In the moments leading up to a head-on collision caused by a driver going the wrong way, there are mere seconds to react. There is little time to weigh the least damaging options, let alone say goodbye to anyone who ultimately loses his or her life. A New York woman who was severely injured in a crash along with her infant son is trying to come to grips with the death of her friend who was in the driver's seat when a car heading the wrong way slammed directly into their minivan.
Pedestrian accidents always have the potential to seriously injure or kill someone, but especially when the walker is either very young or elderly. Smaller, more frail individuals may require more serious -- and costly -- medical care, if they're fortunate enough to survive being hit by an automobile.
The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the happiest times of a parent's life. As exhausting as those first months with a newborn can be, most parents cherish the experience. But a New York City father will remember the early months of his daughter's life as tragic, having lost his wife to a fatal error by the doctor who performed the delivery. He filed a medical malpractice lawsuit last week in Bronx Supreme Court.
In our last post we discussed the fact that drivers who hit pedestrians often avoid being charged. But there are cases in which it's clear that a driver broke the law. If a driver is convicted of a crime, it could have an effect on any civil action that an accident victim or a victim's family pursues.
Among the United States' largest metropolitan areas, none rival New York City when it comes to the number of pedestrians and bicyclists. Unlike sprawling Los Angeles, where everyone drives and walkers look almost out of place, New York's multiple public transportation systems and concentrated business and retail districts make driving or owning a car less desirable for most people. Instead, many of the city's residents opt for a combination of walking, biking and public transportation.
Everyday thousands of New York City residents utilize some form of transportation to navigate our great city. It is no surprise that auto accidents and injuries have become an everyday common occurrence in the Big Apple. However, the simple fact that these mishaps are fairly commonplace doesn't take away from the serious pain, suffering, and often confusion as a result of an auto accident. Personal injury claims are the legal disputes that intend to fairly compensate victims for general distress and damage from such accidents.
You don't have to be a New Yorker to understand that the city's streets can be deadly. Car accidents happen frequently and can be deadly even at slower speeds. While most people who make the choice to drive their own cars in New York are aware of the risks and rules of driving in heavy traffic, accidents happen every day, and sometimes, unfortunately, they are deadly.
Lately we've been hearing more about our country's war on drugs and the government's policy surrounding them. Increasing numbers of people feel that legalizing some drugs would eliminate many of the problems our society faces. Still, there appears to be widespread agreement that like alcohol, drugs and driving are a dangerous combination. Reaction time and decision making are affected by drug use, creating a high risk of car accidents.
A car accident of any size can be chaotic, but typically, the more cars that are involved, the more confusing the aftermath. Crash scene investigators must determine not only how the accident was caused, but what role each involved vehicle played. Chain-reaction crashes can involve multiple insurance and personal injury claims, such as in cases where one car caused another vehicle to crash into yet another, and so on.
Residents of New York City are accustomed to busy intersections with cars whizzing by in every direction. Living in a congested metropolitan area tends to make pedestrians hyper-aware of the risks of stepping out into traffic. But they also have a reasonable expectation of safety while traveling on sidewalks and other pedestrian walkways. Few walkers anticipate having to dodge cars and other motorized vehicles when they aren't crossing streets.