Five people were injured, one critically, in a hit and run car accident after a motorist drove the wrong way on a Brooklyn street. According to a report on NBC New York, a Chevrolet sedan was traveling south in the wrong direction on Chester Street in front of P.S. 323 in Brownsville when it crashed into a Nissan traveling west on Sutter Avenue. The driver of the Chevrolet fled the scene, police said.
The impact turned the Chevrolet upside down and left the Nissan in flames leaving the vehicles charred and badly damaged. The Nissan was thrown more than 50 feet. Neighbors and witnesses said the sound from the impact was extremely loud, like an explosion. Firefighters had to rescue people from the wreckage. A 27-year-old man was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and four others sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Police are still investigating the incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the injured victims of this hit-and-run crash.
NYC Hit-and-Run Crashes
Under New York law, it is illegal to leave the scene of an injury or fatal crash. Motorists are required to stop right away and remain at the scene until authorities arrive. Drivers who are involved in crashes that result in injuries are also required to get help for the injured. This may be something as simple as calling emergency personnel to the scene so the injured victims can get prompt medical attention – often making the difference between life and death.
Unfortunately, hit-and-run crashes occur frequently in New York City. According to an NYPD report, only 13 arrests were made after 38 deadly hit-and-run collisions during 2016. In 22 instances that year, where someone was seriously injured, only 14 arrests were made. Transit advocates say the prevalence of hit-and-run incidents in the city may have something to do with the glaring disparity between penalties for DWI drivers and those for hit-and-run drivers who cause injury or death. A driver who is impaired typically faces a tougher penalty than those fleeing the site of a fatal crash.
What Steps Can You Take?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash where the driver fled the scene and has not been identified or found, it is important that you take a number of steps including filing a police report, gathering evidence from the scene and getting prompt medical attention, etc. You should also contact an experienced New York City hit-and-run lawyer right away so your rights and best interests can be protected.
If a hit-and-run driver has injured you, you can seek compensation through the uninsured motorist clause of your auto insurance policy even though the driver has not been identified or through a quasi-state agency if there is no motor vehicle in the victim’s household. It is important to remember that in cases where the injured victims are pedestrians, they may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in a collision even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk. You should retain an experienced personal injury lawyer right away to protect you, as there are many pitfalls in these cases.
A family who has lost a loved one in a hit-and-run crash may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. It is imperative that you retain the services of an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer immediately in these situations, because these are tricky and complex cases with a number of pitfalls also.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, 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, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 47 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole.
Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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