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Alleged drunk driver causes accident resulting in 3 deaths

Memorial Day weekend is typically a time for family get-togethers as the traditional start to summer kicks off. For one family in upstate New York the weekend took a tragic turn due to an accident that was caused by an alleged drunk driver. The accident took the life of three family members. A four-year-old girl remains in the hospital fighting for her life.

The accident occurred on Sunday morning as a van carrying as many as seven family members was traveling on Route 20A near Sheldon. The van was reportedly struck by a pickup truck that failed to stop at a stop sign. The force of the impact ejected several occupants of the van. Two women and a child were pronounced dead at the scene and four other people were injured and transported to an area hospital where three of them were treated and released. The 4-year-old-girl remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

What can pedestrians do to protect themselves?

Every year in New York and across the country, thousands of people die in auto-pedestrian accidents. Many more suffer injuries in such events. Sadly, some victims will find themselves being blamed for these incidents. There are things pedestrians can do to protect themselves from being hit by cars and being held accountable for their own losses.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a list of basic walking safety tips it believes everyone should know. Will following these tips prevent all auto-pedestrian accidents? No, but they can certainly help reduce one's chances of being hit by an automobile. Some of these tips are:

  • Wear visible/light colored clothing -- particularly if walking at night
  • Avoid being distracted by electronic devices
  • Always use crosswalks when they are available
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Avoid using impairing substances
  • Never assume drivers will see or stop for pedestrians

The psychological trauma of motor vehicle accidents

One concern that often first comes to mind when witnessing or hearing about motor vehicle accidents in the New York area involves injuries. Not all accident victims are able to walk away from vehicle collisions with minimal injury. The signs of trauma are not always physical or obvious. It is not uncommon for people who end up in car accidents to suffer psychologically from the experience and develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 

Car accidents are traumatic events that can cause short- and long-term damage to the psyche. Individuals who sustain injuries often experience mental challenges that make their recoveries more challenging. Victims not physically injured often experience mental changes that interfere with their daily lives and overall well-being. 

Drunk driver responsible for crash that killed 2 and injured 3

A New York City couple was recently killed in a crash in Clifton Park. Three passengers in the vehicle with them suffered serious injuries, but all are expected to survive. According to reports, an allegedly drunk driver is responsible for this tragic event.

On Saturday, May 25, a 58-year-old male collided with a vehicle at the intersection of Ushers Road and Route 9. A 33-year-old male and a 32-year-old female -- a husband and wife -- died at the scene of the crash. Their passengers were hurt and required immediate medical attention. The current conditions of the survivors are unknown.

Did a car accident leave you with a spinal cord injury?

What starts out as a normal day for any New Yorker can end in disaster in a matter of seconds. A car accident can happen in the blink of an eye, but the damage the victim and his or her family may experience can last a lifetime. This is particularly true if the victim suffers a spinal cord injury.

The spinal cord runs from the base of the brain all the way down one's spinal column. It is made up of nerves that are responsible for motor and sensory control. When damage is done to the upper portion of the spinal cord, one's entire body, below the head, may become paralyzed. If damage occurs at the bottom portion, one's lower body may lose motor and sensory functions. A person who is said to suffer a complete spinal cord injury has lost all motor function and all feeling, whereas a person who is said to have suffered an incomplete injury may still have some sensory and motor control.

Common causes of construction accident injuries

Construction employees work in environments full of hazards and changing conditions that put them at elevated risk of accidents. It is a dangerous career that leaves many New York construction accident victims with serious injuries that cause them to become permanently disabled. Some injured workers lose their lives. Due to the severity of trauma that can occur, construction workers should be wary of their work environments and take proper precautions to avoid accidents and minimize the seriousness of any sustained injuries. 

Workers should take note of the following types of conditions that plague construction sites and take corrective action to protect themselves. 

Drunk driver hits and injures 2 people in Battery Park City

Two pedestrians were injured recently when they were struck by a smart car in Battery Park City. This incident occurred Friday, May 10, at roughly 10 p.m. Police believe a drunk driver is responsible for this event. According to the laws of New York, as negligence is considered a factor in this case, the victims may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.

According to a recent news report, a 42-year-old woman was just about to cross the West Side Highway when she and the crossing guard were both struck by a rented compact car. The woman suffered critical injuries, including the severing of a foot, and was transported to Bellevue Hospital for care. The crossing guard also suffered injuries, but law enforcement authorities say that the injuries were not severe. The current conditions of both victims are unknown.

Truck accident involving a USPS vehicle leaves 1 dead

Law enforcement officers in New York are in the process of investigating a pedestrian accident involving a U.S. Postal Service vehicle. On the evening of May 3, a 52-year-old male was struck down by a USPS truck while crossing a street in Brooklyn. Sadly, the injuries suffered due to this truck accident victim proved fatal.

Video of the accident shows the victim in a crosswalk at the intersection of Howard Avenue and MacDougal Street. It shows the driver of the USPS truck come to a stop and then proceeded to move again right as the victim was crossing in front of the vehicle. Sadly, the victim suffered critical injuries and died at the scene of the accident before he could be transported for medical care.

Taxi passengers: What to do after a taxi accident in NYC

Taxis are a staple form of transportation in New York City. This means you are at risk of getting injuries as a passenger if the cab driver is involved in an accident. Even if you ride in a highly visible yellow taxi, which studies show are less likely to be in accidents, you may still end up as a taxi accident victim. 

If you regularly use cabs in NYC, it is vital for you to know what to do in the event of a crash. Here are some crucial steps to take in the aftermath of a taxi wreck.

Pedestrian accident in Midtown leaves woman in coma

Emergency responders were recently called to help a woman who was hit by a bicyclist in Midtown. The victim is said to have suffered a skull fracture and is now in a coma. Her prognosis is unknown. New York state laws may allow the victim of this pedestrian accident or -- if she fails to recover -- her loved ones to seek compensation for the economic and noneconomic damages they have experienced as a result of this event.

According to a local news report, on April 24, at approximately 1:30 p.m., the victim -- a 67-year-old female -- was walking along 57th Street when she was hit by a cyclist who failed to stop at a red light. She was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital with a serious head injury. Aside from reporting that the woman is in a coma, no further information about her condition has been released to the public.

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