You are crossing a busy New York intersection when you step into a pothole and break your leg. Or maybe you lose your footing and slip, causing broken arms and head trauma.
Car accidents can cause a host of injuries, depending on the impact involved. Some victims suffer lacerations, broken bones and neck injuries such as whiplash. Head injuries are also common. In fact, motor vehicle accidents are the third most common cause of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
Brain injuries are no laughing matter. While most (75 percent) are minor, others are moderate to severe in nature. Some can even affect a person for the rest of their life. Read on to learn more about the different types of brain injuries and the effects they have on the human body.
The Summer of Hell ended for New Yorkers on September 5, after eight weeks spent repairing train tracks at Penn Station. During this time, commuters had to find new routes to work including multiple train transfers, and for some even resorting to ferrying to work, adding an extra hour or two to commute times.
Before the Summer of Hell started, MTA officials urged commuters to try alternative transportation options, including ferries and buses. With the City’s increased focus on bike lanes and the institution of Citi Bike, some commuters ditched the subway and started riding their bike to work.
As you know, speeding and text messaging while driving are types of driver negligence that can put the driver and others on the road at risk of being injured in an accident. These types of negligence are often mentioned in discussions about car accidents, but they are not the only types of negligence that can lead to car accidents. Vehicle owners have the responsibility to safely maintain their vehicles. When a car owner fails to do this, he or she becomes more likely to cause an accident and potentially injure another motorist, a passenger, a bicyclist, or a pedestrian.
In January 2017, New York City saw several hit and run fatalities. These included a pedestrian who was killed by an unknown motorist in Springfield Gardens in the early hours of New Year’s Day and multiple cases from Brooklyn, including the cases of Rafael Nieves of Williamsburg, Iosif Plazinskiy of Brighton Beach, and Marlon Palacios, the third of whom was struck and killed when he was traveling through East Flatbush to pick up his son from daycare.
Hit and run accidents, like other types of car accident, can result in serious injuries and even death for victims. If you were involved in a hit and run accident, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about your rights and options for seeking compensation for your damages as soon as possible.
In the winter, there are more hazards on the road that can put you at risk of being involved in a car accident. These include reduced visibility due to longer nighttime hours and winter precipitation and slippery roadways due to snow and ice. If you are a commuter who drives to and from work each day, be aware of your surroundings at all times and adjust your driving to the conditions present. Rain, snow, sleet and hail can all make your commute longer, more stressful, and more dangerous than it is during the warmer months.
Almost 300,000 car crashes were reported in New York in 2014, according to the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles website. Of those, more than 118,000 resulted in non-fatal injuries and over 180,000 caused property damage. New York drivers and passengers alike who have been involved in a car accident should learn about the state’s laws and insurance requirements because they affect property damage and injury claims that can be made and, should it come to litigation, settlement negotiations.
Recently, CBS News correspondent Bob Simon died in a car accident in New York City. Simon had been the passenger in a for-hire Lincoln Town Car on New York’s West Side Highway. According to officials, the driver of the car lost control and hit a Mercedes-Benz stopped at a red light. The car then struck metal barriers that divide the highway’s northbound and southbound lanes.
Emergency officials found Simon unconscious in the back and transported him the hospital. The car had been crushed, and Simon had broken legs and a crushed chest. Simon suffered cardiac arrest at the hospital, and officials pronounced Simon dead thereafter. New York City medical examiners reported that Simon died from blunt-force injuries to his head, torso and extremities.
The driver of the car suffered two broken legs and a broken arm. Emergency personnel transported the driver to the hospital, where he was treated. The driver reported that he “blacked out” before the crash and does not remember what happened.
No matter how careful one is on the road, there is always the risk that another driver on the road will act negligently or recklessly and cause a car accident. It bears repeating the obvious: cars, especially at high speeds, can cause serious injuries or even death.
For one reason or another, drivers often forget this concept or blatantly disregard the rules of the road. Hit-and-run drivers can be especially dangerous because they have little compassion for those injured in a car accident or little desire to follow the law. A recent hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn highlights this point. Contacting a Brooklyn personal injury attorney can help answer any questions or concerns you might have regarding your case.
Given the number of pedestrians and cyclists on the streets of New York, it comes as a pleasant surprise that more accidents do not occur than are currently reported. Nevertheless, accidents unfortunately do happen, and the results can be catastrophic. Often accidents between pedestrians and cyclists are relatively minor and do not involve any injures. But, sometimes these accidents can have deadly consequences, as evidenced by a recent crash involving a pedestrian and bicyclist in New York City’s Central Park. Contacting a Brooklyn accident attorney can help answer any questions or concerns you may have regarding your case.