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SUV slams into tractor-trailer Moriches, NY killing driver

The driver of an SUV died when the vehicle rear-ened a tractor-trailer in Moriches overnight Wednesday.

The vehicles crashed on Montauk Highway at Fanning Landing Road just before 3 a.m.

Daniel Krehl, 31, of Mastic Beach, was driving a 2005 Saturn Vue east on Montauk Highway near Fanning Landing Road when his vehicle hit a tractor-trailer, parked with its flashers on. Krehl was pronounced dead at the scene.

Heavy fog conditions were may of been a factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Suffolk County Police at 631-852-8752.

Driver of an SUV died when the vehicle crashed into the rear of a tractor-trailer in Moriches, NY

Driver of SUV died when the vehicle rear ended tractor-trailer in Moriches.

Weekend Hit-And-Runs In NYC

Over the weekend, three people have  died in the hit-and-run incidents.

Sunday a car struck a pedestrian at Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

The driver ran a red light and hit a man crossing Fifth Avenue and fled the scene, according to NYPD

The man was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

This accident was one of many hit-and-run crashes across the city over the weekend.

  • A Brooklyn crash, according to NYPD to the life of Besik Shenglia who was hit by an unidentified vehicle on 111st Street in Ozone Park, Queens.
  • On Sunday, Jose Contreras was struck and killed by a SUV near the entrance of the Cross Bronx Expressway at Webster Avenue in the Tremont section of the Bronx. The SUV kept going, police said. Contreras was taken to Saint Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
  • In the SoHo, a 30-year-old man was struck and seriously injured at 568 Broadway near Prince Street around 3:30 a.m. Sunday.
  • In Queens, a 22-year-old woman was hit by a car at Guy Brewer Boulevard and 119th Avenue in South Jamaica.

Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer weighs in , “It never ceases to amaze me how anyone can hit someone with their car just keep driving off.  Leaving the scene of an accident is just plain stupid.  You will only make matters worse for yourself!” Paul Ajlouny said.

Police Chase Crash

Car Accident? Ask A New York Lawyer.

In 2014 the City Council passed a bill fining hit-and-run drivers up to $10,000 and possible jail time.

Mayor Bill de Blasio Vision Zero initiative is in place in order to reduce traffic fatalities, and says it’s working. Is it? After this tragic weekend, makes us wonder.

Statistics show that there were a shocking 4,000 hit-and-run crashes that resulted in serious injury or death in 2015.

Pedestrian Saftey New York

In New York Call to Improve Pedestrian Safety Is Renewed

Here’s some free advice New York:

  • Drivers Slow Down.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive.
  • Pedestrians Look Both Ways
  • Never, ever leave the scene of an accident.

 

25 injured in crash involving MTA bus in E. Flatbush

A BMW heading southbound on Utica Ave. struck a Nissan Altima coming out of a parking lot in East Flatbush. The impact knocked the BMW into the path of a B46 bus. It has been reported that four people are listed in critical condition and more than 20 were treated for injuries.

The BMW was knocked into an oncoming B46 bus

Utica Ave & Clarendon Rd Crash with Multiple Injuries. 4 in critical condition.

The entire front end of the BMW crumpled in the crash with the driver’s side corner of the bus. Four men in the BMW were rushed to Kings County Hospital, where three were listed in critical condition. A woman in the Nissan Altima was also taken to Kings County Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The bus driver was also hospitalized with minor injuries.

MTA vs Car Collision

Car slams into a city bus in Brooklyn injuring a reported 25 people.

“It’s obvious that the driver of the BMW was speeding just from the catastrophic chain reaction of this accident.” says Paul Ajlouny, New York Car Accident Lawyer. “It is a jungle out there on New York City streets even with the implementation of the new 25mph speed limit. No one should feel too safe. In the last 4 years there have been 4 traffic fatalities.

On July 9, 2014, a 22-year-old man was killed after a collision between a BMW and a garbage truck in East Flatbush.

 

Mother And Child Struck By Vehicle In Borough Park

Crash tragedy: daughter dies, pregnant mom gives birth

A horrific crash has killed a child and inured her pregnant mother in Borough Park, Brooklyn on Tuesday night, December 2, 2014.

A mother and her child were struck by a negligent driver. After being struck, the 33-year-old mother was pinned beneath the minivan. The accident happened just before 9:00PM at the intersection of 18th Avenue and 60th Street. FDNY and NYPD were on the scene in moments to extricate the victims.

Bilal Ghumman allegedly stole a Honda Minivan from Royal Parking garage. Ghumman works at a catering hall and it is said that he took the car from the garage to run an errand. Ghumman hit a 10-year old girl and her pregnant mother. The 10-year old girl, identified as Blima Friedman, was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center, and pronounced dead.

The mother remains in a coma in critical condition, unaware that she has both lost a daughter and given birth.

Ghumman, the driver of the stolen Minivan remained at the scene. He was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent and was “slapped” with a violation on an active warrant for marijuana-based offense.

Residents in the area describe the level of reckless driving as, “out of control”. There is a total disregard for speed limits, stop signs, and red lights. Not only are the streets slippery due to weather conditions, but everybody is in a rush with an obvious disregard to the safety of other drivers and pedestrians.

Every year in Borough Park children are struck and killed. This horrific accident is yet another unfortunate, heartbreaking reminder that everyone needs to be responsible and alert when driving or crossing as a pedestrian. Wearing reflectors at night, being alert and responsible as drivers can do to stop road accidents, just being careful, as pedestrians and drivers.

“Traffic fatalities are always terrible, but when the victim is a child it’s simply tragic” said New York motor vehicle accident attorney, Neil Flynn. “This family will be shattered by the loss of their little girl, and it sounds like it all might have been avoided if the businesses involved had enacted sufficient security and employee screening procedures to ensure the driver
did not have access to the vehicle.”

New York City, with its congested flow of motor vehicle traffic, especially in the evenings, and on weekends, accounts for a great deal of car crashes each year. New York City including the 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island (Richmond County), Brooklyn (Kings County), and the Bronx has had a total of 1,109 fatal crashes in the 2013 year.” 1

“In New York state and city, drivers are rarely charged criminally if they kill another person in a crash, according to data compiled by the state and analyzed by The Wall Street Journal. That is because New York’s vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter statutes apply only to motorists who are drunk or on drugs—one of the narrowest standards for conviction in the nation, legal experts said.” 2

“In New York state, drivers were charged with vehicular manslaughter or aggravated vehicular homicide in about 5% of the 4,801 fatal crashes from 2008 to 2012, according the latest data available from the state Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Department of Motor Vehicles. These figures exclude Suffolk County due to data irregularities. In the same time frame in New York City, there were 66 arrests under vehicular homicide laws out of 1,298 crashes—also about 5%, the analysis shows.”

“Since 2008, the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents has remained relatively steady in New York City and in the state. But pedestrian fatalities in the city climbed 23.5% last year, from 136 in 2012 to 168 in 2013, according to police department data.”

Even if the driver of this vehicle was sober, since he was involved in a deadly crash it is possible that he can be charged with another crime, such as negligent homicide, manslaughter or aggravated manslaughter. Yet, that does not happen often because the statutes, in NY, require that there be a higher degree of “culpability than the vehicular manslaughter and vehicular homicide requirements that a motorist be drunk or on drugs.”

The NY Court of Appeals had a case before them in 2008 where they did not charge a limousine driver with negligent homicide, despite the death of another motorist. The court of Appeals reasoning in this decision stated that when the limousine driver realized and decided to make a U-turn, that U-turn “does not rise to the level of ‘morally blameworthy’ conduct required to establish that the defendant committed the crime of criminally negligent homicide.”

The standard of “moral blameworthiness” is the same standard in a fatal crash if one were to be charged with manslaughter or aggravated manslaughter.

Therefore, in order for a motorist to be charged, the prosecutor must prove that the driver “knew that he/she was driving recklessly or immorally.”

The New York law is a lot different from many other states. New York does not incorporate reckless or criminally negligent behavior into their statues. Unfortunately, there was a case against Julio Acevedo, who had run over and killed a man in Brooklyn and his pregnant wife. Acevedo was speeding during this time.

It seems as if these cases are happening too often, and people are getting let off the hook for the killing of an innocent pedestrian.

“Pedestrians have been killed in 17.5% of all collision fatalities in New York state and 54% in New York City.”

These statistics show that too many pedestrians are being innocently killed. With that being said, our condolences go out to the family of Blima Friedman, one whose live was taken too soon due to another persons actions.

It is discomforting to even think what one goes through when they lose their child. It is even worse to think when one lose their child due to the negligent, irresponsible, and illegal acts of another. Many would want to think the birth of a child should be a happy time, but it is unrealistic to think how this family can be happy at the birth of one child when they have just lost another.

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we see cases on a daily basis when the negligent acts of another cause serious injury, or even death to an innocent person. The laws that are in place now do not fully protect those, or the family of those people who are killed by another. No one should have to live their live knowing that the “murder” of your child is roaming the streets and got let loose with no ramifications due to there being no law in place directly on this issue.

The heartbreaking and unimaginable pain of the family of Blima Friedman, mother and baby, our heartfelt condolences . We don’t understand why these tragic things happen.

Chelsea Horowitz
Ajlouny Injury Law

  1. http://dmv.ny.gov/statistic/2013nyscrashsummary.pdf
  2. http://online.wsj.com/articles/SB10001424052702303465004579322441555410428

Breaking: Car crashes predicted this Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving weekend dangerous on New York roads.

According to the The National Safety Council an estimated 418 traffic fatalities and another 44,700 serious injuries may occur from car crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Here are some suggested tips that will save your life this Thanksgiving weekend.

New York personal injury attorney, Paul Ajlouny, offers some FREE ADVICE:

Be smart and take some precautions if traveling on icy, wet stormy roads this holiday season:

  • Be smart! Buckle-up.  More than 600 police agencies across New York State will be ensuring a zero tolerance enforcement effort.
  • Stay off those cellphones – including hands-free – behind the wheel.
  • Make sure that children re securely and safely restrained.
  • Do not drink and drive! New York State police will be cracking down on drunk drivers in order to prevent injuries and save lives.
  • If the weather report indicates storms and treacherous travel conditions — consider staying home!
Car accidents in hazerdous weather

Stormy weather causes car accidents.

An estimated 41.3 million travelers are expected to hit the nation’s highways for the holiday weekend, which is a 4.3% increase over last year. Travel is going to be hazardous with both rain and snow, causing slick roads. 

The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel times in the United States, with more than 46 million Americans expected to make trips between Wednesday and Sunday, travel group AAA said. More than 89 percent will travel by car, it said.

slippery wet road conditions.

Cars make their way through the Washington bridge in New York November 26, 2014. REUTERS-Eduardo Munoz

You might want to consider staying home and staying safe.

NYC 25mph Speed Limit high hopes to reduce traffic fatalities.

The New York City Department of Transportation has unveiled its new 25 mph speed limit signs, and the new speed limit is law effective Friday, November 7th. It’s been 30 miles per hour since 1965. So heads up weekend visitors driving into our beautiful city, including cab drivers and their drunk drivers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio last month signed a measure reducing the city’s speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph. The City Council passed the measure as part of the mayor’s “Vision Zero” plan to reduce traffic deaths.

“I think there’s a real consensus in this town that we need to have people drive more carefully, more safely, and slower for the protection of our kids, our seniors,” the mayor said.

Last week, Mayor de Blasio signed a law lowering New York City’s 30-miles-per-hour speed limit to 25. The change is the centerpiece of de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to drastically reduce New York City traffic deaths, which numbered 291 last year. (To compare: The city saw 333 murders during the same period.) The majority of those killed were on foot when they were struck by cars or other vehicles, and the new speed limit is explicitly intended to protect pedestrians (even — or perhaps especially — the jaywalkers.) “When drivers are driving below 25 miles an hour, it gives them much more time to avoid crashes, gives drivers and pedestrians more time to see each other, greatly intensifies the opportunity to save lives,” said de Blasio at the signing, which took place at the Delancey Street intersection named after Dashane Santana, a 12-year-old killed by a minivan there in 2012.

Slow Down New York City's 25 mph speed limit is now the law.

The new NYC 25 MPH speed law has high hopes to reduce traffic fatalities. We’ll see.

Paul Ajlouny, New York personal Injury lawyer weighs in on the new 25mph speed limit.This is ground breaking for New York City. Statistics show that a pedestrian has a 45 percent chance of surviving a collision when struck by a vehicle going less that 30mph, Lets just hope that with the new speed limit in place drivers will comply with the new ordinance and pedestrians will also do their part in avoiding getting hit by a car by by being attentive before crossing the street.” Say’s Mr. Ajlouny.

“This is going to be really interesting to watch once the lower speed limit is implemented, says Mr. Ajlouny, will bikers, cabbies and express bus running in the city start to slow down?  Once all these motorists starts to receive summons from NYPD they might start to acknowledge the serious attempt to save lives”. On the flip side our police force is going to be busy writing up citations, rather than  fight a rising crime rate in the city.” adds Mr. Ajlouny.

The new law still will allow Speeds of 30 miles per hour on parkways, expressways, and high-traffic “arterial” roads, such as Queens Boulevard and Staten Island’s Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue. Meanwhile, school zones and other areas in need of what is called “traffic calming” will continue to have speed limits lower than 25 miles per hour. Streets with speed limits that are not 25 miles per hour should be clearly marked.

The 25 miles per hour will be the rule on about 90 percent of streets throughout the five boroughs including airports, highway exits, and other entry points to the city. However, as with the old speed limit, drivers who don’t see speed signage of any kind (which is the norm) are expected to assume that they should keep it to 25.

The new speed limit applies to all!
This new speed limit will be expected of cyclists, who are often hurt or killed when hit by cars. Just this last year alone 113 pedestrians and 18 cyclists have died in New York City traffic accidents.

Vision Zero NY Plan For Safer Streets

 

Fifty-one people died in traffic fatalities in New York City between in the first three months of 2014, compared to 69 during that period in 2013, all accredited to New York’s Vision Zero reforms.

traffic accidents has dropped

51 people killed in traffic crashes from Jan.1-March 30, 2014

Neighborhood News

New York City car accident Lawyer, Paul Ajlouny, hears these tragic stories everyday his phone rings. “Building awareness in New York pedestrians and drivers is definitely the first step to lowering the fatality rate in NYC. ” Paul  strongly suggests.  “In NYC people jaywalk all the time.

Pedestrians ignore traffic laws, running out in the street with a look of defiance. They cross on a yellow, taking chances, when they know they don’t have time to get across the street before the light changes. They walk in the street alongside the cars.”

This year alone an NYPD cruiser on the upper east side seriously injured a pedestrian near Broadway and 78th street. A young girl in Brooklyn leaving church, was killed by a driver fleeing another accident. A 13 year old girl with down syndrome was killed in a hit-and-run-accident. At least 6 people were hurt when a truck crashed into a Bed-stuy Deli.

It’s obvious that many people ignore basic safety rules.  Police officers don’t enforce basic traffic expectations.  NYC commercial cars, trucks,taxis and buses,  break rules and speed limits all the time.  For so long no one has cared, until now!

In 2013 in new York City, close to 300 people were killed in vehicle accidents.

Ajlouny Injury Law, auto accident lawyers fight for the rights of  injured accident victims. If you or someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in a NYC traffic accident, contact our personal injury law firm today. We serve clients throughout Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens,NYC and Long Island.

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Put down those cell phones, don't drink and drive and reduce your speed.

Put down those cell phones, don’t drink and drive and reduce your speed.

Tracking All The Traffic Fatalities In NYC

TRAFFIC FATALITIES GROWING IN NUMBERS ACCORDING TO STATS

A 5-year-old boy was killed by a minivan driver who backed into him in Crown Heights earlier this week, making him the 45th person to be killed in traffic crashes in NYC so far in 2014. 27 pedestrians have been killed already this year. WNYC has now set up an interactive graphic, which you can see below, to keep track of all those deaths.

Of the 100 people to die this year in NYC traffic, about half are pedestrians. Five are bicyclists.

Of the 100 people to die this year in NYC traffic, half pedestrians. Five are bicyclists.

One man recounted that a friend called him to say she had been hit by a car. The car that hit her had tinted windows. It appears that all cars have tinted windows.Tinted windows has been reported as causing a reduction in visibility especially during the day. Pedestrians for instance do not know if there is someone in your car when there are tinted windows.Strange thing is that, tinted windows on cars are illegal in NY State and manufacturers get around the law by designating the car as an SUV or something else.

The March 18th issue of the NEW YORK TIMES reported 270 traffic deaths. 270 is an outrageous number! Now under DeBlasio, WNYC headlines 100 deaths at almost halfway mark of this mayor’s term…or 20/month. Prorated that would be 120 for on e half year….240 for a full year. While any traffic fatality is one too many, it is also good reporting to make some reasonable big picture comparisons. Lets just say one fatality is one too many!

One woman reported that her mother died one week after being hit by a left-turning car while she was crossing the street in the crosswalk. She didn’t die immediately, though. She was transported to Kings County Hospital and sent home to recover, but her injuries were too severe – and had gone unnoticed by the hospital.

One week after the accident, I brought her back to the same emergency room that had treated her the week before. She died in the hallway waiting to be seen. But her death was not reported to the NYS and was not connected to the motor vehicle accident of the week before.This unfortunate / possibly unavoidable death would probably of not been reported under such stats as a traffic fatalities.

How many more wrongful deaths have resulted from traffic crashes!

 

If you or someone you love have been seriously injured or you you have lost a loved one in a traffic fatality contact Ajlouny Injury Law, NYC car accident lawyers. @4 hour FREE ADVICE: 718-233-3913

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