Hit-and-run accidents can be fatal. To families and friends of victims of these tragic accidents, it is disheartening that justice cannot be served, because without additional information, the police cannot conduct an investigation. In addition, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. In fact, according to advocate streetsblog.org, leaving the scene of an â€œinjury crashâ€ is a Class D Felony in New York State and can lead to seven years of jail time.
Last month, the New York City Council passed a law to keep better public records of hit-and-run accidents. The bill, â€œA Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to report information concerning vehicle collisions in which a driver left the scene of the collision,â€ will begin July 2015. It requires the NYPD to report on â€œtraffic related accidents,â€ where the drive left the scene of an accident that resulted in a â€œcritical accident.â€
This data will be available publicly online (reported quarterly) and will include:
- The number of incidents
- The locations of incidents by borough, precinct and cross streets searchable by incident and location
- The number of these incidents for which there was an arrest made and the number of incidents for which there was no arrest made
The NYPD will also be required to provide the City Council Speaker with a brief description of the accident and investigations for each incident.
The full text of the law can be read here.
Not everyone was fully content with this version of the law. According to the Village Voice, Leroy Comrie who represented District 27 in Queens and introduced the law wishes it had gone further to require further investigation and more detailed accident reporting.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and you have been injured, then you should contact an attorney. You may be awarded a cash settlement based on the severity of your injuries. The settlement may cover pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses, all past, present, and future. To set up a free in person consultation with New York accident and personal injury lawyer Jayson Lutzky, call 718-329-9500 or 800-660-5299. Mr. Lutzky has 30 years of experience practicing law. His experience has helped him obtain large sums for clients through negotiation and litigation. If you have a serious injury, we can meet you in your home or hospital. Visit www.MyNewYorkCityLawyer.com for more information.