Under New York State law, if a driver is involved in an accident that results in property damage or injury to another person, he or she is obligated to stop, show identification and proof of insurance, and give his or her name and address to the injured person or person whose property was damaged. If the person who sustained the damage isn’t present—if, say, the driver hit a parked car or mailbox—then the driver must report the incident and damage to the authorities, and if the other person has been injured or killed by the crash, then the responsible driver is also obligated to contact emergency personnel. Nationwide, 20% of all pedestrian deaths in auto accidents were hit-and-run, and 25% of all car accidents in New York State are hit-and-run.
Receiving compensation for injuries and damages occurring as a result of a hit-and-run accident involves additional complications compared to accidents where all parties involved stop and exchange information. Uninsured New York state residents injured in an accident must make a claim under the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation, an entity designed to protect drivers from uninsured or unidentifiable drivers and provide compensation where the defendant driver will not. The injured party has only 24 hours to report the accident and must make reasonable efforts to locate the unknown driver before making a claim. If the injured individual is an insured driver, then under New York’s no-fault auto insurance statute, that driver would make a claim with his or her own insurance policy.
If you’ve been injured in a hit-and-run accident in or around Kingston, Ulster, Middletown, or Poughkeepsie, make sure that you’re made completely whole by securing knowledgeable legal counsel. Contact the attorneys at Basch & Keegan, LLP, for a free consultation regarding your case by calling (845) 251-4545.