Nascar Fatal Crash Upstate New York

11 Aug

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr., who had climbed from his car and was on the track trying to confront Stewart during a race in upstate New York on Saturday night.

Stewart is visibly shaken by this accident,authorities report. This is an on-track crash and not criminal. There are no charges pending.  Just sadness and grief for all parties involved. Just tragic. Prayers to the Ward family in their time of loss. A young man lost his life, that’s the bottom line.

Car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny weighs in on this tragic fatal crash. “It’s such a sad tragedy, this was not intentional as the videos show. Just a shocking accident.  All we can think about is the family and friends of  Kevin Ward Jr. that they be strong in this very sad time. “


Breaking, Car Accident Bronx Expressway

9 Aug

Five people were injured in a car accident Saturday morning on the Cross Bronx Expressway in Morris Heights.

The accident happened at about 10:15 a.m. near the Jerome Avenue exit when an Nissan SUV collided with a tractor trailer.

Witnesses reported women were seen screaming in the SUV after the glass on the back window shattered.

Four of the five people were rushed to Jacobi Medical Center in serious but stable condition, authorities said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the child suffered serious injuries.


Bronx Expressway car accident. SUV collides with tractor trailer.

Bronx Expressway Car Accident

The Cross Bronx Expressway is an intricate part of New York’s mode of transportation that connects to New York’s Interstate highway stretching six lane for 8.3 miles, running through South Bronx.

The Bronx Expressway is congested with delivery vans, 18-wheelers, garbage trucks, log carriers, cement trucks and motorists just like you and me. So definitely attentive driver safety is required to get through this stretch of dangerous highway.

Dangers of the Cross Bronx Expressway

The Cross Bronx Expressway, has quite a few problems with the road that include horizontal sight distance causing vehicles to slow down, no median shoulder, a  lack of paved outside shoulders, stop and go vehicles, the need for speed, adding up to a hazardous situation if not paying 100% attention.

The Bronx Expressway is also poorly lit, the road pavement is rough and faulty. The Expressway does not offer service roads. At the street level termini of ramps, numerous turning options are available at the intersections. This, along with short weaving distances between the off-ramp/service road merge and downstream signals, creates a potential for accidents.

New York’s highway connecting through the Bronx connect to a trio of highways (Major Deegan Expressway, Bruckner Expressway, and the New England Thruway) bisected by the Cross Bronx Expressway. Four parkways (Henry Hudson, Mosholu, Bronx River, and Hutchinson River), along with the Grand Concourse, provide alternatives for north/south passenger car traffic.

There is no avoiding congestion when trying to cross between the East and West Bronx. Lest not forget the Bronx River, Bronx River Parkway, Woodlawn Cemetery, and Bronx Park while traveling through the Cross Bronx and Bruckner expressways.

That moment when your rear-ended by a tractor trailer, especially with children on board, can be traumatizing.  These types of car accidents can leave serious injury, and even fatalities.

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If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in car accident on the Cross Bronx Expressway, you need an attorney understands how dangerous the state’s roads are and has handled such serious accidents.

Call now to speak to a car accident attorney in New York if you or someone you love has been involved in a crash involving a delivery van, 18-wheeler, garbage truck, log carrier, cement truck, or another motorist.  Know your rights.



$2 Million Settlement Over Deadly Car Accident

8 Aug
high risk police persuit

high-speed vehicle pursuits can have fatal outcomes.

After a long year of suffering for the family of Tamon Robinson, a Brooklyn man who died in a collision with a police car, New York City has finally agreed to a $2 million wrongful death settlement.

Tamon Robinson died in April 2012 during a police chase in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Officers said they had caught the 23-year-old digging up paving stones.

The police accident report said the vehicle was stopped when Robinson ran into it, fell and hit his head. Witnesses disputed that.

“They hit him,” described a witness, who says she watched the the whole thing go down, from her 8th floor apartment window. “He flew up and he came down. They backed the car up, and they told him to get up. People were yelling out their windows screaming at the cops, ‘We saw what you did.’”

Both NYPD and NYFD at first described Robinson’s injuries as non-life threatening, but on the day of the incident, according to reported eye-witnesses, the police at the scene pulled Robinson from under the car, yelling “Wake up! Wake up!” before bouncing him off the hood of the car.

The city’s law department called it a “fair and reasonable settlement.” Fair and reasonable will never we enough for the grieving family in this tragic loss.

And to add insult to injury, in October 2012, city officials apologized for sending a $700 bill to the family for damage to the police vehicle.

Robinson’s mother, Laverne Dobbinson, tells the Daily News ( ) that she still wants action taken against the officers.

The Brooklyn district attorney’s office continues to investigate.  In he end justice for Tamon Robinson prevails. Hopefully the family can now start to recover.

Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer, wrongful death attorney reminds us of an incident involving a NYPD car chase just this year.  A car pursued by NYPD, on 79th Street and Park Avenue in Manhattan, through the Upper West Side, Central Park and Upper East Side, striking a pedestrian and sending people around fleeing in terror.

The struck pedestrian suffered minor injuries, including bruising and scraps to his left leg and right arm.  The question that we all have to think about is when should police not be in pursuit?

According to Mr. Ajlouny, “On a national average, crashes from police chases and police response calls kill more than one person a day, and one-third of the people killed are innocent bystanders.” The NYPD needs to figure out when a chase is NOT a good idea. High risk police pursuits take innocent lives.

According to a report in 2010 by the FBI:

Police pursuit give light to some frightening statistics. First, the majority of police pursuits involve a stop for a traffic violation. Second, one person dies every day as a result of a police pursuit. On average, from 1994 through 1998, one law enforcement officer was killed every 11 weeks in a pursuit, and 1 percent of all U.S. law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty lost their lives in vehicle pursuits. Innocent third parties who just happened to be in the way constitute 42 percent of persons killed or injured in police pursuits. Further, 1 out of every 100 high-speed pursuits results in a fatality.

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One of the dilemmas faced by Police officers is whether or not to continue a suspect chase. What are the consequences of proceeding or ending a dangerous pursuit? In the circumstance of Tamon Robinson a reasonable approach was obviously not made now that NYC police have offered the family a 2 million dollar settlement for their tragic loss. How badly did you want to catch a guy that committed a petty crime — at what cost?  Does the need to chase and apprehend out weigh public safety? What do  you think NYC?





Pedestrian killed by hit and run driver – Memorial Art

6 Aug

Luis Bravo was killed by a hit and run driver in Woodside, Queens, last year. Police have not found the driver. The number of you children and teens and killed by vehicles in New York City streets has almost doubled between 2011 and 2013.

Luis Bravo, a young man and a friend, 18 and 19, were walking on east on Broadway in Woodside when he was hit by the driver of a dark-colored sedan, that was traveling south on 58th Street.

Luis was the fifth New York City pedestrian within a two weeks period time frame to be killed by a driver that fled the scene. In three of the five crashes, the driver was caught.

They never did apprehend the driver that struck Luis.

Luis Bravo pedestrian killed

Luis Bravo was killed by a hit and run driver in Woodside, Queens.

The hit and run fatal crash happened at 108th Precinct, where four other pedestrians have been killed by reckless drivers in 2013.

Paul Ajlouny, New York personal Injury attorney, weighs in, “Hit-and-run crashes and fatalities are out of control in New York.  comments Mr. Ajlouny, “hopefully heartbreaking street art in memory of the victims will open the eyes of everyone involved, pedestrians and motorists alike.”

2014 Hit and Run Accidents:

  • A teenager involved in hit-and-run accident in the Bronx. The 17-year-old pedestrian was crossing the street near Grand Concourse and East 176th.
  • Man killed by hit and run driver. A hit-and-run driver ­fatally struck a Brooklyn pedestrian crossing the street. Bryan Loughran, 32, was crossing Gerritsen Avenue in Marine Park at 2:45 a.m. when he was struck.
  • Former NYPD cop charged with hit-and-run of teen. An NYPD cop who retired on disability was arrested for a Long Island hit-and-run accident that killed a 13-year-old girl with Down syndrome.
  • A young man miraculously survived getting mowed down by a driver who was racing down a Queens sidewalk — suffering only minor injuries despite the horrific impact.
  • Good Samaritan chases down hit-and-run driver. A Good Samaritan chased down a hit-and-run driver who rammed into a mechanic working on a Brooklyn sidewalk.
  • A man riding a dirt bike through the streets of East Harlem was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident.
  • 68-year-old severely injured by hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn while attempting to cross the street.
  • Bicyclist struck, killed by BMW on hit-and-run rampage. A BMW driver struck and killed a bicyclist in Bushwick and then hit an SUV while fleeing the wrong way down a one-way street.
  • Man fatally struck by hit-and-run driver in Queens. Cops are looking for a dark Chevy Blazer that struck and killed a man in Long Island City. Police identified the victim as Kumar Ragunath, 64, of Jamaica.
  • A Manhattan widow says the city needs to reconsider a slow zone that the DOT rejected just two days before her husband was killed by a hit-and-run driver. Antonio Ramirez,…
  • Cops hunting ATV biker who ‘mowed down officer’. Cops are looking for this bone-headed biker who allegedly mowed down a cop in East New York.
  • Man struck in Lower East Side hit-run. A man is clinging to life after a hit-and-run accident on the Lower East Side, cops said. The victim was attempting to cross Hester Street and Bowery.

Pedestrian Killed In Bronx Memorial Art

6 Aug

What a beautiful way to remember loved ones who have been sadly taken from family members in fatal traffic accidents. Dante Curry was killed in the Bronx by a driver who was traveling 65 mph in a 30 mph zone. The driver received a $60 speeding ticket.

Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer gets traffic accident claims practically everyday.   “These are heartbreaking and probably a good reminder to everyone that we share the streets as pedestrians and drivers.

The street art as a memorial to the accident victims, would make people think twice when crossing a street and or driving.” states Mr. Ajlouny.


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Memorial Art remembering Dante Curry killed in Bronx by speeding car.

Relating to pedestrian deaths, NYPD reports, if things keep pace with the first 12 days of 2014, there could be more than 200 such deaths by the end of the year. Police data shows there were 156 fatalities in 2013, an increase from 152 in 2012 and 142 in 2011.

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Double-Decker Bus Crash NYC

5 Aug

14 people were injured when two double-decker buses collided in Times Square in Midtwon, Tuesday afternoon, causing a traffic light pole to topple over and smash onto the ground, according to NYPD and NYFD.

The buses crashed at 7th Avenue and West 47th Street, near the famously red-staircased TKTS booth in the middle of one of the most heavily trafficked areas of New York City.

It’s not clear what caused the collision, and the NYPD said investigators were still on the scene investigating.

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14 injured so far. Double Decker buses collide in New York Times Square.

Double Decker Bus Crash

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New York Used Car Repair Rule

3 Aug

It looks like not only will the manufacturers such as BMW, Hyundai and General Motors be responsible for faulty defects, but also the dealers that sell used vehicles with safety defects, without having had them repaired first. Makes sense right?

Crashes Caused By Defects

Crashes involving about 2.6 million cars that are linked to 54 crashes and 13 deaths.

If you know the car has a defect you should be required to sell it to me in good condition, not look the other way. All vehicles should be safe and roadworthy before being sold.

New York City officials want dealers to repair cars under recall. Selling a car with the full knowledge that it is a hazard on wheels hold them just as responsible as the manufacturer of the vehicle.

Over 200 subpoenas have been sent to dealerships asking how many used vehicles were sold this last year while under recall had not been repaired, and whether consumers told of the defects before the sale of the vehicle.

According to emailed statements from Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen, used-car dealers, like consumers, can take recalled vehicles to franchised dealerships for free repairs. Dealership don’t want to take the time to do this — they just want to sell the car.

Some dealerships see this as “babysitting the consumer” and unnecessary use of manpower that cost money.

General Motors has the burden now of fixing faulty ignition switches in older cars, a defect linked to at least 13 deaths. Already, automakers have recalled a record 37.5 million vehicles this year in the United States, including about 25.5 million from General Motors.

Honda has recalled 8.9 million vehicles worldwide for faulty air bags. On Tuesday, the automaker confirmed that it wanted consumers buying recalled cars that had not yet been fixed to sign statements acknowledging that they could be “injured or killed” by the air bags in a crash.

Such sales will be prohibited in New York City under the Consumer Affairs Department’s more aggressive recall stance, however, with or without a signed acknowledgment of risk.

The city is relying on its subpoenas, along with a news release, to get the word out about the change in policy. It does not plan to directly communicate anything to the roughly 800 dealerships it licenses.

New York auto accident attorney, Paul Ajlouny, states that “with this New York law in place, no vehicle will be sold without addressing the recall issue thus lowering the possible fatality from the vehicles defect, It’s about protecting the consumer!”


**How to Check for Recalls on Your Car**


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