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Drunk driving accident in New York injures 1, kills 1

Police in New York are saying a drunk driver was responsible for the fatal crash that recently occurred on Staten Island. This drunk driving accident happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 16. A total of three vehicles were involved in the wreck. One person is said to have died, and another suffered unspecified injuries.

According to reports, at approximately 5 a.m., a 47-year-old male was driving the wrong direction on the West Shore Expressway when he struck a minivan and a pickup truck. A passenger in his vehicle suffered critical injuries and was transported to a medical facility where he later died. The driver of the truck refused medical treatment, while the driver of the minivan -- a 63-year-old male -- required transport for medical care.

When a teenager causes a car accident

Getting a driver's license is a right of passage for many teenagers in the state of New York. Depending on where one lives, it is something that one might use frequently, or it is something one might only use on occasion. No matter how much time teenagers spend behind the wheel, there is still a lack of experience due to their young age that often results in them being involved in auto collisions. When a teenager causes a car accident, who is responsible for any victims' losses?

Accidents involving teenagers happen more often than people think. Many of these collisions occur due to teens speeding, driving recklessly, being inexperienced or being distracted when behind the wheel. According to the state of New York, most accidents involving teenagers happen at night.

Did lead poisoning cause your child harm?

It can be difficult to find property to rent in New York that is suitable for the needs of your family and within your budget. When you are searching for a place, you may think about factors such as proximity to your work, public transportation and cleanliness. You may not even consider the things that may cause you harm that you can't even see.

In reality, there could be toxins in your home that could result in health problems for you and your child. Lead poisoning happens when a person is exposed to lead over a period of time, and children are particularly vulnerable to becoming sick because of it. This is a common concern in older buildings where the paint is old, and landlords are responsible for testing for lead and taking steps to remove it.

Truck accident in New York claims cyclist's life

Police in New York are investigating a recent accident that resulted in the death of a cyclist. The victim is the first cyclist to die in New York City this year. This particular incident involved a commercial box truck. Depending on the circumstances of this truck accident, the victim's surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

According to reports, on Thursday, Jan. 30, at approximately 3 p.m., a cyclist was riding on Vandervoort Avenue when the driver of a box truck attempted a U-turn and struck him. The victim -- a 41-year-old male -- was transported to a Brooklyn area hospital with head injuries. Sadly, he was pronounced dead soon after his arrival at the medical facility.

Pedestrian hit by car in Manhattan

As numerous pedestrians are out and about in certain areas of New York on any given day, one would think drivers would be more cautious and aware of their surroundings. Sadly, auto-pedestrian accidents are often reported. Most recently, a pedestrian hit by a car in Manhattan's Lower East Side had to be freed from underneath the SUV before she could be transported for medical care.

According to reports, on Sunday, Jan 26., the driver of a black SUV was attempting a right-hand turn when he or she struck the victim. Video of the event shows several passersby running to the scene to help lift the vehicle off of the woman to free her. Emergency crews arrived shortly after the woman was pulled out from underneath the automobile. The severity of the victim's injuries is unknown. According to reports, she was conscious as first responders tended to her.

New York businesses have an obligation to your safety in the winter

If you have lived here in New York for even a couple of winters, you know that it can be dangerous walking around the city. Ice and snow on sidewalks and parking lots present a hazard that you must traverse in order to get into a business.

Now that winter is in full swing here in the city, you need to watch your step. However, the businesses you frequent need to ensure that each of your steps is a safe one.

How using cruise control may lead to a car accident

Cruise control is a convenient feature to have on an automobile, particularly for people who have to drive long distances. Unfortunately, according to the AAA Foundation, utilizing this convenience may increase one's chances of being involved in a car accident. Why? It causes more drivers in New York and elsewhere to operate their vehicles while distracted.

According to a recently published report, those who use cruise control are more likely to disengage while driving. This simply means that they do not pay as great attention to the road as they should. They are seen texting or doing other things instead of focusing on the most important task at hand. It is not just cruise control that is the problem. All advanced driver assist devices seem to be contributing to the number of distracted drivers on the road.

Drunk driver responsible for death of pedestrian

A man in New York recently lost his life when he was struck by a van while crossing the street. This event occurred the evening of Dec. 31, on East 125th Street. Authorities say the driver was impaired at the time of the accident. According to state laws, when a drunk driver causes another person to experience bodily harm or death, he or she may be held responsible for the victim's or their surviving family's losses.

According to reports, it was at approximately 5:50 p.m., when the victim was crossing the road and he was hit by a Safelite Auto Glass van. The force of impact threw him several feet down the street. Sadly, he died at the scene. It is unclear if investigators have identified the victim, as he was not carrying any form of ID.

7 Signs a driver may be intoxicated

No matter how often you drive on New York roadways, you likely never feel fully comfortable behind the wheel. That's because you know that there are so many unknown factors involved in determining whether you safely arrive at your travel destination.

Anything from weather to road construction can significantly delay or impede your arrival. On the other hand, if there is a drunk driver or distracted driver in your midst, it might not only cause you delays, it can also cause you serious injury if there is a collision. Knowing how to spot a possible drunk driver on the road may help you avert disaster.

2 killed, 1 injured in recent pedestrian accidents

In 2019, 219 pedestrians died in accidents in New York City. Unfortunately, as far as pedestrian safety goes, 2020 is not off to a good start. Just recently, two people died, and one person was injured in two separate pedestrian accidents occurring just hours apart.

According to reports, a mother was walking her son to school the morning of Jan. 7, when a sanitation truck exited a driveway and struck them. This occurred on 57th Avenue in Corona. Both victims were transported to an area hospital in critical condition. The child -- a 10-year-old boy -- late succumbed to his injuries. The driver responsible has been placed on modified duty pending an investigation, though it is unclear if any charges are pending against him.

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