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Long Island, NY, has seen a record number of fatal crashes in August

According to recent reports, 21 lives have been lost in car crashes in Long Island NY this month alone, and among the victims are four children whose futures were tragically cut short. These are not just statistics; they represent individuals with dreams, aspirations, and connections to the people around them.

In East Moriches, a young life came to an untimely end when 20-year-old Olivia Montgomery lost her life in a crash. Gabriel Reyes, a seasoned motorcyclist at 50, met his unfortunate fate in a head-on collision in Brentwood. Christopher W. McGuckin, 54, lost control of his vehicle in Port Jefferson Station, a stark reminder that accidents can affect anyone, regardless of age or experience.

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NYPD Pursuits August 2023An innocent cyclist was critically injured as she found herself caught in the crossfire of a police chase in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, last week. As law enforcement pursued a fleeing suspect, the cyclist—a 54-year-old woman—became an unwitting casualty.

Behind every statistic, every news headline, and every police chase is a real person—a victim whose life has been upended in an instant and this tragic accident underscores the necessity of examining the procedures surrounding police pursuits to ensure the safety of all individuals involved.

The injuries sustained by victims of police chase accidents can be severe and life-altering. From broken bones and internal injuries to head trauma and emotional distress, the physical and emotional toll is significant. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and ongoing care, all of which can strain a victim’s resources and well-being.

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location of the deadly e-bike accident in the Bronx, NYCIn the early hours of a Wednesday morning, a man on an electric bike was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver in The Bronx. The impact of the collision led to severe head trauma, ultimately claiming the cyclist’s life.

The streets of New York City have witnessed a tragic surge in cyclist fatalities this year. Yesterday’s accident marks the 21st fatality of the year, making it a grim record within the Vision Zero era. As bicycle accident lawyers, we would like to shed light on the legal complexities surrounding such cases and advocate for safer streets and stricter accountability for drivers.

From a legal standpoint, hit-and-run cases can be particularly challenging. The act of fleeing the scene not only demonstrates a disregard for human life but also creates obstacles for identifying and holding the responsible party accountable. Gathering evidence, such as surveillance footage and eyewitness testimonies, becomes crucial in building a strong case against the driver.

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The dangerous intersection of Shore Parkway and Shell Road

The dangerous intersection of Shore Parkway and Shell Road

On the morning of August 4th, Yelena Gervolskaya, a 75-year-old pedestrian and a beloved family member, lost her life after being struck by both a dump truck and a Jeep at the intersection of Shore Parkway and Shell Road in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Both drivers fled the scene; however, they have now been identified by the police. As of now, no charges have been filed against either of them.

Both vehicles hit the victim while making a left turn

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Multiple pedestrians and a cyclist where injured in a multiple-collision crash caused by the driver of a stolen car who was trying to escape the police near Grand Central Station

As car accident attorneys in New York City, we have witnessed numerous devastating cases resulting from reckless driving and accidents. However, one particular type of accident that stands out as particularly dangerous is police chases and we have handled many such cases with excellent results.

The recent incident that occurred on August 1, 2023, where ten people were injured during a police chase in one of the most busy areas of Manhattan, highlights the urgent need to address the hazards associated with these pursuits.

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When the total number of crash fatalities during the first semester of 2023 is lower than the previous years, one category of road users, the cyclists, had a record number of fatalities with 14 deaths. Pedestrian fatalities were lower than usual with 41 fatalities. The NYPD also recorded 31 driver fatalities and 16 passenger fatalities for the first semester of 2023.

After two years of an unusually high number of auto accident fatalities in New York City during the first six months of the year, the total number of crash fatalities for the first six months of 2023 was pretty much similar to the levels observed before the Covid19 crisis, oscillating around 100 for the first six months of the year. In 2023, 102 people died in crashes during the first semester compared to 113, 118, 92, 101, 84, 96, 107, 107, 97, and 121 during the semesters of 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 respectively.

NYC car accident deaths by category June 2023
During the first semester of 2023, 24,535 people were injured in crashes. This number is slightly higher than the two previous years, during which 23,963 and 22,898 people were injured during the first semester of 2022 and 2021, respectively, but still lower than what it was before the pandemic when the number of traffic injuries for the first six months of the year was above 25,000. Among the category of road users, drivers were the most injured with 10,785 injured motor vehicle operators for the first semester, followed by passengers (7,564), pedestrians (4,098), and cyclists (2,088).

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accident sceneCar accidents can be devastating under any circumstances, but when they result from a wrong-way driver on a busy expressway, the consequences can be catastrophic. The recent crash on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) involving a pickup truck driver going the wrong way highlights the urgency of understanding the legal implications and consequences associated with such accidents.

Early Thursday morning, Thomas Raimondo, aged 61, was driving his 2013 Chevrolet Silverado in the wrong direction on the westbound lanes of the expressway. Raimondo’s reckless decision led to a devastating head-on collision with a 2005 Acura sedan driven by 32-year-old Jose Ferreira. The accident occurred between Exits 62 and 63 in Holtsville, Suffolk County, leaving both drivers dead.

Legal Implication of Wrong-Way Crashes

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GSHA pedestrian fatalities reportThe alarming increase in pedestrian fatalities in the United States has reached its highest level since 1981, according to a recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA).

The GHSA report reveals that in 2022, at least 7,508 pedestrian died marking a staggering 77% increase since 2010. This tragic statistic signifies not only a significant loss of life but also a growing safety disparity for pedestrians compared to other traffic-related fatalities, which saw a 25% increase over the same period.

Multiple factors contribute to this escalating crisis. Dangerous driving behaviors, inadequate infrastructure, and the prevalence of larger and heavier vehicles all play significant roles in the rising number of pedestrian fatalities. Regrettably, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic witnessed a surge in dangerous driving practices, which have persisted and further jeopardized the safety of pedestrians.

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As car accident attorneys, we are acutely aware of the devastating consequences of reckless driving in New York City. Indeed, the city’s high population density means that millions of people and vehicles share limited road space, leading to increased risks associated with reckless driving. This congestion heightens the likelihood of collisions and resulting injuries. Furthermore, New York City boasts a complex network of streets, intersections, and areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, underscoring the importance of drivers exercising caution and adhering to traffic laws. Reckless driving behaviors such as speeding, running red lights, aggressive maneuvers, and failure to yield to pedestrians can have dire consequences in such an urban environment. Additionally, the presence of vulnerable road users, including pedestrians and cyclists, further elevates the potential for severe injuries or even fatalities when reckless driving occurs.

Over the past weekend, several people were injured, and significant property damage occurred due to reckless driving.

A 6-year-old boy in East Harlem Park was critically injured when he was struck by a moped-like vehicle, which then fled the scene. The incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, causing severe head trauma to the child. The suspect initially stayed but fled before the police arrived. The vehicle was described as similar to a moped, and it was last seen heading northbound in the park. This hit-and-run occurred just before the city’s plan to lift a ban on e-bikes and scooters in parks as part of a yearlong pilot program, which excludes faster, heavier mopeds. The pilot program will allow e-bikes and scooters under 100 pounds to operate on park drives and greenways but not on pedestrian paths. The Parks Department emphasizes maintaining rules against reckless behavior throughout the pilot period, which starts on Tuesday and ends on May 31, 2024.

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Families for Safe Street fight to reduce car accidents in NYCNew York City has long been striving to make its streets safer for pedestrians and reduce the number of tragic accidents caused by speeding vehicles. A proposed law known as Sammy’s Law, named after a young child who lost his life to a speeding driver, has become a symbol of the urgent need for change. However, despite widespread support, the law has faced obstacles in the State Legislature. In a powerful display of their determination, advocates are planning a hunger strike to shed light on the importance of passing this life-saving bill. As car  accident lawyers in New York City, we believe it is crucial to discuss the significance of Sammy’s Law and the urgent need for its implementation.

Sammy’s Law is dedicated to Sammy Cohen Eckstein, a 12-year-old boy who tragically lost his life in 2013 when he was struck by a speeding van while retrieving a soccer ball in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Since Sammy’s death, an alarming number of 98 children have lost their lives in traffic collisions on the city’s streets, highlighting the pressing need for measures to improve safety. Amy Cohen, Sammy’s mother, along with others who have suffered the loss of loved ones in similar accidents, founded Families for Safe Streets, a group advocating for safer streets and stricter regulations.