Multiple People Injured In Mott Haven, Bronx Hit-And-Run Collision After Car Drove Into Restaurant
BRONX, NEW YORK CITY (December 30, 2021) – Two people were injured in a hit-and-run collision including a teenage girl after an SUV drove into a Bronx restaurant and then fled the scene.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29th. The driver of an SUV crashed into an outdoor dining area at Villa Tapia.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. A teenage girl was taken to the hospital in critical condition and a 40-year-old victim sustained moderate injuries.
Police are still trying to find the driver of the SUV who fled the scene on foot.
Liability In Bronx Hit-And-Run Car Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in hit-and-run collisions every year. According to one report from the AAA Foundation, “There were an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run crashes in 2015 (NHTSA, 2016). This translates to a hit-and-run crash happening somewhere in the U.S. every 43 seconds. The 2,049 fatalities that resulted from hit-and-run crashes in 2016 were the highest number ever recorded (NHTSA, 2017).” A number of factors could potentially contribute to a hit-and-run collision including:
- Drunk driving
- Inclement weather
- Distracted driving
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians. When a car drives into a restaurant, “pedal confusion” is often to blame. Pedal confusion occurs when a driver mistakes the gas pedal for the brakes. A restaurant could also potentially be for a car accident if they failed to take adequate measures to protect guests from errant vehicles. Bollard posts, for example, are sturdy concrete or medal structures capable of stopping vehicles from traveling into certain areas. There are many steps that should be taken after a car accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- An experienced car accident attorney should be consulted.
Any person that is injured in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence is preserved after an accident. A New York City car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Bronx Hit-And-Run Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the people injured in this hit-and-run collision. It is our sincere hope that both are able to make a full recovery. The driver responsible for this crash should do the right thing and turn themselves in to the police. It’s never too late to do the right thing. This accident raises a number of safety concerns. Is there a history of collisions at this location? What caused the driver to lose control? Could this accident have been prevented?
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a car accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. We are committed to helping accident victims get the support and information that they deserve. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.