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Pedestrian accident in Manhattan leaves 2 injured

On June 15, police were called to the scene of an accident that occurred in Manhattan. An SUV reportedly struck two pedestrians, injuring them both. The victims of this pedestrian accident, according to New York laws, may have legal recourse.

According to a local news report, the driver of an SUV made a right-hand turn onto West 37th Street from Ninth Avenue and struck a livery cab. Instead of stopping, he continued going and ran into the back of the van. After hitting the van, the SUV jumped the curb, hit two pedestrians, struck two tree planters and then came to a stop after hitting a building.

Lose a loved one to a drunk driver?

It is unfortunate that, even though the vast majority of people know that impaired driving can have severe consequences, it does not stop people from doing it. Sadly, this behavior results in numerous fatalities every year in New York and across the country. Losing a loved one to a drunk driver challenges one's emotions and can be financially devastating to boot.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, in the United States a person is killed by a drunk driver every 53 minutes. This adds up to well over 10,000 people a year. While it is believed that this number has slowly been decreasing over the last 30 years, it is still far too high.

17 injured in bus versus truck accident in New York

Police in New York are investigating the cause of a crash between a school bus and a box truck. This truck accident reportedly occurred near the end of May in Queens. A total of 17 children were injured in the wreck.

At approximately 11 a.m., on May 26, a school bus was transporting children in the area of Brookville and Rockaway Boulevards. It was at this intersection that the bus and a box truck collided. As of the latest report, both drivers were unhurt in the wreck. No charges have been filed in this case as of yet. No other details about the crash have been released.

Car accident victim achieves $9 million through litigation

Early in the morning of April 22, 2014 in New York, a limo driver sat in his vehicle drinking coffee, getting ready to start his day, when an MTA bus struck the back right side of his car. The car accident left the victim in quite a bit of pain and even caused him to experience a condition called foot drop. This made it impossible for him to return to his driving career.

After the accident, the victim went through a total of four surgeries in order to help correct the damage done from the crash. Unfortunately, even with medical treatment, this individual continues to suffer every day. In order to seek compensation for his losses, he chose to file a civil claim against the MTA. His case just recently came to a close.

New York pedestrian accident: Tragic incident in Times Square

Law enforcement authorities in New York are still investigating the tragic incident that recently took place in Times Square. Several people were injured and one killed when the driver of an automobile started hitting pedestrians with his car. If one is injured or loses a loved one in a pedestrian accident, it may be possible to seek damages through legal means.

According to reports, a 26-year-old male, for reasons unknown, drove his vehicle at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction on a sidewalk and hit a group of pedestrians in Times Square. A total of 22 people were injured and a teenage girl lost her life in the incident. A few of the injured refused medical treatment, while the rest were transported to a hospital for care. At least four individuals are said to have suffered serious injuries.

New York fatal accident case: Cyclist dies 10 days after crash

Collisions between automobiles and bicyclists are fairly common in some areas of New York. Bike lanes have been installed in various areas of the city to help prevent such incidents. Sadly, even when cyclists are doing the right thing by using these lanes, bad things can happen. A recent injury turned fatal accident case is proof of this.

In the evening of May 4, a 74-year-old woman was riding her bicycle in a bike lane in the Flatiron District. A cab pulled over in front of her and stopped in the bike lane to let out a passenger. When the passenger opened the door the cyclist, who had no time to stop, struck the door and was thrown from her bike. She landed in front of another car, though it is unclear if that car hit her.

Whiplash is often experienced following a rear-end car accident

In New York and elsewhere, auto collisions are a daily occurrence. Many of them have minor outcomes, but even in such cases injuries can still happen. For example, whiplash is often experienced following a rear-end car accident. It does not take a whole lot of force for this type of injury to occur.

Whiplash, which may also be referred to as a neck sprain, is probably the most common injury suffered in a rear-end auto crash. This injury occurs when one's neck is forced in a swift and sudden forward then backward movement. This can cause neck tissues to overstretch and tear. When this happens, a person may experience a number of issues including:

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Back, neck, shoulder pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nerve damage

Retailer responsibility following a drunk driver accident

New York is full of bars, restaurants, grocery stores and other establishments that sell alcohol. When a patron leaves an alcohol retailer, many believe that the establishment has no responsibility for that person's actions after he or she is out the door. Thankfully, due to dram shop laws, this is not necessarily the case. An alcohol retailer may, under the right circumstances, be held partially responsible for the actions of a drunk driver.

The dram shop act was passed as a social liability law. Its job is to deter establishments from negligently serving or selling alcohol. What does that mean? It means that retailers have to set limits on how much they serve; it means that employees need to recognize the signs of impairment and refuse sale; and it means that actions need to be taken to prevent a drunk patron from getting behind the wheel of a car.

New York pedestrian accident Q and A

It seems like every day there are news reports of pedestrians being struck by automobiles. Anyone in New York or elsewhere who has been hit and injured by a vehicle while out walking is bound to have various questions and wonder what they should do after the fact. This column will address some common questions that some may have if they want to pursue compensation for their losses following a pedestrian accident.

Question number one on the list is: What should one do immediately following a pedestrian accident? Taking care of oneself and seeking medical treatment is the most important thing one can do following this type of accident. After receiving care and when one is on the mend, it is important to document everything he or she remembers from the incident. It is also wise to keep track of one's injuries and other damages.

Compensation may be sought following a fatal car accident

Regardless of how it happens, losing a loved one is never easy. When the loss of life comes in an unexpected way -- such as in a fatal car accident -- the results can be particularly devastating. When a life is taken due to the negligent actions of another person, according to the laws of New York, the victim's surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses. If you have found yourself facing such an unfortunate situation, an experienced wrongful death attorney may be able to help.

Wrongful death cases can be challenging to tackle. Proving negligence is not always a simple task. After all, not all accidents are the result of negligent actions, so fully investigating the matter will be necessary before any legal actions are taken.

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