The recent hit-and-run accident that led to the injury of a Staten Island sanitation worker exemplifies the risks involved when confronted by a reckless, irresponsible and dangerous drivers. The victims can be anyone from everyday workers and pedestrians to unsuspecting motorists and bicyclists.
Such an accident can upend your life, leading to serious and catastrophic injuries, months or even years of rehabilitation, permanent disabilities, endless medical bills as well as death. Be wary and be alert because a hit-and-run driver can strike at the most unexpected and inopportune times.
SUV driver fled on foot
The accident that injured the sanitation worker occurred after midnight on Jan. 14. The worker was outside of the garbage truck when struck by the SUV, which had its headlights turned off. The driver then stopped the vehicle at the scene before fleeing on foot.
The 56-year-old victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries to his head, neck, back and ankle. After the accident, a spokeswoman from the NYC Department of Sanitation implored motor vehicle drivers to be aware of the presence of sanitation workers and provide them with enough space to work.
A number of factors can contribute to hit-and-run accidents. A driver may disobey traffic laws by speeding or failing to stop at stop signs and traffic lights. A driver may be drunk and flee the scene to avoid additional punishment. And, in some scenarios, a police pursuit can lead to an accident in which the fleeing vehicle may collide with another and then get away.
Common injuries to hit-and-run victims include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord and back injuries
- Internal organ damage and bleeding
- Bone fractures
- Loss of limb
Some victims of hit-and-run accidents suffer terribly losing their lives or sustaining permanent injuries. And then law enforcement must get involved to track down these dangerous drivers.