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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.


$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.



$1.7 million in car accident trial

Lets Review New York How Justice Works in A Car Accident Case.

The New York City Transit law department, faces off with the plaintiff in the motor vehicle accident trial Vidal v. Rodriguez.

In October 2011 Kelda Vidal, 26 years old while driving to her job when she stopped for an emergency vehicle near the intersection of Bedford and Willoughby avenues, when within seconds rear-ended by Louis Rodriguez who was behind the wheel of a Transit Authority vehicle.

Kelda Vidal claimed that as a result of the accident she underwent a neck discectomy and fusion surgery, replacing a disc with a metal plate, and remains in constant pain despite medication and therapy. According to reports from her pain management physician  it was confirmed that Vidal’s symptoms of neck and head pain are permanent. Vidal alleged that she could not resume her former duties as a hospital security officer.

The legal team of the NYC transit department tried to dispute the extent of Vidal’s claims, refuting her allegations of impeded movement through reports citing her range of motion as within normal limits.

The jury returned a verdict of damages for past and future pain and suffering, past medical expenses and lost earnings in the total amount of $1.7 million in the trial that concluded this week in Kings County Civil Term.

1.7 million For Plaintiff Rear ended in Car Accident

1.7 million For Plaintiff Rear ended in Car Accident

When a person is found person responsible for an accident — That person’s liability insurance company must pay an injured person for:

  • medical care & expenses
  • missed work & lost wages
  • pain and suffering
  • permanent disability or disfigurement
  • loss of normal lifestyle (family, education,etc…)

Injured in an moving vehicle accident in New York? Got questions? Ask a New York car accident lawyer. The advice is FREE!


Insurance denying responsibility

Insurance company giving me the run around. Help!

Insurance Run-Around Question:

I was recently involved in a car accident in Manhattan, NY on the lower east side. I was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle. I was rushed to the hospital and after 6 hours released. I was advised to see an orthopedic doctor. I then was immediately contacted by the other drivers insurance company.

They appeared to be cooperative at first. Suddenly, they have pulled the rug out from under me by claiming that their client’ is not 100% at fault. I have a police report saying otherwise. I finally received a call back from the insurance agency with an offer of $5k.

I’m starting to panic not to mention in incredible pain from the accident.  Help, what do I do now?

Insurance Run-Around Answer:

You are experiencing the oldest trick in the world. The at-fault drivers insurance company is low-balling, which is not uncommon when someone is without attorney representation.

Simple answer to your “what do I do now?” question.

Here’s some FREE ADVICE: You need to contact a local New York personal injury attorney that will file a personal injury lawsuit for you and fight for the settlement you deserve.

You also need to know that in New York State you are covered under personal injury protection (PIP insurance) up to $50,000.

So stop panicking, pick up the phone and call one of the attorneys at local New York car accident law firm, Ajlouny Injury Law, for some free, sound advice. 1-800-535-5029.

Most accident lawyers provide free consultations.

The insurance company will continue to bully you until you hire a lawyer.

I was rear ended but did not see doctor right away

Attorney Personal Injury Question: Did Not See Doctor Immediately After Accident.

I was rear-ended in a car accident yesterday and did not feel any pain right away, but after a couple of days later  felt like a truck hit me.  I am in pain and I plan to seek medical attention. The Insurance agent of the at fault driver who hot me from behind if I had an attorney? Should I hire an attorney?

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Attorney Personal Injury Answer: Did Not See Doctor Immediately After An Accident.

Hiring an attorney will allow you to sit back, relax, and recover, knowing your in good hand.  It’s a time for you to recover from your injuries. So, YES. you need an attorney. The attorney should be the only one dealing with the opposing insurance company.  Your attorney will be in contact with your employer to make sure they understand what is going on and why you’ll missing work. 

As  for your injuries, It sounds like your coming off the adrenaline high after the accident. This is common with accident victims.  Some go days, even weeks before they start feeling the pain that follows an accident.

You need to immediately be treated by a physician or any medical treatment provider that specializes in car accident injuries.

Keep in mind the fact that you live in New York State your are covered under No-fault and you have at your disposal up to $50,000 for medical treatment — no mater who’s at fault for the accident.

Most personal injury attorneys will do this without your having to come out of pocket at all. That way, you can worry about seeking treatment and getting better.

Get a personal injury attorney ASAP.

Reflection on the holidays

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It’s the holidays New York. I advise people for a living as a car accident lawyer in New York, 24 hours a day or night.

Here’s a little friendly advice — lets drive safe. there holiday parties, and probably plenty of drinking. Think before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Just the other day in Halfmoon, NY two students were killed after being rear ended by a drunk driver.

Its such a tragic loss — This type of tragedy, there’s nothing that can be said to alleviate or ease the pain of surviving family members and friend.

Be careful! DON’T DINK and DRIVE.

Again in this situation, as we’ve seen too often there are victims, and the driver that caused the accident walks away unharmed.

Read about the rear end fatal accident

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.

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