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NYPD hit-and-run investigation rates are shameful

Like any large urban city, New York City has its fair share of crime. When discussing any type of statistics related to criminal investigations, most residents would likely agree that one percent is an abysmal figure. Yet one percent actually represents more than the percentage of hit-and-run traffic accidents that were investigated by the New York Police Department during 2015. To be exact, NYPD officers investigated 0.16 percent or 48 of the 38,000 hit-and-run accidents that were reported by victims and bystanders this year.

Of these 38,000 reported accidents, roughly 4,000 resulted in victims suffering injuries, 31 of which were fatal injuries. While Mayor Bill de Blasio has pledged taxpayers’ dollars to combating traffic accidents of all types, based upon the number of hit-and-run accidents that were never even investigated, it appears as though these accidents haven’t been a priority for city or law enforcement officials.

This may soon change as Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer recently proposed laws to increase the amount of fines imposed on hit-and-run drivers to $1,000 for property damage and between $5,000 and $10,000 if victims suffer injury or death. Spanning from Oct. 31 through Nov. 9, a total of 12 pedestrians were hit and killed by motorists, including two bus drivers who both fled the accident scenes.

Pedestrian victims of hit-and-run accidents often suffer serious and debilitating injuries. In cases where a hit-and-run driver is never identified, it can be difficult to recover compensation. An attorney who handles personal injury cases can assist in filing a claim with one’s own insurance company in an attempt to recover compensation to pay medical bills and account for lost wages.

Source: DNA Info., “NYPD Investigated 1 Percent of Hit and Run Crashes With Injuries or Deaths,” Jeff Mays, Dec. 2, 2015

DNA Info., “11 People Have Been Killed by Cars and Buses Since Halloween,” Jeff Mays, Nov. 9, 2015

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