There are few things worse than getting hurt due to another party’s negligence. Unfortunately, car accidents happen virtually every single day here in New York City, however, it’s relatively rare for motorists to flee the scene of an accident. That said, if you were recently injured in a hit & run car accident, you’re most likely very concerned about recovering your rightful compensation and bringing the party who hurt you to justice. Please continue reading and reach out to a knowledgeable Bronx car accident lawyer from The Law Office of Richard M. Kenny to learn more about these accidents and how we can help if you’ve been hurt in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What makes a hit & run car accident different from other accidents?
Hit & run accidents are different from other car accidents for a variety of reasons. First, and most obviously, they involve a criminal element. Therefore, when a driver hits a motorist and speeds away, they will likely face both a civil lawsuit from the injured motorist, as well as criminal charges for fleeing the scene of the accident and any other potential crime they committed in the process, such as driving while under the influence of alcohol. In most cases, hit-and-run accidents happen when the careless driver has a “reason” to run, such as not having insurance, having outstanding warrants for their arrest, or they are intoxicated and afraid of being arrested.
What should I do if I’m injured in a hit & run accident?
If you’re hurt in a hit & run accident, or any type of car accident for that matter, you should do what you can to document exactly how the incident happened. Try to take the following steps, if you can:
- Call 911. Emergency medical services will treat your injuries at the scene, and the police will find and arrest the driver.
- Take pictures of the driver’s license plate. This can prove invaluable when tracking the driver down.
- Ask witnesses for their contact information.
- Hire an attorney who can subpoena surveillance footage of the accident, if necessary.
- Keep copies of medical documentation pertaining to your injuries.
If you have any other questions or need an attorney to fight for your rightful compensation, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
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