Upper East Side Manhattan Fatal Accident
On November 1, a hit-and-run driver struck a deliveryman riding a bike while he was making a delivery. The vehicle struck him at the intersection of 97th and 2nd Avenue. Upon arrival at Metropolitan Hospital, the accident victim was pronounced dead.
Police shortly afterward found the abandoned vehicle on 97th street between 3rd Avenue and Lexington. The vehicle was damaged and its airbags had deployed. The accident is under investigation.
ABC7 NY reported the details of the accident.
What Is New York Law Regarding Leaving the Scene of an Accident?
When involved in an accident, you must stay at the accident scene and exchange car insurance, driver’s license and contact information, including your phone and the street address of your residence. If personal injury occurs, you must also report the accident to the police and file a report. Failure to do so is a violation of NY Vehicle and Traffic Law. All parties involved in the accident must do this whether you were at fault for causing the accident or not.
What Should You Do or Not Do If Involved in a Hit and Run Accident?
You should not chase the fleeing car. Your first priority is to call 911 if you or anyone else was injured. Also, if possible, you should note down as much information as you can. Vital information would include the fleeing vehicle’s license plate number, make and car model, a description of damage to the hit-and-run vehicle and the direction it was headed.
If other people witnessed the accident, you can ask them to provide information. It is also a good idea to write down their names and contact information.
Hit-and-run Accidents from a Legal Perspective
Whether or not the party leaving the accident was at fault for causing it, fleeing the scene is a crime. Fleeing the accident also tends to make the hit-and-run driver appear guilty.
Were You Seriously Injured by a Hit-and-Run Driver?
Our attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP have extensive experience representing clients in hit-and-run accidents. We offer a free consultation to discuss your potential case.