Kingston Hit & Run Accident Attorneys
Sadly, many people are injured or incur property damage in a hit and run accident every year in the Hudson Valley. A driver causes a collision, knows he or she is at fault, and flees the scene in the hopes to avoid the repercussions of causing an accident. The personal injury lawyers at Basch & Keegan can help if you or your property has been the victim of a hit and run accident.
Hit and Run Victims May Recover from Their Own Insurance Companies
After fleeing the scene of an accident, a hit and run driver—if and when found—is subject to both criminal penalties and civil liability. If the at-fault party is never identified, however, or until he or she is identified, victims of hit and run accidents (or their families in the event of a fatal accident) may be able to recover compensation from their own insurance companies.
In addition to covering injuries and losses caused by uninsured or under-insured drivers, uninsured motorist (UM) insurance also covers injuries caused by unidentified hit and run drivers. For your own insurance company to step into the shoes of the responsible party, however, you must file your claim accurately and promptly, including:
- Thorough and timely completion of forms
- Copies of police reports
- Witness testimonies
- Medical treatment records
- Property damage records
An experienced New York personal injury attorney can help you use UM insurance to your advantage – securing compensation for medical costs, as well as property damage and other losses.
Pedestrians and Bicyclists May Also Recover After a Hit and Run Accident
If you were struck by a vehicle while walking or bicycling, and the driver left the scene of the accident, you may have a similar uninsured motorist claim – even if you do not have your own auto insurance. In this case, you may be able to make a claim under the insurance policy of a family member. The attorneys at Basch & Keegan can help you identify available insurance coverage and assist you in filing your claim.
If you have been involved in a hit and run accident, or if you have lost a family member in a hit and run accident, please contact Basch & Keegan today to speak with an experienced Kingston personal injury lawyer. For more than 30 years, our firm has helped car accident victims in Greene, Dutchess, and Ulster counties recover compensation from insurance companies and at-fault parties.