COVID-19 UPDATE: In spite of the pandemic, our office remains open and our hours are the same. Please call us today so we can best accommodate you. We hope you and your family stay and remain safe.

Manhattan: 212-668-0100 Long Island: 516-535-6666
Brooklyn/Queens/Bronx/Staten Island: 718-SERIOUS(737-4687)

Available 24/7 | Free Consultation

No Fee Until We Win

Serious Injuries And Accidents Require
Serious Lawyers

HomeBlogsPersonal InjuryCatching Hit-and-Run Drivers in New York

Catching Hit-and-Run Drivers in New York

It’s human instinct to want to flee the scene after getting involved in an accident in New York. However, that’s the last thing you want to do in that situation because it comes with very serious consequences. If someone hits you and runs, here’s what to do.

New York hit-and-run laws

In New York, people involved in motor vehicle accidents have a legal obligation to stop, identify themselves, check if everyone is okay and then call for help for anyone injured. In fact, according to Vehicle and Traffic law § 600-1a, you must exchange your contact, license and insurance information with the other driver no matter how minor the accident is.

Calling the police will depend on the extent of the accident. For instance, if no one is injured and property damage appears to be less than $1,000, you don’t need to call the police. However, if property damage seems to be beyond $1,000 and a person shows signs of injury, you must contact the police regardless of who’s at fault.

Catching a hit-and-run driver

When someone hits your car and runs, don’t chase them down. Stay at the scene of the accident and capture everything you can about their vehicle. For instance, note down their license plate and the car’s color and model quickly before it vanishes.

Next, call the police and report the incident. If there is a personal injury, you must mention it in the call to get an ambulance if needed. Also, take down the details of the police officer you are calling, like their badge number, name and phone number. Your insurance company and lawyer will follow up with them if anything arises.

If you are well enough to get out of the car, gather as much evidence of the scene as possible. Ask the bystanders or witnesses about the hit-and-run driver and their vehicle, and take pictures of your car.

After you give the police information about the car that hit you, they will do the rest of the job finding it. In the meantime, you’ll want to get your insurance company to compensate you for the damages and any injuries.

Hands-On New York Attorneys You Can Actually
Talk To

Were you seriously injured or have you lost a loved one in a fatal accident? We’re here to answer any of your questions and help evaluate your legal options. Schedule your free consultation today.

Fields marked with an * are required

"*" indicates required fields


This website contains “attorney advertising”. The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation. We invite you to contact us and welcome your calls, letters and electronic mail. Contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship.

The web site is designed to provide general information only and to help in the choice of appropriate legal counsel. The information contained herein should not be construed as legal advice. Legal jurisdictions differ on major and minor aspects of the law and each legal situation is unique; requiring that all legal situations be addressed with qualified legal counsel. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Submitting or receiving information or questions through this web site does not create an attorney client relationship. No attorney client relationships will exist unless you meet with one of our attorneys and sign a retainer agreement. Please do not submit any information that is case specific, personal or confidential.

If you have legal problem or issue you should always consult with a qualified lawyer experienced in the appropriate area of law. We would be glad to discuss your specific situation with you, should you so desire. Please fill out the contact form and we will respond to you.