Hit and Run Accidents

According to the AAA Foundation, deaths from hit and run accidents are higher than ever, with 2,049 fatalities in 2016. Fleeing from the scene of an accident is against the law, but that does not prevent it from occurring.

If you have been the victim of a hit and run accident, call Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. We serve Manhattan and New York City as tough advocates for people injured in hit and run accidents.

Why Choose Our Firm?

  • Our personal injury lawyers have more than a decade of experience handling hit and run accidents.
  • We are committed to protecting your interests and will not accept anything less than a fair settlement.
  • All our personal injury cases are handled on a contingency fee basis. This means no cost to you until we win your case.

Hit and Run Statistics

In 2015, the most recent year for which injury statistics are available, AAA Foundation reports:

  • 737,100 hit and run crashes (11.7% of all crashes)
  • 138,500 hit and run injuries (5.9% of all traffic crash injuries)
  • 1,819 hit and run fatalities (5.1% of all traffic fatalities)
  • A hit and run crash occurred somewhere in the U.S. every 43 seconds

The record-breaking 2,049 deaths caused by hit and run accidents in 2016 represents 5.5% of all traffic deaths that year.

Contributing Factors to Hit and Run Accidents

A hit and run collision can occur anywhere, anytime. However, a AAA Foundation Research Brief based on a review of the scientific literature provides data about the contributing factors.

Victim Characteristics

The majority of people killed in hit and run accidents are pedestrians. Studies over the past 30 years have shown that approximately one in five pedestrian fatalities involves hit and run crashes. Based on current data, in the ten-year period from 2006 to 2016, 19.5% of pedestrian deaths were suffered in hit and run accidents.

Crash Characteristics

Environmental factors also contribute to hit and run accidents. Crash location, roadway geometry, and lighting have been associated with the likelihood of hit and runs occurring. The greater the visibility potential of the crash, the less the likelihood of hit and run accidents.

Driver Characteristics

Only approximately half of the hit and run drivers in the U.S. are ever identified, and that number varies from state to state, with only 10% identified in some states. However, the profile based on available information shows that drivers involved in hit and run fatal accidents are more likely to be young males with prior DUI and license suspensions who drive older model cars and have a positive blood alcohol content at the time of arrest.

How Do You Recover Compensation after a Hit and Run Accident?

Under state no-fault insurance laws, people injured in hit and run accidents can recover compensation up to policy limits. Insurance options for recovery include:

  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) benefits (covers $50,000)
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage
  • Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (SUM) coverage

You may be able to file a claim for damages under the New York Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Act, commonly referred to by its acronym, MVAIC, which provides compensation to uninsured victims of car accidents in which the at-fault driver’s identity or insurance in unavailable. The maximum amount of indemnification through MVAIC is $25,000.00. The requirements to bring a claim against MVAIC are set forth in Article 52 of the New York State Insurance Law.

Contact Us after a Hit and Run Accident

Recovering compensation after a hit and run accident can be complicated. It is important to have an experienced New York City car accident attorney by your side. Contact Michael J. Redenburg, Esq. P.C. to find out how we can help.