A driver is facing charges in the death of a 37-year-old man who was killed in a July 14 hit and run car accident on Long Island. According to a CBS New York news report, the man was out jogging in St. James along the shoulder of Lake Avenue when a 2014 Nissan sedan going southbound struck him. The driver did not stop and the man sustained fatal injuries.
However, the driver, a 32-year-old man, was arrested shortly afterward in Manorville. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Prosecutors say his driver’s license was revoked in 2015 for a DWI. Our thoughts and prayers go out the deceased victim who was reportedly a beloved high school coach and leaves behind a wife and three young children.
Hit and Run Accidents in New York
New York law prohibits drivers from leaving the scene of an injury or fatal crash. Drivers are required under the law to stop immediately, remain until the authorities arrive and help the injured victims. This might be something as basic as calling 911 so the injured victim can receive prompt medical attention. This type of aid may make the difference between life and death in hit-and-run crashes.
Hit-and-run accidents have increased with alarming frequency in New York City. While there has been some decline overall in traffic accident fatalities over the last few years, that hasn’t been the case for pedestrians and bicyclists. The most worrying trend is a sharp spike in the number of pedestrians in New York City who have been killed by hit-and-run drivers, which jumped by 34 percent between 2013 and 2016. And drivers seem to be getting away with it.
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 crash.
If you have been injured in a hit-and-run crash, 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 promptly.
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. You definitely should retain an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer immediately in these situations, because these are tricky and complex cases with a lot of pitfalls. It is important to remember that pedestrian accident victims may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in a collision even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk.
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. An experienced pedestrian accident lawyer will be able to guide you through what may become a complex process and help you maximize the compensation you can receive.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car or truck accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a car 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 all of the $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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