NEW YORK– The lohud.com reports that hit-and-run deaths are on the rise in the United States. Since 2006, the AAA’s data indicates that there have been 682,000 hit-and-runs. In 2016, 2,049 people died in accidents where the person responsible fled the scene. This was the highest recorded number of hit-and-run deaths ever recorded.
In New York, the amount of hit-and-run accidents has gone up and down. While 2009 resulted in the lowest number the state has ever seen, 2012 was the worst year with 76 hit-and-run deaths.
Many of those killed are actually pedestrians and not other occupants of vehicles. In fact, 70% of fatalities were either pedestrians or cyclists. Almost one-fifth of pedestrian deaths were the result hit-and-run accidents. One potential reason that hit-and-runs have increased is just that there is a larger number of people getting out to walk or bike in recent years. More cyclists and pedestrians on the road leads to more chances for something to go wrong.
The AAA stated that the drivers most likely to be responsible for hit-and-runs are young men with histories of having their licenses suspended or of DWI’s. Alcohol seems to play a role in many hit-and-run accidents. The number of drivers who are involved in hit-and-run accidents and have high blood alcohol levels is at least twice as high as that of other drivers involved in accidents, and possibly as much as nine times higher.
Leaving the scene of an accident where someone was injured can increase the chance of the victim dying. By staying around to ensure medical attention is sought, drivers who caused accidental injuries can take steps to reduce the harm they have caused.
How Do I Get My Police Report in Manhattan?
In the hours following an accident or arrest, a police report is generated by the investigating Manhattan police officer. Once the report has been generated a "public portion" of the report is available immediately. The public portion of the police report withholds information until the case is completely closed. Once the case has wrapped up, you or your attorney can talk to your local Manhattan police precinct to obtain a copy of the full police report. How you are able to get your report varies depending on the preference of the precinct. Some prefer to do it electronically, others via mail, and others in person. Regardless, there may be a waiting period and your precinct may charge a fee to request a copy of the police report. When it comes to help in getting a police report under New York personal injury law, Manhattan, NY, residents should know that Parker Waichman is here to help you make the most of your case. Our law firm is recognized nationally for our care of clients and skill in gathering evidence to get you the compensation you deserve.
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