Contact our office at 914-428-7386 to schedule your free initial consultation.