Vision Zero Means Civil Penalties Apply to Hit-and-Run Drivers

Vision Zero is New York City’s official initiative to significantly decrease the number of fatalities and injuries caused by car accidents and make the city’s streets a much safer place to be. According to one study, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured each year by traffic accidents. This is unacceptable and Vision Zero intends to rectify the problem.

One of the most notable aspects of Vision Zero is the impact it will have on hit-and-run drivers. The New York Post recently reported that these drivers could now face civil penalties thanks to the city’s new initiative.

In January of this year, a young men struck two Bronx teens as they were walking home from church. One victim was killed and the other suffered injuries that left him in critical condition. The driver took off from the scene, classifying himself as a hit-and-run driver.

The man then returned to the scene of the accident, explained that he had given into panic, and was arrested. Under Vision Zero, he now faces up to $10,000 in civil penalties, in addition to possible criminal charges.

One Queens Councilman anticipates that many lives will be saved by Vision Zero and hopes drivers who would otherwise consider leaving the scene of an accident will now think twice before committing such an offense.

Are you facing fines or criminal charges?

With the high volume of vehicles and pedestrians sharing New York City's streets, it can be challenging to avoid all pedestrian and automobile accidents. Even drivers with the best intentions can be caught off-guard, especially when a pedestrian crosses a red light, or darts out into the middle of the street in front of the driver's vehicle.

If you have been involved in a traffic accident in NYC, we urge you to contact Gannes & Musico, LLP at once for skilled and knowledgeable defense representation. Not only are we up-to-date on Vision Zero, we understand New York's traffic and criminal laws inside and out. Protect your rights – get in touch with us today!

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