Car accidents are always stressful, though they are made far worse when the other driver decides to flee the scene. You may be left wondering how you can obtain fair compensation as the victim of a hit and run, particularly if you suffered injuries.
Luckily, even if the other driver is never identified, you have options. You are entitled to file a claim with your own insurance provider to pay for your medical bills after the auto accident. Alternatively, you can file a claim with the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC).
A hit and run driver counts as an uninsured driver in regard to bodily injury. As a result, your claim can be made through your uninsured motorist coverage (UM).
New York requires every driver to carry uninsured motorist coverage. You must purchase uninsured motorist coverage with limits of at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. Without UM coverage, you could be left to bear all related damages on your own.
If you have no other automobile insurance available to you, you may be able to obtain benefits through the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation. MVAIC was created by New York State legislature in 1958 and is now a non-profit organization. It provides no-fault and bodily injury coverage to eligible claimants.
Steps to Take After A Hit and Run
- Call the police. You need to make sure you have a record of what happened to prove that you were struck by another vehicle that fled the scene.
- Visit a doctor. Get medical care for any injuries you suffered. Even if you don't think you were hurt badly, you should still visit a doctor.
- Contact your insurance company. You have a limited amount of time to file a claim with your insurance, so the sooner you get the ball rolling the better.
- Call personal injury lawyer Reid B. Wisner. He is an experienced NYC hit and run lawyer who can help you navigate the legal intricacies of your case and make sure you get the maximum compensation possible.
Why Do You Need A Hit and Run Accident Lawyer?
Hit and run cases can end up being complex, especially if there is serious injury involved and the at-fault party can't be found. A personal injury lawyer is essential for helping you make sure you get the right compensation. Insurance companies don't want to pay more than they absolutely have to and will fight to prove your injuries aren't serious and offer you the lowest settlement they think they can get away with.
Schedule Your Hit and Run Accident Consultation
Call NYC hit and run accident lawyer Reid B. Wissner today at 212-406-9288 to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don't owe us anything until we win or settle your case. If you need money immediately, we work with financing companies that will advance your future projected settlement.
We serve clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and other areas of New York City.