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Danger of hit-and-run car accidents shown in Staten Island crash

When there are car collisions, it is expected that those involved will stay at the scene, exchange insurance information and check if others involved need medical assistance. Unfortunately, in a substantial number of car accidents, it will turn into a hit-and-run with a driver fleeing the scene. With hit-and-run accidents, it is vital that there be a full investigation to determine what happened. Those who are in any accident must be examined for serious injuries and understand their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A hit-and-run accident occurred when a vehicle believed to have been traveling at around 100-miles-per-hour ran a red light and hit a vehicle that was carrying a family. The car that was hit had a woman, her 21-month-old daughter and her father in the vehicle. The front of their vehicle was destroyed. Local people came out to assist and helped the people from the vehicle. The female driver suffered a foot injury.

With motor vehicle collisions, the damage does not always show itself immediately. This is particularly true in accidents that happen due to a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. Injuries can come up later and cause long-lasting problems with medical treatment, rehabilitation, lost time at work and other problems.

What is troublesome about accidents that do not have an immediate indication of serious injuries is that it can be hard to show that the accident caused problems that arose later. Accident investigations must be comprehensive, especially when there is a hit-and-run. This is important for people who were in the accident.

In this case, a vehicle that sped through a red light hit a woman and her family. Initially, the female driver of the vehicle had a foot injury and everyone walked away. Even with that, it is important for all to have a full medical examination. This is significant because there was a baby in the vehicle. Along with the examination, the family should also discuss the matter with an experienced legal professional to pursue compensation in a lawsuit.

Source: Staten Island Advance, "West Brighton neighbors rush to help family after hit-and-run," Allie Griffin, July 2, 2017

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