Hit-and-Run Driver Arrested after Fatally Striking a Brooklyn Man

The New York Daily News reported that a 32-year-old man leaving a bar was fatally struck in a hit-and-run accident on June 29th. Mr. Bryan Loughran had just left a bar in Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn and was walking across the street to his car when a vehicle speeding south on Gerritsen Ave. veered across the yellow lines and hit him about 2:45 a.m., as stated by police and witnesses.

The impact threw the man several yards onto a grassy area, witnesses said. The driver sped away and the offending car was found abandoned a half-mile away. Michael Casale, 50, was arrested at his home at about 5:00 a.m. He was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident and with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

An attorney will need to ascertain if the hit and run driver and vehicle had insurance. There are numerous negative issues that arise from being involved in an accident with an uninsured vehicle. Even more disturbing would be when you are injured by a driver with no car insurance. Fortunately, there exists a type of insurance called “underinsured motorist protection” on your own vehicle (if, of course, you have valid car insurance).

Uninsured Motorist benefits are sought by filing a claim with your own car insurance company. Even if you were in an accident with an uninsured car, you can make a claim against your own car insurance which essentially, “stands in the shoes” of the uninsured vehicle. As long as you or your attorney can prove that the vehicle which caused your injuries did not have valid insurance on the accident date, the uninsured motorist insurance policy should apply.

As this process is complicated, you may want to consider talking to an attorney to discuss your case and learn more about your rights and possible options. If you have been injured by a stolen vehicle, contact the Law Offices of Steven I. Fried at (212) 964-5777 or on our website.