According to the New York Times, New York is somewhat lax when it comes to investigating non-fatal pedestrian accidents caused by reckless drivers. This information comes after the State Department of Motor Vehicles recorded roughly 3,000 non-fatal, but serious, pedestrian accidents that occurred in New York City in 2011. Of those, the state found that just two percent (63 in total) were investigated by authorities.
In fact, investigations were only likely if there was a chance the victim would die. The article points to a StreetsBlog.org article that notes it is difficult to criminally charge someone for reckless driving in the state of New York. Surprisingly, even if the driver of the car has been engaged in illegal activity, like driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the claim against the negligent driver can still be hard to win.
Take the example of Michelle Matson, who was struck by a car in 2010 while riding her bike. She suffered a broken neck, shattered leg and scraped skin. No charges were filed even though reports indicate that the driver appeared to have been under the influence of alcohol. Cars and trucks can be vehicles of destruction if operated incorrectly. No pedestrian deserves to suffer both physically and financially because of the ignorance of a driver.
A pedestrian accident can leave a victim suffering physically, emotionally and financially. You have rights when injured by a careless or reckless driver. To learn if you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages and more, you should immediately consult with a New York accident attorney at Gacovino, Lake & Associates at 800-246-HURT (4878).