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Bronx man killed in truck accident

Those close to a man who was recently killed when hit by a garbage truck in New York want answers as to why this happened. They say that the driver responsible for the truck accident has struck and killed someone before. Police and the city are working toward having the trucker's license suspended.

According to a recent news report, on April 27, a man in his 70s was walking on E. 152nd St in Morrisania when he was hit by a Sanitation Salvage truck. Sadly, he died at the scene of the crash. The victim was a long time resident in the area. His loss has affected numerous individuals.

How common are construction site injuries in New York?

Construction work is, by its very nature, one of the most dangerous types of careers a person can undertake. The risks of injury are present on a daily basis all over the construction site, and it is not uncommon for a New York construction worker to suffer an on-the-job injury.

If you suffer an injury on a site, it is important to know what to do next. Here is some information about how common construction injuries are in New York, and what you should do if you become harmed while on the clock.

Elderly couple in car accident at car wash

An elderly New York couple was outside their vehicle at a car wash when they were struck by an SUV. The car accident claimed the life of one of the victims and left the other with critical injuries. Police are still in the process of investigating this tragedy. 

According to a recent news report, an 85-year-old woman and her 90-year-old husband were in their sedan at a car wash when it was struck by an SUV that was unattended and coming out of the wash. The couple got out of their vehicle in order to inspect the damage. While doing so, an employee entered the SUV, accelerated and hit them. He proceeded to do this three times before putting the SUV in park. 

In a car accident with someone following you too closely?

In driver's education, people are taught about stopping times and distance. Everyone who has a license should know that it takes time for a car to come to a complete stop, particularly when that vehicle is traveling at a high speed. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see some drivers in New York following other vehicles too closely. If you've been involved in a car accident with someone who was riding your tail, you may have legal recourse. 

Committing traffic violations is a form of negligence. These violations put others at risk, which is why law enforcement officials take them seriously and are on the lookout for offenders. Following too closely is a known traffic violation. If you can prove that the driver who hit you was not at a proper distance from your vehicle when the accident occurred, you may be able to establish that he or she was negligent and therefore is accountable for any losses you suffered in the wreck. 

How to handle a car accident in a parking lot

Driving in a parking lot may seem like a breeze, but thousands of collisions occur in these lots and parking structures each year. Some estimates report that nearly 50,000 crashes occur in lots annually, and hundreds of people lose their lives in what most people would assume would be fender benders. 

You need to be just as vigilant in a parking lot as you are on the freeway. Although parking lot car accidents would seem minor, you need to follow certain steps to ensure you get through this time all right. 

Police say drunk driver causes Brooklyn crash, 8 injured

April 13 was just another average Friday in Brooklyn. Everything came crashing down for eight people, though, when a drunk driver caused a multi-vehicle accident -- injuring car occupants and pedestrians. In New York and elsewhere, drunk driving is negligent driving and also a significant criminal offense. As such, the victims of this crash may pursue compensation for their losses through legal means. 

According to a local news report, a 27-year-old male was speeding in his Mercedes on Flatbush Ave. when he collided with the back end of a BMW. The force of impact sent the Mercedes onto the sidewalk and into a group of pedestrians. The BMW, on the other hand, spun the other direction into another vehicle. 

Why might a truck accident happen?

Accidents involving semitrailers, construction vehicles and other commercial haulers happen all too frequently on the streets of New York. When they do, the victims of these collisions often suffer serious -- if not fatal -- injuries. Why might a truck accident happen and can one seek compensation following such an event?

Truck accidents happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes the fault lies solely on the truck driver and sometimes victims themselves may be partially to blame. Every accident scenario is different. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Poor driver training
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Medical issues
  • Distracted driving
  • Unsafe passing
  • Visibility issues

Car accident the result of a malfunctioning traffic signal?

You were out, driving around town just like any other day -- then, it happened. You were preparing to go through an intersection, but the traffic signal was malfunctioning. You ended up getting in a car accident because of it, and you were hurt pretty badly. Now, you want to know who is responsible for your losses. New York laws allow injured victims to pursue compensation from liable parties, but in this case, is the liable party the other driver, the city or some other company whose job it is to maintain the traffic signal?

This kind of case is not one that is easy to fight. There are a lot of factors at play, all of which need to be carefully reviewed and investigated. Technically, if a traffic signal is out, the intersection is to be treated like a four-way stop. So, if you stopped like you were supposed to and the other driver did not, he or she would be the one responsible for your losses. 

Most accident-prone roads in New York

There are numerous factors that impact a driver's likelihood of being in an accident. Weather conditions and construction all play a role, but another factor could be the exact road you choose to travel down

Depending on your commute, you may feel perfectly comfortable traveling down the following roads. However, you should never allow perceived skill to cloud your judgment. You never know who else is on the road. There could be tourists who do not understand how tricky a certain intersection is. The following streets, according to data collected in 2016, are some of the most dangerous in the state for auto accidents

Impaired driving responsible for fatal crash

At the end of March, police in New York were called to the scene of a fatal crash. This incident occurred on the Long Island Expressway and involved a total of four automobiles. One person was killed in the wreck and eight others -- including the driver responsible -- suffered injuries. Authorities believe that impaired driving contributed to this event.

According to a recent news report, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on March 31, the driver of a pickup truck collided with a minivan in the westbound lanes. The force of impact sent the pickup across the median and into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane. There the truck struck a motorcycle and another minivan. The deceased victim was a passenger in one of the vans. The six surviving victims have injuries that range in severity from critical to non life-threatening.

Over $1. 5 Billion Recovered For Clients We have a history of winning large verdicts and settlements for our clients.

  • $21 Million

    Bronx jury awarded 50 year-old truck driver who slipped and fell on loading platform
  • $14 .75 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 33 year old woman who suffered a neck injury in a motor vehicle collision
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    Manhattan jury awarded women injured in a New York City bus accident
  • $11 .8 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded to a 62-year-old man who was struck by a New York City police car
  • $10.2 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 41 year-old man for back injuries received in a car accident
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    Queens recovery for wrongful death
  • $9 .7 Million

    Bronx jury awarded 63 year-old school custodian worker for burns received from faulty water heater
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    Jury award to driver for back injuries that resulted from a motor vehicle accident
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    Queens 52 year-old man awarded for injuries sustained in motor vehicle accident with two tow trucks
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    Manhattan jury awarded woman for back injuries sustained from a kitchen ceiling collapse
  • $7 .7 Million

    Brooklyn settlement boy struck by school bus
  • $7 .5 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 2 Brooklyn women for injuries sustained in accident with NYC Transit bus
  • $5 .85 Million

    Awarded for injuries sustained in a construction accident
  • $5 .5 Million

    Brooklyn; Hasidic man hit by police car, shoulder fracture brain injury, hearing loss
  • $5 .5 Million

    Queens awarded family of man run over and killed by Port Authority Bus
  • $5 .25 Million

    Brooklyn settlement due to landlord negligence and injuries due to fire
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    Suffolk County settlement fall down
  • $5 Million

    Orange County Car accident
  • $4 .6 Million

    Brooklyn recovery for 58 year old pedestrian struck by NYPD police car
  • $4 .25 Million

    Recovery Brooklyn for our client a bicyclist injured by a motor vehicle just before Herb Subin was going to sum up on damages. The highest pretrial offer by defendant was $250,000
  • $4 Million

    Brooklyn recovery for our client who was the victim of police brutality.
  • $3 .2 Million

    Settlement for woman who was struck by car while crossing the street
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    Brooklyn Construction accident by laborer
  • $1 .7 Million

    Bronx settlement for our client who was injured falling on defective stairs
  • $1 Million

    Brooklyn recovery for our client who fell due to a defective staircase

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