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PTSD: A common car accident injury

When post-traumatic stress disorder is discussed, it is usually in reference to veterans. One does not have to have seen battle to suffer from PTSD, however. In fact, it is a common car accident injury. In New York and elsewhere, auto accidents are believed to be the leading cause of PTSD.

Every year, roughly six million vehicle collisions occur in the United States. It is believed that about 2.5 million injuries result from these events. A study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health found that just shy of 40% of auto accident victims end up developing PTSD.

New information about 2018 fatal limo accident case

When a limo crashed and killed 20 people in New York on May 4, 2018, it made national headlines. The owners of the limo company are currently facing criminal charges for their role in the fatal accident. However, new information has come to light that may change who family members of the deceased may be able to hold responsible for their losses.

According to a recently released report, a former employee of Mavis Discount Tire shop claims that, despite records saying that brake work was performed on the limo involved in the crash, that work was actually never completed. The record was allegedly falsified. The tire shop maintains it is not responsible for this tragic accident. However, some investigators have said that brake failure was behind the crash.

Fatal accident responsible for the death of yet another cyclist

Police in New York are in the process of investigating a crash that left a cyclist dead. This fatal accident occurred Sept. 21, a little before 2 p.m., in Queens. This is the 21st fatal accident involving a cyclist to happen this year on city streets. What makes this event particularly sad is that the victim was a young teen.

According to a news report, a 14-year-old male was riding his bike near the Pulaski Bridge when he was struck by a commercially owned and operated truck. The driver -- a 33-year-old male -- said he felt a bump as he was passing under the bridge. He stopped and assistance was called for immediately. Sadly, the victim died at the scene of the accident.

4 seatbelt injuries you may sustain in a car accident

Modern vehicles have a variety of safety features to protect you when you drive. For example, since 1968, all cars made in the United States must have seatbelts. In New York, every person in the front of a vehicle must wear a seatbelt to comply with state law. Everyone under the age of 16 in the backseat also must wear a seatbelt while the car is in motion. 

Put simply, seatbelts save lives. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of motorists who died in automobile collisions in 2016 were not wearing their seatbelts. While you should always buckle up for trips of any length, you should also realize that seatbelts may cause injuries. 

Trucking accidents sometimes the result of poor driver training

Commercial truck drivers in New York and elsewhere have many tasks that they have to complete during their time on the road. Aside from getting cargo to its destination, the most important job truck drivers have is to operate their vehicles safely. Unfortunately, some lack the proper training to do that, and trucking accidents happen as a result.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has particular rules regarding truck driver training. Commercial driver's licenses will not be granted to anyone who does not take and pass specific courses and hands-on training. The training guidelines will be changing a bit in 2020, but for now, they are as follows:

  • Find an FMCSA approved training program
  • Complete course for the type of license being sought -- A or B
  • Pass written test
  • Perform certain skills in a truck -- for public road and range

Crash in Brooklyn involving pedestrians leaves several injured

On Saturday, Sept. 7, police in New York were called to the scene of a car accident involving one of their own, a minivan and several pedestrians. The crash occurred after sundown at the 52nd St. and 13th Ave. intersection in Brooklyn. Those injured in this event may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

According to reports, police were responding to a call and ran through a red light at the above-mentioned intersection. Despite having its lights flashing, a teenage driver in a minivan failed to stop for the police vehicle and ended up striking its side. The force of the impact sent the police SUV flying onto the sidewalk and into a group of pedestrians.

How safe is it to travel by train?

Living in New York offers many advantages, and one of them is that the state has one of the nation’s most extensive public transit systems. In other words, rather than have to finance a car, parking and related expenses, you can, at least in the city, get around easily enough without having a vehicle of your own.

You may wonder, though, what your safest option may be in terms of making your way around the city, state and nation, and the answer may surprise you.

Police looking for driver responsible for fatal accident

Law enforcement officials in New York are currently looking for the individual who caused a crash that injured one person and resulted in the death of another. This fatal accident occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 10. When the driver deemed responsible is found, the surviving victim and the family members of the deceased may file legal claims against him or her in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

Just before 1:30 am, a Honda SUV was headed northbound on 125th Street when it was hit by a car whose driver ran a red light at the 111th Ave. intersection. A video that accompanied a news report of this incident shows the SUV flying backward after its front end was struck. The driver of the impacted vehicle -- a 56-year-old female -- was trapped in the car and had to be freed by rescue workers. A passenger -- a 72-year-old female -- was ejected from the vehicle and died before help arrived.

Car accident injuries may not show up immediately

Automobile collisions are not exactly rare on New York roadways. In fact, according to the NYPD, there were more than 18,000 car accidents in the city in July 2019 alone. As you may suspect, these accidents involved drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and passengers. 

With the number of automobile accidents that occur on roads in NYC, you have a chance of being in one every time you leave your house. If you are, you must seek medical treatment to be sure you have not sustained a serious injury. Still, not all injuries appear immediately. 

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