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In a road rage-related car accident?

Road rage, it is a real problem in New York and across the country. It is common to hear of auto accidents stemming from road rage incidents. Those who are victims of such a car accident may be entitled to compensation for any monetary damages sustained. 

A lot about driving can cause people to feel frustrated. Some take that frustration to an extreme, though. When in a rush or angry about being cut off or when experiencing something that makes them angry when behind the wheel, people speed, tailgate and make illegal maneuvers. Many of them swear and scream and only focus on the individual who they feel slighted them in some way. Sadly, this aggressive behavior threatens the safety of others in or near the roadway.

3 reasons a train might derail

Trains are one of the most important modes of transportation in the United States and around the world. While they are no longer the primary means of travel as they were in the 1920s and 30s, they persist as an integral part of transit, and this is especially true in places such as New York City. If you have ever ridden the subway, you know how convenient it is, but you also know it can be unsafe.

Though injury and accident rates are low, they do happen, and sometimes a major accident causes multiple passengers to be injured. If a train is derailed, for example, the consequences can be devastating. These three following examples illustrate some of the potential causes of derailment: 

Pedestrian accident involving MTA bus kills 1

An elderly woman in New York recently lost her life when she was struck by an MTA bus. This incident occurred the evening of Sept. 5, in Brooklyn. The bus driver is now facing charges for his role in this pedestrian accident.

According to a local news report, the 81-year-old woman was crossing the street when the 62-year-old bus driver failed to yield and struck her. The victim was promptly transported to an area hospital. Sadly, her injuries were too significant and she later died.

New York car accident: Injured in a school bus accident?

School is back in session, which means yellow buses are frequently seen on New York streets. This also means that car accidents involving these buses will increase over the next few months, and other incidents that could injure passengers or pedestrians are likely to occur. If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a school bus-related car accident, you may have legal recourse.

School buses are said to be the safest way to get your children to and from school. For the most part, that may be true. However, that does not mean that accidents do not happen. You cannot go a whole school year without hearing of some sort of accident involving a school bus resulting in driver, passenger or pedestrian injury. Such incidents happen and the resulting damages can be significant.

Multi-car accident leaves 1 dead, several injured

Police in New York are in the process of investigating a crash that left one person dead and several others injured. The multi-car accident occurred in the early morning hours of Saturday, Aug. 25, in Queens. To date, no charges have been filed against any of the drivers involved.

According to a recent news report, a 29-year-old male was driving his vehicle northbound on the Van Wyck Expressway when, near Exit 12, he slammed into the side of a sedan. His passenger suffered injuries in the collision and was taken to a hospital for treatment. The driver of the sedan -- a 27-year-old female -- lost control of her car, hit the median and ended up in the southbound lanes where her vehicle struck a Jeep and was then hit by a pickup. A passenger in the sedan died at the scene. The drivers of the sedan, Jeep and pickup all suffered injuries and required medical treatment.

How safe is the New York subway?

In the state of New York, and particularly in New York City, people rely on mass transit for daily transportation to and from work. Most people do not think about the inherent risks of taking mass transport.

Despite the fact that there are many safety precautions in place to protect riders on the city's subway system, there is still a risk of accidents and serious injuries. Accidents can result from negligence on the part of the system's operators or equipment, as well as risks and hazards in the stations themselves from other passengers or unsafe behavior on the part of riders.

Suffer a car accident injury? You may seek damages

Auto accidents happen every day in New York. While the bulk of them are relatively minor fender benders in which no one is injured, some of them do result in driver, passenger or pedestrian injury. Anyone who has suffered a car accident injury due to the negligent actions of another individual may be entitled to seek damages through legal means.

Numerous car accident victims suffer physical, financial and emotional losses. Such damages can affect them personally and professionally. They can affect them temporarily or permanently. They can also affect their loved ones.

Bicyclist killed in truck accident

A woman biking near Central Park recently was hit by a garbage truck. Sadly, she suffered critical injuries and later died at a local hospital. According to the laws of New York, the surviving family members of this truck accident victim may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

On Friday, Aug. 10, at approximately 4:45 p.m., a 23-year-old woman was riding in the bike lane on Central Park West when a car pulled out in front of her. In order to avoid hitting the vehicle, she swerved from the bike lane. The driver of a garbage truck then struck her.

Victim of a pedestrian accident? You may seek relief

Every year, numerous New York residents or visitors to the state suffer injury or death in pedestrian accidents. When these collisions involve buses, trucks or other larger vehicles, pedestrians may be pulled under and dragged for some time before the drivers are even aware of what has happened. Those who survive these incidents or the family members of victims who do not may have legal recourse. Following a pedestrian accident, personal injury or wrongful death claims may be filed in an effort to seek financial relief.

If you were hurt or lost a loved one in an auto-pedestrian accident, you likely have a lot of questions about what compensation may be available to you. The simple truth is, as you know, the financial, emotional and physical losses associated with such incidents can be quite significant. If negligence contributed to the event, compensation for all damages deemed legally recoverable -- such as medical expenses, funeral costs, emotional trauma and lost income, among many others -- may be sought.

Helmet laws in New York

Wearing a helmet while on your motorcycle can greatly reduce the chances of extreme injuries and death. It can also reduce the impact of concussions and prevent other head injuries, and in the state of New York, it is the law for motorcyclists to wear helmets at all times while on their bike. While most other states require motorcyclists to wear helmets to an extent, there are only three that do not have such laws: New Hampshire, Iowa and Illinois.

Even if the law was not in effect, it still plays to motorcyclists' advantage to invest in proper safety gear. Motorcycle accidents happen all the time in New York, and it is possible to circumvent many injuries with proper protection. 

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