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Bronx Hit & Run Accident Lawyers
Helping Victims of Hit & Run Accidents in New York City
Being involved in a car accident is a traumatic experience. When the other driver flees the scene, it can be even more devastating. If you or a loved one has been injured in a hit-and-run accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses.
Our Bronx hit-and-run accident lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have the knowledge and resources to help you obtain the maximum compensation available.
What is a Hit & Run Accident?
A hit-and-run accident is a car accident in which one of the drivers involved leaves the scene without stopping to identify themselves or render aid to the other driver. In New York, it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident without stopping. If you are involved in an accident, you are required to stop and exchange information with the other driver. If the other driver is injured, you are also required to render aid or call for help.
Under New York law, you must stop and exchange information if you are involved in an accident that causes:
- Property damage
If you leave the scene of an accident that causes property damage, you can be charged with a class B misdemeanor. If you leave the scene of an accident that causes injury or death, you can be charged with a class A misdemeanor. If you leave the scene of an accident that causes serious injury or death, you can be charged with a class E felony. If you are convicted of leaving the scene of an accident, you can face fines, probation, and jail time.
Even if the other driver leaves the scene of the accident, you are still required to stop and exchange information. If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, you should call the police and report the accident. The police will write a report, which will be important for your insurance claim. You should also report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
How to Identify a Hit & Run Driver
It is not always possible to identify the driver who caused a hit and run accident. However, there are some steps you can take to try to identify the driver.
If you are involved in a hit and run accident, you should:
- Get as much information as possible: If you are able, you should try to get as much information as possible about the other vehicle. You should try to get the license plate number, make and model of the vehicle, and a description of the driver. If there were any witnesses to the accident, you should get their contact information.
- Look for surveillance cameras: If the accident occurred near a business or a home, there may be surveillance cameras that captured the accident. You should look around to see if there are any cameras in the area. If there are, you should ask the owner of the property if you can have a copy of the video.
- Ask for help: If you are injured and unable to get information about the other vehicle, you should ask for help. There may be witnesses who can provide information about the accident.
If you are able to identify the driver who caused the accident, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them. If the driver is not identified, you can file a claim with your own insurance company. If you have uninsured motorist coverage, your insurance company will cover your losses.
What to Do After a Hit & Run Accident
Being involved in a hit-and-run accident can be a very confusing and stressful experience. It is important to try to remain calm and take the necessary steps to protect yourself and your rights.
After a hit and-run accident, you should:
- Call 911: If you are injured, you should call 911 and request an ambulance. The police will also respond to the scene and write a report. If you are not injured, you should still call the police and report the accident. The police will write a report, which will be important for your insurance claim.
- Get medical attention: Even if you do not think you are injured, you should still get medical attention. Some injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, may not be immediately apparent. You should go to the emergency room or see your doctor as soon as possible after the accident.
- Document the scene: If you are able, you should take pictures of the scene of the accident, including the damage to your vehicle and any other vehicles involved. You should also take pictures of any visible injuries you have. If there were any witnesses to the accident, you should get their contact information.
- Report the accident to your insurance company: You should report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. You should provide them with the police report and any other information they request. You should not give a recorded statement to the insurance company without first speaking to an attorney.
- Do not post about the accident on social media: You should not post anything about the accident on social media. The insurance company may try to use your posts against you.
- Contact a hit-and-run accident lawyer: You should contact an experienced hit-and-run accident lawyer as soon as possible after the accident. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and guide you through the process of filing a claim.
How Our Hit & Run Accident Attorneys in the Bronx Can Help
Being involved in a hit-and-run accident can be a very traumatic experience. You may be facing serious injuries and mounting medical bills. You may also be unable to work and struggling to support your family.
Our team at Dansker & Aspromonte Associates LLP will investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case on your behalf. We will handle all negotiations with the insurance company and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. If the insurance company is not willing to settle for a fair amount, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial.
Brain Damaged Child $50 Million
A four-year-old boy was brought to the hospital for a routine eyelid repair. To cut costs, the hospital contracted out its anesthesia services to a third-party corporation.
Wrongful Death $21.5 Million
This accident occurred in the Bronx when our client was working on a sanitation truck. The driver lost control while making a turn. Our client was ejected and the truck ran over his leg.
Pedestrian Injury $10.3 Million
A 22-year-old theater intern was walking across the intersection of 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue in Manhattan when she was struck by the rear door of a passing truck which had flown open because it had been improperly secured by the driver.