Queens Hit and Run Accident Lawyer

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Sameer Chopra
Sameer Chopra, managing partner and personal injury attorney at Chopra & Nocerino, LLP in Garden City, NY

Sameer Chopra is a founding partner at our firm and a successful trial lawyer with 17 years of experience standing up to large corporations, government entities, and wealthy landlords on behalf of injured individuals. He is a true New Yorker and recognized as one of the Nation’s Top One Percent of attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. 

He was recognized as a Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2017-2019 and then became a Super Lawyer from 2020 to present. He was also recognized as the 2021 Attorney of the Year by Top 100 Lawyers and was selected by Top Attorneys in North America as a distinguished Exclusive Presidents Circle Attorney for his continued excellence within the legal community.  Sameer has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts, including significant verdicts against the City of New York and/or their affiliated agencies, and independent insurance carriers.

Content Last Updated:   June 4, 2024


A hit and run is a type of car accident where one driver flees the scene without providing their contact and insurance information. If you or a loved one were injured in a Queens hit and run accident, you may be saddled with significant medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. It’s a common misconception that there’s nothing you can do if the driver responsible for your injuries is unidentified. 

However, quality legal representation from a Queens hit and run lawyer can greatly improve your chances of recovering maximum compensation for your losses. Chopra & Nocerino’s experienced team of car accident attorneys has a strong track record of fighting for the rights of hit and run accident victims. Whether injured as a pedestrian, driver, or passenger in a hit and run accident, our legal team is here for you.

Call (855) NYC-HURT or contact us online to schedule your free consultation with our skilled hit and run lawyers. Para servir mejor a todos los miembros de nuestra comunidad, ofrecemos servicios en español.

How Can I Recover Compensation After a Hit and Run Accident in Queens?

If you were in a hit and run accident, contact our skilled Queens personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. Our attorneys will work with the police to investigate the hit and run accident and potentially track down the person responsible for your injuries. We will also gather vital evidence of the at-fault driver’s liability, such as surveillance footage and witness testimony, to strengthen your claim. If we identify the at-fault driver, we will do everything possible to hold them legally accountable.

However, in cases where the at-fault driver is not identified or does not have insurance, you may still be eligible to recover compensation through other avenues. Our lawyers can help you understand your legal options and guide you through the legal claims process to secure fair compensation. 

For example, if you have uninsured motorist (UM) coverage on your auto insurance policy, it can cover your damages. Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage can also cover your medical expenses and lost wages. You can also turn to health insurance, collision insurance, and even the New York Office of Victim Services. You can count on us to vigorously pursue all sources of compensation to maximize your recovery.

Why Let Chopra & Nocerino Handle Your Hit and Run Accident Claim?

You need a true advocate on your side after a hit and run accident, and that’s precisely what our team provides. We have decades of combined experience representing injured New Yorkers. Over the years, we have developed a strong track record of success in handling hit and run accident claims.

Our Queens hit and run lawyers are dedicated to fighting for our clients’ rights. We will not back down when facing insurance companies and at-fault drivers who try to deny or minimize the value of your claim. We balance our aggressive approach to settlement negotiations and litigation with a compassionate and caring touch to provide our clients with the best legal representation possible.

Track Record of Success in Queens, NY

We take great pride in our ability to secure high-value case results for our clients. Our team has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for New York accident victims, including many who were injured in hit and runs:

  • $1.5 million settlement for a 40-year-old client who was injured in a car accident and required spinal fusion surgery.
  • $1.44 million settlement for a 27-year-old who was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle in Suffolk County.
  • $1.12 million verdict for a 33-year-old who was making a left turn in Queens when his vehicle was struck, causing serious neck and back injuries. The verdict was reached in Queens County Supreme Court.

“Chopra & Nocerino have provided a lot of guidance and care in my automobile accident case, including physical therapy services, pain management, as well as recovery treatment. In addition, they spend the time along the way with any questions and show a lot of care. I recommend this firm and their team very highly!” – Wayne Goldenberg, Google

Recognition and Awards

We are an award-winning firm. In addition to our successful track record of case results, we have also been widely recognized within the professional community for our commitment to excellence:

  • Top 100 Lawyers, 2021 Attorney of the Year
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Super Lawyers 2020-present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017-2019
  • Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Personal Injury Lawyers

Hit and Run FAQs

It’s normal to have many questions after being involved in a hit and run accident in Queens. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions to help you understand your legal rights and options.

1. What Does New York Law Say About Fleeing the Scene of an Accident?

Under New York VAT § 600, leaving the scene without stopping and exchanging information after being involved in a car accident is illegal. Violating this law is a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances, and can result in steep fines, imprisonment, or both.

2. Is There a Time Limit for Filing a Hit and Run Accident Claim?

Yes, there is a time limit for filing a hit and run accident claim in New York. The New York personal injury statute of limitations typically gives three years from the date of the accident to file. However, certain exceptions may apply, including when the at-fault driver flees the state or hides their identity.

The New York hit and run statute of limitations may be paused if the defendant “departs from the state and remains continuously absent therefrom for four months or more . . . [or] resides within the state under a false name which is unknown to the person entitled to commence the action . . .”

Remember, failing to file before the correct deadline will result in your case being dismissed. Our hit and run accident attorneys in Queens can provide further guidance on the specific time limit for your case.

3. Are Hit and Runs Common in Queens?

Unfortunately, hit and run accidents are quite common in Queens, NY. In 2023, there were nearly 5,000 complaints of drivers leaving the scene of a collision in Queens and other boroughs.

4. Does Insurance Cover Hit and Run Accidents?

New York’s minimum insurance coverage requirements typically cover hit-and-run accidents. New York requires both personal injury protection (PIP) coverage and uninsured motorist (UM) coverage. PIP covers medical expenses and lost wages for you and your passengers no matter who is at fault, while UM covers damages if the at-fault driver is uninsured or unknown. You may also turn to collision coverage and health insurance to cover your damages after a hit and run accident.

5. Will My Insurance Premium Go Up If Someone Else Flees the Scene of the Accident?

Your insurance premium likely will not go up if the other driver leaves the scene of the accident. Insurance premiums usually do not increase unless you are at fault for an accident. However, this is not guaranteed. Each insurance company conducts its own review when determining insurance rates. 

6. How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Lawyer for a Hit and Run Injury Claim?

We understand that medical expenses, lost wages, and car repairs can leave you facing significant financial difficulties after a hit and run accident. That’s why our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we only get paid if we successfully recover compensation for your damages. We can answer your questions about our fee structure during your free consultation.

Contact the Queens Hit and Run Lawyers at Chopra & Nocerino

Our firm is ready to fight for the compensation you deserve after a hit and run accident in Queens. Our experienced attorneys have a strong track record of success in handling these types of cases. When you entrust us with your claim, you can rest assured that we will provide the top-tier legal counsel and representation you deserve. Call (855) NYC-HURT or contact us online to schedule your free consultation and discuss your legal options.

“Highly professional and hard working. Made my experience as seamless as possible. Handled everything for me, even scheduling appointments etc. And my case had a great outcome!” – Alizeh Habib

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