Injured in a Hit and Run?

Long Island Hit & Run Accident Lawyer

Injured in a Hit & Run on Long Island?

Some drivers are so irresponsible that when they cause an injury accident, they don't stop to render aid or even to contact emergency personnel. When someone is injured in a car accident, those involved are required by law to stop and render assistance. Sometimes, when a driver is intoxicated, reckless, or speeding, he or she may leave the scene of an accident in an attempt to avoid legal repercussions. Their failure to stop and call 911 or the police can lead to the victim suffering more severe injuries than they would have had the negligent party been responsible and called emergency assistance.

These cases are termed "criminal negligence," and if law enforcement finds the hit and run driver, which is a frequent result, a lawsuit can be filed against the negligent party for compensation for damages. These damages include compensation for medical bills, anticipated medical costs, lost wages, and punitive damages, due to the criminal aspect of the incident. It is critical that you contact a Long Island injury lawyer at once if you or a loved one has been the victim in a hit and run accident.

Hit & Run Injury Cases in Long Island

Many individuals have insurance that will provide compensation for the injuries and other damages suffered in such accidents, should the negligent party not be found and arrested for the crime. When your own insurance policy does not have adequate coverage to address all the damages suffered, finding the liable party and suing them for every type of damage that has been sustained is an urgent necessity. Medical costs can easily overwhelm and individual or a family, and we at The Odierno Law Firm, P.C. strive to ensure that you won't have to suffer any more because of someone else's reckless or negligent behavior.

Pedestrians and bicycle riders are the most common victims in hit & run accidents, and the injuries sustained in such cases can be extremely severe, or in the saddest cases, fatal. Drivers who are uninsured or involved in a police chases, driving stolen cars or other circumstances are often part of serious hit & run accident cases. At The Odierno Law Firm, P.C., our legal team has extensive experience and knowledge related to addressing hit & run accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and wrongful death cases.

How Do Police Find a Hit & Run Driver?

When you are involved in a hit and run, it’s important that you contact the police right away so that they can begin their investigation. Police may employ several tactics when looking for a hit and run driver. If you were able to take down the hit and run driver’s license plate number, police can use this information to look up the vehicle and see who it is registered to. Even if you were not able to get the license plate number, if you can remember the make, model, and/or color of the car that hit you, provide this information to the police, as this can be useful to the investigation.

When looking for a hit and run driver, police may examine surveillance cameras from nearby stores, office buildings, and other commercial properties. They may talk to eyewitnesses who saw the accident or were able to note more information about the vehicle, including which direction it drove off. Police may also ask local business owners or residents if they saw or heard anything related to the accident, or they may bring the story to local news outlets or social media. The length of the investigation, as well as whether or not the police are able to locate the hit and run driver, depends on numerous factors, including what time of day the incident occurred, how many details are provided in the police report, how much manpower the police are able to provide to the investigation, how quickly you report the incident, how many people witnessed the crash, and more.

If the police are able to find the hit and run driver, two separate legal proceedings will likely occur. One will be criminal charges brought against the hit and run driver and the other will be civil proceedings brought by an injured party seeking compensation for damages. Remember, the outcome of one proceeding does not affect the other; just because a hit and run driver is convicted of the crime of fleeing the scene of the accident, that does not mean you are automatically entitled to compensation, and vice versa.

Unfortunately, hit and run drivers are not always caught. However, this does not mean you are totally without options for financial recovery. You may be able to seek compensation through your own insurance provider. We encourage you to contact our Long Island hit and run accident attorneys right away for more information and help with your claim.

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We Have Recovered OVER 100 MILLION DOLLARS

  • $1.2 Million Dollar Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff was driving his motor vehicle straight when defendant, who was legally drunk, crossed over a divider and struck the plaintiff's car head on. Plaintiff was the only occupant in the car and died instantly. Plaintiff had dependent wife and teenage son.

  • $1.6 Million Dollar Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 50 year old man who was doing repair work on a residential residence in Suffolk County. He was on a ladder when several bricks in the patio supporting the ladder gave way causing him to fall to the ground. The homeowner was negligent due to the improper construction and maintenance of the brick patio. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis, back, neck and legs and is disabled from future work.

  • $175,000 UM Arbitration

    Plaintiff is a 65 year old man who was injured when walking to his car parked on the street in front of a house he was visiting. Plaintiff was struck and knocked to the ground by an unidentified driver. Plaintiff reported the accident to the police and sought evaluation at the hospital. Plaintiff did not treat for one month after the accident as he was suffering from unrelated physical ailments. When plaintiff did seek treatment it was determined he suffered a torn ligament in his hip. Plaintiff’s doctor opined that the only remedy was surgery and plaintiff was not a candidate because of his COPD. Defendant contested the validity of the occurrence as well as the causation of the injury. Defendant cited the plaintiff’s previous injuries and accidents claiming his hip injury was a consequence of prior falls as well related to his history of arthritis.

  • $200,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff was a 26 year old male who died during a house fire occurring in Suffolk County. The defendant, who is the owner of the house admitted that she could not credibly testify the smoke detectors were operational as they were not checked regularly. Defendant home owner also admitted that the batteries used in the smoke detectors were never changed to her knowledge. Counsel for the defendant alleged that the plaintiff engaged in culpable conduct in the origin and subsequent spreading of the fire. Counsel also attempted to limit damages by emphasizing plaintiff did not have any dependents.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 32 year old woman who was driving her motor vehicle and stopped at a red light when her car was struck in the rear by another motor vehicle. Plaintiff suffered horizontal tears of the anterior horns of the medial and lateral menisci of the right knee with traumatic chondromalacia. Plaintiff's injuries necessitated multiple injections to her right knee as well as two arthroscopic surgeries.

    Plaintiff's surgeon opined that a total knee replacement is a possibility as plaintiff ages because her injuries will exacerbate the normal degenerative changes. Defendant argued that Plaintiff made a full recovery as she was able to return to work without limiting the scope of her duties.

  • $250,000 Mediated Settlement

    Plaintiff is a 54 year old woman who was exiting her motor vehicle when she slipped and fell on ice and snow in defendant's parking lot. Plaintiff sustained a fracture of her left ankle requiring surgery. Defendant claimed that they plowed, sanded and salted the parking in a reasonable manner and furthermore plaintiff did not suffer any residual limitations from the injury and resulting surgery.

  • $250,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 62 year old male who experienced car trouble on a busy highway at 9:00 p.m. He proceeded to pull off to the side of the roadway and open the hood. As he was standing in front of his car working under the hood the defendant was driving his motor vehicle and did not see plaintiff's car.

    Defendant struck the plaintiff's stopped car in the rear causing plaintiff to be catapulted ten feet into the air. Plaintiff landed on the roadway and suffered a severely herniated disc at L4-L5 requiring him to wear a hard back brace at all times. Defendant claims plaintiff was responsible for the accident as plaintiff did not maintain any lights or warning that his car was stopped and encroaching into a traffic lane.

  • $295,000 Mediated Settlement

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 43 year old women who was driving her motor vehicle which was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff suffered thoracic and lumbar herniated discs requiring a posterolateral spinal fusion at T11 – L2, segmental pedicle fixation at T11-L2 and an iliac crest bone graft. Defendant conceded liability but claimed the injury was degenerative as there was no visible damage to the motor vehicle plaintiff was operating.

  • $300,000 Settlement During Trial

    Facts: The plaintiff is a 38 year old male who was stopped in traffic when his vehicle was struck in the rear by another car. Plaintiff was awarded summary judgment on liability and the matter proceeded to trial on damages. The plaintiff suffered a lumbar herniated disc requiring a fusion and laminectomy.

    Defendant claimed that the plaintiff's injury was not related to the accident as he suffers from severe Ehlers Danlos syndrome. Defendant also obtained surveillance footage of plaintiff working at a construction site carrying various heavy objects. Case settled after jury selection and before opening statements.

  • $350,000 Trial Verdict

    Facts: Plaintiff is a 33 year old male driving his motorcycle straight when the defendant attempted to make a right turn and struck the side of plaintiff's motorcycle. Defendant claimed he followed a turn arrow and that the plaintiff rode through a steady red light. Defendant also claimed that according to plaintiff's own doctors he made an excellent recovery and suffered no restrictions.

    Plaintiff suffered a fracture of his right tibia and fibula requiring surgery. Defendant was found to be 100% liable at trial and offered a $100,000 settlement. Plaintiff refused the offer and obtained a jury verdict.


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    “I highly recommend The Odierno Law Firm if you've been injured. When the insurance companies were reluctant to settle my case for a fair amount, my attorney fought for me and recovered the full policy. The staff was well-informed and always returned my calls. There was always someone available to answer my questions whether it was an attorney or a paralegal - I always got answers. Even though my case settled, I still receive cards in the mail every year for my birthday and the holiday season. This firm goes above and beyond to make its clients feel like family and I am happy that I chose them to represent me.”


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