Pedestrian Critically Injured In Buffalo Hit-And-Run Collision Along The East Tupper Street On-Ramp
ERIE COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 17, 2021) – A pedestrian was critically injured in a hit-and-run car accident by the East Tupper Street on-ramp in Buffalo.
Buffalo police officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, October 10th. A pedestrian was walking by the downtown on-ramp when they were hit by a Volkswagen Tiguan.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the pedestrian. They were taken to the Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries.
The driver of the Volkswagen fled the scene, but later reported the incident to police. A full investigation into the Buffalo hit-and-run car accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Erie County Hit-And-Run Car Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in hit-and-run collisions every year. According to the AAA Newsroom, “More than one hit-and-run crash occurs every minute on U.S. roads, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. These resulted in 2,049 deaths in 2016 – the highest number on record and a 60 percent increase since 2009.” There are dozens of factors that could potentially contribute to a hit-and-run collision.
- Drug use
- Inclement weather
It is illegal to flee the scene of a collision that results in bodily injury or death. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 600(2)(c), “The penalty for leaving the scene of an accident without reporting when the accident resulted in serious bodily injury is increased from an “E” felony to a “D” felony. The minimum and maximum fines that may be imposed are also increased by $500 to $1,500 and $5,500, respectively.” A driver guilty of hit-and-run may also face civil liability.
All drivers in New York have a legal responsibility to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must use caution to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals upon the roadway. When a driver fails to exercise due care and hits a pedestrian they can be held at fault through a civil claim. Victims of pedestrian collisions tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including.
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries
Any person that is injured in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. In order to win a civil claim plaintiffs will typically have to demonstrate negligence. A pedestrian accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Erie County Hit-And-Run Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the pedestrian injured in this Buffalo collision. It is our sincere hope that they are able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have seen the accident should reach out to police. Is there a history of collisions on this stretch of road? Is the off-ramp well-lit? Could this accident have been prevented? The vast majority of pedestrian collisions are preventable. They can be prevented when drivers slow down and scan the road ahead of them.
Do you need help after a hit-and-run collision? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are to help. We care deeply that accident victims get the support that they need in order to recover and that hit-and-run drivers are held responsible for their actions. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.