Everyone that is issued a driver’s license is expected to operate a motor vehicle responsibly. Sometimes accidents occur that are totally out of the driver’s control, such as brakes failing. Other times they occur due to negligence, such as driving while intoxicated. Those involved in an automobile accident are expected to follow certain procedures like sharing license and insurance information if no injuries are incurred or providing or calling for assistance to anyone injured due to the accident.
However, some people panic after being involved in an accident and flee the scene. Normally, someone injured in an accident is only allowed to pursue compensation for certain damages based on the severity of the injury, such as the loss of wages, costs of medical care and a certain amount for the pain and suffering endured.
Those injured by hit-and-run drivers, on the other hand, can sue for these damages as well as for punitive damages. Punitive damages are monetary awards that are meant as a form of punishment for the guilty party. Such punitive monetary judgments are determined by the wealth of the defendant with wealthier parties paying more than those having less. If the driver involved in the hit-and-run is not identified, then you would have to seek compensation from your insurance company which may try to pay as little as possible.
If you have received injuries in a hit-and-run accident, you have the right to seek both injury compensation and punitive damages against the guilty party. If the driver was never identified, then you should still obtain advice from NY personal injury attorneys. We will work to get you the compensation you deserve from either the hit-and-run driver or the insurance company.
Contact our personal injury attorneys today if you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident in NYC.