Hit and run accidents can leave victims feeling that justice hasn’t been served, and waiting for justice can become very frustrating. The family of a 39-year-old man recently killed in Washington Heights may be experiencing these very sentiments.
The man was coming home from work and was crossing Audubon Avenue at West 176th Street early on the morning of October 18 when a dark-colored vehicle heading northbound struck him. The driver left the scene of the accident.
Many have commented about speeding drivers in the area. The Department of Transportation had recently rejected a proposed slow zone and increased speed bumps in the area, according to media reports covering the accident.
Penalties in a Hit and Run Accident
When a hit and run causes death or serious injuries, the driver may be charged with a felony if caught. He or she could face fines as well as jail time. Families may even have additional legal options available if the driver is eventually located.
Drivers who leave the scene of an accident could be liable in a wrongful death claim for the family’s losses and damages. Assuming the driver is eventually located, compensation could be recoverable to address medical costs associated with the accident. Future earnings may be recoverable as well. There could also be compensation for the emotional injuries, such as loss of companionship.
Trying to sort through these options after a hit and run driver has killed your loved one can be confusing. Don’t hesitate to seek advice from an attorney. Although the person might initially get away with it, there could come a time when justice is finally served. Gacovino, Lake & Associates helps victims and their families pursue cases against at-fault drivers.