Queens City Councilman Leroy Comrie is pushing for better collection of data regarding hit-and-run collisions, the New York Daily News reported on May 13. Comrie’s proposed legislation would require police to compile annual reports on hit-and-run accidents that result in deaths or severe injuries. The councilman also wants police to make greater use of video surveillance to capture hit-and-run accidents.
Hit-and-run accidents killed 47 people in New York City in 2012, a 31 percent increase in two years, the New York City Department of Transportation reported. Transportation officials called for more speed cameras, especially near schools.
The data show that most fatal crashes in New York involved factors including speeding, driver inattention, driving under the influence and running red lights or stop signs.
Councilman Comrie hopes that better data on hit-and-runs can shed more light on the dangerousness of the situation. Surveillance cameras can help catch perpetrators, which could mean all of the difference in compensation for family members.
If you are involved in a hit-and-run accident, DMV.org, a privately-run website, suggests the following:
- If you are able, try to immediately record any information you can about the accident. This includes a description of the vehicle that hit you (make, model and color of car and license plate number), location and time of the incident, and sequence of events. If there were witnesses, get their names and contact information.
- Don’t chase the hit-and-run driver.
- Call the police.
- File an insurance claim.
Without the identity of the responsible party, it can become difficult to get the compensation you deserve. When this is the case, you may find yourself in battle with your car insurance company. You will do better with the aid of an experienced New York car accident lawyer. The firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., can help you, regardless of whether you have identified the driver who caused your injuries.
- DMV.org. “Tips For Handling A Hit And Run Driver Claim”