In the moments after your car crash, watching the other driver flee the scene is bound to add insult to your injuries. For help getting the compensation you deserve, work with a Long Island hit-and-run attorney.
As a driver, you probably do everything you can to keep yourself safe on the road. And if you ever are in an accident, you would be responsible enough and stick around to ensure things are handled legally and ethically.
Unfortunately, though, not everyone has the same morals. When your car is struck but the at-fault driver doesn’t stay behind, you might be wondering how you should proceed. The law is on your side in these cases, and you have every right to file a claim with your insurance company to cover the damages.
But because insurers are tough to deal with, you may need help from a qualified attorney. A Long Island hit-and-run lawyer at Siler & Ingber, LLP is here for you.
There wasn’t another driver to exchange insurance information with after your crash, so after your hit-and-run, you’ll need to rely on your own insurance company to cover the costs of any damage if you don’t want to pay for it out of pocket.
However, you shouldn’t be surprised if your insurance company puts up a fight and refuses to compensate you. The insurer may try to trap you in a recorded statement that somehow mitigates its responsibility for coverage. Or it may try to insinuate that insufficient proof was given to suggest that the damage wasn’t pre-existing.
Your hit-and-run lawyer in Long Island will be there to prevent such outcomes. Using our experience and ability to compile evidence, we will do everything in our power to get the insurance company to provide compensation in accordance with your policy limits.
Because New York is a no-fault insurance state, a minor Long Island hit-and-run accident won’t likely require you to track down the other driver. That’s because your own insurance company should cover your damages up to a certain limit.
However, if you exceed that relatively low limit—or the limit set by the state—your only recourse may be to pursue personal injury compensation from the at-fault driver or his or her insurance company. As you might guess, doing that is difficult when the accident was a hit-and-run.
Your Long Island hit-and-run crash lawyer will help you find the liable party. We will likely involve the police to streamline the search. We may also call on witnesses to paint a picture of the car and driver so the liable party is more easily found. If applicable, we may request photographs or video footage from nearby cameras to better determine who was responsible for your crash.
If you recently suffered property damage or physical injuries from a hit-and-run accident, the attorneys at Siler & Ingber, LLP are here to help make things right. We’ll help you track down the liable party and get the insurance company to cooperate with you.
To schedule an initial consultation with a Long Island hit-and-run lawyer, give our team a call at 1-516-294-2666 or fill out the online contact form at the bottom of this page.