Every year, people are injured and killed in hit-and-run car accidents in New York.
Many of these victims are pedestrians.
One out of every five pedestrians killed on the roads is a hit-and-run victim, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many more are left badly hurt and perhaps permanently disabled.
Here is a recent example: a woman was critically injured July 29 in an apparent hit-and-run in Callicoon. State police responding to an emergency call found the 60-year-old victim lying unconscious in the roadway at an intersection.
This is from a New York State Police report:
An investigation determined that the woman had been struck by an unknown make/model vehicle that then fled the scene. She was flown from the scene to Westchester Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition and being treated for a fractured skull.
At last word, police were still looking for the driver.
Four Things to Know About New York Hit-and-Run Accidents
Many factors contribute to hit-and-run accidents.
One of biggest is the number of unlicensed or illegal drivers on the road. One study found that 21 percent of all fatal crashes from 1993-1999 involved drivers with no valid license.
Here are some other facts about hit-and-run accidents:
- The number of unlicensed drivers on the road at any given time is projected to be somewhere in the millions.
- Unlicensed drivers are 66 times more likely to cause a hit-and-run accident than licensed drivers, says the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
- Hit-and-run accidents often happen after an earlier crime. The driver is either fleeing the scene of the earlier incident or is afraid to stop for fear of getting charged twice.
- Many hit-and-run drivers are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Because they are impaired, they are more likely to flee.
A Watertown injury lawyer is available to discuss your legal options if you are involved in a hit-and-run accident.
- New York State Police https://www.nyspnews.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=32024
- Hit and Run Reward http://www.hitandrunreward.com/hit-run-accident-statistics.html