Hit and Run Accident Lawyer Helping Victims in New York City
Although hit-and-run accidents, especially those involving personal injury, seem unimaginable to many of us, they are extremely common. You may have surmised this through the seemingly constant news reports of hit-and-runs in your local area and throughout the country. As a matter of fact, in the United States, hit-and-runs occur, on average, more than once per minute. While most of these crashes damage property rather than people, according to NYPD records there has been an alarming increase in hit-and-run injuries in New York City during the past several years. New York City Council statistics show that in 2017 at least one person was killed in a hit-and-run accident each week.
If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, or tragically lost a loved one to a hit-and-run driver, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. It is the job of Scaffidi & Associates to get it for you. Our preeminent personal injury law firm, conveniently located in Manhattan and serving the greater New York metropolitan area, routinely handles such cases. We have an outstanding record of successful outcomes. Our motor vehicle accident attorneys are not only agile negotiators but outstanding litigators and will fight with determination to get you the settlement you deserve.
Drivers Who Hit and Run Are Committing a Crime
Whether or not the driver who hit you was at fault in the accident, he or she has broken the law by intentionally leaving the scene without providing any contact information, including license, registration, and insurance information, and without assisting any injured parties.
What Sets Scaffidi & Associates Apart from the Crowd
In a city with thousands of practicing personal injury attorneys, Scaffidi & Associates’ team is unique. Beyond impressive credentials and an outstanding track record, our attorneys have the empathy necessary to work with clients who have suffered trauma. Read our testimonials and you will see how many of the individuals we work with appreciate our caring assistance, unwavering commitment, and support.
But, don’t make the mistake of equating our compassion with softness. Our hit-and-run accident attorneys are as tough as they come. We are skilled in every aspect of legal representation: listening carefully to your account of the accident, investigating the accident site, accumulating physical and photographic evidence, interviewing witnesses, and examining police reports and medical data. We even have experts to re-create the scene of the accident, and the resources to bring in medical specialists to explain the extent of your injuries.
Why the Judge or Jury Will Be on Your Side
According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law, every motorist is required to stop and remain at the scene of any accident in which he or she is involved, whether it results in personal injury or only property damage. The motorist is also required to exchange identification and insurance information, and render assistance if possible.
While the fear a hit-and-run driver experiences may be understandable, it is not a legal or moral excuse for leaving a critically injured person on the road. Reasons that drivers flee serious accidents vary: fearing incarceration, being impaired by drugs or alcohol, having no license or a suspended license, being engaged in criminal behavior at the time of the accident, or being an employee whose job will be threatened by a conviction. No reasonable person, however, is likely to feel any of these reasons warrants abandoning another human being who is in pain and critical danger.
Locating the Culprit
In recent years, it has become much easier to find the person who leaves the scene of an accident. Technology has advanced to the point that small pieces of debris and paint residue from the getaway car can be used to pinpoint its make, year, and model. In addition, security camera footage is common-place these days, and may reveal clues to the identity of the car or the driver. Moreover, as mentioned earlier, Scaffidi & Associates’ experienced hit-and-run accident attorneys have a network of professional accident investigators available to intensify the hunt for the person who harmed you.
How does New York’s no-fault statute affect our lawsuit?
Although New York is a no-fault state, your own insurance company will only provide coverage for medical and medical-related expenses. It you have sustained a serious injury as defined under Article 51 of the New York Insurance Law (e.g. paralysis, loss of a bodily function, or permanent disfigurement), you are permitted to sue the other driver for damages. Once he or she is located, Scaffidi & Associates will pursue a personal injury claim to help you obtain significant damages for such things as pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Contact Our NYC Hit and Run Accident Lawyer
We take our legal responsibility to you very seriously and will work tirelessly to see that justice is done. If you have been badly injured in a hit-and-run accident, call on the skilled personal injury attorneys at Scaffidi & Associates or fill out one of the contact forms on our website.