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Sunday, March 19, 2017

NY Man Indicted for Hit and Run Crash That Killed NBA Player’s Cousin

What are my legal rights if I am injured by a hit and run driver?

Recently, a Hudson County grand jury indicted a New York City man who allegedly struck and killed 21-year-old Zackhary Simmons, the cousin of NBA player Ben Simmons.  Simmons was hit by a black Cadillac Escalade while crossing the street in the afternoon hours. The vehicle, which was traveling at least 70 miles per hour at the time of the crash, never stopped.  Now, a 51-year old from Brooklyn has been charged with Death by Auto and Knowingly Leaving the Scene of a Car Accident Resulting in Death.  He could be sentenced to jail time if convicted of these crimes, and may additionally face civil litigation for his actions in the death of a young man revered in the local community.

Hit and Run Accidents in New York

A hit and run accident can involve a car accident with either a pedestrian, another car, a truck, or a fixed object, where the driver leaves the scene of the crash without stopping to identify him or herself.  Under New York law, any driver involved in an accident, regardless of fault, must stop his or her vehicle and share insurance information with the other driver or individual involved in the crash.  Failure to stop can result in criminal charges and points on your license.

The victims of a hit and run crash can take civil action against the at-fault party that hit them.  Hit and run accidents bring some challenges because the driver may be difficult to uncover.  Call local law enforcement officers as soon as possible after the crash.  Officers will initiate prompt investigations to find the hit and run driver that injured you.  If the drivers identify is discovered, you can file a personal injury action against the driver and the driver could face additional damages for fleeing the scene of the accident.  

At times, the hit and run driver is never found.  In this case, you may still be able to recoup some of your expenses associated with the accident through your own insurance policy.  Contact an experienced New York City car accident attorney for assistance with your hit and run accident case.  

 


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