Hit-and-run car accidents in New York City have reached epidemic proportions with roughly 40,000 such collisions every year. In fact, there is one fatal hit-and-run car accident in New York City every week (on average). Finally the city has realized that far too many people are being hurt and far too many of the people responsible for these horrific crashes are going unpunished. The new hit-and-run alert system will help accident victims get the justice (and the financial compensation) they deserve.
At-fault individuals are legally obligated to compensate injured victims for injuries resulting from car accidents. But when the at-fault party flees the scene of the crash, it can be next-to-impossible to catch them. Unless the victim was quick-thinking enough to remember the make, model, and license plate number of the car, these individuals often go unidentified and unpunished. Of course with the increasing number of traffic cams and private security cameras popping up around NYC, that information may sometimes be gathered after the crash, but catching runaway drivers can still be difficult.
This new alert system is very similar to the existing Amber Alert system and will broadcast identifying information about the runaway car and driver on digital signs around the city as well as directly to cellphone users. The information about the car in question is can then be called in and reported to law enforcement officials. Putting this information out there on such a wide scale will hopefully make it very difficult for hit-and-run drivers not to get caught and go unidentified.
It is the hope that this new system will make finding the at-fault party much easier, which is good news for victims of hit-and-run car accidents in New York City.
If you’ve been hit by a car in New York, you need a personal injury attorney on your side. Speak with an experienced New York City car accident lawyer today. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation