Have you been involved in a hit-and-run accident in New York City? If so, you probably have many questions about how you'll recover compensation. Recovering compensation in a hit-and-run accident is a different process because you may not know the at-fault driver's identity. When the at-fault driver leaves the scene of the accident, recovering conversation gets more complicated. You need a car accident lawyer with the determination, experience, and skills to obtain compensation.
You don't need to go through the process of seeking compensation after a hit-and-run accident alone. Attorney Michael J. Redenburg has decades of experience obtaining compensation for hit-and-run accident victims in New York City. He provides potential new clients a free initial consultation. Contact attorney Michael J. Redenburg to schedule your consultation and learn how he can advocate for you.
Why Should I Call Attorney Michael J. Redenburg After a Hit and Run?
Attorney Michael J. Redenburg has a proven track record of securing millions of dollars on behalf of car accident victims in New York City. He understands the challenges that victims face in obtaining compensation in a hit-and-run accident. He takes the time to focus on your case and carefully investigate your hit-and-run accident. He knows how to get results in car accident claims and will work tirelessly to secure the financial compensation you deserve. After your initial consultation, he will:
- Work with NYPD as they search for the hit-and-run driver
- Investigate the cause of the hit-and-run accident
- Work with accident reconstruction specialist to determine the cause of the accident
- Gather evidence that proves causation and fault in the hit-and-run accident
- Determine if anyone other than the hit-and-run driver is at-fault
- Work with leading car accident experts to determine the value of your case
- Negotiate with car insurance companies on your behalf
- Navigate any effects that a criminal hit-and-run proceeding may have on your case
Hit-and-run cases are different from other types of car accident cases. When law enforcement cannot identify the hit-and-run driver's identity, the victim will have to file an insurance claim through their own uninsured or underinsured driver policy. However, when law enforcement can identify the hit-and-run driver, attorney Michael J Redenburg will hold the at-fault driver financially responsible.
New York City Hit and Run Laws
When a car accident causes property damage, personal injuries, or death, everyone involved in the accident must remain on the scene, as required by New York law. When there is only minimal property damage, which is less than $1,000, drivers don't have to call law enforcement or wait for the police to arrive at the car accident scene. They must stop their vehicles and exchange contact and insurance information with the other parties, however.
When one or more people suffer bodily injuries or death, drivers must remain at the scene and call the police to report the car accident. If someone is physically incapable of calling the police, they are not violating New York law. Drivers involved in the car accident must exchange contact information and insurance information. When a driver leaves a car accident scene without waiting for the police to exchange information, the accident is considered a hit-and-run.
Negligence Per Se in a Hit and Run Accident
Leaving the scene of a car accident when someone is hurt or property is damaged is considered a crime in New York. When a driver engages in a hit-and-run after a car accident, they're breaking New York law. As the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you can use New York's criminal law against hit-and-run drivers to pursue the compensation you deserve. With the legal doctrine of negligence per se, a court will presume that the defendant acted negligently when he or she violated a law that's intended to protect victims from the type of harm that occurred.
In New York, violating a traffic law constitutes negligence per se when someone becomes injured from the violation. When the outlaw driver can be identified and charged with a hit and run, you can use this charge to create a rebuttable presumption of negligence in your personal injury case. You will need to prove the following:
- The defendant hit and run driver broke a New York traffic law
- But traffic law was intended to prevent a type of harm that occurred
- You were injured as a result of the hit and run, and the law was designed to protect you
The law prohibiting drivers from leaving the scene of an accident is intended to protect victims who become injured. Once you prove the driver left the scene, you will only need to prove that you became injured in the accident. Once you prove these three factors, the court will presume that the hit-and-run driver is negligent, and the burden of proof will shift to them, making it easier for you to secure compensation.
Seeking Compensation Through Your Uninsured and Underinsured Driver Policy
Unfortunately, law enforcement can't always find and arrest the driver involved in a hit-and-run accident. When the at-fault driver can't be identified, you will need to file an insurance claim with your insurance policy. Most car insurance policies include coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers.
Don't assume that your insurance company will treat you fairly just because you are their customer, however. You need an experienced and assertive attorney to negotiate with your insurance company so you can obtain the full amount of compensation you deserve. Proving that the insurance company acted in bad faith, attorney Michael J. Redenburg will take the insurance company to court. Don't provide a statement to the insurance company before discussing your case with a personal injury lawyer so you can protect your legal claim.
Contact an NYC Hit and Run Accident Lawyer Today
Navigating the process for seeking compensation can be difficult after a hit-and-run accident. When you've been involved in a New York City hit-and-run accident, you need an experienced car accident lawyer on your side. Contact attorney Michael J. Redenburg to schedule your free initial consultation.