To resolve a
car accident claim and recover compensation for your damages, communication with the
other driver is necessary. In the aftermath of a car accident, you may
not get the other driver’s contact information. They may refuse
to cooperate with you, you may forget, or you may be unable to in the
chaos following the collision.
There are ways to acquire the other driver’s contact information
after the day of the accident, or resolve your claim without it. The importance
of the other driver’s contact information will depend on the circumstances
of your collision case and the laws in your state.
New York is a No-Fault State
Although having the other driver’s contact information can be helpful
in any car accident situation, it is not as crucial in no-fault states.
In no-fault states, proving liability is not necessary for recovering
compensation because every person’s insurance company is responsible
for their injuries.
In comparison, at-fault states require the identification of a responsible
party. To recover benefits, injury victims must file a claim with the
other driver’s insurance provider. In at-fault states, the other
driver’s contact information is more essential. People who live
in at-fault states do have other options if they do not speak to the other
driver after a collision.
Contact the Local Police Department
The police department that responded to your car accident may be able to
provide information about the other driver. Once a report is filed, you
can ask for a copy. The police report should include the full details
of your case, including information about the other driver. If a police
report was filed, the responding officer may reach out to
you for more information on the collision. The police can also assist you if
the other driver refuses to provide their information.
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance
If you live in an at-fault state and are not able to get in contact with
the other driver, your insurance may provide additional coverage. Uninsured
and underinsured motorist insurance provides coverage if the other driver’s
insurance is insufficient, they willingly do not provide their information,
or in cases of hit-and-run accidents. This type of coverage could be an
option if, for whatever reason, you are not able to contact the other
driver. You should review your auto insurance policy to see if this is
Although New York state law mandates that your insurance company is responsible
for providing benefits if you are involved in a collision, it is still
possible that your claim could be denied. Our attorneys can represent
you if you were injured in a car accident. We are prepared to help you
negotiate with your insurance provider and/or another driver, so you can
recover the compensation you deserve.
Send us a message
or call 888.305.6372 for a free case evaluation with the Gruenberg Kelly
Della legal team.