Two boys were severely injured when they were struck by cars in separate Queens collisions the evening of June 4. According to a report in the Jackson Heights Post, the first incident occurred around 8 p.m. when a 10-year-old boy was trying to cross Jewel Avenue at 110th Street in Forest Hills. An SUV driven by a 21-year-old man struck the boy. The child suffered head trauma. Emergency personnel transported the child to an area hospital where he has been listed in critical condition. The SUV’s driver remained at the scene and an investigation is ongoing.
Critical Injuries Reported
An hour and a half after that pedestrian accident occurred, a 16-year-old boy riding a bike in College Point was struck and left in critical condition by a hit-and-run driver, officials said. The teen had been riding his bicycle on College Point Boulevard near 18th Avenue when he was hit by a sedan. An investigation by the NYPD found that the sedan had crossed over the double yellow line into the oncoming traffic lane to pass another vehicle when it struck the teen.
The driver kept going on College Point Boulevard and went east onto 15th Avenue without stopping to check on the severely injured bicyclist, officials said. The unoccupied sedan was recovered later a short distance away, but no arrests have been made yet. Video of the damaged hit-and-run vehicle showed that the car’s windshield was severely damaged and its roof was dented inward from the impact. The injured bicyclist also had severe head trauma and was transported to a hospital in Manhattan where he is listed in critical condition.
In a hit-and-run crash, injured victims and their families suffer not only emotionally, but also financially as they deal with sudden expenses such as medical bills, loss of income, etc. There may be more than one party that can be held financially responsible in hit-and-run cases.
The driver and vehicle owner are both responsible parties even if the owner was not driving when the accident occurred. If the driver was on the job and/or operating a company vehicle at the time, his or her employer can also be held liable. When the driver is apprehended in a hit-and-run case and negligence (carelessness) is proven, victims are able to seek compensation for their losses.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
Injured victims of pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in pedestrian accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.
If a hit-and-run driver has injured you, please remember that 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. 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.
It is important to remember that pedestrian accident victims and their families may be able to seek compensation for injuries or losses in collisions even if they were not walking in a marked crosswalk and even if the driver has not been charged. Our law firm recovered the full one million dollar insurance policy for a girl who was not in the crosswalk when a motor vehicle hit her.
For nearly 50 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. 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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