New York City Hit-and-Runs Occurring on a Daily Basis
Hit-and-runs are becoming a dangerously common occurrence in New York City. These types of accidents are especially dangerous for a number of reasons. Firstly, drivers tend to flee when it is obvious that they have caused particularly serious injuries – or deaths. Unwilling to accept the moral responsibility and the potential criminal consequences, they simply accelerate away from the scene. This means when a motorist flees, there is a higher chance of a serious injury or fatality.
Secondly, motorists who flee rob victims of important care that would otherwise be provided by those first on the scene. A motorist might not have medical training, but at the very least they can call 9-11. An injured victim may lie dying on the road for hours because of a reckless driver’s sense of self-preservation. Numerous incidents of this nature have occurred within a single week in New York City.
Motorcyclist Suffers Critical Injuries in Queens After Most Recent Hit-and-Run
On November 19th of 2023, CBS reported that the latest victim of a hit-and-run in New York City had been a motorcyclist. The individual suffered what first responders referred to as “critical injuries” after a collision in Queens. The other driver involved in the collision neglected to stop, instead fleeing the scene and leaving the injured victim lying in the road. Fortunately, Good Samaritans flocked to the motorcyclist and offered assistance.
Police did not reveal who had right of way when both drivers entered the intersection. Regardless of fault, however, fleeing the scene of a crash is always a criminal offense in New York. Police state that they located the vehicle that struck the motorcycle near the intersection. However, the driver was not located – and it is not clear whether the vehicle can lead the authorities back to the suspect. The crash remains under investigation, and apparently there is surveillance footage of the entire incident.
This situation is nothing new in New York City. On the same day, CBS reported another hit-and-run on Belt Parkway. This incident caused seven hospitalizations with at least one victim in critical condition. Seven cars were involved in the collision, which police say was sparked by an Infiniti sedan driving erratically. Although the sedan itself was immobilized by the crash, the driver apparently got out and escaped on foot. According to the report, police announced that they were having trouble locating the suspect.
Where Can I Find a Qualified, Experienced Personal Injury Attorney in Queens?
The incidents described unfortunately come as no great surprise to the many people who have experienced hit-and-runs firsthand. Although media reports can bring awareness to the issue, they cannot provide injured victims and their families with much-needed financial support or justice. To pursue these goals, families will need to get in touch with a qualified, experienced New York personal injury attorney. Choose Cohan Law, PLLC to discuss your options in more detail.