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Hit and Run Accidents in Brooklyn are Making the News

A hit-and-run accident occurs when the driver of a vehicle involved in a crash with another car or pedestrian, flees the scene. Many hit-and-run accidents involve a car striking a pedestrian. A person is no match for a vehicle, and the injuries to someone hit by a car or truck are often fatal.

Brooklyn Hit-and-Run Accidents Result in Injuries and Fatalities

You just have to Google “hit and run accidents in Brooklyn” to see how often people on our streets are getting hurt by irresponsible drivers. In recent months alone, Brooklyn news stories have included:

“Woman, 70, Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in Brooklyn.”
“Woman killed by private sanitation truck in Brooklyn hit and run.”
“Brooklyn mother of four dies 10 days after hit and run crash.”
“Man, critically injured in hit-and-run crash in Brooklyn.”
“65-year-old woman killed in hit-and-run crash in Brooklyn.”

These accidents occurred in various parts of Brooklyn, including Sheepshead Bay, East New York, Bensonhurst, and Canarsie. Some victims were crossing the street when vehicles making right-hand turns, hit them. Others got hit by vehicles, some allegedly speeding, as they tried to cross the street.

Why Do Drivers Hit-and-Run?

It is possible that a driver who leaves the scene of an accident may not realize he or she hit someone. It’s more likely, however, that they are afraid of the repercussions of the crash. Drivers who hit and run might face the following situations when deciding to flee from the scene of an accident:

  • Concern that they are driving without insurance and will get in trouble
  • Afraid they will be charged with a crime because they are intoxicated or on drugs
  • They might be driving without a valid driver’s license
  • Concern that they have caused a fatality and might get arrested
  • They might be the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant
  • Fear of being financially responsible for the injuries
  • Panic, nerves

Whenever there is an accident, staying on the scene is a requirement. When a driver leaves, there can be serious repercussions if and when he or she is located. Because injuries in hit and run accidents can be quite severe, the police often rely on witnesses and security footage to try and find drivers.

Report Your Accident Right Away if You are The Victim of a Hit and Run

Article 52 of New York State Insurance Law created MVAIC- the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation. The non-profit corporation provides bodily injury and no-fault insurance coverage to eligible individuals, generally those with no other available car insurance. Hit and Run accident victims might qualify for this benefit.

You must, however, report your accident to the police within 24 hours. If you don’t meet this requirement, it might affect your ability to proceed with a MVAIC claim.

If You Are the Victim of a Hit and Run Accident in Brooklyn, Call the Law Office of Irene H. Gabo, PC For Help.

If a hit and run driver injures you or kills someone you love, protect your legal rights to obtain compensation by contacting our experienced personal injury lawyer. Call (800) 560-0214 for a free evaluation of your hit and run claim in Brooklyn.