Four Things to Know About New York Hit-and-Run Accidents

hit-and-run-imageEvery 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.

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