A 38-year-old man suffered critical head injuries after a car struck his bicycle. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the driver of a late-model four-door silver sedan was southbound on Central Avenue in Bushwick when he struck the bicyclist who was eastbound on George Street. The driver failed to stop and render aid to the victim. The injured victim was then rushed to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition. Police are still attempting to locate the hit-and-run driver. The victim was apparently a construction worker, who was well known for the bicycles he built on the side.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) reports that one out of every 10 crashes (about 11 percent) reported to the police involves a hit-and-run driver. Also, most hit-and-run crashes result in catastrophic injuries or even fatalities. Between the years 1994 and 2003, 14,914 people were killed in hit-and-run collisions, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported.
New York Hit-and-Run Law
Under New York Statute 600.2: “Any person operating a motor vehicle who, knowing or having cause to know that personal injury has been caused to another person, due to an incident involving the motor vehicle operated by such person shall, before leaving the place where the said personal injury occurred, stop, exchange information and contact the authorities.”
Compensation for Hit-and-Run Victims
Injured victims of hit-and-run accidents are often left struggling to pay their medical bills and other expenses associated with their losses. When the hit-and-run driver is not found, victims can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of their auto insurance policies or through a quasi-state agency if there is no motor vehicle in the victim’s household. This applies even to cases where the at-fault driver is uninsured or underinsured. In some incidents, bicyclists or pedestrians may be able to file a claim against the city or governmental agency, if a dangerous or defective roadway is found to have caused or contributed to their injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a hit-and-run accident, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options. We obtained $2,000,000 for a 6-year-old girl who was injured by a hit-and-run driver. The case was originally dismissed by the judge, but we aggressively appealed the judge’s decision and had it overturned. Our client received a $2,000,000 settlement when the case was retried. Please contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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Source: New York Daily News
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