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NYC Hit and Run Accidents

As a victim of a hit and run accident, you might feel limited in terms of ways to recover compensation. You may have sustained serious to catastrophic injuries, and accumulated numerous medical bills and missed days at work. Perhaps a hit and run driver caused extensive damage to your vehicle, and now you have to pay for repairs out of pocket. Meanwhile, there is no one to hold responsible. 

If this sounds like your situation, come to Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP. Hit and runs are common in NYC, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept a violation of your legal rights without a fight. Our NYC hit and run accident lawyers can help. Call (844) 446-9529 or reach out online to learn more about hit and run accidents in a free consultation. 

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Let Meirowitz & Wasserberg Handle Your Hit and Run Accident Claim in NYC

You need an experienced and dedicated legal advocate to fight for you after a New York City hit and run accident. When you turn to Meirowitz & Wasserberg, you’ll get exactly that. Our nationally recognized trial attorneys aren’t afraid to take on large insurance companies and reckless drivers to get the results you deserve.

At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, we represent people, not corporations. We firmly believe in fighting for the rights of hardworking New Yorkers, and our first priority is always our clients. Our hit and run attorneys in NYC provide aggressive representation in the courtroom and at the negotiation table. We have what it takes to seek the maximum compensation possible on your behalf.

Over the years, our attorneys recovered over $360 million in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Our work has also led to numerous prestigious awards. For example, our attorneys have been recognized as Super Lawyers and listed among the Top 100 by The National Trial Lawyers.  

Glowing Client Testimonials

Our firm obtained $200,000 for a woman with a hip fracture caused by a large animal. Our testimonials further attest to our unwavering dedication to injury victims in their hour of need:

  • “The team at Meirowitz & Wasserberg was amazing in helping me through my case. They were immediately understanding and personable from the moment I contacted them. I would not see anyone else in New York City if you were involved in an accident.” – Travis Barkey
  • “I had a complicated accident. A woman hit me with her car while I was on my motorcycle. And I contacted lawyer Fejir, and she took my case and fought for me, and I had an excellent result. All my friends told me it’s a hopeless case, but my lawyer told me, ‘Don’t worry. We will win that case.’ And they did what they said. Absolutely, I recommend everyone to work with them. Communication. Professionalism. Result excellent. Thanks for everything first for my lawyer Fejir and her team.👍” – Ismail Sayik
  • “I came to Meirowitz & Wasserberg when I unfortunately suffered a personal injury this year. They dealt with my case extremely professionally and streamlined the entire process, and I would absolutely recommend this firm to anyone in need.” – Anthony Nitopi

Potential Compensation in Hit and Run Accident Cases

A hit and run claim may allow you to recover compensation for the economic and non-economic losses you suffered due to the accident, including:

  • Medical expenses and rehabilitation costs, such as hospital bills, medication, physical therapy, and future medical care necessary to treat your injuries.
  • Wages lost during your initial recovery period and lost future earning potential due to the accident’s impact on your ability to work.
  • Pain and suffering, including physical pain and emotional distress.
  • Property damage, including the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle.

Costs can add up quickly, but insurance companies often refuse to pay the full value of damages caused by covered accidents. That’s where we come in. Our experienced NYC hit and run accident lawyers can help you gather the evidence needed to prove your full damages and negotiate a fair settlement with insurers.

Benefits of Hiring a Hit and Run Accident Attorney in NYC

A hit and run accident comes with unique challenges that make it particularly difficult to get the compensation you deserve. With our skilled attorneys on your side, you will stand the best chance of recovering full and fair compensation for your injuries and losses.

Our attorneys will be your biggest allies against insurance companies when they try to deny or minimize the value of your claim. We understand the common tactics insurers use to undervalue claims and can anticipate them to protect your rights and build a compelling case for you. Our attorneys will handle complex legal paperwork and communication with insurance companies so you can focus on your recovery.

They will negotiate aggressively with insurers on your behalf in pursuit of a favorable settlement. However, if the insurance company refuses to make a fair offer, our attorneys are ready to bring your case to court. If this happens, we will handle the filing process, organize your evidence, and argue your case before a judge and jury.

Understanding Hit and Run Accidents in NYC

A hit and run accident occurs when a driver involved in a crash leaves without stopping to exchange information with other involved motorists. Leaving the scene of an accident is illegal. New York classifies this as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the crime and whether the offender has prior violations. 

A misdemeanor hit and run may result in a fine of up to $1,000 and a potential time behind bars. Similarly, a felony hit and run may result in a fine of up to $5,000 and imprisonment.

How Long Do You Have To File a Hit and Run Accident Claim in NYC?

The New York personal injury statute of limitations is normally three years, including in cases involving hit and run accidents. This means you have three years from the date of the accident to file a claim against the at-fault party. Insurance policies also have deadlines—normally around one month—to file a claim. Read your policy carefully.

If you miss the deadline, you may lose your opportunity to seek compensation for your damages. Exceptions apply in some cases, but it’s best to err on the side of caution and consult with a hit and run accident attorney as soon as possible.

Your Options After a Hit and Run in New York City

New York is a no-fault insurance state. This means that accident victims will go through their own insurance companies for recovery, regardless of who was at fault for the collision. Your insurance policy should cover medical bills, property damage, and other losses depending on your coverage amounts. After a hit and run accident, the no-fault law can come in handy. You can likely recover through your insurance policy without needing to identify the at-fault driver. However, your damages may exceed your policy limit.

In this case, you may need to pursue compensation through the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Act. This is a law specific to the state of New York. It allows hit and run accident victims to recover compensation even when the at-fault driver remains unidentified or uninsured. File a claim with the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC) for this type of recovery. This process can be complex and require certain evidence of your damages—come to our hit and run attorneys for assistance.

Working with our lawyers after a hit and run accident will open the doors to a number of recovery options in New York City. We can speak to your insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement. We can file a claim with the MVAIC on your behalf, and file an NYC hit and run lawsuit against the at-fault driver if police identify them in the future. No matter what your goals for recovery are, we can work with you to achieve a desirable outcome. A hit and run doesn’t have to mean you can’t recover damages.

Tips for Choosing a NYC Hit and Run Accident Lawyer

The quality of your legal representation can make or break the outcome of a hit and run accident case. It can mean the difference between securing full compensation for your losses and recovering nothing.

Many lawyers simply do not have the skills necessary to handle your hit and run case successfully. Your attorney should have extensive experience navigating New York hit and run laws and a track record of success in similar cases. Their client testimonials and professional reputation should also demonstrate their commitment to providing high-quality representation and achieving favorable outcomes for their clients.

Before you hire a hit and run accident lawyer in NYC, also be sure to understand their fee structure and payment options. Our personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we win your case. This allows accident victims to fight for justice without incurring any upfront costs.

The Challenges of Hit and Run Accidents in NYC

New York is a no-fault insurance state. This means that accident victims will go through their own insurance companies for recovery, regardless of who was at fault for the collision. Your insurance policy should cover medical bills, property damage, and other losses depending on your coverage amounts. After a hit and run accident, the no-fault law can come in handy. You can likely recover through your insurance policy without needing to identify the at-fault driver. However, your damages may exceed your policy limit.

In this case, you may need to pursue compensation through the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Act. This is a law specific to the state of New York. It allows hit and run accident victims to recover compensation even when the at-fault driver remains unidentified or uninsured. File a claim with the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC) for this type of recovery. This process can be complex and require certain evidence of your damages—come to our hit and run attorneys for assistance.

Working with our lawyers after a hit and run accident will open the doors to a number of recovery options in New York City. We can speak to your insurance company and negotiate a fair settlement. We can file a claim with the MVAIC on your behalf, and file an NYC hit and run lawsuit against the at-fault driver if police identify them in the future. No matter what your goals for recovery are, we can work with you to achieve a desirable outcome. A hit and run doesn’t have to mean you can’t recover damages.

NYC Hit and Run Accident FAQs

It is normal to have many questions after being injured in a hit and run accident. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we receive from NYC hit and run victims.

What If the Police Can't Locate the Hit and Run Driver? Can You Still Get Compensation?

The short answer is yes. You may still receive compensation even if the at-fault driver is never identified. In these cases, your attorney may assist you with filing an MVAIC claim and exploring different forms of insurance coverage. There’s also a chance that we can identify the driver through an independent investigation or collaboration with the police.

What Are the Criminal Charges for a Hit and Run in NYC?

Leaving the scene of an accident without reporting is a crime in New York. Law enforcement in New York may charge a hit and run as a class B misdemeanor, class A misdemeanor, class E felony, or class D felony, depending on the circumstances. 

Does Insurance Cover Hit and Runs in NY?

If you have uninsured motorist (UM) insurance or health insurance, it may cover damages from a hit and run accident. New York requires UM coverage, but UM claims in the state only cover bodily injury and not property damage.

Is Leaving the Scene of an Accident a Felony in NY?

Not always, but it can be. For example, New York may classify leaving the scene of an accident as a felony if the offender has prior hit and run convictions.

What Is My Hit and Run Accident Worth?

Each hit and run accident is unique, so we will need to evaluate the specific details of your case to determine its value. Some cases are worth thousands of dollars. Others are worth millions. Factors that may affect your compensation include the severity of your injuries, property damage, and applicable insurance policy limits. 

Speak With an Experienced NYC Hit and Run Accident Attorney Today

You don’t have to handle the legal aftermath of a hit and run accident on your own. Whether you were hit while operating a bicycle, motorcycle, car, or truck, our hit and run accident lawyers in NYC are ready to defend your right to fair compensation.

Our skilled legal team is standing by to help you understand your full legal rights and options. Call (844) 446-9529 or reach out online to learn more about NYC hit and run accidents in a free, no-obligation consultation. 

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