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5 people injured in New York car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, June 4th, 2015

A serious car crash in Queens has sent five people to the hospital, according to local sources. The car accident apparently damaged a supermarket after a 72-year-old woman plowed into the building. New York police have not filed charges against her at this time, but their investigation is ongoing. 

According to the accident report, the cause of the crash was not immediately clear. It has been confirmed that the elderly driver drove her vehicle into the supermarket at speeds sufficient for witnesses to think something had exploded. Her exact speed has not been reported at this time. 

Five people were injured and taken to local hospitals with varying degrees of injuries, though the driver herself appeared to be largely unharmed. Several other individuals reported being narrowly missed by the driver as she apparently lost control of her vehicle. The police will likely continue their investigation until a cause for the accident has been uncovered.

The list of potential causes for this car accident is long, as the driver could have lost control of her vehicle for several reasons. Considering her age, issues such as health problems or impaired vision may have played a role, though criminal negligence should not be ruled out. In either case, New York law allows the victims of this crash to file personal injury lawsuits against this woman, should they so desire. While evidence of negligence will be required in order for damages to be paid out, the case is not strictly criminal in nature and would be handled in a civil court setting. 

Source: NBC New York, “Car Crashes into Supermarket in Queens, 5 Injured: Officials“, Gus Rosendale and Tracie Strahan, May 27, 2015

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Serious 3-vehicle car accident in New York kills one

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Nine people are injured and one person has lost her life in a serious pileup in Queens, according to local sources. New York emergency services responded to the car accident on the morning of May 26. So far no one has been arrested in connection with the crash, but police say their investigation into the wreck is ongoing as of this report. 

The report indicates there were three vehicles involved in the crash, which occurred on South Conduit Avenue. Apparently, an SUV collided with a passenger car with enough force to push it in front of an oncoming box truck, crushing the car. A total of nine people, seven of them children, were rushed to local hospitals with injuries considered minor to moderate. The driver of the box truck was also treated at the scene. 

The 30-year-old driver of the car was among those taken to the hospital, as was her 53-year-old passenger. Unfortunately, the passenger was pronounced dead on arrival. The condition of the SUV driver has not been confirmed at this time. Police are still investigating and have not ruled out pursuing charges. 

Should the driver of the SUV be found to have been negligent in a way that contributed to the car accident, he or she could face criminal charges. Separately, New York state law will allow the families of the children injured, as well as the injured adults, to file personal injury lawsuits against that driver. Should sufficient evidence of wrongdoing exist, that driver may be required to pay out compensation for damages incurred in the accident. 

Source: NBC New York, “1 Dead, 9 Injured in 3-Vehicle Crash in Queens“, May 27, 2015

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Teenager killed in New York car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, May 28th, 2015

A 13-year-old girl has tragically died following a serious car crash in upstate New York, according to local sources. The girl was killed in a car accident on May 23 while traveling with her father to Memorial Day festivities. It occurred shortly prior to 5:42 p.m. New York police are still investigating the Warren County crash, but charges are unlikely as the driver believed to have been at fault was also killed in the accident. 

According to the accident report, the family was traveling to the town of Warren to spend the weekend when the accident occurred. The other driver, a 42-year-old man, apparently ran a stop sign and struck the family’s car with enough force that he was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the family car, the victim’s father, was thrown from the vehicle and was treated for several injuries including a broken ankle. 

The 13-year-old girl was rushed to a local hospital, but medical personnel were unable to save her life. A friend of hers, a 12-year-old girl, was treated for a fractured leg. An investigation, including a reconstruction of the accident, is still underway by New York authorities. 

The family of the deceased girl as well as the family of the injured girl are entitled to file civil lawsuits against the deceased driver’s estate and any other parties with an ownership interest in the vehicle he was operating. These car accident claims can be supported by evidence gathered by police pointing to the apparent running of the stop sign. Should negligence be established by appropriate proof in civil court, claims for specific items of financial damages will be adjudicated.

Source: lohud.com, “Larisa Karassik, New City girl, 13, killed in Warren car crash: cops“, Steve Lieberman, May 24, 2015

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Car accident sets New York restaurant on fire

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

A driver who lost control of his vehicle is in the hospital along with his passenger following a serious crash in Brooklyn, according to local sources. New York authorities responded to the fire caused by the car accident and discovered that both individuals had made it safely out of the vehicle, though they both still suffered injuries. The crash has not led to any criminal charges being filed so far. 

According to the accident report, an unidentified driver somehow lost control of his vehicle around 3:45 a.m. on May 16, striking the side of a Chinese restaurant that had closed for the night. The car was set ablaze by the force of the impact. The driver managed to escape the vehicle under his own power, but the passenger was rendered unconscious by the crash. 

Thankfully, several passersby were able to pull the unconscious passenger from the vehicle and onto the sidewalk. Medical response teams arrived shortly thereafter, taking both individuals to a local hospital. Their injuries have been described as non life-threatening, and thankfully, no one else was hurt in the crash. 

New York police will likely continue to investigate this car accident to determine what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Should their investigation reveal that it was negligence, recklessness or intoxication that caused the crash, the driver could face criminal charges. Regardless of whether such charges are filed, his passenger is entitled under state law to file a personal injury suit against him in a civil court setting. Evidence of culpability will be required if monetary damages are to be awarded by the court. 

Source: New York Daily News, “Out-of-control car slams into Brooklyn Chinese restaurant, sparks building fire“, Ryan Sit, May 16, 2015

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2 men dead following car accident in New York

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Police have identified a second victim in a serious car crash near Albany on the early morning of April 11. The car accident, which involved only one vehicle, resulted in the deaths of both occupants of the car. New York police are continuing to investigate the crash, as they have not yet determined its cause. 

Investigators say the two men, ages 27 and 23 respectively, did not appear to have a prior relationship when they both got into the vehicle leaving a restaurant in Colonie around 4 a.m. on April 11. The vehicle traveled onto Interstate 87, but the car strangely left the road near Exit 2W, striking a tree. The force of the impact overturned the car and caused it to burst into flames. 

The investigation has not yet concluded why the 27-year-old driver left the road, but police will continue to pursue this case until a reason has been discovered. It is presumed standard toxicology tests will be implemented to determine whether the driver was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Other mitigating factors will also be considered in the course of the investigation. 

It is possible New York police will determine the driver was in some way culpable for the car accident, either through negligence, recklessness or intoxication. If this turns out to be the case, the family of the deceased passenger may wish to file suit against the driver’s estate and/or any other owners of the vehicle involved. If sufficient evidence exists that the driver was at fault for the fatal crash, damages may be paid out to the grieving family. 

Source: greenfieldreporter.com, “Police identify 2nd victim in 1-car crash outside Albany last weekend; driver, passenger died”, April 16, 2015

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1 woman dead following car accident in New York county

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Otsego County was the site of a serious car crash that left one woman dead, according to local sources. The car accident, which occurred around 7:30 a.m. on April 16, was attended by New York State Troopers as well as emergency services. An investigation is ongoing as of this writing.  

The accident report states that a vehicle was carrying two women, aged 20 and 22 respectively, who were visiting from out of state and were leaving Niagara Falls when the accident occurred. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the 20-year-old driver drifted from the road, striking a guard rail and launching the car into the air. The car landed on its passenger side in a stream. 

The driver was declared dead on the scene by arriving medical personnel, and the passenger suffered injuries including a broken leg. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. As of this report, it is unclear what caused the driver to lose control of her vehicle, but it is presumed that a standard investigation, including a toxicology scan of the driver, will take place. 

Should it become clear through the course of the New York State police investigation that the driver was directly or indirectly responsible for the car accident, the injured woman may choose to seek damages from the deceased woman’s family or representation. A personal injury lawsuit filed in a civil court could be directed at the driver’s estate and any other parties with ownership interest in the vehicle involved. However, compelling evidence of negligence on the part of the driver would be required if damages were to be paid out in such a case.

Source: wbng.com, “State police: Woman dies in Otsego County car crash”, Anna Norris and Rebecca Bowyer, April 17, 2015

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2 women killed in New York car accident

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Police have identified two out-of-state women who were tragically killed in a car crash in the midst of a snow storm on Interstate 95, according to local sources. New York State Police have ascertained the names of the 22-year-old and 61-year-old women who lost their lives after a relatively minor car accident. For the moment, it does not appear that anyone has been charged in connection with their deaths. 

The accident report confirms the women were traveling separately in their own vehicles on Feb. 1, when they were involved in a minor fender-bender apparently involving both of them. Both women had exited their vehicles and were standing beside them when a second crash occurred. Another driver apparently lost control of his or her vehicle and crashed into the parked cars, killing both women instantly. 

Police have attributed the crash at least partially to the inclement weather experienced by drivers on that stretch of I-95 that day. It is unclear whether the driver is being further investigated by authorities, but no formal charges have been filed so far. It appears the accident may still be under investigation, however. 

While inclement weather can be a factor in a car accident, it is still up to individual drivers to adjust their driving habits to slippery or low-visibility conditions. It is possible New York authorities may conclude the other driver may face criminal charges. However, if the evidence is sufficient to prove negligence, even if no criminal charges are filed, the families of the deceased women may rely on that evidence to pursue wrongful death lawsuits seeking monetary damages from the driver in a civil courtroom. 

Source: NBC Connecticut, “Police ID SCSU Student, Hartford Woman Killed in NY Crash“, Feb. 4, 2015

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New York car accident kills 1, injures 3

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

A devastating accident has left one man dead and three other people injured, according to sources on site in the Rockaways. New York emergency workers apparently had to tear both vehicles apart following the car accident in order to extract the occupants. So far, the driver believed to be responsible for the crash has not been charged with a crime, but police are still investigating. 

The accident report indicates the 19-year-old driver of a sports car was heading west on Beach Channel Road when the accident occurred. The driver apparently lost control of his vehicle, sending it into oncoming traffic. The vehicle was struck on the passenger side by an oncoming vehicle. 

The driver and passenger in that car, age 29 and 21 respectively, were both injured and rushed to a local hospital in stable condition. The driver of the sports car was also hurt but considered stable when he was taken to the hospital. Unfortunately, his 19-year-old passenger did not survive the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation continues, and it has been suggested that the younger driver might have been speeding at the time of the accident. 

If this is shown to have been the case, the driver might find himself charged with a crime pertaining to the car accident. New York law will also allow the family of his deceased passenger, as well as the individuals in the other vehicle to file civil lawsuits against him and anyone with an ownership interest in his vehicle. Evidence of negligence deemed to have caused or contributed to the fatal crash will be required before a civil court will adjudicate claims for specific items of financial damages. 

Source: New York Daily News, “Queens firefighters tear cars apart to reach crash survivors“, Ryan Sit, Jan. 15, 2015

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Crash involving two cars and a bus leads to personal injury to 25

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Saturday, January 17th, 2015

Excessive speed does not allow a driver the chance to take evasive action in the event of another driver pulling out of a parking lot or other road without yielding. Such situations can cause devastating accidents, especially if there are other vehicles in close proximity. In a similar scenario, 25 people recently suffered personal injury in a three-vehicle accident in New York.

The accident reportedly occurred on a recent afternoon on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn where the speed limit had been reduced to 25 mph in an attempt to lessen the number of pedestrian accidents. Surveillance footage apparently shows a black car smashing into a vehicle exiting a parking lot. The impact caused the black car to catapult into a loaded passenger bus that was traveling nearby. A witness alleged that the driver of the black car had been speeding when it hit the other car.

Three people, who were occupants of the two cars, were reported to have suffered critical injuries. The injuries of three of the 22 injured bus passengers were reported to be serious, but they are expected to recover. The bus driver was one of those who suffered minor injuries.

No mention of any pending charges was made in the media report, and according to police, an accident investigation is underway. Determining fault in an accident such as this one may not be easy. The injured victims of this accident may file claims of personal injury in a New York civil court in order to pursue compensation for medical expenses and other documented damages. However, once the investigation is complete, evidence may result in the judge apportioning guilt between the alleged speeding driver and the driver who came out of the parking lot.

Source: nymag.com, “25 Injured in Crash Involving MTA Bus and 2 Cars”, Margaret Hartmann, Jan. 7, 2015

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Personal injury, wrongful death claims may follow hit-and-run

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Car Accidents on Thursday, January 15th, 2015

It is not uncommon for New York motorists who are distracted or otherwise negligent to strike pedestrians who are crossing the road. Drivers are expected to keep a lookout for pedestrians, and those who have suffered personal injury in an accident caused by a negligent driver may find that the law is on their side. However, appropriate evidence of negligence will have to be provided when filing a civil claim.

One teenager was killed and another was critically injured in a recent pedestrian accident that occurred in the Bronx. Police are still investigating the accident, but preliminary reports indicate that two teenagers, a 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl, were struck by a northbound car while they were crossing Baychester Avenue. Both teenagers were critically injured, but the boy was struck by a second vehicle that was southbound. They were both rushed to a local medical facility where the boy was declared dead.

According to police reports, neither of the drivers stopped at the accident scene. However, the 26-year-old driver of the vehicle that first struck the children subsequently returned to the accident scene. He was arrested and is now facing charges related to a hit-and-run accident, along with a reckless driving charge. The accident investigation may determine which driver was ultimately responsible for the boy’s death. Regardless, the boy’s family may name both drivers as defendants in any wrongful death claim, and the injured girl retains the same right in filing a personal injury claim.

Victims of car accidents, or the surviving family of a fatal victim, are entitled to pursue legal claims for damages incurred. The success of a wrongful death or personal injury claim filed in a New York civil court will depend on evidence of negligence, along with proper documentation of financial losses sustained. A successful claim may result in the entry of a monetary judgment for medical or end-of-life expenses, along with other designated financial damages.

Source: CBS New York, “Police: 16-Year-Old Bronx Boy Fatally Struck By 2 Cars, 2nd Teen Injured“, Jan. 5, 2015

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