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If a Hit-and-Run Driver Can’t Be Located, Can You Still Receive Compensation?

Each year, there are 682,000 hit-and-run auto accidents in the United States. The aftermath can be devastating for both victims and witnesses, who may be injured or emotionally traumatized after the incident. Though no one can predict when an accident will happen, you should know your options if you’re ever involved in a hit-and-run.

What to Do After a Hit-and-Run in New York

A police motorcycle parked behind a wrecked sedan

After a collision of any kind, you should check yourself and any other passengers for injuries and then call 911 for help. If the other car flees the scene, do not attempt to follow them. Instead, try to write down their license plate number or take a picture of their car.

When speaking with first responders, share any details you have about the car that drove off and which way it was going. If you’re able to, speak to the witnesses and collect their names and contact information to give the police more to work with.

How to Recover Compensation If the Other Driver Leaves

If a driver has fled the scene to avoid liability for an auto accident, New York State’s no-fault laws can help you, the other passengers in your vehicle, and any affected pedestrians, even if you don’t have health insurance. Under these statutes, you will be provided with personal injury coverage of up to $50,000 per person to cover the following:

  • 80% of your lost wages, with a limit of $2,000 per month
  • Any medical bills
  • Up to $25 per day for up to a year for any other necessary expenses

In the event of a fatality, the basic personal injury protection plan provides a $2,000 death benefit to the estate of the deceased, along with an increased maximum payout of $100,000. You must file for your no-fault benefits within 30 days of the accident.

Leav & Steinberg Can Represent You

Contact Leav & Steinberg LLP if you or a loved one has been involved in a hit-and-run or any other type of auto accident. Our team has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we’re committed to helping residents in New York and the Bronx navigate their legal options by holding the responsible parties accountable. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call 212-766-5222 or contact us online.