This is Part 17 in our NYC personal injury video series: “What should I do if the other driver leaves the scene of the accident?”
If the other person leaves the scene of the accident before the police arrive, you must get the license plate number. If there are witnesses at the scene and they get the license plate number, you need to get it from them. Get their name and address. If you don’t get the license plate number of that other vehicle, you may not be able to bring a lawsuit. You may have to go under what’s called uninsured motorist coverage. What that means is if you have your own insurance policy, you can have up to $25,000 of coverage. That’s required by law, so everyone has it, even though they don’t know it, to cover you in the event you get hit by somebody who leaves the scene of the accident, doesn’t have insurance, or who is just generally irresponsible, steals a car,. Any of those situations, you’re going to be covered under your own policy.