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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.


Drunk NY detective involved in car crash

An intoxicated off-duty detective was involved in a rear end car accident in Queens resulting in one person critically injured early Sunday, according to NYPD sources.

Off Duty Drunk Detective involved in crash on Van Wyck Expressway, Queens

Off Duty Drunk Detective involved in crash on Van Wyck Expressway, Queens

Neville Smith, 32, a detective out of the NYPD 48th Precinct in the Bronx, was preparing to enter the southbound lanes of the Van Wyck Expressway when he rear-ended another vehicle on the entrance ramp near Rockaway Blvd. in the early morning hours, around 4 a.m.

The collision critically injured a 22-year-old woman in the other car. She was immediately transported to Jamaica Hospital where she remain in serious condition.

Two other passengers, a 21-year-old woman and 20-year-old man, were rushed to the same hospital with minor injuries.

Neville Smith suffered some minor head and neck injuries and was also taken to Jamaica Hospital before being charged with driving while intoxicated. (DWI)

He was later charged with several counts of vehicular assault, assault and refusal to take a breathalyzer test.

History of officer involved crashes:

  • Off-duty cop killed, sergeant critically injured in Bronx crash – 27-year-old officer died in a horrifying late-night crash when a speeding car driven by a fellow cop careened into a tree stump, flipped upside down — and burst into a fireball.
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Updated: Thursday, February 2, 2017, 11:12 PM

  • Abad faces a 27-count indictment after the March 20, 2015 crash, where he allegedly crashed head-on into a tractor-trailer while driving home drunk from a Staten Island strip club. Abad, according to testimony, had been drinking with three other men from Linden. Two passengers in the car — fellow Linden officer Frank Viggiano and Linden resident Joseph Rodriguez, both 28 — were killed in the crash. A third Linden officer, Patrik Kudlac, then 23, was also in the car. Kudlac and Abad were both critically injured.

  • Driver killed, off-duty cop arrested in Sunrise Hwy. crash, police say. Robert Scheuerer, 24, an officer in the Third Precinct who was off-duty at the time of the crash, was charged with felony first-degree reckless endangerment, police said. He remained hospitalized Tuesday night with serious injuries and had not yet been arraigned, police said.

  • Off-Duty Officer Charged in Fatal Brooklyn Crash Is Fired. The accident occurred around 3 a.m. on Saturday, near Bedford Avenue and North Eighth Street. Mr. Batka’s Dodge Durango ran off the road and onto a sidewalk, striking Mr. Esquivel and his friends, all in their 20s, as they walked past a row of townhouses, the police and prosecutors said. Photos taken after the crash showed the S.U.V. almost entirely off the pavement. Mr. Batka refused a Breathalyzer test, the police said. He had been scheduled to begin another shift on Saturday at 7 a.m.


East Coast Ice-Related Crashes, Pileups

Icy roads are causing major mufti-car accidents through out New York. Several other car accidents are being reported in Brooklyn,The Bronx, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island as weather conditions have caused severe icing on many streets and walkways.

This last week an accident at Clove and Richmond occurred early morning., according to an FDNY spokesman said. About two hours later, several cars were still scattered up and down Clove Rd., with drivers standing in the rain near their wrecks. A portion of Clove Rd. remained closed to traffic as  worked to remove the vehicles. The accidents were blamed on icy roads for the pile-up.

According to the NYFD, the roads should have been salted throughout the borough, cars were slip, sliding all over the place — reeking havoc and one big mess and frustrating drivers!

“What do we pay our taxes for?” asked one of the drivers involved in the multiple car pileup. The city Sanitation Department said around 9 a.m. that salt spreaders are out across New York.

accidents were caused by icy road conditions

Car Crashes due to icy road conditions happening throughout the NYC metropolitan.

Queens crash two car fatal collision

Driver loses control speeding west on Beach Channel Drive and veers into another vehicle, slamming into the passenger’s side on Beach 127th St. in Belle Harbor.

A young man was killed and three others seriously were injured when two cars collided in the Rockaways Wednesday night.

A blue 2005 Nissan 350Z was speeding westbound on Beach Channel Drive in Belle Harbor when it lost control and veered into oncoming traffic at about 11:25 p.m., authorities said.

One dead and three others seriously injured in the accident.

That’s when a gray 2006 Kia Spectra 5 T-boned the Nissan’s passenger’s side near Beach 127th St., officials said.

NYFD had to use “the Jaws of Life” to rip both vehicles open and remove the injured passengers.

Queens Fatal Crash

Beach Channel Drive & Beach 127th St. U/D; 4 extricated, 1 in traumatic arrest. Hwy CIS requested.

Geovanni Balverdy, a passenger in the Nissan, was rushed to St. John’s Episcopal Hospital, but did not survive.

The Nissan’s driver, was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition.

The 29-year-old Kia driver and her passenger, 21, were both taken to Brookdale University Hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Paul Ajlouny,  New York car accident lawyer, offers his take on this accident. “Anytime Firefighters use ‘jaws of life’ to free trapped passengers, you know that the outcome will not always be good. Rescue workers that help car accident victims will use a hydraulic tool called the Jaws of Life to cut apart steel to free people trapped inside damaged cars after a bad crash.” says Mr.  Ajlouny.

The passenger’s side of the coupe was completely crush inwards from the force of the collision vehicle parts flying and scattering down the road, at least 50 feet away. Twisted metal and glass were scattered throughout the accident site.

Fatal Crash In Queens

Queens firefighters tear cars apart to reach crash survivors.

el_marie26 What a shame that you knew better and the rules of the road and your friend couldn’t… And, you just recently put this up…. Such a shame to lose a life not worth losing during a new year. You were so young and had your whole precious life to live. I didn’t personally know you or your family but I am too familiar to tragedies as such for many years now. May your family find it in their hearts to forgive and may God grant them the strength they need to heal and continue on in life in a positive light. May you rest in the sweetest of peace. I will pray for your family and friends.
RIP Geovanni Balverdy

Stop and think; before you end up making making a decision that could end your whole life.

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.

Our Precious Children

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Ask A New York Child Accident Attorney: 718-233-3913

Parent’s every day worry about their children and their safety. Did you know New York that more children die every year from injuries sustained in a car accident than from any other cause.

No one wants to even think about such events taking place. However, building awareness and making sure we take the appropriate safety precautions can change the staggering child injury and fatality numbers that plague our city.

Children can be injured from dog bites, physician or hospital mistakes, car accidents, swimming pool accidents, defective toys and prescription drug errors. Each of these situations requires proof that someone was negligent and that that negligence was the cause of the child’s injuries.

Head injuries, damage to the chest and lungs, cuts, bruises, and fractures of the head are the common types of injuries children suffer when a injured in an accident.

Our children are fragile. To keep them safe we have to talk their ears off, make sure they where their seat belts, have them look both ways before crossing the street, have them where a bicycle helmet when riding their bikes.

If your child has recently been injured in an accident call New York Personal Injury Lawyers at Ajlouny Injury Law for FREE ADVICE. 718-233-3913.


My child was taken to the emergency room what do i do next?


If the hospital released your child make sure that you follow-up with their pediatrician. Your child’s injuries need to be proven. An injured child’s parents are also entitled to compensation for the child’s medical expenses.

Contact the personal injury law firm of Ajlouny Injury Law if your child has been injured due to someone negligence. Call us toll-free at 1-800-535-5029 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation 24 hours a day or night.


Do I Need An Injury Lawyer?


I was rear ended in an accident.  I injured my neck and back. I have not been to work due to my injuries. Do I need an attorney?

The insurance agencies say they are doing an investigation. The guy hit me going about 50 mph on the hwy. there wasn’t much damage to my vehicle, but I am in severe pain. Not to mention not working.


Yes, you need an attorney to represent you. The most important thing to remember is *NEVER* give the insurance company of the person who hit you, a release to get your medical records. Never give a release, no matter what they tell you. Do not participate in any recorded statements. Talk to no one — and if anyone calls you say these words… “speak to my attorney” and hang-up.

You can cooperate with your own insurance company. If you have NO FAULT coverage you will need to sign a release for your own insurance company. You may also participate in a recorded statement with your own insurance company.

Most importantly if you are injured you must seek the appropriate medical attention. The best thing to do is call a New York personal injury attorney directly for advice.  We are available to answer your questions 24 hours day or night.  Call now to speak to a New York injury attorney:  718-233-3913.

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Get ready New York for Icy hazerdous roads

Winter is approaching and so is unpredictable weather.  The East Coast, New York State, has over the years seen some snowy, icy, miserable conditions.

Stormy and icy conditions cause hazardous driving conditions that end in catastrophic vehicle accidents. New York drivers need to prepare for snowy and icy roads, as the unpredictable winter season approaches.

New Yorkers Beware Hazardous Winter Road Conditions

Combine hazardous weather and icy roads combined with multiple cars, you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Drivers traveling on icy roads can loose control of their vehicle by skidding or losing traction.

A car becomes like a pinball, slip and sliding in every direction. And we all know there’s always those drivers that no matter what the weather conditions maybe they believe themselves to either be pro racers or just invincible despite the possibility accident, injury or even death.

Protect Yourself – Plan Ahead

Prepare for driving in winter weather. Check reported driving conditions online and confirm local snowplows and salt trucks will be in your area. Find out the safest route to where ever your traveling, even if it means taking a longer route.  Better safe then sorry!

Make sure your headlights, windshield wipers, defrosters, turn signals and seat belts are in working order during bad weather.

Be safe and drive at a speed that is controllable while keeping a safe distance from other vehicles. If your vehicle does skid, keep cool don’t panic. Take your foot off the brake or the gas pedal and steer your car in the opposite direction that the car is skidding.

Winter Road Treatment and Snow Removal

New York State Thruway Authority (Authority) primary weapon to fight roadway icing is rock salt. The Authority maintains covered storage capacity for approximately 128,100 tons of dry de-icing materials in 38 locations strategically placed along the Thruway.  Bulk storage tanks located across the system also provide storage capacity for approximately 100,000 gallons of liquid de-icers.

Pre-treatment of the pavement with liquid de-icing chemicals is also used in some locations in response to a predicted winter storm event.  The Authority’s trucks are equipped with automatic spreader control systems that adjust the application rate of de-icing materials to the speed of the vehicle.  In addition, many trucks are also equipped with de-icing liquid that can be added to the salt as it is applied to the pavement, increasing effectiveness under certain conditions.

Weather forecasting information from professional meteorological services is also provided to all Authority maintenance sections and the Thruway Statewide Operations Center (TSOC). Field personnel use local resources to fine tune weather forecasts and responses. In addition, there are temperature sensors in each plow truck, in most supervisor vehicles, and at more than 40 locations Thruway-wide that provide pavement temperature and air temperature data to maintenance managers and supervisors. This data is used in conjunction with direct observations, staff reports and weather forecast information to manage snow and ice control operations more effectively.

Steps to Winterize your car for safe travel

1. Get an oil change
2. Replace windshield Wipers
3. Make sure your battery is corrosion free
4. Get your belts and hoses checked
5. Check your tire pressure
6. Consider snow tires
7. Check your 4WD systems to make sure its working properly
8. Equip your vehicle with 50-50 mix of antifreeze (coolant) and water inside your radiator
9. Always travel with an emergency kit just in case.

Vehicle emergency kit should include:

  •     a blanket
  •     extra boots and gloves
  •     an extra set of warm clothes
  •     extra water and food, including hard candies
  •     an ice scraper
  •     a small shovel
  •     a flashlight
  •     windshield washer fluid
  •     windshield wipers
  •     flares
  •     jumper cables
  •     a tool kit
  •     tire chains
  •     a tire gauge
  •     a spare tire with air in it
  •     tire-changing equipment
  •     a first-aid kit
  •     paper towels
  •     Keep a bag of sand, salt or non-clumping kitty litter, which can provide additional traction if a tire gets stuck in snow.
  •     Keep the gas tank as full as you can to prevent the gas lines from freezing.

Protect yourself in the winter by dressing for the cold. Consider a warm winter jacket and boots, lined gloves or mittens, and a thick hat and scarf.Just in case your stranded or your car becomes lodged in a snow bank put an extra blanket or two in the truck. Keep you cell phone charged in case you may have to make an emergency call for help

What to  do after an accident

Even if you followed these guidelines and were a safe driver, you may still find yourself in a car crash this winter. Stay in your vehicle unless your absolutely sure that it is safe to exit. If you were rear ended by another and have been injured, stay where you are until medics can get to you. Depending on your condition after an accident, try to keep a level head and note as much detail of the accident as possible.

The last and most important step is contacting a New York personal injury attorney experienced in car accidents. The right NY attorney will be able to get you the right amount of compensation to help you recover for your pain and suffering and pay any medical bills. Get free advice at 800-535-5029.

Understanding No-Fault In New York

While many employers in New York provide health insurance benefits for their employees, there are many that don’t.  Given the cost of these benefits a great many New Yorkers find themselves without coverage when they get sick or suffer personal injuries in a car accident.  However, New York personal injury law does provide some relief, at least for people who are injured in car accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, etc.


Under New York’s “no fault” law, car insurance companies are required to provide certain basic coverage to people who are injured in accidents involving the vehicles those companies insure.  All car insurance policies written in New York must provide medical and lost wage coverage for occupants of the insured vehicle, as well as pedestrians who are injured as a result of accidents involving that vehicle.  The law is called “no fault” because it doesn’t matter who is at fault for causing the accident.  If you suffer personal injuries while you are a driver or passenger in a car, the company that insures that car has to provide these benefits even if the other driver was at fault.


The insurance company that issued the policy is referred to as the “no fault carrier” and is the primary insurer when someone suffers personal injuries as the result of a car accident.  Every insurance company is required to provide at least fifty thousand dollars in medical benefits for each person injured in an accident and up to fifty thousand dollars for lost wages up to eighty percent of the injured person’s monthly income or two thousand dollars, whichever is less.


As long as the car accident victim submits a claim to the insurance company within the appropriate time limit, usually thirty days, he or she is entitled to these benefits, at least at the outset.  No fault insurance companies are allowed to review the medical bills submitted by doctors and hospitals that treat people injured in car accidents and in some cases, deny payment.  They are also allowed to require the injured person to submit to an examination by a doctor chosen by the insurance company to make sure the injuries are real, and the medical treatment is necessary.


Since car insurance companies would rather keep their money than pay it out to car accident victims who suffer personal injuries, it is important that you hire the right personal injury attorney in New York if you are injured in a car, bus or truck accident.  An experienced New York personal injury law firm will know how to submit the necessary paperwork to make sure that if you’re injured in a car accident, bus accident or truck accident, you get the benefits to which you’re entitled.  The right lawyer will help you get the right treatment you need while making sure you get to keep as much as possible from your car accident settlement.

Hello New York City!

I am a personal injury attorney in New York that specializes in car accidents, slip and fall injuries, and other injuries caused by the negligence of another party.

This blog is mainly to provide a free advice to accident victims in the New York City metro area including, Brooklyn,Bronx,Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island.

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