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Car accident leaves passenger with critical injuries

Police in New York are investigating a recent crash that left a teenage girl with critical injuries. This was a single-vehicle car accident that occurred in the Queens area. The injured victim was one of two passengers and the only one to be severely hurt in the incident. 

According to reports, a teenage driver was behind the wheel of a sedan when she lost control and slammed the vehicle into a pole at the corner of 73rd place and Cook Avenue. One of her passengers live-streamed the event. In the video, at least one passenger can be heard telling the driver to stop. The driver can be seen laughing, and then the video cut out. It is believed that the young driver was traveling well over the speed limit, causing her to crash.

Are you a victim of a staged car accident?

Automobile accidents happen every single day in New York and every other state. The vast majority of these events are unplanned, but according to a recently published article, staged auto collisions are on the rise in states that have no-fault insurance laws. Anyone who finds him or herself a victim of such a car accident may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses suffered. 

In early August, Governor Cuomo signed a measure -- named Alice's Law -- that makes committing a staged car accident a Class E felony. This means that anyone found guilty of doing this will face a number of severe consequences such as incarceration and fines -- among others. The law also makes it possible to charge a person responsible for such an event with a Class D felony if anyone suffers injuries in the collision. Lawmakers believe that this law is long overdue, as up until this point, there has been no specific law that addresses this issue. 

Drunk driving allegedly responsible for recent crash

A man in New York has been placed under arrest after he, while allegedly driving under the influence, crashed his car, fatally injuring his friend. Drunk driving destroys lives. The surviving family members of the victim lost so much in a matter of seconds. As driver negligence is thought responsible for their losses, they may pursue relief through legal means. 

According to reports, a 31-year-old male was operating his vehicle on Atlantic Avenue at approximately 5:10 a.m., on Wednesday, July 31. For unknown reasons, he suddenly veered from his lane of traffic and struck a construction vehicle -- which was unoccupied at the time. The force of impact caused the front of the man's car to cave, and rescue teams had to cut the roof off of the vehicle to free him and his passenger -- a 32-year-old male. The passenger suffered critical injuries and was transported to an area hospital for care. Sadly, he later succumbed to his injuries. 

Driver negligence is injuring and killing New York cyclists

It is difficult to go anywhere without seeing cyclists on New York streets -- they are everywhere. Sadly, cyclists and automobile drivers often struggle to share the road appropriately, which has led to numerous injuries and deaths over the years, primarily due to driver negligence. There are certain intersections where bicycle versus auto accidents are particularly common.

According to reports, over a five-year period, 21 cyclists were injured in collisions involving automobiles at Sixth Avenue and West 23rd Street. Most recently, a 20-year-old woman on her bike was struck and killed by a big rig at this corner. The intersection of Bedford and Atlantic Avenues in Brooklyn had the second-highest number of cyclist injuries, coming in at 20 in the same period. What is it about these two intersections that make them particularly dangerous for cyclists?

Common causes of slip, trip and fall accidents in NYC

New York City is often a hectic place. As you walk around the city or use public transportation, you may encounter various slip, trip and fall hazards. In many instances, negligent property owners are to blame for causing these fall accidents.

While some injuries may be purely accidental or due to weather, you may have the option of pursuing a premises liability lawsuit after an accident. Here are a few common causes of slips and trips in New York City.

Improper maintenance can lead to a trucking accident

Owning a vehicle comes with a lot of responsibility. In order to operate an automobile on New York roads, one has to ensure it is kept in good repair. Trucking companies and truck drivers, in particular, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, are supposed to go above and beyond when it comes to inspections, maintenance and repair. Failing to do so could lead to a trucking accident. 

Typically, personal vehicles are inspected either yearly or when various maintenance tasks -- such as oil changes -- are completed. For commercial vehicles, inspections are to be completed daily by drivers, approximately every three months for some components and one year for others by professionals. Detailed records of these inspections must be created and kept for at least three to 12 months. If any issues are noted during a check, the vehicle generally has to be pulled from service until the matter is resolved. 

Speed is often a contributing factor in fatal car accidents

Speeding, a lot of people do it without a second thought. No one wants to believe that their actions behind the wheel will cause harm to anyone else. Sadly, speeding, something some would regard as a harmless act, is the cause of numerous fatal car accidents every year in New York and across the country.

According to a recently published article, 22% of all fatal car accidents in the United States result from speeding. Out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, New York ranks 16th highest for the number of speed-related fatal auto collisions. Data collected from local resources and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 20.9% of all deadly accidents here are caused by those who drive faster than the posted limits.

How to minimize injuries in a motorcycle accident

No one plans on getting into a motorcycle accident. It is possible, however, to prepare for one. Wearing a helmet and other safety gear is a great way to protect the body during a collision. You could also do other things to minimize your risk of sustaining a serious injury in a crash.

According to the State Department of Health, every year, an average of 141 motorcyclists die in New York. Hundreds of others suffer life-changing injuries. Learning how to crash a motorcycle safely could save your life.

Fatal accident leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

New York police recently responded to an auto-pedestrian accident in Harlem. When they arrived, they found an older man on the ground who had been hit by a car. Sadly, he had already succumbed to his injuries. The driver responsible and the driver of another vehicle that was also impacted in the fatal accident both suffered injuries and were transported to an area hospital for care.

Witnesses to this event called it horrifying. They say that it happened at West 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard -- an intersection that is known by locals to be dangerous. At approximately 1 p.m., on July 7, a 71-year-old male driving a cab is said to have struck the victim -- a 64-year-old male -- as he was crossing the street. The taxi then struck another vehicle before coming to a stop. The driver of the second car was only described as a 27-year-old.

Should you expect to be involved in a rear-end collision?

You may have experienced a rear-end collision at some point in your life. If not, should you expect this kind of accident to happen to you?

Millions of people across the U.S. find themselves in rear-end collisions every year. If you drive in the New York City area, you probably know that they are a common occurrence here.

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