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Driver dies in fiery crash in Bronx

A driver on a Bronx highway died after sideswiping another vehicle and slamming into a pole early Saturday, cops said. Saturday, January 13, 2018, 3:15 a.m.

William Santana from Queens, NY, was speeding when he struck the Lincoln MKZ on the Major Deegan Expressway on Saturday, about 3:15 a.m. Santana died in the fiery crash.

William Santana, 47 a Queens man died in a fiery crash on a Bronx highway early Saturday, police said.

William Santana, 47 a Queens man died in a fiery crash on a Bronx highway Saturday AM

William Santana, 47, was behind the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz on the Major Deegan Expressway, when he sideswiped an SUV, and slammed into a wall, causing his car to explode into flames, according to police.

The vehicles were traveling south side by side when Santana, who was in the left lane, veered into the middle lane, striking the side of the SUV. First respondents upon arrival on the scene found the Mercedes-Benz engulfed in fire on a grassy area, Santana, died at the scene.

Recent Crashes On Bronx-bound Major Deegan Expressway:

New York Car Accident Lawyer Paul Ajlouny of the NY Law Firm Ajlouny Injury Law weighs in on this tragic accident.

“This unfortunate accident appears to have been caused by excessive speed. A safe speed should always be maintained while driving on any highway transportation. In most accidents speed is the reason for most traffic accidents. Other factors for highway accidents include weather related hazards (icy roads), distracted driving, fatigue and drinking. Condolences are offered out to the Santana family. Our prayers and hearts are with the family.” says Mr. Ajlouny.

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Missing stop sign cause of Queens crash

A missing stop sign has from a Queens intersection for months, minded after numerous complaints — is cause of a crash that injured three people, including an infant.

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A stop sign missing from a Queens intersection led to a crash that injured three people, including an infant.

An Uber car was T-boned by another vehicle when the livery car went through an intersection where the sign should have been at 225th Street and 120th Avenue in Cambria Heights at 1:10 p.m.

The driver and his 2 passengers were hospitalized with minor injuries. Neighbors claim to have previously complained to 311 and community board meetings about the missing sign, to no avail.

The city DOT said that they replaced the sign later Thursday night, and, after a search of its records, found no recent reports of a missing sign at the intersection.

Damaged or Missing Traffic Signs

DOT prioritizes repairs to signs which have a direct impact on safety. These include Stop signs, One Way signs, Do Not Enter signs, Yield signs and certain school signs. Report a traffic sign that is missing, illegible, or vandalized

New York Car Accident Lawyer Paul Ajlouny explains the legalities of missing or obscured traffic signs. “Missing stop sign can be blown down by wind, falling tree’s, hit by other motorists, removed by pranksters, or by highway construction. The question being.. Is the the driver at fault for this type of car accident?

It really depends on existing record of neighborhood complaints of a missing traffic sign. Whether a sign is missing or not safety precautions are required at intersections as a rule of thumb. There are many factors to consider and a personal injury lawyer would be able to look at the incident and investigate who’s at fault.” says Mr. Ajlouny.

Resources:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/contact/customer-service.shtml

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2017 Vision Zero Progress

In 2017, under leadership, our work helped fuel a historic drop in pedestrian fatalities through a record number of street safety redesigns & turning treatments, & by reprogramming traffic signals to give pedestrians a head start .

These figures prove that for New York City’s pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists, Vision Zero is the only way forward. According to the mayor 2017 was the safest year on record! The streets of New York City have been the safest they’ve ever been since 1910.

The city reports that last year, there were 214 traffic fatalities, of which 101 were pedestrian deaths. In 2016, there were 231 total fatalities, with 148 being pedestrians. The Department of Transportation and the NYPD also report that there was one fatality among school-aged pedestrian children, the fewest ever in the city for children under 17. All boroughs, apart from Brooklyn, saw fewer traffic deaths and Queens experienced the fewest fatalities ever.

“Yes, the Vision Zero Initiative under Mayor de Blasio, in New York has been very aggressive”according to New York Car Accident Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny. “The city has done that with safer street design and safer traffic signals, not with “distracted walking” crackdowns. There is still a lot of work to do. Statistics in 2017 show that 23 cyclists lost their lives on NYC streets due to speeding vehicles.

In an increased Vision Zero push, the city kicked off a series of new safety and road improvement projects last year that included the installation of 25 miles of protected bike lanes, continuing the redesign of Queens Boulevard, and adjusting traffic signal phases to align with the city’s 25 MPH speed limit.

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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

 

Top Contributing Factors to Crash

  1. 10,17 Unspecified Cause
  2. 2,982 Driver Inattention / Distraction
  3. 1,498 Failure to Yield Right-of-Way
  4. 1,040 Following Too Closely
  5. 599 Traffic Control Disregarded
  6. 378 Pedestrian / Bicyclist / Other Pedestrian Error / Confusion
  7. 373 Unsafe Speed
  8. 337 Other Vehicular
  9. 332 Passing or Lane Usage Improper
  10. 235 Turning Improperly
  11. 228 Backing Unsafely
  12. 214 Alcohol Involvement
  13. 186 Driver Inexperience
  14. 177 Unsafe Lane Changing
  15. 152 View Obstructed / Limited
  16. 149 Reaction to Other Un-involved Vehicle
  17. 120 Pavement Slippery
  18. 60 Aggressive Driving / Road Rage
  19. 50 Fell Asleep
  20. 50 Brakes Defective
  21. 43 Glare
  22. 35 Lost Consciousness
  23. 30 Illness
  24. 28 Outside Car Distraction
  25. 27 Passenger Distraction
  26. 26 Fatigued / Drowsy
  27. 24 Oversized Vehicle
  28. 20 Pavement Defective
  29. 19 Drugs (Illegal)
  30. 18 Obstruction / Debris
  31. 17 Steering Failure
  32. 13 Failure to Keep Right
  33. 13 Traffic Control Device Improper / Non-Working …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Cyclist struck in New York

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.

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

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