20-Year-Old Man Suffers Severe Injury in a Hit-And-Run Accident

Lever & Ecker, PLLC February 7, 2023

If you have ever been out for a drive and involved in a fender bender, then you know that these accidents, while inconvenient, are typically not a huge cause for concern aside from getting the other driver’s insurance and filing a claim. However, for one 20-year-old man in New York, a late-night fender bender was only the beginning of a horrific series of events that would ensue when he stepped out of his vehicle to assess the damage.

Lever & Ecker, PLLC, has over 65 years of combined experience representing hit-and-run car accident victims in New York. Our trusted lawyers dedicate themselves to providing our clients with the experienced representation needed to secure the full compensation they deserve after suffering harm due to a hit-and-run. 

Late-Night Fender Bender Turned Hit-And-Run Nightmare in New York

As the 20-year-old man stepped out of his yellow Ford Escape on the Cross Island Parkway to assess the incident involving his vehicle and another vehicle, another motorist driving a white BMW struck the Volkswagen of an off-duty EMT who had stopped to help with the accident. When the BMW hit the Volkswagen, it surged forward and pinned the young man between the Volkswagen and his Ford. The police reported that the driver of the BMW got out of the car and ran off on foot. 

The victim was hospitalized in critical condition. It appeared that he would unfortunately lose one of his legs, forever significantly altering his life. 

When a hit-and-run accident like this occurs, it can feel like the victims are helpless as they are unable to identify the responsible party. However, with the representation of a New York hit-and-run accident lawyer, victims can still pursue the full compensation they are owed for their injuries and other losses as they seek justice.

Who Pays in a Hit-and-Run Claim in New York?

New York is a no-fault state. What this means is that regardless of who is liable for your hit-and-run accident, you will file your claim with your own insurance provider to pursue the compensation you are eligible to collect. Depending on the extent of your damages, you may sometimes be able to make a full recovery from the insurance company even when the at-fault party is not traceable.

Despite the possibility of being able to make a full recovery of damages, it is important to note that the insurance company will likely not side with you and will aim to offer you the lowest possible amount in compensation. That is why it is crucial to have the help of a trusted hit-and-run lawyer who can help you negotiate for a fair settlement for your claim.

Damages You May Be Able to Collect After a Hit-And-Run Accident in New York

Suffering from a hit-and-run accident is both emotionally and financially stressful. While pursuing the full compensation you are owed for a hit-and-run accident in New York may seem hopeless, it is still your right to file a claim and pursue justice for your suffering. The damages you may be able to collect following a hit-and-run accident in New York include:

  • Pain and suffering (past and future)
  • Emergency transportation fees
  • Hospital and treatment bills
  • Lost wages or income (past and future)
  • Physical therapy and rehabilitation expenses
  • Prescription medication
  • Short or long-term disability

If you are unsure what damages you may be able to collect, consult a knowledgeable hit-and-run accident lawyer as soon as possible. A New York lawyer can negotiate for the best possible compensation by going over the specific details of your case. 

Get Representation From an Award-Winning New York Hit-And-Run Accident Lawyer

Lever & Ecker, PLLC, is a personal injury law firm representing clients in New York who have suffered harm from a hit-and-run accident. We have over 65 years of combined experience working with hit-and-run accident victims in New York. Our legal team is prepared to go to trial if necessary, if that is what it takes to secure the full compensation you deserve as you pursue justice for your losses. 

To schedule a free consultation and speak with one of our experienced New York hit-and-run accident lawyers, call (718) 933-3632 to reach our Bronx office or (914) 288-9191 for our White Plains office. You can also reach us by filling out our contact form today.

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