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Bronx Two Car Deadly Crash

BRONX, NEW YORK — One person was killed and four others were injured in a two-car crash in the Bronx.

NYPD were called in the early morning Sunday to the scene of the accident at Bronxwood Avenue and East 219th Street in the Williamsbridge section of the Bronx.


Witnesses describe it as a chaotic traumatic scene with a loud bang and people screaming.

A 28-year-old man driving a BMW south on Bronxwood Avenue struck a Cadillac headed east on 219th Street. The collision caused the vehicles to strike three parked cars and flip the Cadillac on its side.

The SUV started to smoke leaving one of the driver of the SUV close to death.

The driver of the Cadillac – Michael Rhone, 39, of the Bronx – was later pronounced dead at Jacobi Medical.

The driver of the BMW and his 29-year-old female passenger were taken to Jacobi Medical Center in critical condition. A 16-year-old boy and a 30-year-old man were also taken to Jacobi in critical condition.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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Sun, 06/19/2016 Car Accident One fatality and four critically injured in crash on Bronxwood Ave. in Williamsbridge section of the Bronx, New York.
Sat, 06/11/2016 Bicycle Accident Giovanni Nin, 26, killed in bicycle collision with hit-and-run driver on E. Tremont Ave. in the Bronx, New York
Mon, 05/30/2016 Truck Accident Driver injured in crash resulting in semi truck falling off Cross Bronx Expressway in the Bronx, New York
Sat, 04/30/2016 Car Accident Elizabeth Wimmer, 58, killed and three people injured in two-vehicle crah in Woodlawn Heights neighborhood of the Bronx, New York
Sun, 04/10/2016 Car Accident One woman critically injured and one person injured in two-vehicle collision at Mosholu Parkway and Webster Ave. in the Bronx, New York
Mon, 03/07/2016 Pedestrian Accident Madeline Bengochea, 47, critically injured in pedestrian collision with hit-and-run driver at Williamsbridge Road and Waring Avenue in The Bronx, New York
Sun, 02/28/2016 Pedestrian Accident Jose Contreras, 63, killed in pedestrian collision with hit-and-run driver on Webster Avenue in the Bronx, New York
Fri, 01/08/2016 Pedestrian Accident Man killed in pedestrian collision with two hit-and-run drivers on East 170th Street in the Bronx, New York
Mon, 12/07/2015 Pedestrian Accident Thomas Kirby, 47, killed by hit-and-run driver just outside his home on Bruckner Blvd at Willis Ave in the Bronx, New York
Sat, 10/31/2015 Pedestrian Accident Louis Perez, 65, Nyanna Aquil, 10, and Kristian Leka, 24, killed and several injured when car hits them on sidewalk in Morris Park neighborhood of the Bronx, New York
Sat, 10/31/2015 Car Accident One person killed and several injured in car wreck at Morris Park and Radcliff avenues in the Bronx, New York
Wed, 10/14/2015 Car Accident Wendell Cheeseboro, 29, killed and passenger critically injured in single-vehicle crash on Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx, New York
Mon, 10/12/2015 Car Accident Cheniqua Silva, 37, killed and multiple people injured in truck crash into building at East 138th Street and Willow Avenue in Port Morris section of the Bronx, New York
Wed, 09/30/2015 Car Accident Six people injured, two critically, in car crash at Valentine Avenue and East Kingsbridge Road in the Bronx, New York
Fri, 09/18/2015 Pedestrian Accident Luis Inoa, 23, killed in pedestrian collision with bus at West 231st Street and Kingsbridge Avenue in the Bronx, New York
Fri, 09/11/2015 Bicycle Accident Bicyclist Gabriela Aguilar-Vallinos, 27, dies in hit-and-run collision with alleged driver Michael Moreno, 25, on the City Island Bridge in the Bronx, New York
Fri, 06/12/2015 Car Accident Pregnant woman and three other people injured in multi-vehicle crash on Boston Road in the Bronx, New York
Thu, 06/04/2015 Car Accident Ethan Villavicencio, 7, killed after being hit by SUV driven by Kwasi Oduro, 73, in restaurant on Westchester Ave. in the Bronx, New York
Sun, 05/24/2015 Pedestrian Accident 7-year-old girl seriously injured in pedestrian collision with hit-and-run driver on 214th Street in the Bronx, New York
Sat, 05/16/2015 Pedestrian Accident 12-year-old boy seriously injured in pedestrian crash with hit-and-run driver on Logan Avenue in the Bronx, New York: police ask for public’s help


Suffolk County Pays $5.8 million To Accident Victim

SUFFOLK COUNTY, NEW YORK — A state appellate division, reversing a lower-court ruling, has ordered Suffolk County to pay $5.8 million to a former Verizon worker who suffered disabling back injuries when he was hit by a county parks truck in 2009.

The 4-0 decision, reinstates the multimillion dollar award a jury made in August 2014 to Jason Kowalsky, a lineman who was rear-ended by a county parks truck on County Road 21 in, leaving him disabled.

Newsday reports ( ) This decision in Brooklyn reinstates Jason Kowalsky’s 2014 jury award.

Kowalsky underwent back surgery after he was hit in Middle Island, NY in 2009 while putting equipment away. He sued, accusing the Suffolk County driver of being inattentive and using poor judgment.

A state Supreme Court justice had called the original award excessive and reduced it to $750,000.

This case is a prime example where a city employee / government entity is found responsible for a car accident, leaving an accident victim disabled.

The county parks employee was driving a government-owned vehicle, and then rear-end Jason Kowalsky the victim. The accident happened while the county employee was on he clock, working, at the time, of the accident.

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If you have been involved in a moving vehicle accident where you were hit by a city vehicle, call New York  personal injury attorney’s at Ajlouny Injury Law for FREE ADVICE.

$360K in car accident trial

Earzel Riddick was injured in a motor vehicle collision Oct. 28, 2012 collision. Riddick was a front seat passenger in a car that had slowed for an ambulance at an intersection in Crown Heights. The car was then rear-ended by Sutherland’s car. The trial Earzel Riddick v. Hugo Sutherland resulted in the jury awarding Riddick $260,000 for future and $100,000 for past pain and suffering.

Riddick’s vehicle lurched forward about a car’s length, in testimony, he was wearing a seatbelt and hit the dashboard in a heavy impact. Emergency responders were summoned to the scene of the collision, but Riddick refused medical attention. His reason: He was worried about an imminent storm and close proximity to his home.

However, according to Riddick, he felt pain the very next day, and went to the ER. As seen in many car accident cases he was given pain medication, sent home and had not had any X-rays. He cited delays in follow-up treatment for his injuries, and alleged that he eventually required three surgeries. The argument in defense was that the claimant suffered significant limitations directly related to the accident.

In the end the jury sided with Earzel Riddick and awarded him 360K for his pain and injury.



New York Car Accident Attorney, Paul Ajlouny weighs in, “Delay In Medical Treatment Can Hurt Your Personal Injury Case. We see it all the time. Accident victims do not always necessarily feel injured immediately following a car accident. They feel o.k. after the accident, but then the next day, they feel pain, so then they decide to go see a doctor.

Even if the car accident is the other guy’s fault, and his insurance is offering a settle, your still in jeopardy. In the long run your injuries will be a huge determination of what your awarded. A really good attorney can pursue compensation for damages.” Says Mr. Ajlouny.



Flatbush Brooklyn Child Struck By Car

An 8-year-old girl / pedestrian was struck by a car and  killed in Flatbush, Brooklyn at the intersection of E. 22nd Street and Ditmas Avenue around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Jadann Williams tried to cross E. 22nd Street when she was struck by an SUV.


8 Year Old Female Child struck and killed Fatbush Brooklyn.

The young girl was transported to Kings County Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

The 35-year-old man driving the vehicle remained at the scene.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Multi vehicle Crash On I-95 In Bronx 7 Injured

Multi vehicle Crash On I-95 In Bronx Injures 7. 4 ejected from vehicle. Surprise, surprise, an unlicensed driver.

7 people were injured in a multi vehicle crash on the New England Thruway in the Bronx.

Multivehicle Crash On I-95 In Bronx Injures 7. 4ejected from vehicle. Unlicensed Driver.

7 hurt in multi-vehicle crash on New England Thruway in the Bronx

The crash occurred in Eastchester on the southbound side of the thruway near Conner Street around 1 a.m. Sunday when the driver of a van with five people inside was trying to get off at Exit 14 and hit a box truck, which hit another truck, according to the NYPD.

Four passengers in the van were ejected, the fifth was also injured, including two others in the box truck. NY EMS transported the injured to Jacobi and St. Barnabas Hospitals. All listed in stable condition.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

New York personal injury attorney, Paul Ajlouny, gives his two cents on such an accident.  “It’s no surprise that these 4 individuals were  injured in this crash. They are luck they were not killed. Obviously they were not wearing those seat belts, or if any actually existed. Seat-belts save lives people. ” Said Mr. Ajlouny.

Department of Transportation data show 22 percent of backseat passengers do not buckle up.

The Department of Transportation states people not wearing a seat belt are 30 times more likely to be ejected from a vehicle during a crash.

In fatal crashes, more than three out of four people who are ejected die from their injuries.

Crown Heights Brooklyn Crash Injures 5

Five people were injured in a multiple vehicle car crash in Brooklyn, according to the FDNY. 4 people were reported driving in a white car that drove right into an SUV with one occupant.

The crash happened at Nostrand Avenue and St. John’s Place in Crown Heights just after midnight Monday, according to authorities.

All five victims were taken to Kings County Hospital. Four were in serious but non-life threatening condition and another was in critical condition.

No further information was immediately available.

Crown Point Brooklyn Crash

A car accident in Brooklyn, Crown Heights has landed several people in the hospital.

Update:Raymond Ramos, 18, accused in Nostrand Avenue crash that injured 5 people

Police say the suspect, 18-year-old Raymond Ramos, was driving a white sedan with three passengers when he crashed into an SUV on Nostrand Avenue. All five people, including Ramos, were injured.

SOURCE: Top Stories – Read entire story here.

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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MTA Bus Hits 15-Year-Old Girl in Brooklyn

An MTA Bus hit a A 15-year-old girl as she was crossing Grand Street and Union Ave in Wliiamsburg, Brooklyn this Friday.

The girl was immediately transported to the hospital with a severe left leg injury according to NYPD.

Police say the teen was trying to cross the street at the time of the accident.

MTA bus accident in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  15 year old girl seriously injured.

It has been reported that the the driver, a 29-year MTA veteran, will be charged with failure to yield. This is similar to the MTA bus driver who fatally struck a 78-year-old in East Flatbush in December of last year.

Man dead after fall through cellar grate

There are thousands of people each day that walk the streets of New York. Very few, if any stop and think to not walk over the cellar grate. With the packed streets of New York, especially during rush hour times, the streets are packed. One of the last things that someone were to think to worry about would be that they would fall through a cellar grate and be seriously hurt or even die.

Yet, a 30 year old pedestrian, walking on Bedford Avenue fell through a cellar grate, and died. The metal door that lead to the basement of an abandoned building had collapsed right under the man.

Every New Yorker’s worst nightmare to fall to your death through a Cellar grate.

“He was walking. Not paying attention. The thing is loose. And he disappeared.”

A witness stated that the victim had lived in a nearby shelter. The victim was walking and the cellar doors had just opened. In 2014, the city had received 40 complaints for defective sidewalk cellar doors in 2014, and has received 19 in the first 20 days of 2015.

Under city law, property owners are held to be liable for any injuries or deaths that result from improperly maintained cellar grates.

A similar nightmare scenario occurred in June, when an apparently dazed man stumbled headfirst into an open grate outside of a Harlem deli.

In 2009, a boy of the age of 10 was injured when he fell through the cellar of a vacant restaurant. These faulty cellar grates pose a serious issue. This is a serious issue that can be fixed which would then prevent future injuries or even deaths.

“Many storefronts in NYC have cellars underneath for storage. They are accessed through cellar doors in the sidewalk.” Says, New York personal injury attorney, Paul Ajlouny. “On the NYC DOT website, they define defective cellar doors as: “[those] that deflect greater than 1” when walked on, are not skid resistant or are otherwise in a dangerous or unsafe condition.

Lawsuits we have handled are for people who tripped or fell through the cellar doors. These accidents do happen as seen in this tragic incident on Bedford Ave. near Herkimer St. in the middle of the afternoon.

Just a pure nightmare that you can be causally walking along and then metal doors leading to a basement of an abandoned building collapse beneath you. People who walk on cellar doors every day, and YES there are a small number of cellar related accidents. However, the odds of being injured by a cellar door are ziltch to none. You’re more likely to be hit by a taxi in New York.” suggests Mr. Ajlouny.


Chelsea Horowitz (Ajlouny Injury Law)

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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