Unfortunately, Hit and Run accidents are very common in New York City and the surrounding boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx. Just in 2015, there were more than 38,000 reported hit and run accidents. As a general rule when a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle in New York, the insurance company of the car that struck the pedestrian will assume payments of all medical bills and a percentage of lost wages. Additionally, the bodily injury claim will also we paid by that vehicle’s insurance company. The bodily injury claim is a claim for physical injuries as well as pain and suffering sustained as a direct result of being struck by a car as a pedestrian. This is all great, unless a pedestrian is struck by a hit and run vehicle.
When a pedestrian in New York is struck by a vehicle that drives away, unless the license plate is obtained there is generally no way to ascertain the insurance information. New York State understood that, so they created a solution known as The Motor Vehicle Accident Identification Corporation (MVAIC). MVAIC was created to pay benefits to automobile accident victims, pedestrians, or cyclists who were injured by an uninsured vehicle as well as a hit and run vehicle. MVAIC provides both: no-fault benefits (up to $50,000.00) as well as coverage for up to $25,000.00 per person injured in an accident as compensation for their injuries, pain and suffering.
Filing a claim with MVAIC is not a straightforward process. They have very stringent deadlines, and acting without the proper experience can affect the available compensation.
If you or somebody you know has been a victim of a Hit and Run car accident in New York City and the surrounding boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx, please call the attorneys at Shulman & Hill, PLLC. Our experienced Brooklyn based personal injury attorneys have the needed expertise in representing victims of such claims and have a track record of maximizing the compensation for our clients.