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Why might a truck accident happen?

Accidents involving semitrailers, construction vehicles and other commercial haulers happen all too frequently on the streets of New York. When they do, the victims of these collisions often suffer serious -- if not fatal -- injuries. Why might a truck accident happen and can one seek compensation following such an event?

Truck accidents happen for a number of reasons. Sometimes the fault lies solely on the truck driver and sometimes victims themselves may be partially to blame. Every accident scenario is different. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:

  • Poor driver training
  • Truck driver fatigue
  • Medical issues
  • Distracted driving
  • Unsafe passing
  • Visibility issues

Car accident the result of a malfunctioning traffic signal?

You were out, driving around town just like any other day -- then, it happened. You were preparing to go through an intersection, but the traffic signal was malfunctioning. You ended up getting in a car accident because of it, and you were hurt pretty badly. Now, you want to know who is responsible for your losses. New York laws allow injured victims to pursue compensation from liable parties, but in this case, is the liable party the other driver, the city or some other company whose job it is to maintain the traffic signal?

This kind of case is not one that is easy to fight. There are a lot of factors at play, all of which need to be carefully reviewed and investigated. Technically, if a traffic signal is out, the intersection is to be treated like a four-way stop. So, if you stopped like you were supposed to and the other driver did not, he or she would be the one responsible for your losses. 

Most accident-prone roads in New York

There are numerous factors that impact a driver's likelihood of being in an accident. Weather conditions and construction all play a role, but another factor could be the exact road you choose to travel down

Depending on your commute, you may feel perfectly comfortable traveling down the following roads. However, you should never allow perceived skill to cloud your judgment. You never know who else is on the road. There could be tourists who do not understand how tricky a certain intersection is. The following streets, according to data collected in 2016, are some of the most dangerous in the state for auto accidents

Impaired driving responsible for fatal crash

At the end of March, police in New York were called to the scene of a fatal crash. This incident occurred on the Long Island Expressway and involved a total of four automobiles. One person was killed in the wreck and eight others -- including the driver responsible -- suffered injuries. Authorities believe that impaired driving contributed to this event.

According to a recent news report, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on March 31, the driver of a pickup truck collided with a minivan in the westbound lanes. The force of impact sent the pickup across the median and into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lane. There the truck struck a motorcycle and another minivan. The deceased victim was a passenger in one of the vans. The six surviving victims have injuries that range in severity from critical to non life-threatening.

Driver backs into fast-food restaurant, causes pedestrian injury

New York City is somewhat reminiscent of a war-zone when it comes to the safety of pedestrians. Pedestrian injury numbers in the city are high. Pedestrians are often injured and killed even when crossing securely within the borders of a marked crosswalk. Many drivers, looking out for other vehicles, forget to keep their lookout ahead for pedestrians. This also often happens while making turns or maneuvering for parking along the city sidewalks.

An unusual pedestrian injury occurred recently in the late afternoon of Tuesday, March 27, in the Bronx at a Parkchester fast food restaurant. A woman was attempting to execute a parallel park of her vehicle when she reportedly lost control in reverse and crashed into an SUV. It is unknown if the SUV was parked or being operated at the time.

Common construction site injuries in New York

New York City is famous for its high-rise buildings and architecture, and construction is one of the city's leading industries. Construction workers make up a large portion of the workforce in the city, and their work is hazardous. Construction workers are at risk for a wide range of on-the-job injuries that can lead to serious personal injury.

Knowing the risks of injury and taking the proper precautions is the best way to avoid injury on a construction job site. However, accidents do happen, and injuries are sometimes the unfortunate result. Here is some more information about common construction site injuries in New York and what to do if you suffer one.

Who is responsible when a self-driving car causes a car accident?

Self-driving cars are slowly but surely making their way into the hands of consumers in New York and elsewhere. There is no doubting that the technology is fascinating, but it is far from perfect. A recent car accident in another state is proof that even these vehicles fail to prevent injury or death.

It was recently reported that a self-driving Uber car struck and killed a 49-year-old woman who was walking her bicycle across a four-lane street. She was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash. The local police are still investigating the incident, but they do believe that this accident would have been difficult for any driver to avoid for a number of reasons.

A drowsy driver is a dangerous motorist

All New York area motorists can probably recall a time when they felt like nodding off behind the wheel. Though many manage to remain awake and make it safely to their destination, some drowsy drivers are not as fortunate. 

Drowsy motorists are a very big danger on the roads. Their actions often lead to catastrophic car accidents, life-threatening injuries and death. To better understand the dangers of drowsy driving, drivers should review the following information. 

Can I sue the drunk driver who hit me?

It does not matter how many safety campaigns the state of New York runs; drunk driving is still very much a big issue here. Drunk driving has led to numerous deaths and injuries over the years. Anyone who has been hit and injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a drunk driver may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

When motor vehicle accidents are the result of negligent actions, victims may take legal actions against the party deemed responsible. Driving under the influence of alcohol certainly qualifies as a negligent action. The problem then comes with proving it in court.

Actress, friend and their kids all hit while crossing a crosswalk

Ruthie Anne Blumenstein is a Tony-award winning actress, known for her work in the "King and I." Recently, Mrs. Blumenstein, one of her friends and their children were involved in a pedestrian accident in New York. They are all said to have been hit while crossing a crosswalk in Brooklyn.

According to news reports, the victims had all just exited a bus and were crossing the street when a car, whose driver was allegedly trying to make it through a light, sped up and hit them. The two children -- a 4-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy -- suffered fatal injuries. The two adults were also injured and transported to a hospital for treatment. Mrs. Blumenstein is said to be pregnant. The status of her unborn child was not reported.

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    Jury award to driver for back injuries that resulted from a motor vehicle accident
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    Brooklyn recovery for our client who fell due to a defective staircase

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