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2 dead in serious car accident

A three-car collision in Malone on the afternoon of Nov. 8 has claimed two lives, according to local law enforcement. Police in the New York town say a 49-year-old man and his 42-year-old female passenger were both killed as a result of the car accident. As with most accidents of this severity, an investigation is still underway into its cause. No charges have yet been filed, but police say they could still be forthcoming. 

According to the limited information in the report, the man was driving on Route 37 between Bear Hill Road and County Route 8 when the crash occurred just after 2 p.m. The man's westbound vehicle was struck by a car headed in the other direction, before being struck by a second car. The driver of the struck vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene when medical personnel arrived. 

Stairway stumbles lead to devastating injuries

You probably don't think twice about your safety when you walk up or down a flight of stairs. That is partly because most staircases have a standardized design that meets certain safety specifications. Your feet are so into the habit of climbing stairs that they do it automatically. However, when a building owner does not heed standards for safe design and maintenance of a stairway, it increases the risk of a serious fall with catastrophic injuries.

Stairway design is only one aspect of safety. Modern buildings reflect improving safety standards by ensuring uniform height and width of each stair, periodic landings, and secure and regulated railings. A step that becomes damaged or a railing that is loose or missing may result in a tumble on the stairs, which can be much worse than a fall on a flat surface. Falls on stairs often leave victims with devastating injuries, including brain trauma, spinal cord damage or internal injuries.

When a drunk driver causes an accident but does not survive it

You never thought it would happen to you, but here you are. You or a loved one was involved in an accident with a drunk driver. Unfortunately, that driver did not survive the event, and now you are wondering where that leaves you. Is there any way you can seek compensation for your losses? Thankfully, the laws of New York do allow victims or -- in the event of fatality -- their surviving family members to seek relief even under these circumstances.

There are a few ways in which you may be able to seek compensation. First, it may be possible to file a claim against the estate of the responsible party. Second, assuming this individual had insurance, it may be possible to negotiate a fair settlement amount with the insurance provider. Finally, and only if necessary, it may be possible to seek relief from your insurance provider.

Do these 3 things every time you get into an Uber or Lyft

When you need fast and reliable transportation, New York’s subway system sometimes is not an option. Instead, you may take a ride-hailing service, such as Uber or Lyft. You do not, though, want to sustain a serious injury when riding in someone else’s car, truck or SUV. 

With some luck, you may never have to deal with an accident in a ride-hailing service vehicle. If you find yourself in one, how you respond matters. Still, you can boost your odds of walking away from an unexpected collision by taking certain steps. Here are three smart things to do every time you get into an Uber or Lyft: 

Proposed law might end fatal car accident epidemic in Manhattan

The Manhattan District Attorney said New Yorkers' chances of dying in car accidents are the same as being murdered by a knife or gun. He called the current prevalence of fatal car accidents an epidemic. The proposed law intends to hold anyone whose actions cause a fatal car accident -- or one that causes severe injuries -- criminally accountable. Current laws make it difficult to prosecute, or even charge drivers who are reckless and harmful.

The state senators sponsoring the new proposal say it would crack down on negligent drivers. Currently, reckless drivers avoid charges simply by remaining at the crash scene and being sober. However, the proposed bill will give law enforcement and prosecutors new offenses with which to charge dangerous drivers.

DOT worker killed in trucking accident

Residents of an Upper East Side neighborhood were woken in the middle of the night on Tuesday, Oct. 22, to the sounds of construction workers screaming. The New York City Department of Transportation was working on a project on East 88th Street when a worker in a truck backed over a worker on the street. This trucking accident claimed the life of one individual and emotionally scarred others for a lifetime.

According to reports, a 35-year-old male was operating the truck and backed up, not knowing that one of his co-workers -- a 44-year-old male -- was in his path. A witness believes that the angle and size of the truck made it difficult for the driver to see. However, the driver was being directed by another employee on the street. It is unclear how the victim was not seen.

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.

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