Skilled Attorney Fights for Maximum Compensation for Hit and Run Victims in New Jersey and New York
After a serious car accident, the expectation is that both drivers will exchange contact information and insurance information and possibly contact law enforcement. The reality is, however, that many drivers get scared after causing an accident and decide they would rather not wait around to deal with the consequences.
If you have been the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you may feel as though you have been victimized twice: once when you were crashed into and again when the other driver left the scene. Unfortunately, this kind of hit and run accident is a possibility every time you drive on a roadway in NJ or NY. Hit and run accidents pose unique legal problems best handled by an experienced attorney.
Andrew Calcagno is an aggressive car accident lawyer who has successfully represented countless victims of hit & run accidents throughout Union County and Middlesex County, New Jersey, including Cranford, Rahway and Union, as well as all five boroughs in New York. Mr. Calcagno is fully prepared to negotiate with your insurance company and will take your case to trial, if necessary, in order to get you the money you need to cover medical bills, property damage and any other costs related to your hit and run accident.
Securing Compensation for Hit & Run Accidents in Union County and Middlesex County
Many people mistakenly think they are not legally entitled to financial compensation if the driver who caused their injuries speeds off. The reality is, however, that NJ and NY laws provide injured motorists and pedestrians with protection through underinsured and uninsured auto policies. For example, if you have Uninsured Motorist (UM) insurance coverage, it may be much easier for you to pursue compensation for your injuries and property damages. This is true even if you were not in a vehicle at the time of the hit and run accident; as an injured pedestrian, you can seek compensation through your insurance company or through the NJ Property Liability Guaranty Association in the event that you do not have insurance of your own.
Hit and run cases aren’t easy to win but Mr. Calcagno will fight tirelessly for you. This is true whether your accident involved another vehicle crashing into you and fleeing the scene or you were forced off the road by another vehicle and hit a guardrail.
Contacting an auto accident lawyer is extremely important in the aftermath of a hit and run accident. Do not assume your insurance company will automatically approve your accident claim. First of all, the insurance company will probably require you to demonstrate that you have made “reasonable efforts” to identify the other driver. This may include a requirement to notify law enforcement of the hit and run accident. Beyond that, you must take immediate action because any delay in filing a claim will be perceived by the insurance company as possible fraud. You should also head into this process with the expectation that the insurance company will contest your claim for property damages. That’s why your best first move in these kinds of cases is to speak with an experienced car accident attorney like Andrew Calcagno.
Other Types of Claims and Liable Parties in NJ & NY Hit and Run Accident Cases
Depending on the circumstances of your hit & run accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against a third party, in addition to filing a claim with your insurance company. For instance, if you were involved in a single-vehicle crash that was caused by a road hazard, such as debris in a construction zone, you may have the legal option to seek damages from the local municipality responsible for the hazardous condition. Similarly, if your auto accident stemmed from a defective auto part, such as a faulty seatbelt or airbag, you may be in a position to file a product liability claim against the product manufacturer or designer.
Contact an Experienced Hit & Run Injury Lawyer with an Office in Cranford, New Jersey
If you were injured, or suffered property damage, as a result of a hit-and-run accident, you should not be on the hook for resulting medical bills, vehicle replacement costs or lost wages in the event that you have to miss time from work. Andrew Calcagno is a skilled and aggressive car accident lawyer who will do what is needed to help you get the compensation you deserve. Mr. Calcagno has years of experience representing victims of car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents and motorcycle accidents throughout New Jersey, including Union, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, Monmouth, Morris and Somerset counties.
You can rely on Mr. Calcagno for personalized service, as well. You will have access to your attorney 24 hours a day because Mr. Calcagno provides all clients with his cell phone number. You can call Mr. Calcagno day or night to discuss your case or schedule a free consultation at his Cranford NJ office. Personal injury cases are taken on contingency. If we don’t collect damages on your behalf, you won’t pay a dime.