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Head-on motor vehicle accidents cause serious injury in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Whenever a driver crosses into oncoming traffic, the result can be catastrophic. Regardless of speed, motor vehicle accidents of this nature can cause serious injury and, in some cases, death. It can be difficult to react quickly enough to avoid a head-on collision, causing many victims to suffer as a result. A recent accident seriously injured one and claimed the life of another in New York.

According to police, a male driver was traveling northbound when he suddenly veered into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision with a southbound female driver. He was rushed to the hospital but died shortly after. The female driver’s car was badly damaged, causing her to be trapped inside until fire officials could cut her out. She was then taken to the hospital and was last listed in critical condition.

Police are continuing to investigate the crash to determine the cause. There has been no indication of drunken or distracted driving so far. Traveling in the wrong lane under any circumstances can be extremely dangerous and often leaves other drivers with little to no control over the situation.

Victims who suffer serious injury in similar motor vehicle accidents are often left with extensive medical expenses. If the accident is cause by the negligence of another driver, victims may seek financial restitution through a claim against the wrongful party. In the event that the negligent party is deceased, a claim can be made against his or her estate. When facing a similar situation, people in New York often speak with an experienced attorney for advice on how to file a personal injury claim.

Source: syracuse.com, “Man dies after head-on Salina crash; woman still in critical condition“, Samantha House, Feb. 18, 2017


Wet conditions play a part in motor vehicle accidents in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Monday, February 20th, 2017

Winter weather can create hazardous situations on the road. Despite warnings, poor conditions often play a part in motor vehicle accidents. Drivers may take certain precautions during inclement weather, such as traveling at a lower speed, which may decrease the possibility for a collision to occur. A recent accident under similar circumstances left three people injured and one dead in New York.

Four cars were involved in the accident, which occurred on a two-lane road. Three people were injured in the process and rushed to the hospital for treatment. Another person involved in the crash died at the scene. Police advised that roads were slick at the time, and an investigation is underway to determine the cause of the crash.

Wet driving conditions contribute to many dangerous car accidents each year. Drivers who fail to make adjustments during such times can put the safety of everyone around at risk, with many of these occurrences leading to serious injury or worse. If a driver is found to be at fault in a similar situation resulting in the injury of another, he or she may be held accountable.

Suffering serious injuries in motor vehicle accidents often leads to many hardships. Victims may experience loss of income if forced to take time off of work, and any medical expenses can put them under a significant financial burden. Victims who are injured by the actions of a negligent driver may seek restitution through the civil justice system. People in New York who are facing a similar situation often speak with an experienced attorney for advice on how to proceed with a personal injury claim.

Source: syracuse.com, “1 person killed, 3 hurt in 4-car crash in Cayuga County, troopers say“, Samantha House, Feb. 15, 2017


Boy suffers traumatic injury following bicycle crash in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

A 12-year-old boy is in critical care after an accident involving a car and his bicycle in the early morning of Sept. 14. New York medical authorities rushed the boy to the hospital for treatment of his traumatic injury. At the moment, charges have not been filed against the driver involved in the crash, who remained at the scene and cooperated with police. 

The accident report claims the boy was riding his bicycle just before 7 a.m. when a vehicle driven by a 24-year-old man apparently struck him. The boy’s bike impacted with the front driver’s side quarter of the vehicle with enough force to cause damage to the car, not to mention sending the boy to the ground. The boy’s helmet was shattered on impact. 

The boy is now in treatment at a local hospital in critical condition. Authorities were in the process of contacting his mother, who was in Israel at the time of the crash. Police are deeming this an accident and are not likely to file charges as of this report. 

With that said, there may still be legal recourse under New York law for the boy’s family to seek compensation for the traumatic injury he suffered in the accident. If the driver is proven to be at least partially at fault for the crash, the boy’s family may succeed by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against him. If the boy was also negligent in a way that contributed to the accident, the potential damages awarded could be reduced commensurate with the boy’s percentage of fault.

Source: New York Post, “Kid’s helmet crushed in bloody bike crash“, Kevin Sheehan and Daniel Prendergast, Sept. 14, 2016


Recovering sufficient recompense after motor vehicle accidents

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Friday, April 1st, 2016

A car accident can change your life in an instant. In one second, you could be left with life-altering injuries, a damaged vehicle and expenses that will haunt you for years. The potential impact of motor vehicle accidents should not be underestimated, and victims should take steps to fully understand their rights for a full and fair recovery.

As New York accident victims know, an accident can have a long-reaching impact into every area of life. From injuries that prevent a person from working to medical bills that quickly wipe out savings, the impact can be deep and painful. It is unfair when this suffering is caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another person, bur fortunately, the law provides the opportunity for victims to seek recourse. 

Holding the liable driver accountable for your pain and suffering may seem like a daunting task, but you do not have to face it alone. Our experience allows us to effectively evaluate the situation, determine what legal options are available and pursue the amount of compensation you deserve. We will build a strong case on your behalf, gathering evidence and advocating for your best interests through the entire process. 

If you have been hurt in an accident that was caused by the actions of another New York driver, we can help. You have the right to know how you can recover your financial losses, as well as the right to any needed medical care. Find out what you can do to get your life back by reaching out for help from our team. We are vastly experienced in cases involving motor vehicle accidents of all kinds. 


Firework injuries persist well past July 4th weekend

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Even though July 4th is a couple of weeks in the past, there are still fireworks going off all around the country on a pretty frequent basis. This happens every year: people get rid of their excess fireworks in the weeks that follow July 4th. But just because the holiday is over doesn’t mean that fireworks become less dangerous. They are still powerful explosives that, when in the wrong hands, can lead to serious, catastrophic or even fatal injuries.

Now, it’s a little odd to write this for New York readers, simply because the state bans the possession of fireworks, as does New Jersey. But every year, New Yorkers cross the Pennsylvania border to acquire fireworks. And every year, there are reports of average citizens suffering injuries due to fireworks that shouldn’t be possessed.

There are obvious legal implications here. When you purchase fireworks and then possess them illegally in the state of New York, you make yourself liable for any harm or damage that may come as a result of those fireworks going off. If you set them off in your neighborhood and someone is hurt, or a house is damaged, or even if they go off accidentally, you could be held liable by the affected parties in civil court.

Another unfortunate effect of July 4th is the number of fireworks shows that go wrong. Even professionals can make mistakes sometimes, and when fireworks are involved, there can be a lot of liability that needs to be addressed in civil court.

Source: TWC News, “Authorities Say Leave the Fireworks to the Professionals,” July 4, 2014


Wrongful death claims may be brought in pedestrian-car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Everyone that gets behind the wheel of a car in New York and beyond must recognize and appreciate their duty as a driver. After all, cars are very powerful pieces of machinery that are capable of inflicting a great deal of damage and injuries to other motorists and even pedestrians in some cases. While all the details concerning the tragic incident had yet to be disclosed, concerns were being raised over how and why an elderly driver killed one pedestrian and inflicted multiple personal injuries recently.

The fatal incident occurred one evening in California and resulted in numerous people being hurt. Two adults, along with two teenage girls and an 11-year-old boy, required medical treatment at an area hospital for injuries they sustained while standing outside a local ice cream parlor. The fatal accident victim, a 73-year-old woman, succumbed to her injuries after being pinned beneath the vehicle.

According to law enforcement, the fatal incident happened when the driver of an SUV mistakenly accelerated in the direction of the people standing outside the ice cream shop and struck a gate. The gate then fell on the pedestrians. The man driving the SUV is reportedly around 80 years old, and he was accompanied in the vehicle by his wife at the time.

While no word had been given as to whether or not the driver of the SUV may confront charges or wrongful death claims for his role in the fatal incident, it was confirmed that authorities had questioned him. Not only are they likely to investigate whether or not he was driving on a valid license but law enforcement may seek to determine if the elderly man experienced a medical crisis prior to wrongly accelerating into the crowd.

Source: abclocal.go.com, “Buena Park crash: Elderly driver hits group outside restaurant; 1 dead,” Robert Holguin, April 25, 2014


Preventing fatalities in bus-related motor vehicle accidents

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Thousands of New Yorkers choose to travel by passenger bus every year. And while it may be true that large buses can be very comfortable and convenient, the fact remains that buses are involved in serious accidents every year. Following the news of a major bus collision that resulted in numerous personal injuries and fatalities, one federal agency is renewing its call for improved bus safety guidelines.

Ever since one particular bus accident occurred in 1997, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has promoted a number of safety measures to be implemented on buses around the country. Those safety guidelines are gaining attention once again as the NTSB responds to a recent multi-fatality incident involving a tour bus and FedEx truck in Northern California.

The tragic incident occurred when the FedEx truck reportedly struck the tour bus carrying 44 high school students. Both vehicles caught fire and resulted in 10 deaths, in addition to numerous injuries. It may take up to six months for state authorities to determine the cause of the accident and a month alone for the NTSB to complete its preliminary report. For now, the federal agency is working once again to have its safety recommendations addressing these kinds of car accidents recognized.

One of the measures the NTSB is promoting was prompted by another multi-fatality incident and involves installing fire-suppression devices on buses. While the devices would not likely extinguish large blazes, they might aid in evacuation efforts. Beyond that, the NTSB would like to see three-point safety belts be installed in all new large buses. Agency officials concede, though, that enforcing seatbelt policies on buses is difficult.

Current seatbelt guidelines are voluntary and it is noted that the bus involved in the recent incident was equipped with seatbelts.


Source: Yahoo! News, “Feds revisit safety rules after Calif. bus crash,” Fenit Nirappil, April 14, 2014


Settlements may not be the end of wrongful death cases

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Saturday, April 12th, 2014

In the tragic event that a family loses a loved one in a fatal accident in New York, they are often in desperate need of answers and closure. Understanding how and why the incident occurred is an important step in coming to terms with the loss and moving forward. Two separate families came to personal injury settlement agreements with a major American automaker only to now suspect that the cause of the car accidents that took the lives of their loved ones was known by the defendant for years. Now they’re both considering undoing those settlements.

Each and every wrongful death settlement is unique because it depends on several factors, such as particular state laws and the details of the incident. And given that so many wrongful death cases are settled outside of court, it can be increasingly difficult to legally nullify such agreements once they are confirmed. Even so, two families are claiming that their settlements with General Motors (GM) over the deaths of their loved ones should be void because GM achieved them on fraudulent grounds.

Despite the fact that one couple agreed to a settlement with GM in 2006, they are hoping to gain the right to sue the automaker because they believe the defendant knowingly withheld information regarding the real cause of the car accident that took the life of their adopted daughter in 2005. Like another family that lost someone in a car crash in 2009, the couple claims that GM knew the accidents were caused by faulty ignition switches but failed to disclose the information during the settlement process.

While the process of undoing the settlements may be difficult, the two families are accusing GM of fraud at a time when the automaker is facing several investigations and multiple other private lawsuits.

Source: Reuters, “Exclusive: GM crash victims’ families who settled may revisit deals,” Jessica Dye, Julia Edwards, Paul Lienert, March 29, 2014


Major automobile recall may result in wrongful death claims

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

When people invest in a new car in New York, they typically assume that the vehicle is in good working condition. After all, vehicles that come from the factory should be equipped with undamaged and high-quality parts. Unfortunately, however, some vehicles are outfitted instead with defective components that can have a serious impact on driver safety. While it has yet to be seen how consumers, victims and their families will respond to the mass recall conducted by one leading automaker, it’s possible that a series of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits may soon be presented.

General Motors began a massive recall on more than 1 million vehicles in February of this year, which has taken place in two stages. Several models of vehicles were involved in the recall, including the Saturn Sky, Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. The primary cause for the recall is that all of the models cited feature faulty ignition switch devices. Dozens of complaints have reportedly been filed with safety regulators over ignition-related issues within the past decade even though the recall is only now taking place.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received documentation regarding problems and incidents relating to the recall from General Motors on two occasions. Though, the most recent report suggests that some of the information that was given before may not be correct. For example, ignition issues are now recognized in more than one car model. And even more startling is the fact that General Motors was reportedly aware of ignition switch issues long before it originally stated.

So far, it’s believed that ignition switch problems contributed to more than 30 accidents and 12 fatalities within the past 10 years.

Source: New York Times, “G.M. Reveals It Was Told of Ignition Defect in ‘01,” Danielle Ivory, March 12, 2014


Wrongful death claims may follow multi-fatality accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Friday, February 21st, 2014

Thousands of alcohol-related accidents occur in the state of New York each year. Unlike many other types of car accidents, drunk driving incidents are entirely preventable and often result in serious injuries and even death. And for the individuals and their families that are subjected to the reckless actions of drunk drivers, the consequences can be permanent and life altering. If it is found to be true that one suspect was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the fatal incident, she may face personal injury and wrongful death claims in addition to the criminal charges already placed against her.

Following the fatal, multi-vehicle car crash, the 21-year-old woman suspected of causing the incident was admitted to a Los Angeles, California, hospital under police monitoring. The suspect sustained major injuries in the accident, and was reportedly being treated for a ruptured bladder and broken bone. And despite the fact that she was admitted to the hospital, the young woman faced felony charges of manslaughter and drunk driving.

The suspect is accused of causing a major car accident that involved three vehicles and took the lives of six people recently. The incident allegedly occurred when the suspect drove into oncoming traffic on a westbound freeway and struck a vehicle, which was then hit by another car. The accident occurred early in the morning on a Sunday, and only one other individual besides the suspect survived with moderate injuries.

Few details were provided specifying which victims were in each vehicle, but two female victims reportedly died after being transported to hospital. Two other females that were in the suspect’s vehicle succumbed to their injuries at the site of the incident, and a male and female victim who were both ejected from their cars died as well.

Source: USA Today, “6 die when driver goes wrong way on Calif. freeway,” John Bacon, Feb. 10, 2014