I was in a hit and run accident with a taxi company?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Mount Vernon, NY

i took them to small claims court and won but they refused to pay me and soon closed there doors what should i do what are my options

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  1. Anthony A. Ferrante

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    Answered . The most likely scenario is that you are out of luck, but there may be a glimmer of hope. If you have the license plate number of the taxi that was involved in the accident you may be able to obtain information regarding it's automobile liability insurance. If you go on the New York State DMV website you should be able to fill out a form requesting the information. Once you have the insurance information you can make a claim and provide them with a copy of your judgment. There are all sorts of issues that will likely pop up, including that of late notice to the insurance carrier, but if you are extremely lucky you may be able to negotiate some type of payment on your judgment.

    The more likely scenario is that you will be unable to find any insurance information and the corporation that you have a judgment against is a shell and thus judgment proof.

    It may be best just to cut your losses and stop spending time and aggravation over this issue. Good luck.

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  2. Kevin Coluccio

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    Answered . It is unlikely you will have any ability to recover given that they have gone out of business.

  3. Larry Jim Sidiropoulos

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    Answered . Do you have Unisured Motorist coverage? If so file a claim through your insurance comapany and they should cover this loss. Then your insurance company will have subrogation rights against the third party. That means they may decide to go after the third party.

  4. Manuel Alzamora Juarez

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    Answered . It depends on whether they have insurance, how much were your med bills. Your property loss seems minor since you are in small claims court. If you have insurance you should file a claim against your own policy or better yet, talk to a NY lawyer. There are great AVVO lawyers that practice in your area. Please search for a New York lawyer. BEST OF LUCK.

    This answer is provided by Manuel A. Juarez, Esq., El Abogado de Accidentes de Autos de California: 510-206-4492.... more
  5. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . Collection agency.

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  6. Jayson Lutzky

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    Answered . Check with DMV if you have e license plate number. The owner of the vehicle should be sued, not necessarily the cab company. If the company is out of business it is unlikely to collect against them. If you have full coverage, then make a claim against your company.

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  7. Lars A. Lundeen

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    Answered . I suggest that you locate an attorney who does collections work and see if he will undertake collection of your judgment for a percentage of the recovery.

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    Mr. Lundeen is licensed to practice law in Florida and Vermont. The response herein is not legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. The response is in the form of legal education and is intended to provide general information about the matter within the question. Oftentimes the question does not include significant and important facts and timelines that, if known, could significantly change the reply and make it unsuitable. Mr. Lundeen strongly advises the questioner to confer with an attorney in your state in order to ensure proper advice is received.

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