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Location of the Brooklyn DWI AccidentAs Brooklyn personal injury lawyers, it is both heartbreaking and frustrating to witness preventable tragedies like yesterday’s crash in Brownsville, that left a one-year-old child in critical condition.

Yesterday evening, 28-year-old Natalie Leonard was driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08%, the legal limit in New York. She ran two red lights and collided with another vehicle at Dumont Avenue. In the passenger seat was a 21-year-old mother holding her one-year-old son, who was not in a car seat. Both were unrestrained, leading to severe consequences when the crash occurred. The child suffered a skull fracture and was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital, where he remains in critical but stable condition.

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NYC Construction accident injuries and deaths in 2023As New York City construction accident attorneys, we are continually monitoring the trends and statistics related to construction safety in our city. Despite the overall high levels of construction activity, which naturally elevates the potential for hazardous incidents, there has been a notable decrease in fatalities within the industry. According to the Department of Buildings (DOB), there was a 36% decline in fatal incidents related to building construction activities in 2023, a nine-year low with seven workers tragically losing their lives.

However, this positive trend in reduced fatalities does not overshadow a concerning increase in the number of reported incidents and injuries on construction sites. Injuries have increased by 38% over the past three years as construction activity resumed post-pandemic. Notably, 2023 saw a significant rise in incidents such as ladder falls, stair falls, and tripping—common types of accidents that often lead to severe injuries.

From a legal perspective, it’s crucial to recognize that each injury and fatality is not just a statistic but represents a worker and their family facing significant distress

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New-York-City-scaledIn New York City, accidents and injuries are, unfortunately, all too common. For those injured on city property or due to the actions of city employees, the question arises: Can the City of New York be held liable through a lawsuit?

If you’ve suffered an injury and believe the City of New York is at fault, you may consider filing a lawsuit under some of the following conditions:

  • Traffic accidents involving city-operated vehicles, such as buses or police cars.
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location of the crash between a car and a MTA bus in BKLast Monday night, a Mercedes-Benz, reportedly running a steady red light at the intersection of Harrison Avenue and Lorimer Street in Williamsburg, collided with an MTA bus. The impact was so severe that it sent the Mercedes careening onto a nearby sidewalk, where it struck a CitiBike rack. Alex Caba-Gutierrez, a passenger in the Mercedes, was ejected onto the street, suffering fatal injuries.  The driver and another passenger fled the scene, leaving behind a scene of chaos and unanswered questions. The bus driver and a passenger were injured and transported to the hospital.

The Legal Challenges of Hit-and-Run Accidents

Hit-and-run accidents pose unique legal challenges, primarily due to the difficulty of holding the responsible party accountable when they have fled the scene. Victims and their families often feel helpless and unsure of their next steps. This is where a hit-and-run accident lawyer becomes indispensable. Specializing in these types of cases, these lawyers possess the expertise to navigate the complexities of the legal system, ensuring that victims’ rights are protected and that they receive the compensation they deserve.

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location of the tractor trailer truck accident in BrooklynYesterday, New York experienced two significant truck-related accidents that impacted traffic, businesses, and local communities.

Brooklyn Accident: Tractor Trailer and Sedan Crash into Popeyes

In East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a collision involving a tractor-trailer and a sedan resulted in both vehicles crashing into a Popeyes restaurant at the intersection of Metropolitan and Vandervoort Avenues. The tractor-trailer reportedly lost control and collided with the sedan, which had the right of way, causing extensive damage to the restaurant’s facade.

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NYC school busA recent accident involving a school bus, an SUV, and a parked Lexus on the eastbound Nassau Expressway near Van Wyck Expressway in Queens has once again brought to light the critical issue of road safety, especially concerning school buses. The incident, which occurred just before noon on Monday, resulted in serious injuries to two individuals and involved about 20 students.

According to the FDNY, the accident began when a 60-year-old SUV driver, attempting to merge lanes, side-swiped a school bus operated by Meir Transport LLC. This collision led to a subsequent crash involving a parked Lexus, with a 62-year-old man inside, near John F. Kennedy International Airport. Thankfully, the injuries sustained by the drivers were not life-threatening, and the students on the bus, along with others involved, refused medical attention.

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Jessica was injured in a car accidentLast Thursday night, Assembly Member Jessica González-Rojas in Queens, a well-known advocate for safer streets, became a victim of the very issue she has been fighting against. While crossing 78th Street near 35th Avenue in Jackson Heights, she was struck by a driver, resulting in a broken arm, bruises, and undoubtedly, a shaken belief in the safety of her community’s streets.

The driver, who was making a left turn, failed to yield, knocking González-Rojas to the ground. Although the driver was not speeding, which possibly prevented more severe injuries or fatal consequences, the accident raises significant concerns about visibility and road safety in urban intersections.

González-Rojas pointed out the poor visibility at the intersection, a problem exacerbated by the lack of effective daylighting—a method that improves visibility by keeping corners clear of parked cars. This incident underscores the critical need for such safety measures in urban planning and road design.

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Location of the fatal hit and run accidentAs pedestrian accident lawyers, we have seen the devastating aftermath of road accidents far too often. The recent tragedy involving Yvonne Sandiford, a cherished 79-year-old Brooklyn resident, is a reminder that our streets are failing the most vulnerable among us.

The accident, which unfolded on a dangerous street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, involved not one, but two hit-and-run drivers. It is a grim portrayal of the violence that can occur on our roads — violence that should be met with the same urgency and prevention as any other act of violence in our society.

It is deeply troubling that this fatal crash occurred within what is designated as a Senior Pedestrian Zone — areas where the city has pledged to enhance safety for older residents. Yet, the intersection of Herkimer Street and New York Avenue, notorious for being perilous, had seen no safety upgrades. This is not just a failure of infrastructure but a failure of duty to protect those who are most at risk.

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location of the car crash on 47th street and Queens BoulevardThe legal world frequently encounters instances of repeat offenders, individuals who, despite having faced the consequences of their actions, find themselves entangled with the law again. The story of Michael Moreno from Stormville, NY, is one such  reminder.

In October 2015, Gabriela Aguilar-Vallinos, a dedicated waitress, was fatally struck while cycling home from work. The individual behind the wheel, Michael Moreno, did not stop. After two weeks of silence, Moreno turned himself in to the authorities. His decision to wait meant that key evidence, such as alcohol involvement, was lost.

The court found Moreno guilty of criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. He was sentenced to six years in prison, providing some solace to Gabriela’s grieving family and the community.

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Enough bicycle deaths in NYCA 19-year-old is in critical condition  after was struck by an SUV in Dyker Heights on Sunday.  This tragic event highlights the importance of understanding the legal implications surrounding bicycle accidents and the need for both cyclists and drivers to prioritize safety on our roads.

Last Sunday afternoon, a 19-year-old man was riding an e-bike on 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights when tragedy struck. A gray BMW, traveling down 73rd Street, collided with the young cyclist at the intersection. Eyewitnesses reported that the impact was so severe that the young man was propelled under a blue Honda parked at the corner. He remained trapped under the vehicle for several minutes until the FDNY successfully extricated him from the wreckage and rushed him to hospital in critical condition.

The driver of the BMW, who remained at the scene following the accident, expressed her distress and concern. She told News 12 that she had done everything in her power to avoid colliding with the young man. Her statement underscores the often complex and multifaceted nature of bicycle accidents, where several factors can contribute to a collision.