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Fatal car accident in Brooklyn claims 1 life

New York police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that claimed one life. This event occurred March 11 in the Brooklyn area. The driver responsible for this fatal car accident did survive, though was initially listed in critical condition. Regardless of whether this individual ultimately survives, he may be held accountable for the death of his passenger.

According to reports, at approximately 3:30 a.m., a vehicle slammed into a light pole at Tilden Avenue and Kings Highway. The car burst into flames, but a good Samaritan was able to put out the fire before rescue teams arrived on the scene. The driver -- a 26-year-old male -- and his passenger -- a 30-year-old male -- were both extricated from the vehicle and transported to Kings County Hospital for treatment. The passenger ultimately succumbed to his injuries. The current condition of the driver is unknown.

A driver paying attention to his or her pet is a negligent driver

Just about everyone has seen one, a driver with a dog in his or her lap or sitting in the front passenger seat. New Yorkers love their pets, but for their safety and the safety of everyone else on the road there is a certain place pets should be kept when they are traveling in a car. According to a recent survey, few pet owners who allow their pets to accompany them in their vehicles actually restrain their animals properly and some even admit that they are distracted by their pets. A driver paying attention to his or her pet rather than the road is, quite simply, a negligent driver.

The American Automobile Association recently conducted a survey on this particular topic. They asked dog owners about their driving habits when their pets accompany them in their vehicles. According to the survey:

  • 52 percent of participants admitted to petting their dogs while driving
  • 13 percent admitted to feeding their dogs while driving
  • 17 percent of participants admitted to allowing their dogs to sit in their laps while operating their vehicles
  • 4 percent admitted to playing with their pets rather than focusing on the road
  • 29 percent admitted that they were knowingly distracted by their pets

Hidden danger causes child car seats to malfunction

Most parents in New York are aware that child car seats are mandatory. Upon buying their first car seat for an infant, the anxious new parents carefully read the instructions about proper installation. They find that children under two years of age should ride in a rear-facing child safety seat in the back seat of the vehicle—in the middle, if possible. The manufacturer's instructions contain the latest recommendations for child safety.

Some parents may not understand the law of inertia. All occupants of a moving vehicle are also moving at the same rate of speed. If a car suddenly stops, any unrestrained passengers will continue to move forward until stopped by a dashboard or possibly by the front windshield. The impact can throw those in the back seat into hard objects in the front of the vehicle or eject them out of the car through cracked doors or windows.

Pedestrian accident leaves man in critical condition

Police in New York are looking for the driver responsible for a hit-and-run incident that recently occurred in Hell's Kitchen. The pedestrian accident left a young man in critical condition. When the driver is located, that individual may be held responsible for the victim's losses. If the driver is not found, the victim may require assistance seeking relief from his own insurance provider.

According to a local news report, a 28-year-old male was in the process of crossing 47th Street at the 10th Avenue intersection when he was hit by an automobile. The driver of the vehicle failed to stop and was last seen driving down 10th Avenue. The victim was transported to an area hospital. Though his injuries were quite severe, he was admitted in stable condition. His current condition is unknown.

New York fatal accident: The role of inattentional blindness

Losing in a loved one in an auto accident is difficult for anyone to deal with. There is a need for answers and a need for justice, but sometimes both can take time to obtain. When a fatal accident occurs, it is normal to want to believe that the driver responsible was some sort of maniac, not following the rules of the road or someone who simply was not paying attention. The truth is, quite a few collisions that occur in New York and elsewhere are the result of inattentional blindness -- particularly motorcycle or pedestrian accidents.

It is possible to be focusing on the road and not see certain things. Researchers call this inattentional blindness. This is where the brain chooses to filter out information that it feels is unimportant in any given moment. One would think that seeing vehicles or pedestrians while driving would be important information that one should remember, but the truth is, when driving, there is so much sensory data being taken in by the brain that sometimes things that are relevant to one's situation are filtered out anyway.

What to take pictures of after a car accident

New York has made strides to reduce the number of fatal car accidents that occur around the city. 2018 saw the lowest number of traffic fatalities since the city started tracking that information in 1910. 

While fatalities are down, car accidents only resulting in injuries or property damage are still rather high. If you ever find yourself in one of these collisions, then you need to make sure you take actions to protect yourself. That includes taking pictures at the scene to provide your attorney and insurance agent later. While most people only take pictures of the exteriors of both cars, the truth is, you want more evidence than that. 

Injured in a work-related car accident?

Are you one of the many New Yorkers whose job keeps you in your car or a work vehicle for much of your day? Were you recently injured in a car accident while on the job? If so, you may be entitled to seek compensation for your losses outside of pursuing workers' compensation benefits. Wondering how?

The state of New York allows people who have suffered injuries in auto accidents resulting from another person's negligence to seek monetary damages through legal means. To hold the individual or individuals responsible financially accountable for your losses, you may file a third-party claim against them in civil court. Potentially liable parties include:

  • Other driver
  • Mechanic
  • Government entity
  • Car manufacturer
  • Property owner

Family of boy killed by drunk driver seeking justice

In Sept. 2018, a group of Boy Scouts was hiking along a road in Long Island when tragedy struck. An allegedly drunk driver plowed into the group, injuring four boys and killing another one. At the end of January, the family of the deceased victim was in a New York court hoping that the driver was going to accept responsibility for his actions. Unfortunately, that did not happen and the family is still left seeking justice for their son.

According to reports, on Sept. 30, the accused had been drinking with a friend at a golf club. He refused a ride home, choosing to drive himself instead, and shortly after leaving the club he hit the group of boys. This individual has been charged with aggravated DWI, aggravated vehicular homicide and 14 other crimes. The attorney for the accused has said several times that his client is ready to accept his role in the incident. Plea deal negotiations are ongoing and the accused has been released on bail.

Statute of limitations for car accidents in NYC

Statutes of limitations are in place to ensure people file lawsuits in a prompt manner. By delaying certain lawsuits, it is possible certain pieces of evidence could become lost. For a car accident in New York, victims have three years from the date of the collision to file a lawsuit. 

Therefore, you do not want to wait to file a claim if you have expenses to pay. You need to contact your insurance agency immediately after a car crash to get the claims process started. You also want to see a doctor right away to see whether you have any injuries that require treatment. Once you have all the information you need, you should be able to file a lawsuit relatively quickly. 

3 injured in armored truck accident in New York

On Monday, Jan. 28, an armored truck collided with a BMW convertible. This truck accident is believed to have been the result of truck driver negligence. A total of three people suffered injuries in the wreck. According to the laws of New York, the victim may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

According to a news report, the driver of the armored truck allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into the BMW, causing the truck to flip on its side. This event occurred around 1 p.m. at the 200th Street and 115th Avenue intersection in Queens. One person in the convertible suffered injuries, as did two individuals in the truck. The current conditions of the victims is unknown.

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