Articles Posted in Car Accidents

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Many people often assume a motor vehicle accident always involves a car.   While the majority of motor vehicle accidents in New York will involve a car, attorneys practicing in New York understand that motor vehicle accidents can and often do involve any number of different motor vehicles, as well as bicycles, in-line skaters and pedestrians.  Victims of these types of motor vehicle accidents often face severe injuries, such as broken bones, scarring, head trauma, and amputations; in some cases these injuries can prove fatal.

A recent report by the New York Daily News concerning injuries sustained by the famous actor, George Clooney, serves as a perfect illustration for the types of accidents that can occur with vehicles other than a car.  According to the article, Mr. Clooney was operating his scooter in Sardinia and was on his way to a movie set.   A collision occurred between his scooter and another motor vehicle – in this case, a car.  As a result, Mr. Clooney was hospitalized with injuries, the extent of which remain undetermined.

In New York, a proper legal analysis would include an evaluation of the relative fault of each of the parties involved in the accident as well as the nature of the injuries sustained.  Since the reported accident involved a motorized scooter, as well as a car, it must be determined what laws govern the operation of a motorized scooter.  In New York, a motorized scooter is considered to be a motorcycle and is required to be registered as such.  New York attorneys familiar with motorcycle accidents will have a complete understanding of the law associated with motorcycle use and the issues surrounding motorcycle litigation.

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Bus accidents are often among the most tragic and involved personal injury matters largely due to the number of people who are often injured as a result.  Recently, the terrible crash involving the  Canadian Junior ice hockey team from Humbodlt, Saskatchewan resulted in the deaths of 15 people and a number of other injuries.  This crash made news across the globe due to the age of the victims and the number of deaths involved.

This past weekend, a bus accident occurred in New York on the Southern State Parkway on Long Island.  According to a report by the New York Daily News, a charter bus carrying Long Island teenagers coming home from a school Spring Break trip, crashed into an overpass on the highway.  Six of the passengers on the bus sustained serious injuries and another 37 sustained minor injuries.  According to the report, the height of the bus exceeded the height restriction for the Southern State Parkway.  The driver of the bus was apparently unaware of the height restriction.

When someone injured or killed in a bus accident, it is important for the victim and the victim’s family to understand their legal rights.  The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP have extensive experience representing the victims of bus accidents, as well as the skills and expertise to conduct a thorough analysis of the legal issues in the case.

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Have you ever the expression that a car was “T-Boned” and wondered what it meant? A T-bone accident is one in which the front of a vehicle collides with the side of another vehicle. These collisions thus form the shape of a “T”. Such accidents are also commonly referred to as “side impact” collisions or “broadside” type accidents, since the broad or long side of a vehicle is struck by another vehicle, such as a car, van, truck, or bus. Side-impact collision accidents typically occur at an intersection due to the failure of one or more vehicles to obey traffic signs and signals, or other failure to yield the right of way. A clear example of a T-Bone accident can be seen in the image above.

Due to their nature, these types of accidents are usually the result of a driver’s negligence. As a result, any individual who has suffered an injury or property damage in one of these types of accidents may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the driver of the other vehicle. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our car accident attorneys have handled numerous cases involving a side-impact collision. We understand the complexities of such cases and have a sustained history of success recouping compensation for our clients who have suffered injuries in such accidents.

The following image is another example of a car being “T-boned” on the driver’s side:

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Winter is that time of year which can bring its own unique circumstances that make accidents more likely and dangers more catastrophic. Of course, not all accidents are preventable, but there are steps that can be taken to minimize accidents and the potential impact on yourself and your family. Below are a list of 10 Safety Tips to prepare for the upcoming winter from the perspective of experts in New York Personal Injury Law:

  1. Smoke and Fire Detectors – Fires are a major concern in the cold weather months with the need for heat and the simple recognition that many people use different heating sources depending on their circumstances. Regardless of the heating sources used, smoke and fire detectors are a must. These should be installed and inspected prior to winter months to ensure that they are working properly and, if necessary, the batteries have been replaced and are in good working order. This simple safety device can make an immeasurable difference in the prevention of tragedy.
  2. Servicing your car – Prior to the winter, you should bring your car or cars to be serviced and winterized. This will insure that your tires are in good shape and can handle road conditions as much as possible. Your fluids will be checked and replaced to insure that your engine will not have any issues and your windshield wiper fluid is full for those snowy and sleety days when you really need it.
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Car accidents can have long term negative effects on injured individuals and their families. Victims of car accidents may face debilitating injuries, such as brain damage, burns, broken bones, amputations, and internal bleeding. The injuries suffered in car accidents may force the victims and their families to face a number of hardships, such as emotional and financial strain. In addition to severe injuries, car accidents often prove to be fatal. There are many things you need to do if you have been involved in a car accident.

As a quick guide, these are the Top 5 things you should do if you are in a car accident:

1. Make sure that everybody involved is safe and, if not, call 911 immediately. Your health and the health of anyone involved in the accident are of the utmost importance and should always be the first priority. You should make sure everyone is safe and take any steps necessary to make sure everyone remains safe following an accident. If you or someone involved is injured, 911 should be called immediately.

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An MTA bus and a tour bus collided in Flushing Queens this morning. As reported by CBS New York, the charter bus was heading east on Northern Boulevard when it struck the MTA bus attempting to turn right onto Northern Boulevard. Among the three dead are the driver of the charter bus, a passenger on the MTA bus and a pedestrian was was pinned between the buses as a results of the collision. The charter bus crashed right through the front of a couple of stores on Northern Boulevard. Preliminary reports indicate that the charter bus was speeding in an attempt to beat the light when the collision occurred.

Due to their massive size, buses can cause devastating injuries to other drivers and their own passengers when they are involved in an accident. Passengers may sustain life-altering injuries, such as broken bones, amputations, severe head trauma resulting in brain damage, lacerations, and burns; in some cases injuries resulting from a bus accident can prove fatal. In many instances, the accident and subsequent injuries could have been avoided if not for the bus driver or manufacturer’s negligence. As a result, individuals who have suffered a severe injury in a bus accident may be entitled to compensation. At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our New York bus accident attorneys are committed to defending the rights of individuals who were unnecessarily injured due to the negligence of a bus driver or company. We understand the devastating impact that a severe injury suffered in a bus accident can have on a victim’s life. To help ease the financial burden that victims may face, our attorneys will pursue compensation for any lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering our clients suffered in the accident. Additionally, we pursue compensation for victims’ families through wrongful death lawsuits when bus accidents end in fatalities.

Individuals, who have suffered an injury in an accident with a city bus or a private bus, may have a difficult time proving liability. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the bus company have attorneys working hard to protect their interests after an accident. As a result, it is important that victims hire a lawyer who has experience handling bus accident lawsuits. An experienced lawyer will thoroughly investigate the accident by taking photos of the scene, reviewing police reports, and interviewing witnesses. Additionally, an attorney will handle all aspects of the legal proceedings, including the filing of the lawsuit, representing victims at trial, handling mediation when necessary, and pursuing maximum compensation for their clients’ losses. The New York personal injury attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool have been trying bus accident cases for over 50 years. Our law firm has the experience and resources necessary to combat the MTA’s attorneys.

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The injuries suffered by a pedestrian who has been hit by a vehicle may permanently alter the course of their life. On Wednesday morning, an SUV lost control, jumped the curb and struck two pedestrians by the 66th Street- Lincoln Center subway entrance. According to the New York Daily News article, the accident occurred early Wednesday morning and it is unclear what caused the driver of the SUV to lose control. The victims were taken to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center with serious injuries.

Certain types of major injuries are common occurrences in pedestrian accidents. These include “bumper” injuries that often occur at the height of one’s legs or up to the area of the hips. Such contact often results in broken bones and fractures to the tibia and/or fibula. These are the bones in the lower leg below the knee. Bumper contacts also frequently break the knee (known as the patella itself). The knee is a joint and a fracture to the knee or other joint often involves serious complications. Contact with the bumper also frequently causes a fracture to the femur which is the main leg bone between the knee and the hip. The top of the femur forms a joint with a bone known as the acetabulum. This is the hip joint and a fracture of the hip or any of the pelvic bones surrounding that is also very serious. All of the aforementioned fractures often involve surgery which requires an open reduction and internal fixation, which in the simplest terms is surgery that requires your broken bones to be “reduced” back into place by an open surgery that requires the insertion of hardware. Of course vehicular accidents can and do cause serious injuries and fractures to all parts of the body of the pedestrian. We have handled numerous pedestrian cases that involved paralysis or death. The catastrophic nature of injuries that result from impact between the human body and a vehicle that may weigh thousands of pounds makes it even more essential to carefully choose an attorney with the experience, expertise, and resources to handle your case.

If you have been struck by a vehicle due to a driver’s negligence, you may eligible to receive compensation for any damages suffered. To see if you have grounds to file a lawsuit, call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online. All consultations are free of charge.

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Cross-over accidents resulting in head-on collisions are among the most serious types of motor vehicle accidents due to their unexpected suddenness and the forces typically involved. According to CBS New York, a cross-over accident on the Grand Central Parkway claimed the life of one person and left 8 others injured. According to this report,the accident occurred at approximately 6:30am on Sunday morning. A vehicle traveling westbound on the Grand Central Parkway near 188th Street in Queens crashed through the center divider and into eastbound traffic. Three vehicles were involved in the crash with an SUV flipping onto its roof and a minivan landing on its side.

Have you or someone you love suffered an injury in a head on collision? If so, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free, no-obligation case review, call 212-406-1700 or contact us online. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool take cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning clients will not be charged unless there is a recovery.

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The partners and staff of Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July holiday weekend! It is an unfortunate truth that the incidents of drunk driving in New York increase during holiday weekends such as the 4th of July. Please be careful and responsible so you that and your family and everyone else can have a safe and fun holiday.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that nearly one-third of all fatal auto accidents are caused by impaired driving. Accidents caused by drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs are often very serious because drunk drivers tend to speed, weave into other lanes and miss traffic signals.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal in New York and comes with stiff penalties, such as fines and jail time. Unfortunately drivers who violate the law by operating vehicles while intoxicated are not the only people affected by their criminal behavior. Unfortunately, intoxicated individuals adversely affect others when they choose to get behind the wheel of a car. New York had 315 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in 2011 alone. Due to the fact that driving under the influence of alcohol is illegal, getting behind the wheel of a car following the consumption of alcoholic beverages can constitute a negligent action. Accidents involving drunk drivers often involve serious or catastrophic injuries, and in some cases prove fatal.

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A driver’s attempt to beat a red light resulted in a chain of collisions ending up with the SUV on the sidewalk and 9 people injured. According to CBS New York, the SUV accelerated through the light and contacted multiple vehicles prior to jumping the curb. Eyewitnesses report that the SUV struck one person on the sidewalk. Eight passengers of vehicles were also injured. The full extent of the injuries is not known at this time.

Individuals who have been hit by a vehicle while walking may have several types of compensation available to them in a lawsuit. Injured pedestrians who are forced to miss time at work due to their accident may be able to recoup compensation for lost wages. Additionally, victims can receive compensation for any damage the accident causes their future earning potential. Individuals who have been struck by a vehicle may also be forced to undergo numerous medical procedures, purchase medication, and make frequent doctor’s visits in the future. A lawsuit may provide injured individuals compensation for any medical costs uncovered by insurance. In addition to the economic damages injured pedestrians may be able to recoup, a lawsuit may provide compensation for some non-economic pain and suffering damages. Non-economic damages accident victims may be able to receive include but are not limited to emotional trauma, loss of life’s enjoyment, and long term physical pain.

At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our pedestrian accident attorneys handle lawsuits for injured victims as well as wrongful death claims for grieving families. Our attorneys realize the tremendous hardships a traffic accident can impose on victims and their families. As a result, we are committed to helping ease their financial burden. We will pursue maximum compensation for all damages victims and their families may have suffered due to the accident.