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Fatal car accident in New York claims 3 lives

In the early morning hours of July 8, police in New York were called to investigate a car crash on Long Island. They arrived to find two mangled vehicles and three people dead. The surviving family members of the victims of this fatal car accident may be entitled to seek compensation for their tragic losses.

According to reports, a 65-year-old male was driving his sedan in Amityville, his 34-year-old son in the passenger seat, when his car was struck head-on by another vehicle. This incident occurred at approximately 12:35 a.m., on Oak Street. The force of impact was so great, these gentlemen died in or shortly after the event.

An SUV-involved pedestrian accident is likely to prove fatal

In New York and elsewhere, SUV-involved pedestrian accidents seem to occur all too frequently. When they do, the victims most often suffer critical or fatal injuries. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in an SUV-involved pedestrian accident may be entitled to seek compensation for their resulting losses. 

Why is it that victims of auto-pedestrian collisions that involve SUVs experience such extreme injuries or death? According to research out of Michigan State University, it has to do with where the vehicle strikes the victims. When an auto-pedestrian accident involves a smaller passenger car, the initial impact to the victim will be at his or her legs. When an SUV strikes a pedestrian, he or she will first be hit in the upper portion of his or her body. In other words, injury to the major organs is more likely when an individual is hit by a sport utility vehicle.

A reckless driver is a negligent driver

Ever see drivers speeding, weaving in and out of traffic, cutting other people off or following too closely? These reckless behaviors can be seen on New York roadways every single day. Sadly, the behaviors of a negligent driver can result in other individuals suffering when these actions result in an auto collision.

The state has passed various traffic laws to keep residents and visitors to the state safe. It is unfortunate that there are those individuals who believe that the rules do not apply to them. Law enforcement authorities do what they can to remove unsafe drivers from the road, but they cannot be everywhere at all times.

Pedestrians and NYC’s dangerous streets

As a New Yorker, you are an old hand at dashing across streets clogged with traffic. You may not even give it a second thought since it is something you do several times each day. You would do well, however, not to take your safety for granted. More than 120 pedestrians die each year while negotiating NYC’s crowded sidewalks and crossing our even more crowded streets.

Between 2012 and 2014, 497 NYC pedestrians lost their lives when a vehicle struck them. Perhaps not surprisingly, 37 percent of these were 65 years old or older, even though this age demographic represents only 13 percent of NYC’s population. A large percentage of fatal pedestrian accidents occurred within 10 blocks of the victim’s home, with the age group fatalities breaking down as follows:

  • Age 65 and older - 57 percent
  • Age 18-64 - 37 percent
  • Age 17 and under - 72 percent

Bus versus car accident leaves 13 injured

Authorities in New York are in the process of investigating a crash that left 13 people injured. The bus versus car accident occurred Friday, June 15, in the Bronx. The victims of this crash may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.

According to a local news report, police were called to Morris Park Avenue and East 180th Street just after 1 p.m. to investigate a collision between a pickup and a city bus. Little is known about how or why the crash happened. What is known is that 11 people were taken to various area hospitals for treatment. A total of six victims are said to have suffered serious injuries, and five victims suffered minor injuries. Two of the victims refused immediate medical attention at the scene.

Car accident claims 1 life, leaves a child injured and motherless

Police in New York are in the process of investigating a crash that left a child injured and motherless. This car accident occurred in the Brooklyn area on Tuesday, June 10. One or both of the drivers involved in this incident may be held legally responsible for the losses suffered by the surviving victim and the other family members of the deceased.

A 32-year-old woman and her 6-year-old son were at the bus stop next to their home on Remsen Avenue when two vehicles crashed in front of them. The force of impact sent one of the cars in their direction and struck them both. The female victim suffered fatal injuries, and her son was critically wounded. The child's recovery will be a long and difficult one, but he is expected to survive.

Third party claims for construction site injuries

If you work on a construction site in New York City, you know you run the risk of injury from various causes. With the recent increase in construction accidents, you may have concerns about your options if an injury leaves you with mounting medical expenses and a decreased ability to work.

Many people assume a work injury means they can only get workers' compensation. On one hand, it can be quicker and easier to obtain than getting a legal judgment or settlement. On the other, you end up facing limitations in the extent of benefits, which may fall short of what you actually need.

An out-of-control driver is a negligent driver

You were at your local coffee place when all of a sudden a car comes crashing through the building and hits you. You were driving your normal route to work when all of a sudden the driver next to you crashes into you and forces you both off the road. You were walking in your neighborhood when all of a sudden a car was on top of you. All of these accident examples have one thing in common; they were caused by out-of-control drivers. According to the state of New York, an out-of-control driver is a negligent driver.

If you fall victim to a driver who was not able to maintain control of his or her vehicle, any damages you sustained in the accident may be recoverable. It does not matter if they are economic or noneconomic in nature. If the damages are deemed legally recoverable in accordance with state law, you may pursue relief through legal means.

Slip and falls from inadequate lighting

There are many ways for people to trip and fall around a commercial property. Some of the most common reasons include walking on stairs, walking over a slippery surface and exiting a vehicle. 

However, one reason that many individuals overlook is inadequate lighting. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure every area of a building has sufficient lighting. Some buildings have inferior designs where no light fixtures could possibly fit into a certain area. In other cases, a lightbulb went out and the owner failed to address it. In either instance, it is important for the injured party to consider how lighting played a role in the slip and fall accident

Fatal motorcycle accident leaves 1 dead,1 injured

Police in upstate New York are investigating a crash that left one person dead and another individual with serious injuries. The fatal motorcycle accident occurred on Sunday, May 27, in Hounsfield. Investigators say that the driver responsible claims to have not seen the motorcycle coming. 

According to reports, at approximately 12:20 p.m., the driver of an SUV -- a  44-year-old woman -- stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded into an intersection, right into the path of a motorcycle coming west on Route 3. The motorcyclist had no time to stop and struck the passenger side of the SUV. The motorcycle driver -- a 52-year-old male -- and his passenger -- a 52-year-old female -- were both thrown from the vehicle. Both victims were transported to medical facilities for treatment. The male victim was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, while the female victim was admitted in serious condition. 

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