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Important Steps To Take After A Hit-and-Run Accident in New York

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I’m Jonna Spilbor, and if you’ve found yourself here, it’s likely because you’ve experienced the nightmare of a hit-and-run accident. Let me assure you, that you’re in the right place. At Jonna Spilbor Law, we understand the chaos and uncertainty that follows such a traumatic event, and we’re here to help you navigate through it with clarity and confidence.

Immediate Actions At The Scene

When a hit-and-run accident occurs, the immediate aftermath can be disorienting and overwhelming. It’s crucial to take specific steps right away to protect yourself and your legal rights. Firstly, ensure your safety and the safety of any passengers. Move to a safe location away from traffic if possible and call 911 to report the accident and any injuries.

Next, gather as much information as possible. Although the driver has fled, there are still critical details that can aid in identifying them later. Take note of the vehicle’s make, model, color, and any part of the license plate you might have seen. Additionally, document the scene with photos or videos, capturing the damage to your vehicle, any visible injuries, and the surroundings. Witnesses can be invaluable in these situations. If there are any bystanders, get their contact information and ask if they saw anything that might help identify the other driver.

It’s essential to seek medical attention immediately, even if you don’t feel seriously injured. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent, and a thorough medical examination can reveal hidden issues. Furthermore, medical records will be crucial for any potential legal claims or insurance settlements.

Dealing With Law Enforcement And Insurance Companies

Once you’re safe and have received medical attention, the next step is dealing with law enforcement and your insurance company. When the police arrive, provide them with all the information you’ve gathered. A detailed police report is vital as it will be a key piece of evidence in your case.

When reporting the accident to your insurance company, be honest and thorough. New York is a no-fault insurance state, which means your own insurance will cover your medical expenses and lost wages up to a certain limit, regardless of who was at fault. However, hit-and-run cases can complicate matters, especially if the fleeing driver is never identified.

It’s also wise to review your insurance policy to understand your coverage. Uninsured Motorist (UM) and Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage can be particularly beneficial in hit-and-run cases, as they can cover your expenses when the at-fault driver cannot be found or lacks sufficient insurance.

Why You Need An Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

Navigating the aftermath of a hit-and-run accident isn’t something you should do alone. An experienced personal injury lawyer can make all the difference in ensuring you receive the compensation and justice you deserve. At Jonna Spilbor Law, we bring a wealth of experience and dedication to each case, understanding the intricacies of New York traffic laws and insurance policies.

Our team will thoroughly investigate your case, gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses, and working with law enforcement to identify the hit-and-run driver. We will also handle all communications with insurance companies, fighting to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available under your policy.

But our commitment goes beyond just the legal aspects. We understand the emotional and physical toll a hit-and-run accident can take, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. From dealing with medical bills to addressing your concerns about the future, we are your advocates and partners in this challenging time.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Hit-And-Run Accidents In New York

What should I do if I can’t remember details about the vehicle that hit me?

If you’re unable to recall specific details about the vehicle that fled the scene, don’t worry. The shock and stress of the accident can make it difficult to remember everything clearly. Focus on providing whatever information you can to the police, such as the direction the vehicle was heading or any partial details you remember. Additionally, witness statements and nearby surveillance cameras can often fill in the gaps. At Jonna Spilbor Law, we will conduct a thorough investigation to gather as much evidence as possible to identify the responsible party.

Can I still get compensation if the hit-and-run driver is never found?

Yes, you can still receive compensation even if the hit-and-run driver is never located. New York’s no-fault insurance system means that your own insurance policy will cover your medical expenses and lost wages up to a certain limit. Additionally, if you have Uninsured Motorist (UM) or Underinsured Motorist (UIM) coverage, these policies can provide further compensation for your injuries and damages. Our team at Jonna Spilbor Law will help you navigate your insurance claims to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available.

How long do I have to file a claim after a hit-and-run accident in New York?

In New York, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident. However, it’s crucial to start the process as soon as possible. Immediate action can help preserve evidence, gather witness statements, and ensure that you meet all necessary deadlines. For insurance claims, you typically need to notify your insurance company promptly, often within 30 days. Consulting with an experienced personal injury attorney right away can help you navigate these timelines effectively.

What if my injuries don’t show up immediately after the accident?

It’s not uncommon for some injuries to become apparent only hours or even days after an accident. Adrenaline and shock can mask pain initially. This is why seeking medical attention immediately after a hit-and-run accident is crucial, even if you don’t feel injured at the moment. A medical professional can identify and document injuries that might not be immediately visible. This documentation will be vital for your legal and insurance claims. At Jonna Spilbor Law, we understand the complexities of injury timelines and will work to ensure your injuries are fully accounted for in your case.

How can a personal injury lawyer help with my hit-and-run case?

A personal injury lawyer can be an invaluable asset in a hit-and-run case. They bring knowledge and experience in dealing with insurance companies, investigating accidents, and advocating for your rights. At Jonna Spilbor Law, we handle all aspects of your case, from gathering evidence and identifying the hit-and-run driver to negotiating with insurance companies and representing you in court if necessary. Our goal is to alleviate your stress and ensure you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.

Can I sue the hit-and-run driver if they are found later?

Yes, if the hit-and-run driver is eventually identified, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit against them. This lawsuit can seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. Additionally, punitive damages might be available in cases of particularly egregious behavior, such as fleeing the scene of an accident. Our team at Jonna Spilbor Law will help you take the necessary legal steps to hold the responsible party accountable.

How does Jonna Spilbor Law handle hit-and-run cases differently?

At Jonna Spilbor Law, we pride ourselves on our personalized approach to each case. We understand that no two hit-and-run accidents are alike, and we tailor our strategies to fit the unique circumstances of your case. From the moment you contact us, you’ll experience our commitment to your well-being and our dedication to achieving justice. We combine compassionate client care with aggressive legal representation to ensure you receive the best possible outcome. Our deep roots in the Hudson Valley community and our extensive experience in personal injury law make us your ideal legal partner in these challenging times.

What costs are involved in hiring a personal injury lawyer?

At Jonna Spilbor Law, we work on a contingency fee basis for personal injury cases, including hit-and-run accidents. This means you don’t pay any upfront legal fees. We only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for you. Our fee will be a percentage of the settlement or award we obtain on your behalf. This arrangement allows you to access high-quality legal representation without financial stress. During your free consultation, we will discuss our fee structure in detail and answer any questions you may have.

Choosing Jonna Spilbor Law

Why choose Jonna Spilbor Law? Because we’re not just a law firm; we’re your legal champions. Our track record speaks for itself, with numerous successful cases and satisfied clients who can attest to our dedication and results. We’re deeply rooted in the Hudson Valley community and committed to fighting for the rights of injury victims in Poughkeepsie, the Hudson Valley, and New York City.

When you choose us, you choose a team that will stand by you, fight for you, and ensure your voice is heard. We offer a free consultation to discuss your case and explore your options. Whether you visit our Poughkeepsie office or our New York City office, you’ll receive personalized, compassionate, and effective legal representation.

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By focusing on these steps and understanding your rights, you can take control of the situation and begin the journey toward recovery and justice. Remember, Jonna Spilbor Law is here for you, every step of the way.

If you’ve been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, don’t wait. Time is of the essence in these cases, and the sooner you take action, the better your chances of securing the justice and compensation you deserve. Contact our Putnam County personal injury lawyers at Jonna Spilbor Law for your free consultation at our Poughkeepsie office at (845) 485-2529 or our New York City office at (646) 922-9789. We’re here to serve injury victims throughout Poughkeepsie, the Hudson Valley, and New York City. Let us be your legal champions and help you through this challenging time.

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