Recovering from a Hit and Run Incident
If you live in New York or New Jersey chances are you’re all too familiar with the term “hit and run.” A variety of factors contribute to the high prevalence of pedestrian knockdowns and hit and runs in the tri-state area, including:
- Driver Distraction
- Failure to Yield
- Driver Impairment
In 2015 multiple government officials addressed pedestrian safety issues after a number of fatal pedestrian knockdowns. Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island communities were and are especially effected by this issue.
A Snap Shot of the Safety Concerns Residents of the Greater NYC Area Face:
In Staten Island the number of annual pedestrian fatalities is 11% higher than the past three decades. In Queens the pedestrian fatality rate per resident is higher than any other area in the city. In Manhattan trucks are involved in pedestrian fatalities at a higher rate than any other borough. In Brooklyn pedestrian knockdowns result in (on average) nearly 50 deaths a year. And while Pedestrian fatalities in the Bronx have fallen in the past three decades, data from the past couple years shows the number of victims involved in fatal pedestrian knockdowns is actually on the rise. (Data gathered from NYC.gov.)
When an innocent pedestrian is struck by a vehicle one would assume the driver would remain on the scene and attempt to aid the victim in any way. Sadly this isn’t always the case, and some drivers opt to flea the scene. This is known as a hit and run.
Claiming compensation after a hit and run is certainly more complex than a typical knockdown situation, but with the aid of legal council victims are often able to collect for their damages.
If you or a loved one is involved in a hit and run you should take the following steps following the incident:
- If possible get the license plate number of the driver
- File a police report (this is extremely important)
- With the officer collecting information be sure to communicate any pain you may be experiencing if injuries are not visible
- New York Residents, report the crash to Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation/DMV
- It is crucial to take these steps as quickly as possible (MVAIC within 24 hours, the DMV within the first week).
- Contact a pedestrian knockdown attorney. In order to collect the compensation you deserve it is crucial that you follow protocol and optimize the resources available to you. A personal injury attorney is your best resource for walking you through this process.