February 21, 2012 – Staten Island, N.Y. – According to a report from NBC New York, a bicyclist was killed in a hit and run accident on Sunday, February 12. R.J. Tillman, 29, had recently moved to Staten Island in order to be closer to Wagner College, where he was studying the field of nursing. At the time of the accident he was riding back from the library on his bicycle when he was struck by a black pickup truck or SUV on Howard Avenue. The driver left him lying on the side of the road. Police continue their efforts to find the driver of the vehicle. The victim was transported to Richmond University Medical Center where he was confirmed dead. A hit and run can be especially traumatic because of its unexpected nature. The idea that someone would leave the scene of a serious or fatal accident may cause you to wonder if legal action can be sought. Speaking with a Staten Island injury attorney will help you learn if you may be entitled to file a claim. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York. To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of bicycle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
- single-vehicle crashes;
- rollover accidents; and
- “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.
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