Pedestrian Seriously Injured In Chelsea, Manhattan Hit-And-Run Collision By The Intersection of 11th Avenue and 18th Street
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (December 11, 2021) – A pedestrian was critically injured in a Manhattan car accident near the intersection of 11th Avenue and 18th Street.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place on Friday, December 10th. A pedestrian was trying to cross the street when they were hit by a car.
The driver kept going after the collision and they are being sought by police. Paramedics were called to the scene of the crash and took the victim to the Bellevue Hospital.
A full investigation into the Manhattan crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In New York City Hit-And-Run Collisions
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year in pedestrian accidents. According to one report from the Centers for Disease Control, “an estimated 137,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for nonfatal crash-related injuries in 2017. Per trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a pedestrian collision including:
- Driver distraction
- Alcohol use
- Inclement weather
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must take steps to avoid pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. Drivers must also regulate their speed in accordance with what is safe for the prevailing conditions. Fleeing the scene of a collision can create criminal liability for a driver as well. There are a number of important steps that need to be taken after any accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Fragments of the vehicle that fled should be examined.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
Any person that is injured in a car accident may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is important to continue to seek medical care after any collision. A personal injury attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your options are.
Investigating A New York City Hit-And-Run Collision
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the person injured in this Manhattan collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. The driver responsible for this collision should do the right thing and turn themselves in. Is there a history of collisions at this intersection? Was the driver involved speeding? Could this accident have been prevented? There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim and so that similar collisions can be prevented.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a pedestrian accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that accident victims get the support that they deserve and that hit-and-run drivers are held accountable for their actions. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.