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Police looking for driver responsible for fatal accident

Law enforcement officials in New York are currently looking for the individual who caused a crash that injured one person and resulted in the death of another. This fatal accident occurred in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 10. When the driver deemed responsible is found, the surviving victim and the family members of the deceased may file legal claims against him or her in an effort to seek compensation for their losses.

Just before 1:30 am, a Honda SUV was headed northbound on 125th Street when it was hit by a car whose driver ran a red light at the 111th Ave. intersection. A video that accompanied a news report of this incident shows the SUV flying backward after its front end was struck. The driver of the impacted vehicle -- a 56-year-old female -- was trapped in the car and had to be freed by rescue workers. A passenger -- a 72-year-old female -- was ejected from the vehicle and died before help arrived.

Car accident injuries may not show up immediately

Automobile collisions are not exactly rare on New York roadways. In fact, according to the NYPD, there were more than 18,000 car accidents in the city in July 2019 alone. As you may suspect, these accidents involved drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians and passengers. 

With the number of automobile accidents that occur on roads in NYC, you have a chance of being in one every time you leave your house. If you are, you must seek medical treatment to be sure you have not sustained a serious injury. Still, not all injuries appear immediately. 

When failure to obey traffic signals leads to fatal car accidents

In New York, it is relatively common to see drivers running red lights. Some of them do it because they are distracted, others do it because they feel they do not have time or space to stop, and some do it because they simply do not care. According to a recently published article, drivers running red lights often cause fatal car accidents. When this happens, the surviving family members of the victims may have legal recourse.

A study completed by the AAA Foundation found that the number of fatal accidents resulting from drivers running red lights is at a 10-year-high. In 2017, 936 people died in collisions caused by drivers failing to stop for red lights. About a decade earlier, that number sat at about 715 per year. That is a significant increase.

Did a car accident leave you with soft-tissue injuries?

Most auto accidents that occur in New York and elsewhere are not what many people would consider serious events. Everyone involved walks away with what they think are a few aches and pains. The issue is, these minor injuries may not be so insignificant after all. Soft tissue injuries suffered in a car accident can cause quite a few long-term problems. 

What are soft-tissue injuries? Such injuries are defined as damage to the soft areas of the body -- such as tendons, muscles and ligaments. A few examples include:

  • Bruises
  • Strains
  • Sprains

Staying safe around the construction site

The construction industry is not immune to an economic downturn, but with the recent building and infrastructure boom in and around New York, there is no shortage of work. Along with the opportunity afforded for workers comes an increase in construction-related accidents.

People working on and around construction sites are at risk for injury from a variety of sources. Knowing what to do to avoid them, and what to do should you become a victim, may help you get through a tricky and painful process. Discover some of the preventative measures workers can implement to remain safe while going about their daily work.

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.

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