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NYC Crash Mapper

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics 2017:

From Jan, 2017 – Nov, 2017 10,852 Total Crashes

Traffic Fatalities

06 Cyclist
18 Pedestrians
13 Motorist
37 Total

Injuries 4,203

Cyclist 1,536
Ped 3,078
Motorist 10,746
Total: 15,360

Contributing Factors to Crash

10,17 Unspecified Cause
2,982 Driver Inattention / Distraction
1,498 Failure to Yield Right-of-Way
1,040 Following Too Closely
599 Traffic Control Disregarded
378 Pedestrian / Bicyclist / Other Pedestrian Error / Confusion
373 Unsafe Speed
337 Other Vehicular
332 Passing or Lane Usage Improper
235 Turning Improperly
228 Backing Unsafely
214 Alcohol Involvement
186 Driver Inexperience
177 Unsafe Lane Changing
152 View Obstructed / Limited
149 Reaction to Other Un-involved Vehicle
120Pavement Slippery
60 Aggressive Driving / Road Rage
50 Fell Asleep
50 Brakes Defective
43 Glare
35 Lost Consciousness
30 Illness
28 Outside Car Distraction
27 Passenger Distraction
26 Fatigued / Drowsy
24 Oversized Vehicle
20 Pavement Defective
19 Drugs (Illegal)
18 Obstruction / Debris
17 Steering Failure
13 Failure to Keep Right
13 Traffic Control Device Improper / Non-Working
10 Driver less / Runaway Vehicle
10 Tire Failure / Inadequate
8 Accelerator Defective
8 Driver Inattention / Distraction,Unspecified
8 Animals Action
5 Following Too Closely,Unspecified
5 Unspecified,Unspecified
4 Cell Phone (hand-held)
4 “Driver Inattention / Distraction”
4 Headlights Defective
4 Failure to Yield Right-of-Way,Unspecified
3 “Other Vehicular”
3 Prescription Medication
2 “Passing or Lane Usage Improper”
2 “Failure to Yield Right-of-Way”
2 Other Electronic Device
2 Lane Marking Improper / Inadequate
2 Physical Disability
1 Driver Inexperience,Unspecified
1 Following Too Closely,Unspecified,Unspecified
1 Driver Inattention / Distraction,Other Vehicular
1 Unsafe Lane Changing,Unspecified
1 Other Vehicular,Other Vehicular,Following Too Closely
1 “Turning Improperly”
1 Following Too Closely,Following Too Closely
1 Cell Phone (hands-free)
1 Other Vehicular,Unspecified
1 “Following Too Closely”
1 Brakes Defective,Unspecified
1 “Traffic Control Disregarded”
1 “Steering Failure”
1 Failure to Yield Right-of-Way,Aggressive Driving / Road Rage
1 Aggressive Driving / Road Rage,Unspecified
1 Tow Hitch Defective
1 Passing or Lane Usage Improper,Passing or Lane Usage Improper,Unspecified
1 Passing or Lane Usage Improper,Driver Inattention / Distraction

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If you have been injured in a car accident, you can receive compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other related expenses by hiring a New York Car Accident Lawyer.

Delivery boy struck and killed in Brooklyn

On his way to work, crossing 23rd a 15 year old is struck and killed by a BMW sedan. The driver and 2 of its occupants stayed at the scene. The driver as described by witnesses was hysterical unable to comprehend this horrific incident.

The 15-year-old, identified as Edwin Ajacalon was working as a delivery boy to support his family in Guatemala.

Boy riding bike struck, killed by car in Brooklyn

Boy riding bike struck, killed by car in Brooklyn

“Edwin Ajacalon was just trying to support his family. He was just a kid. A speeding car took his life.” Says Paul Ajlouny, New York Car Accident Lawyer.

Pedestrian – Cyclist accidents on NYC streets leave us all unnerved. Already beginning 2017 five+ people have been killed while riding their bicycles in New York.

Cyclist killed by truck driver in Greenpoint hit-and-run Jul 25, 2017
Eight Killed by Truck Attack on NYC Path | Bicycling Nov 1, 2017
Cyclist killed in hit-and-run | New York Post Sep 30, 2017
Cyclist Killed by Box Truck Driver Turning in TriBeCa Sep 14, 2017

Cyclist safety advocates have been shedding light on bicycle/vehicle collisions, and community efforts to reduce the number of people killed or severely injured while riding NY city streets.

Families of Crash Victims Call for Action at City Hall on World Day of Remembrance 

Nearly 300 people gathered to press City Hall for safer street designs and Albany for an expansion of NYC’s speed camera program.|

NYC Motorists Injured 1,271 Pedestrians and Cyclists in September, and Killed 13. City Hall reported 97 pedestrians and cyclists killed through September, and 10,345 injured, compared to 113 deaths and 11,223 injuries in the first nine months of 2016.

If you’ve been injured by a speeding/distracted driver while riding through New York, contact an New York City bicycle accident lawyer TODAY!

Teen run over by fleeing driver Levittown

18-year-old Taranjit Parma from Long Island was run over and killed by another driver after she got out of her vehicle following a minor collision 5 minuites from home, authorities say.

Taranjit Parmar was driving a 2018 Jeep east on Hempstead Turnpike shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday when a red pickup truck trying to turn east near Gardiners Lane in Levittown hit her vehicle, police say.

Both drivers according to witnesses immediately pulled off the road after the accident. Parmar stepped out of her SUV. When she did, the pickup driver hit her with his truck and ran her over, leaving her to die in the street.

Parmar was pronounced dead at a hospital a short time later with trauma to the head and chest area.

“I heard her saying, ‘Stop, stop, stop’ and she held onto his truck and he actually dragged her 25, 30 feet to there,” said Paul Signorile, Eyewitness.

Taranjit-Parmar

Nassau County Police seeking driver of red pickup who ran down and killed
Taranjit Parmar moments after this fender bender. 5PM yesterday on Hempstead Tpke in Levittown.

New York car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny weighs in on this horrific story. ” We see hit & runs all the time, and like most other hit in runs its just a matter of time before this person will either turn him or herself in,  or they are identified by someone who know something. This is a senseless tragedy, leaving grieving family members in sorrow.

There are reports that Taranjit Parmar was on the phone with her mother as this horrific tragedy happened. As a father myself the pain would be unbearable. Condolences to the Pamar family.

Any driver, when an accident causes injury or death, a driver who leaves the scene of an accident can be subject to serious criminal charges such as “felony hit and run. In this case, the driver who caused the death of this precious young women, there is no where to hide. Turn yourself in!” Say’s Mr. Ajliouny.

Detectives request anyone with information regarding the incident or who may have seen some or all of the accident to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.

 

$10.5M to Brooklyn grandmother who lost leg in 2012 hit & run

A civil jury has awarded 10.5 million to a Brooklyn grandmother who lost her leg after an out-of-control driver ran into her at a city bus stop.

The 63-year-old grandmother Deborah Munize, had her whole world turn upside-down early morning, April 14, 2012, as she waited to take the bus to church.

A black cab, driven by then-20-year-old Maximo Espinal, jumped the curb at Montrose and Graham Aves. in Williamsburg.

Espinal after striking Munize drove off leaving his car’s bumper and license plate in the middle of the street. he ended up tuning himself in to NYPD 90th precinct stationhouse.

He pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and served two years in prison.

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Who do you sue?

Civil Liability and Compensation in a Hit and Run Accident Case

“Hit and run traffic accident are more severe than any ordinary traffic accident, because the responsible driver has fled the scene.

According to New York Car Accident Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny, “This is now an intentional or reckless act causing harm — a criminal act”. In New York the victim is covered under No-Fault insurance.

No-fault insurance pay medical bills and lost earnings when an individual is injured in from a car accident, regardless of who was at fault for the crash. A no-fault claim is typically made through the personal injury protection (PIP) provisions of a car insurance policy. New York is a no-fault state.

 

71 Million To Injured Passenger In 2012 Crash

Morgan Wang, a former Cornell student has won a $71 million verdict from a Manhattan jury Thursday. Morgan was a passenger in a vehicle crash on Aug. 20, 2012 that left her with a fractured back and spinal cord injury.

Her injuries left her with no feeling in her feat requiring that she use a leg brace.

Morgan Wang received a spinal injury resulting in paralysis of the legs.

Morgan Wang received a spinal injury resulting in paralysis of the legs.

The driver at the time, Cornell grad Neil Sexton, had fallen asleep at the wheel. He smashed right into a Chrysler minivan on State Route seventy nine, killing a passenger.

 Cornell University student Morgan Wang was nearly killed in a horrific car crash in 2012 wins 71Million verdict

Cornell University student Morgan Wang was nearly killed in a horrific car crash in 2012 wins 71Million verdict.

Compensation Breakdown:

  • $5 million for past pain and suffering
  • $6 million for future pain and suffering
  • $60 million for medical care

The accident changed the course of Wang’s life. She was unable to finish school. According to Morgan Wang’s lawyer, Cornell’s hilly landscape made it difficult for Morgan to navigate in a wheelchair.

Morgan’s life has gone from being an active you women to rehabilitation and pain management.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of adults in the U.S. have driven while drowsy one-third of people have actually fallen asleep at the wheel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conservatively estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year. This results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in monetary losses. These figures may be the tip of the iceberg, since currently it is difficult to attribute crashes to sleepiness. Read More

Drowsy driving crashes can result in high personal and economic costs.

  • Several drowsy driving incidents have resulted in jail sentences for the driver.
  • Multi-million dollar settlements have been awarded to families of crash victims as a result of lawsuits filed against individuals as well as businesses whose employees were involved in drowsy driving crashes.

New York car accident lawyer shares insight on drowsy driving, “Driving while sleep-deprived as seen in the above accident can be very dangerous. If the driver falls asleep at the wheel, accidents, even fatal accidents can happen. Vehicles can drift out their lane causing head-on collisions. Accidents like this take lives, change lives, forever.” said Mr. Ajlouny.

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MTA bus, tour bus collide in Queens

In a tragic turn of event this morning in Flushing, New York 2 buses crashed leaving destruction and injured victims scattered in the streets of Queens, NY.  Innocent bystanders just walking casually down the street become victims to  this deadly crash. 3 dead 16 injured according to eyewitness reports after a tour bus “speeding” down a busy Queens street crashes into an MTA bus this Monday, September 18, 2017.

The Dahlia Travel and Tours charter bus slammed into the Q20 MTA bus around 6:15 a.m. at Northern Blvd. and Main St., in Flushing, New York sending both buses careening onto the sidewalk and killing a pedestrian, NYPD said.

Witnesses describe the tour bus as flying down the congested street of Flushing when the collision happened.

The accident scene was chaotic with injured victims crying and screaming. People were pinned under the front of the city bus. One man’s head was split open, with many other people hurt. Reports indicate that one victim died on the scene, one at Elmhurt Hospital, and a third victim at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Queens. Six of the passengers stated in critical condition, one individual in serious but stable condition and nine others suffering minor injuries.

Onlookers watched as a bloodied man was removed on a stretcher wearing a neck-brace. There was shattered glass all over the block. One driver lay traumatized up against a pole. Another man lay on his side while being treated by an NY firefighter.

The driver in one of the buses was pinned and needed to be excavated.

Authorities are investigating a report that the charter bus ran a red light. The impact sent the city bus spinning onto the sidewalk.

NYPD’s 109th Precinct, in a post on Twitter, wrote that the collision was “very serious” and caused heavy traffic delays.

flushing bus crash | Three killed, 16 injured after tour bus slams into MTA bus in Queens.

Flushing bus crash | Three killed, 16 injured after tour bus slams into MTA bus in Queens.

FDNY rushed to extinguish small fires, shut off leaking gas in a nearby buildings struck by the out-of-control buses, officials said.

Tour Bus Collision - 3 Dead

Tour Bus Collision – 3 Dead

MTA Charter Crash - Scene in Flushing

MTA Charter Crash – Scene in Flushing

Update:

On Monday afternoon, police identified the victims as Raymond Mong, 49, of College Point Boulevard in College Point, who operated the tour bus; Gregory Liljefors, 55, of 140th Street in Flushing, a passenger on board the Q20 bus; and Henry Wdowiak, 68, of 35th Avenue in Flushing, a pedestrian who was walking at the intersection when the crash occurred.

Dahlia Travel and Tours Bus History

In February 2016, a Dahlia Travel and Tours bus bound for Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut rolled over during a snowstorm. 36 people were taken to the hospital. The tour company is based in Flushing.

According to the state police, the bus struck a guardrail and flipped onto its side shortly before 12:30 p.m. near the Exit 61 off ramp of I-95 north. In all, 36 people were taken to hospitals and medical clinics, police said.

Of the 16 people taken to Yale-New Haven Hospital, four were described as being in critical condition, hospital spokesman Mark D’Antonio said Tuesday. Three of six additional patients who were transferred to Yale-New Haven from Middlesex Hospital in Middletown also were listed in critical condition, he said.

Source:

http://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-madison-overturned-bus-0209-20160208-story.htmlhttp://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-madison-overturned-bus-0209-20160208-story.html

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Deadly streets for cyclists in New York

Bicyclist in the last week have been hit and killed on the streets of New York.

Three bicyclists were struck by a van during the NYC Century Bike Tour on Sunday morning, critically injuring one of them, police said. The alleged driver of the van, 39-year-old Abel Pina of Brooklyn, was arrested on charges of vehicular assault, driving without a license and driving while impaired.

EAST FLATBUSH — A 35 year old cyclist suffered life-threatening injuries when he appeared to ride into a busy intersection ( at Utica Ave. and Empire Blvd. in Crown Heights) and get struck by livery cab driver Thursday morning, according to police and dramatic video of the incident.

A box truck fatally struck a cyclist on a LOWER MANHATTAN street corner Thursday afternoon, slamming into her while making a right turn, police said. The 38-year-old truck driver was headed east on Walker St. at about 5:45 p.m. when he turned right onto Broadway, striking Yan Jindee, 48, cops said.

A bicyclist was slammed by an MTA bus on Thursday afternoon — and is clinging to life in the hospital, officials said. The cyclist was riding on Kissena Boulevard near the intersection of Peck Avenue in FLUSHING at about 1 pm when the bike crossed over the center line and crashed into a Q17 bus that was headed in the opposite direction.

Twenty people died in New York City traffic in June, and 5,514 were injured, according to City Hall’s Vision Zero View crash data map.

  •  56 pedestrians and cyclists killed by city motorists through June
  • 6,915 injured
  • 11 motor vehicle occupants died in the city in June
  • 4,190 were injured MVA occupants

Five pedestrians and four cyclists were fatally struck by drivers.

Motorists killed two 80 year old men in June:

  • Jason Tseng
  • Michael Mamoukakis

City wide cyclist collisions:

  • 805 pedestrians
  • 519 cyclists

Of eight fatal crashes on New York streets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death.

Chelsea cyclist Dan Hanegby swerved into the path of the charter bus driver who killed him, though video later revealed the driver sideswiped Hanegby while attempting to pass.

A charter bus driver killed cyclist Michael Mamoukakis. Both drivers were off-route, and both crashes occurred in the 10th Precinct, where bus companies commonly use streets where buses aren’t supposed to be. Though both Hanegby and Mamoukakis appeared to have the right of way, no charges were filed by NYPD or Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance in either case.

Cyclists Corbin Carr and Ronald Burke were killed within hours of one another in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Both victims ran red lights are said to have run red lights. Witnesses said Burke was struck from behind by a motorist traveling in the same direction, contradicting NYPD’s initial account of the crash. The driver who hit Burke fled the scene.

Daniel Nelson and Gabriel Garcia were killed while walking in Staten Island and the Bronx, respectively, by hit-and-run drivers who were not immediately caught or identified.

According to New York car accident attorney Paul Ajlouny, “Most drivers who strike people in NYC are not charged. Nearly half of motorists who kill a NYC pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for negligent driving.” says Mr. Ajlouny.

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Witness Account of Cyclist struck in New York

In the first seven months of both years, 11 cyclists throughout the city have been killed motor vehicle collisions. In total, 2016 saw 18 cyclist fatalities. A number of high-profile deaths have moved the cycling community to demand greater safety measures from the city.

When Cities Won’t Protect Bike Lanes, ‘Human Bollards’ Step Up

New York City’s signature green-painted bike lanes have spread nearly as fast as Duane Reades and Chase Banks, it seems. But many new lanes are unprotected by physical barriers, which help make safe rides for drivers and cyclists alike.

RESOURCES:

nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Bicyclist-Struck-During-Brooklyn-Bike-Tour-Driver-in-Custody-NYPD-443575653.html

nypost.com/2017/09/11/woman-struck-by-car-in-midtown/

nypost.com/2017/09/07/cyclist-struck-by-mta-bus-in-flushing/

patch.com/new-york/gramercy-murray-hill/cars-have-killed-11-cyclists-so-far-year

citylab.com/transportation/2017/09/when-bike-lanes-are-protected-by-human-bollards/538674/?utm_source=SFTwitter?utm_source=twb

nyc.streetsblog.org/2017/08/01/nyc-drivers-injured-1324-pedestrians-and-cyclists-in-june-and-killed-nine/

NYC Pedestrian, Cyclist Crash Stats 2017

Just out new statistics New York City drivers injured 1,250 Pedestrians and Cyclists in May, and Killed Seven. That number does not count the recent deaths of a teen skateboarder who police say was killed in a hit-and-run in Brooklyn, cyclist fatally struck by garbage truck driver in hit-and-run and Kevin Zeng, 25, hit by an MTA bus while chasing his skateboard.

First 5 Months in 2017 Fatalities:

  • 46 pedestrians /cyclists
  • 5,577 injured

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  • Xin Kang Wang, 74
  • Alyssa Elsman, 18
  • Jinhe Niu 67
  • Robert Falk 89
  • Kevin Zeng 25
  • Dan Hanegby, 36
  • Michael Mamoikakis. 80
  • Thomas Bradley Jr., 52
  • Darton Besler, 73
  • Ramone Fores, 33
  • Evedette Sanchez, 39 in Dec.
  • Hermanda Booker, 29
  • Corbin Carr, 17

Injured in NYC MVA:

  • 857 pedestrians
  • 393 cyclist

Crashes Endangering Pedestrians

Only two motorists were charged for causing a death. There is a current outcry in New York City streets that NYPD should hold these drivers responsible for their negligence. Many feel that the NYPD has been laying blame on the cyclist victims killed in these accidents.

Far too many cyclists and pedestrians in NYC have been prematurely blamed for their own deaths. However with the number of deaths just in the beginning of this year it’s clear that the streets of New York have a problem keeping cyclists and pedestrians safe.

SUV Driver Hits Skateboarder and Drives Away:

Bicyclists Killed By Garbage Truck

 

Do you need to speak to a New York pedestrian accident attorney? Ajlouny Injury Law can answer your question for FREE. We help NYC clients’ who are injured or who have lost a loved from a New York City auto accident, truck accident, or bus accident. Contact us now to discuss your case. 718-233-3913

Resources:

  1. http://nyc.streetsblog.org/2017/06/20/nyc-drivers-injured-1250-pedestrians-and-cyclists-in-may-and-killed-seven/
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cycling_in_New_York_City

SERIOUS SUV ACCIDENT NYC

HERE YOU WILL SEE FDNY AND NYPD RESPONDING TO, AND THE NYPD ONLY, ON SCENE OF A VERY SERIOUS MVA ACCIDENT ON EAST 64TH STREET AND MADISON ON THE UPPER EAST SIDE AREA OF MANHATTAN IN NEW YORK CITY.

Memorial Day Traffic Advisory

One of the busiest traffic weekends memorial day weekend travel enjoy a safe holiday. Check out the traffic advisory provided by AAA.

Traffic Advisory for Memorial Day Weekend, 2017 |

Traffic Advisory for Memorial Day Weekend, 2017

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