If someone hits your parked car on Long Island, it is crucial to take the right steps afterward to protect your rights. You will be able to seek compensation based on any injuries you suffered, the damage to your vehicle, and more.
Incidents involving parked cars are not unusual in Nassau and Suffolk counties or New York City. They are also not always as minor as many people assume. Significant property damage and serious injuries sometimes occur. Documenting what happened and how it impacted your life will help support your claim should you decide to pursue compensation.
In This Article
- Reporting the Accident to Local Authorities
- Documenting the Types of Damages You Suffered
- If You do not Know Who Hit Your Vehicle
- Let Our Personal Injury Law Firm Handle Your Claim
- Speak with Our Team at No Cost to Your Family
Reporting the Accident to Local Authorities
We believe that contacting emergency services immediately after an accident if you have injuries is the wisest course of action. We strongly suggest that you call 911 or contact local police if there is a possibility of injuries. Doing so will help ensure you get the medical care necessary to address or rule out injuries, and that the crash is properly documented for your insurance claim.
It is also necessary to ask the police to come out if the other driver left the scene without exchanging identification and insurance information. This scenario is a hit-and-run, which is illegal. The other driver must remain on the scene until police arrive and take a report or attempt to exchange identification and insurance information with you.
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Documenting the Types of Damages You Suffered
If your personal injuries and appropriate regard for safety allow, you should begin documenting your accident-related damages, expenses, and losses right away. This process could involve:
- Taking pictures of your vehicle before moving it from the spot
- Photographing the damage to the other car
- Getting names and phone numbers of all witnesses
- Noting any cameras or other surveillance in the area
- Seeing a doctor to document any injuries and begin treatment as soon as possible
- Keeping a file of related expenses with receipts and bills
- Getting an estimate for your car repairs
- Filing an accident report if law enforcement did not come to the scene
The recoverable damages in your case will depend on the losses and expenses you endured, among other factors. Some common examples include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages if you missed work
- Car repairs
- Rental car costs or other expenses
- Replacement of damaged property
- Pain and suffering damages
If the accident involved injuries and they were serious, our personal injury legal team will help you navigate the process and handle your claim while you focus on healing. As soon as you call us, you will be provided a courteous, patient, comprehensive, free consultation to get started. We will answer your questions and address your concerns, so that you can make informed decisions about how you wish to proceed.
If You do not Know Who Hit Your Vehicle
If you do not know what happened to damage your vehicle or the person who hit you left the scene, contact the local police department. They will attempt to look at surveillance video or use other tools to identify the driver.
You could have additional options for securing a payout even if the other driver is never identified. When you hire a car accident attorney from our firm on Long Island, we will help you explore these options. (Property damage would be covered, less a deductible, if you carry collision insurance coverage. A bodily injury claim could be made against the Uninsured Motorist provisions of your car insurance policy. As mentioned, we can review other potential options during your free consultation.)
Let Our Personal Injury Law Firm Handle Your Claim
If your accident involved injuries, you should consider hiring legal representation soon after the crash. Our team will evaluate your case to determine your options for filing a claim or lawsuit and securing compensation for your damages.
We provide all prospective clients with a free case review, so you have nothing to lose by calling us to discuss our services. However, you only have a limited time to sue the at-fault driver under New York Civil Practice Laws & Rules § 214. For this reason, you should act quickly following your accident.
Our law firm will prepare and file your claim, demanding an appropriate settlement based on your case. If the insurer refuses, a lawsuit is often possible.
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Speak with Our Team at No Cost to Your Family
Speak with a Friedman & Simon, L.L.P. team member today for free. We will review your case and discuss your next steps for filing a claim and taking action to recover compensation. Call us now at (516) 932-0400.
We are passionate advocates for the injured and handle car accident cases based on contingency fees.