Drivers causing accidents may flee the scene for several reasons–they have no driver’s license, they have no auto insurance, they are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs or they know they have a warrant out for their arrest. Fortunately, Long Island police often track down and arrest hit and run drivers by using forensic evidence and statements provided by bystanders who saw the accident happen.
If you were a victim of a hit and run accident in Long Island and suffered serious physical injuries, schedule a free, initial consultation with a car accident attorney at William Mattar as soon as possible. We may be able to obtain compensation for your damages.
According to Section 600 (VAT), drivers involved in an accident who fail to show certain identification to relevant individuals at the scene of an accident in which hey were involved can be charged with a misdemeanor and fined.
Subsequent violations may be designated as a Class A misdemeanor, incurring possible fines of up to $1000. Section 600 (VAT) laws further state that drivers who have previously been convicted of a hit and run may be charged with a Class E felony and fined up to $2500.
If a Long Island hit and run driver causes serious physical injuries, or death, to drivers or passengers, that driver can be charged with a felony and imposed a fine.
Legally complicated and time-consuming, hit and run claims are sometimes better left to experienced Long Island personal injury attorneys equipped with the knowledge and skill to handle the claims. Contact William Mattar today if you or someone you know has been the unfortunate victim of a hit and run driver.