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Multi vehicle accident in Harlem injures 11 people

Serious Multiple Injury Accident in Harlem

11 people have been injured in a vehicle accident involving at least 3 cars in Harlem.

The accident happened this Friday evening around 7:30 on W. 125th Street and Lenox Avenue.

Seven people are listed in serious condition and four with minor injuries.

Patients were taken to St Luke’s Hospital and Lincoln Hospital.

Harlem Car Accident

11 injured in multi-vehicle accident in Harlem

New York No Fault

Under Article 51 of the New York Law Insurance Laws, one is protected in the State of New York under “No Fault.” The purpose of this law is to make sure that insurance companies pay for medical expenses, lost earnings, and incidental costs that stem from a car crash regardless of who was at fault in the crash.

Another purpose behind this law is to help the injured person without a long litigation debating over who was at fault to the crash. In New York you are protected under No-Fault coverage, because New York is one of the 12 states that have this protection.

Please note that No-fault is a different claim than one of bodily injury. You also have the right to sue for injury but that claim would be called a bodily injury claim. Bodily injury, if your were injured, is a separate claim that will be filed against the person who is responsible for causing the crash, resulting in your injury.

No fault claims and bodily injury claim each have separate adjusters, come from separate departments, have different standards of proof, compensation and coverage. One of the only things that are the same is both will be paid out by the same insurance company.

No fault in New York, is in place to make sure that one’s insurance company, regardless of who is at fault, will pay for economic losses, up to $50,000. The expenses are usually related to medical bills, and physical therapy that stems from your injury. It can also include lost wages.

No Fault Insurance

What is No-Fault coverage and what am I entitled to under it?

How do you know if you will get No-Fault? In order to get No-Fault, in NY, the following must be met:

  • The accident must have occurred in NY.
  • The person who is injured must be the driver or the passenger of the insured vehicle. If you are a cyclist or a pedestrian you must have been struck by or came in contact with a motor vehicle which caused your injuries. If you were hit by a motorcycle you will not be covered.
  • Vehicle, must be registered in New York and the vehicle must have an insurance police sold by NY or issued by a company licensed to do business in NY.

Please keep in mind, you only have 30 days from the date of the accident to fill out a no fault application. There are forms that need to be filled out in order to start a No-fault claim. So, please contact us if you believe that we can help you with a no fault claim.

If you have been injured in a car accident in New York, and have questions regarding No Fault insurance, contact New York personal injury lawyer Paul Ajlouny.


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Serious Car Accident Reported in Cedarhurst NY

A serious pedestrian Vs car accident Has been reported in #Cedarhurst.

(Long Island, NY) It’s been reported that a serious car accident involving a pedestrian happened on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:43 pm in Cedarhurst, New York.

According to witnesses, a 49 year old  female the pedestrian, while crossing Peninsula Boulevard at the intersection of Oxford was struck by a 2008 Toyota Matrix that was traveling westbound on Peninsula Boulevard driven by 63 year old male.

The female pedestrian suffered traumatic head injuries and was immediately transported to an area hospital for treatment. She is currently listed in serious condition.

The vehicle involved in the accident was impounded from the scene for brake and safety checks. The investigation into this vehicular accident continues.

Queens: Fatal Accident

**Breaking News**  2 Car Fatal Accident Jackie Robinson Pkwy Myrtle Ave and Woodhaven. Victim pinned in traumatic arrest to Jamaica Hospital. Hurst tool used. @NYPDHighway Has All Lanes Closed For Further Investigation.

“U/D Queens: Jackie Robinson Pkwy W/B at Myrtle Ave Serious MVA 1 aided is DOA. All lanes closed for investigating.”

Overturned auto, Jackie Robinson Pkwy W/B at Myrtle Ave Serious MVA 1 DOA.

Deer Park NY Straight Path Crash

A single-car crash occurred early Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, on Straight Path, near Ellensue Drive, in Deer Park, killing 1 man and seriously injuring 2 others occupants of the vehicle.

A 28-year-old man was killed when a vehicle he was riding in crashed in Deer Park, critically wounding two fellow Wyandanch residents.

Crash near  near Ellensue Drive, in Deer Park

Suffolk County police at the scene of a single-car crash early Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, on Straight Path, near Ellensue Drive, in Deer Park. (Credit: Ken Bradbury)

According to Suffolk County police, Hamzah Abdul-Hakim had to extricated from the Infiniti, was killed at the scene. The vehicle was heading southbound on Straight Path when the vehicle struck a tree south of Sagamore Lane at 4:30 a.m.

28-year-old Ismail Latif, was ejected from the vehicle and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip.

The third occupant, 31-year-old Darnell Snell, who had to be extricated, was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital.

The driver of the vehicle has not yet been determined.

Detectives on the scene impounded the Infiniti, and are continuing the investigation asking anyone who may have witnessed this accident to call them at 631-854-8152 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will remain confidential.

Hamzah Abdul-Hakim was pronounced dead at the scene

Single-car crash early on Straight Path, near Ellensue Drive, in Deer Park.

“Straight Path appears to have a history of being the scene of car accident in the past.” weighs in New York car accident lawyer, Paul Ajlouny. “Since this accident investigation is ongoing, it is yet to be determined what may of been the cause of this accident. However, looking at past accidents on this long stretch of road may indicate speed, or a  possibility of drivng while under the influence.” states Mr. Ajlouny.

Straight Path Accident Recount:

  • An accident on the eastbound Southern State Parkway east of Straight Path(exit 36).  The driver of a Subaru Impreza was traveling east on the Southern State Parkway when the driver lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree on the right shoulder of the parkway.  The driver, of Massapequa NY, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Islip, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. 12/8/14
  • A teen boy was seriously injured after he was hit by a sport utility vehicle in West Babylon. The pedestrian/car accident took place on Straight Path near 12th Street in West Babylon, and the victim was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip. January 2013
  • A two-car crash at Straight Path and Route 109 seriously injured one person who had to be transported to the hospital. January of 2013
  • On Palm Sunday multiple-car crash at the intersection of North Wellwood Avenue and Straight Path sent two to the hospital April 3, 2013
  • The driver of a van was injured when his vehicle was hit by a box truck, then pushed into a column in front of a row of stores off Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst. The accident occurred about 7 a.m. at the intersection of Straight Path. The van struck the support column in front of Peta Pizza, 190 W. Sunrise Hwy., according to police. May 11, 2013
  • Three separate accidents injuring three people. July of 2013
  • An accident on Straight Path injured two people. August 2013
  • Three people were injured in a two-car crash at 52nd Street. October of 2113
  • A two-car accident on Straight Path sent one of those cars into the front bay window of a home on 49th Street. April of 2012
  • Two drivers were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip with injuries suffered in an accident on Sunrise Highway in Lindenhurst. The two-vehicle crash occurred just before 8:30 p.m. Police said there were no passengers in either vehicle. June 6, 2012
  • A two car accident occurred on Straight Path and Patton Ave in Wyandanch. The second driver ran a stop sign, and struck the first driver’s car on the side, pushing him into a light pole, injuring the driver of the first vehicle. October 2010

Texting while driving

Texting while driving is a dangerous epidemic that plagues our county today. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a car accident is 23 times more likely to happen when a driver is texting. 30 percent of all car crashes in the United States result from drivers who admit to texting right before the accident. What about the ones that don’t admit it.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, nine people are killed each day across the country in distracted-driving incidents.

Studies astonishingly found that texting while driving is more dangerous than driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 – the percentage almost every state uses to determine intoxication. Research at the Virginia Tech Driving Institute revealed: The minimum amount of time a driver is distracted from driving while texting is five seconds. At sixty miles an hour a car travels over one hundred yards in five seconds – the full length of a football field.”

According to New York car accident lawyer Paul Ajlouny, “The numbers of serious injury accidents caused by texting drivers has steadily risen every year. We get calls weekly from injured accident victims as a result of distracted driving — texting while driving which have increased the number of personal injury lawsuits we handle at our firm.”, says Mr.  Ajlouny.

In 2012 Marilyn Mattei and her sons were badly injured in a wreck, caused by another motorist who was texting. Ms. Mattei, 54, was driving northbound in her 2008 Ford Fusion with her sons in the passenger seats. Nicole Fischman, then 22, was southbound in her 2006 Honda Civic and lost control while texting.

She sideswiped a car, driven by Jeremiah Kohn, in the lane next to her and both vehicles veered over the median divider into the northbound lanes.

Kohn’s vehicle slammed head-on into the Matteis’ Fusion, which another vehicle then struck from behind.

Ms. Mattei suffered right-ankle and rib fractures and other injuries; Patrick Mattei, 24, suffered several finger fractures, along with chest and arm injuries; Ryan Mattei, 19, suffered a laceration through his eyebrow that required about 80 sutures to close, along with neck and back injuries, and Stephen Mattei, 22, suffered a right wrist fracture and other injuries.

Ms. Fischman, of Randolph, N.J., was cited for texting while driving, a violation.

The matter was recently settled at mediation for $600,000:

  • $310,000 for Marilyn Mattei
  • $210,000 for Patrick Mattei
  • $45,000 for Ryan Mattei
  • $35,000 for Stephen Mattei

In 2011 Gov. Andrew Cuomo, signed a law making the use a hand-held electronic device for texting while driving a primary traffic offense in New York.

The penalty for texting while driving was raised last year to five points from three points on offenders’ driver’s licenses.

Texting While Driving Statistics

  • National Safety Council Estimates that at Least 1.6 Million Crashes Each Year Involve Drivers Using Cell Phones and Texting.
  • Despite the risks, the majority of teen drivers ignore cell phone driving restrictions.
  • Talking on a cell phone while driving can make a young driver’s reaction time as slow as that of a 70-year-old.
  • 56% of teenagers admit to talking on their cell phones behind the wheel, while 13% admit to texting while driving. (Note: Because this information was given voluntarily by teens, actual cell phone use numbers may be much higher.)
  • 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger.48% of young Americans from 12-17 say they’ve been in a car while the driver was texting.
  • 52% of 16 and 17 year-old teen drivers confess to making and answering cell phone calls on the road. 34% admit to text messaging while driving. Teens themselves confirm that texting is their number one driving distraction.
  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • Each year, 21% of fatal car crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 were the result of cell phone usage. This result has been expected to grow as much as 4% every year
  • When asked about the impact of sending text messages or e-mails while driving, however, 25% of all drivers said it makes no difference (NHTSA).
  • Of all cell phone related tasks – including talking, dialing, or reaching for the phone – texting while driving is the most dangerous.
  • Teen drivers are four times more likely than adults to get into car crashes or near crash events directly related to talking on a cell phone or texting.
  • A car driver dialing a cell phone is 2.8 times more likely to get into a crash than a non-distracted driver.
  • A driver reaching for a cell phone or any other electronic device is 1.4 times more likely to experience a car crash.
  • A car driver talking on their phone is 1.3 times more likely to get into an accident.
  • A truck driver texting while driving is 23.2 times more likely to get into an accident than a trucker paying full attention to the road.
  • A truck driver dialing a cell is 5.9 times more likely to crash.
  • A trucker reaching for a phone or other device is 6.7 times more likely to experience a truck accident.
  • For every 6 seconds of drive time, a driver sending or receiving a text message spends 4.6 of those seconds with their eyes off the road. This makes texting the most distracting of all cell phone related tasks.
  • 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).
  • Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)
  • In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (FARS and GES)
  • The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Deaths from distracted driving rose 28% from 2005 to 2008, at the same time text messaging rates skyrocketed from 1 million texts per month in 2001 up to a staggering 110 million per month in 2008.
  • Handset ownership also ballooned-in 1999, only 33% of Americans had a cell phone, while in 2008, 91% had a cell phone. Presumably, increased ownership leads to increased in the car usage and an increase in the rate of distracted driving.
  • 6% of US drivers, at any given time, are using a cell phone while behind the wheel. Though this figure has remained steady since 2005, usage has changed from talking while driving to the more dangerous texting while driving.
  • Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver’s reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent.
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Car bursts into flames on Ocean Parkway

Ocean Parkway Fiery Car Crash

A car collision December 29th caused one of the vehicles to veer off the road, slam into a traffic signal and burst into flames on Ocean Parkway leaving to victims in critical condition.

NYFD pulled the victims from the burning wreckage and transported them to Staten Island University Hospital, where they’re reported in stable condition.

Car Collision Ocean Parkway

Two cars collided into each other at the intersection of Ocean Parkway & Quentin Rd.

The car accident happened at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Quentin Road around 7pm in the evening.

One of the vehicles crashed into a traffic light – knocking it down – and then burst into flames.

Car accident attorney Paul Ajlouny weighs in on this accident. “Ocean Parkway has been named one Of 20 Worst Intersections in Brooklyn, New York causing serious injury and fatalities to both pedestrians and motorists.

The borough’s second and third most dangerous roadways are Eastern Parkway and Kings Highway.

Ocean Parkway is like a circus act gone wrong. It’s not surprising that such accidents happen. Drivers more than ever, lack responsibility. There is also very little enforcement which combined is a recipe for such tragic accidents!” says Mr. Ajlouny.

Mr. Ajlouny continues, “If you are involved in a New York car accident, it’s important to hire an attorney that understands the borough’s notoriously dangerous roads.

Expressways like Ocean Parkway, often have tailgating, reckless driving (speeding & improper lane changes), including road rage.

Drivers become impatient in traffic jams, road construction, and detours all of which contribute to traffic accidents. Running red lights is extremely dangerous to drivers and other, motorists. Our firm, everyday, receives calls from accident victims involved in rear end collisions, and accidents from distracted or speeding drivers.” Concludes Mr. Ajlouny.

Were you injured in a car accident while driving in the NYC? Hire qualified attorneys at Ajlouny Injury Law to pursue just financial compensation for your injuries and damages.

Call 718-233-3913 today to speak with a skilled car crash attorney about your case. Ajlouny Injury Law Offers FREE ADVICE 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Out of State Driver Injured In New York Crash

Our New York law firm receives regular calls from out-of-state drivers who have been involved in a car accident while in traveling through or visiting New York, asking questions about how New York laws apply to out-of-state drivers.

If a car accident occurs in New York, for No-Fault insurance to apply the vehicle has to have No-Fault coverage.

The 12 states that currently have no-fault insurance laws are:

  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Pennsylvania
  • Utah

New York is is heavily traveled year-round by millions of cars and trucks from out-of state due to its huge tourist attraction and businesses.

Out-of-state drivers most of the time hold insurance from own home state which is often times different New York.

It is important that out-of-state drivers understand that they can file a claim against any driver and their insurance company in any state.

Remember that most insurance companies global. and do provide coverage, dependent on the state the driver lives in, their coverage is valid in any state.

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Out-of-State Car Accident? What’s next?

The state where your insurance policy is purchased will almost always determine your rights.

A Liberalization Clause May Apply – If an insurer revises its auto insurance policy to provide broader coverage than afforded under its old policies, the broader coverage applies automatically to all of its existing policies then in force in the state without additional premiums.

If you are stuck by another vehicle in a different state, you find yourself playing by a different set of rules of an out-of-state car insurance with a different set of laws.

Paul Ajlouny, New York car accident lawyer suggests, “It’s best to talk to an attorney of the state you were injured in, in order to find out what your next step will be and how that’s state’s laws apply to you.” Says Mr. Ajlouny.

Important steps to take if you are involved in an out-of-state car accident.

If you have been seriously injured in a car crash while traveling on vacation, commuting from state to state for work, visiting family,  you need to take some very important steps to protect your rights.

  1. Call the police.Especially if the accident was not your fault — you’ll need that documentation for your case.
  2. Seek immediate medical care. The doctors visit will be very important to your case.
  3. Hire an auto accident attorney in the state that you were injured in.

Teen Fatally Struck NYC

New York teen killed in hit and run.

Fatal pedestrian accident

Mohammad Nyam Uddin was fatally struck In New York Hit and Run.

Family of 14-year-old Mohommad Uddin calls for safety at site of fatal hit-and-run – News 12 Brooklyn Such a tragic and devastating situation. No words can take away the pain of the grieving family. This is a heartbreaking situation.

Prayers to the family. In such situations words aren’t much helpful. Actions, however so that this child was not lost in vain, need to be taken.

Our Brooklyn, New York streets need to be safer.

Mohammad Nyam Uddin was fatally struck at the intersection of East 7th Street and Caton Avenue last Thursday after 78-year-old Lynn Reynolds made a sharp left turn and drove off after hitting him.

In New York City, our signal system for pedestrians — allows drivers to make a turn at the same time pedestrians have a green light — As seen in this sad a fatal accident.

In New York most pedestrians who die are killed in the crosswalk, when they have the light, by turning vehicles not yielding to them. This was also seen a year ago, with three-year-old girl Allison Liao walking with her grandmother, who was hit and killed and the driver ended up not even getting a traffic ticket.

Something has to change.

New York car accident attorney, Paul Ajlouny, states. “Pedestrians are injured or killed in motor vehicle accidents every year and looking at the existing numbers of 2014 are still on the rise, even with the new speed limit in place.” say’s Mr. Ajlouny,  New York City streets are dangerous with hundreds of pedestrians killed as a result of being struck by speeding or distracted drivers.”

Medical Attention After A Car Accident

Think twice before refusing medical attention!

If you are in a car accident and you feel OK, not injured, don’t let you body and mind fool you.  You may be in shock after the accident.  You should go to the emergency room or see your family physician ASAP.

Recently there was a horrific wrong-way car accident on FDR Drive in New york where five people were injured and rushed to Bellevue Hospital and one person refused medical attention at the scene.  The individual that refused medical treatment is probably feeling the impact days later.

“There are medical and legal reasons for getting immediate medical care after a car accident.”,  says New York car accident attorney, Paul Ajlouny.

medical attention after accident

Refusing medical attention at the scene may be a mistake.        Ask A Lawyer: 1-800-535-5029

Your think Whee, I’m OK! Are you?

Car accidents can physically and mentally impact an accident victim. If you feeling pain after a car accident, you should get yourself checked out as soon as possible. Not seeking medical attention after a car accident can also impact your personal injury claim. Remember, New York is a No-Fault state, which means your own insurance will pay all of your medical bills, up to at least $50,000. This is called “personal injury protection” (PIP).

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