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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. 

Fatal accident in New York claims 1 life

A 64-year-old male was operating his vehicle on the Gowanus Expressway when a tire flew off of a garbage truck and struck his windshield. This individual suffered critical injuries and was transported to a New York hospital where he later died. Some are calling this fatal accident a freak accident, but was it more than that?

Police are still in the process of investigating this incident. It reportedly occurred around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 1. The tire of the Mack garbage truck is said to have become unhinged from the vehicle, flew over the median and struck the victim's car. The victim lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the divider. He was unresponsive when rescue crews freed him from the wreckage and transported him to the hospital.

Top 3 causes of train accidents

Fortunately, train accidents are not too common. In fact, you are much more likely to die traveling in a car than by railroad. However, railroad tragedies do occur and they can cause serious injuries to the passengers on board.

Common types of train accidents include the following:

  • Derailing
  • Colliding with other trains or vehicles
  • Crashing into vehicles, pedestrians or objects at a train crossing

What elements are needed to win a car accident injury case?

Every year, numerous individuals in the state of New York suffer injuries in auto accidents. Following a car accident injury, one may experience financial and emotional losses on top of any physical pain and suffering. With mounting damages, it is normal to want to seek compensation through legal means, but what elements must exist in one's case for it to be successful?

Many personal injury cases are settled without having to go to trial. For those that are not, in order for them to be successful, the plaintiffs have to prove that certain elements exist in their cases. The five required elements are:

  • The responsible party had a duty of care
  • The responsible party breached that duty
  • The breach was the result of negligent actions
  • Damages were suffered by the victim
  • The damages are deemed in the responsible party's scope of liability

Drunk driver responsible for sending 3 people to the hospital

Some individuals driving on the Long Island Expressway the evening of Tuesday, July 10 had the unfortunate opportunity of witnessing and personally being affected by the actions of a man who chose to operate a large piece of construction equipment on the road while allegedly under the influence. Several cars were damaged and three people were injured as the crane driver hit car after car, seemingly unaware of what he was doing. New York police were eventually able to get the drunk driver to stop and took him into custody.

According to a recent news report, the 47-year-old crane driver was operating the 30-ton mobile construction crane eastbound on the LIE when it ran over a sedan, struck another car and then hit two SUVs. The drivers of three of the impacted cars suffered injuries and were transported to a medical facility for treatment. Their current conditions are unknown, though they are expected to survive.

The deadly consequences of elevator accidents

In the city famous for its tall buildings and legendary skyline, it likely will not surprise you to learn that New York has over 70,000 elevators. You probably ride in at least one of them several times each day. Thankfully, the vast majority of these elevators function smoothly and reliably, providing safe passenger rides to and from residences, offices, restaurants, etc. thousands of feet above the ground. Nevertheless, when an elevator accident happens, the results can be catastrophic. Nationwide, approximately 30 people lose their lives each year in an elevator accident and more than 10,200 people receive injuries.

Roughly half of all elevator fatalities among members of the public occur when someone falls into and down the elevator shaft. The other 50 percent occur due to the following:

  • You get caught in the elevator’s moving parts.
  • You get caught between the car and the shaft wall.
  • You get thrown when the elevator suddenly stops, lurches or lands.
  • You become trapped in the door when it fails to open sufficiently.

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.

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