October 27, 2011 – Long Island, N.Y. – In a report from Eyewitness News WABC-TV New York, a 16-year-old bicyclist was fatally injured in a hit and run on Tuesday night, October 18. Just after 7 p.m., Oscar Veliz was on his bicycle and attempting to cross from the east to the west side of Clinton Street. He was hit by a 4-door sedan, thought to be either tan or gold-colored. Veliz was quickly rushed to an area hospital, however, he later died. Witnesses were able to provide a description of the driver to police. However the hit and run driver has still not been found. When you or a loved one has been the victim of a hit and run, you may wonder what your legal options are. You should speak with a New York personal injury attorney as soon as possible to understand what your legal rights are and how you can best protect them. 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 motor vehicle 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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