Drivers who are involved in any collision, no matter how seemingly minor, should always pull over and ensure that everyone involved is okay. This is especially important in cases where a collision involves a pedestrian or bicyclist as, with no protective metal frames or seat belts, injuries are common and often serious. Sadly, there are drivers among us who not only fail to stop when involved in a collision with another motorist, pedestrian or bicyclist; but also choose to intentionally flee the accident scene.
February 28 was a particularly dangerous day to be out walking or biking in New York City as police report that at least four pedestrians and one bicyclist were the victims of hit-and-run accidents throughout the city. Three of the victims; all men ages 63, 48 and 41, were pronounced dead and two others, a 22-year-old woman and a 30-year-old man, were hospitalized with serious injuries.
Police report that throughout January and February of this year, 19 pedestrians have been killed and more than 900 injured in accidents involving motor vehicles. The accidents that occurred on Feb. 28 were particularly troubling as, based upon their actions, the drivers involved demonstrated a gross and deliberate disregard for human life as they sped off and left their victims to suffer and die.
According to NYC.gov, pedestrians make up 56 percent of all traffic fatalities in the city and, in 70 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents, “dangerous driver choices are the primary or contributing factor.” While, in recent years, the city has taken steps through the introduction of its Zero Vision initiative and passage of the Right of Way Law to improve pedestrian safety, the events that transpired on Feb. 28 prove that more needs to be done.
Individuals who are injured or who have family members who are killed in hit-and-run accidents often feel powerless and don’t know where to turn. Thankfully, there are ways to recover compensation for injuries and losses suffered in hit-and-run accidents and an attorney who handles personal injury and wrongful death matters can assist.
Source: The New York Times, “3 Killed and 2 Injured in Hit-and-Run Crashes Across New York City,” Rick Rojas, Feb. 28, 2016
NYC.gov, “Vision Zero Action Plan,” March 10, 2016
Transportation Alternatives, “March 10, 2016
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