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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. 


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


Drug use may be at heart of increases in fatal car accidents

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Friday, February 14th, 2014

It can take years to develop an effective campaign to combat a major social issue like drunk driving. Educating New Yorkers on the medical and safety risks associated with some dangerous practices often involves using multiple platforms to promote awareness and enforce policies. And until the public is well informed and conscious of how certain behaviors can affect them directly, accident incident rates may continue to reflect a lack of awareness and poor judgment on the part of motorists. Recent study results suggest that there is a long way to go before motorists understand the dangers of driving under the influence of marijuana.

Many people may still not be fully aware of the symptoms and risks associated with marijuana use while driving. Just as is the case with alcohol-related personal injury incidents, people that ingest marijuana and drive may experience serious impairments such as poor concentration, poor vision and/or hearing, and compromised judgment. Unlike alcohol, however, marijuana use is difficult to accurately determine in drivers because current testing techniques are known to be limited and unreliable.

A research study conducted by Columbia University recently found that the rate of fatal car accidents linked to marijuana use has increased considerably in the past decade. The survey included over 23,000 fatal accident cases from six states, and concluded that marijuana-related accident deaths have tripled. For instance, marijuana reportedly played a role in four percent of fatal car accidents in 1999. That percentage tripled the following year. Fatal drugged driving incidents also jumped from 16 percent to almost 30 percent during the same one-year period. Interestingly, the results of the study suggest that drug-related accident deaths are on the rise as drunk driving fatality rates remain consistent.

Source: myfoxaustin.com, “Fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in U. S.,” Dennis Thompson, Feb. 4, 2014


Hit-and-run car accidents can be linked to other offenses

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Saturday, February 8th, 2014

When individuals get behind the wheel of a car, they immediately become responsible for the safety of themselves and others around them. In the event that someone is deemed unfit or incapable of driving safely in New York or anywhere else, his or her driver’s license may be suspended or even revoked in some cases. Sadly, one fatal accident and major personal injury case may have been prevented if the defendant had abided by the terms of his license suspension.

The 69-year-old victim in the case was reportedly taking his dog for a walk near his home when he and the animal were struck by a vehicle. Authorities confirmed that the victim was crossing the street when the incident occurred. They also suspect that the vehicle was going approximately 60 miles per hour at the time. It is not stated whether the victim succumbed to his injuries at the scene of the accident or whether he received medical treatment prior to his death, but he is survived by a wife and three children.

Upon turning himself in to authorities two days after the crash, the man now identified as the defendant in the fatal collision claimed that he feared being linked to the incident because he was driving illegally. According to law enforcement, a warrant for the defendant’s arrest was issued because of alleged probation violations, and he was on his 11th driver’s license suspension.

Now, the defendant is being held on several felony charges relating to injuries and death as a result of car accidents. He also faces misdemeanor accusations for leaving the scene of an accident. He has waived his right to a preliminary hearing, but the defendant will have a pretrial arraignment in the coming weeks.

Source: delcotimes.com, “Driver charged in death of Upper Darby man walking his dog waives preliminary hearing,” John Kopp, Jan. 23, 2014


Some injuries in car accidents considered fatal in sentencing

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

When someone is injured in any kind of accident in New York, the severity of injuries sustained is not dependent on whether or not the individual recovers. Furthermore, changes to an accident victim’s way of life must be taken into consideration when holding the guilty party responsible for personal injuries. One judge may have taken both of the above factors into consideration when she made a sentencing ruling that accounted for the life-threatening injuries sustained by the DUI accident victim.

The victim in the 2012 single-vehicle drunk driving incident was riding in a car with his friend when their vehicle reportedly crashed into a traffic light post after passing onto the sidewalk and striking a utility pole. The passenger in the car sustained a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed. Authorities determined that the friend driving the vehicle had a blood alcohol level of almost twice the legal limit.

During the sentencing hearing for the driver in the DUI case, the defendant claimed that the victim himself had a history of DUI offenses and was unfit to drive prior to the incident. However, the now disabled accident victim contended that he could have driven.

While the assistant district attorney involved in prosecuting the case encouraged the defendant to recognize the difficulties of the victim and acknowledge that the incident could have resulted in loss of life, the judge ruling on the sentencing hearing went one step further. She recognized the fact that spinal cord injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accidents can and do result in death, and that the victim in this case only survived because of medical intervention. Consequently, she issued a sentence appropriate for drunk-driving-related deaths.

The defendant was found guilty of DUI aggravated assault and is sentenced to serve at least three years in prison.

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, “Judge to drunken driver: ‘You did take his life – it was his doctors that saved him’,” Sarah Cassi, Jan. 7, 2014


Woman may have police brutality, personal injury case

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Many times in New York and elsewhere, it is difficult to prove who is at fault in car accidents and other incidents because there is little physical evidence. In some cases, however, liability is almost impossible to deny because the proof is literally caught on tape. One woman’s horrific experience with law enforcement was recorded on a police car dashcam, possibly providing her with the evidence she needs to file a solid personal injury case against the appropriate parties.

The incident occurred in Tallahassee, Florida, during an alleged drunk driving incident. The woman in the case was allegedly apprehended by law enforcement after driving her car into a house. Responding officers conducted a field sobriety test on the woman before handcuffing her and placing her in a patrol vehicle. The entire incident was videotaped on a dashcam.

The petite woman, estimated to be around 5’4” tall, allegedly freed herself from handcuffs while taking a breathalyzer test, prompting officers to force her first over the trunk of the patrol car and then to the ground. Video footage shows the woman screaming and crying as officers placed their weight on her head and back side. The woman ultimately required hospital treatment for bruises, scrapes and a broken cheek bone.

The dashcam footage of the incident, along with the police report, has been released to the public. The video evidence, which shows responding officers mocking the woman as she cried, was reviewed by Florida’s state attorney and several other officials. As a result, the state attorney plans to conduct an investigation and has rescinded assault charges against the woman.

According to the woman’s attorney, she plans to file a suit against the Tallahassee Police Department. The police chief representing that department is apparently conducting his own investigation on the matter.

Source: nydailynews.com, “Face-breaking Florida cops under investigation for DUI arrest,” the Doyle Murphy, September 11, 2013


Truck accident leaves New York father and son injured

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On behalf of of Kahn Gordon Timko & Rodriques P.C. posted in Personal Injury on Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The variety of circumstances that can lead to personal injuries ranges dramatically. From slip and fall accidents at supermarkets to motor vehicle accidents, the amount of risk and opportunity for harm to come to someone at no fault of their own abounds every day. Some personal injury attorneys focus their efforts on certain types of incidents such as car accidents while other attorneys work with virtually any type of injury case to help clients receive just compensation when appropriate.

A recent four-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike has left two people hospitalized and two others with minor injuries. A 61-year old man and his 17-year old son, both from New York, were hospitalized as a result of the accident. The father suffered head wounds and is in critical condition. The son received cuts on his leg and head and is stable. Two other drivers received minor injuries. The news article did not indicate if the fourth driver was injured.

All four vehicles involved were trucks and included a large tractor-trailer carrying a storage container that stopped on the turnpike when the pickup truck in front of it stopped with a flat tire. A truck, driven by the 61-year old man with his son as a passenger, came up behind and hit the tractor-trailer. The storage container came off of the vehicle chassis and was hit by the fourth truck.

Such accidents can result in complex cases involving insurance companies and attorneys with many factors coming into play. If you become injured in a motor vehicle accident, obtaining professional legal advice can be a good thing to do.

Source: UticaOD.com, “NY man suffers serious inuries in 4-truck crash in NJ,”August 9, 2013