This past week saw yet another hit and run accident on Long Island, this time killing a Stony Brook University student who was riding his bicycle near the campus. According to Suffolk police, the driver-who they were able to track down thanks to witnesses who got his license number--was under the influence of drugs and pills were found in his possession when he was arrested. Just a few weeks ago a construction worker and an Irish barman were killed in separate hit-and-run accidents.
When drivers of cars and trucks are involved in an accident, it is their legal and moral responsibility to stop at the scene and assist in any way they can. Hit-and-run drivers ignore these laws, cowardly fleeing the accident instead of taking responsibility, providing assistance, and notifying authorities.
It is important to know that if you or anyone you know is injured in a hit-and-run accident, you have rights. It is possible to collect compensation, even when the driver is not found. We have written an article--5 Actions You Need to Take If You're a Victim of a Hit and Run Accident--that details everything you need to know.
Many people don't realize that sometimes their own insurance can be used. Another resource is the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation (MVAIC), which was established in New York specifically to help provide another source of coverage for those in accidents with unidentified or uninsured drivers.
A competent attorney understands the laws and can help you collect compensation you deserve. If you or someone close to you has been injured by a hit-and-run driver, contact our experienced lawyers for a free consultation. We'll sit down with you and explain your case, answer any questions you have, and walk you through the legal process. Most importantly, we'll fight for your legal rights and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.