Hit-and-run accidents are especially difficult when justice isn’t served, and there may be little recourse available. This is probably what the family of a 22-year-old motorcyclist is feeling after the victim was struck from behind in the Bronx by what was described as a red sedan.
The driver left the scene of the accident, where the victim was unconscious and bleeding from his head. The motorcyclist was transported to Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
Options for Seeking Compensation When Injured in a Hit-and-Run Accident
In New York, motorcyclists are required to carry liability insurance. This provides compensation to the victim of an accident when the policyholder is at fault for an accident. But if the driver leaves the scene, the accident victim won’t be able to file a claim against the at-fault driver’s insurance.
No-fault insurance is also required in New York. This provides compensation to the policyholder, regardless of fault. However, no-fault insurance does not apply to motorcyclists.
Motorists in New York are required to carry uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage, too. This provides protection not only when injured by a motorist who has no insurance, but also in a hit and run.
Of course, if the driver who fled the scene is eventually caught, the victim may pursue compensation from that driver’s insurance policy or could file a lawsuit. Talking with an attorney can help an injured victim understand his/her rights.
Damages in a motorcycle crash could be significant, starting with medical expenses. Hospitalization or surgery can run into the thousands. And if additional treatment is required, the costs will escalate. This isn’t taking into consideration the wages an injured motorcyclist might be without as a result of the accident.
When someone has been seriously or fatally injured in a hit and run, it wouldn’t hurt to seek legal advice. Contact an attorney from Gacovino, Lake & Associates today.