A Yonkers hit-and-run accident can happen to anyone, at any time.
Recently, there has been a rash of these tragic accidents in our area: on May 22, 2019, a bicyclist was struck on Yonkers Avenue and suffered a serious head injury.
Also, in 2019, a 23-year-old man was killed when he was the victim of a hit-and-run on Bruce Avenue in Yonkers and a pair were apprehended in Nyack after fleeing the scene of an accident on Route 59.
In July of 2018, an 18-year-old was struck and critically injured, later dying, on the Saw Mill River Parkway.
In 2016, 2,049 people perished in hit and run accidents across the U.S., making it the deadliest year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration started keeping records in 1975.
Any time a driver intentionally leaves the scene of an accident without providing their drivers information, including license and insurance and reporting the accident to the police, they have committed a hit and run under New York law.
Reasons why people hit and run may include:
- Texting or using cell phones while driving
- Driving without insurance
- Driving on a suspended or revoked license
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Traffic violations, such as speeding or following too close
- Driving a stolen vehicle
- Outstanding warrants/evading the police
What to do if you are the victim or a hit and run
By all means, call 911, especially if you are injured. If you are able to do so, pull your car off to the side of the road.
Record as many details as you can remember, including make, model and color of the vehicle that hit you as well as a full or partial license plate number, if you were able to see it.
Take pictures of the damages.
If there were any witnesses, get their information. Both you and all witnesses should stay on the scene until the police arrive.
This applies to any hit and run, whether you were in a vehicle or were struck on a bicycle or as a pedestrian.
What you should never, ever do is try to follow or chase the vehicle that hit you.
You don’t know why they did what they did, and trying to catch them or confront them could be extremely dangerous.
Why legal help is so important
Whether it’s property damage or if you have been injured, costs will be incurred and they can be very expensive.
Who pays when the perpetrator of a hit-and-run isn’t found?
An attorney can help in several ways:
- Your lawyer can review your insurance policy for uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. Your insurer is required to offer UM (uninsured motorist) and SUM (supplemental under insured motorist) in New York. This provides protection in cases where a hit-and-run driver cannot be identified or who are uninsured.
- An experienced Yonkers car accident attorney will gather all pertinent information and file your claim in an accurate and timely manner, lessening the opportunity for your insurer to reject or fight your claim.
- If you don’t have insurance, you may still be able to bring an uninsured motorist claim through a household member’s UM insurance. If you were the passenger in a vehicle that was struck, for instance, this may be the best legal remedy.
Our Yonkers car accident attorneys fight for victims of hit and run accidents
If you have been in a hit and run, we can help by making sure you’re not victimized a second time by the insurance company.
Talk to us.
We will fight to get you full compensation for an injury and any property damage that occurred as a result of the accident.
Our attorneys work with clients in Yonkers, the Bronx, and throughout Westchester, Rockland, Dutchess, Putnam, Orange and Ulster counties.
To schedule a consultation, please contact us online or call our office at (914) 968-5800.