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Mailman Seriously Injured in Long Island Car Accident

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 A postal worker suffered major injuries in a Long Island collision with a car after he was hit while loading his bag into his truck. According to an NBC news report, the incident occurred on Prairie Drive in North Babylon. A car struck the worker from behind and then hit the mail truck and a fire hydrant before slamming into a telephone pole. A neighbor said he heard two booms and ran out to help the injured mailman. He found that the victim’s leg was completely severed and lay on the street about 10 feet away. The man was conscious and told the neighbor to call his wife.

He was transported to an area hospital by helicopter. His condition has been listed as critical. The driver of the other vehicle remained at the scene and was questioned by police. He was charged with reckless driving. Police have still not said what caused the crash, but neighbors say speeding is a major issue at the location. The neighbor who came to the mailman’s aid told NBC that the situation is so bad on that street that he bought a speed gun and has clocked cars traveling well beyond the speed limit. He says some motorists do over 70 mph on the street where the posted speed limit is 30 mph.

The Dangers of Speeding

New York’s Basic Speed Law states that “a person shall not drive a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing.” New York has what is known as an “absolute” speed limit law. This means if the sign says 30 mph and you drive 31 mph or more, you have violated the law.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), excessive speed was a factor in 9,262 fatal traffic accidents in 2014. The consequences of speeding can be far-reaching. There is –

• Greater risk for loss of vehicle control.
• Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment such as seatbelts.
• Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger.
• Increased degree of crash severity leading to more significant injuries.

Speeding is a type of aggressive driving behavior. Here are some of the reasons, according to NHTSA, that drivers tend to speed. Drivers may respond to traffic congestion by using aggressive driving behaviors, including speeding, changing lanes frequently, or becoming angry with anyone who they believe impedes their progress. People tend to speed when they are running late whether it’s for an appointment, meeting or picking up their children.

Compensation for Victims

Individuals who have been injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident as the result of a speeding or reckless driver may be able to receive compensation for the injuries, damages and losses sustained. Victims can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. It is important for victims involved in such incidents to get prompt medical attention, treatment and care.

Please remember to file a police report and obtain a copy for your records. Your car accident lawyer can also help you get a copy of the police report. Gather as much information as possible from the scene including pertinent information from other parties and witnesses such as driver’s license, insurance, contact information, etc. Take photographs of the scene. If you are injured and unable to gather information at the scene, have a family member or friend do so. Immediately contact an experienced New York car accident lawyer who will fight for your rights and help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a reckless or negligent driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 45 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole.

Please contact us TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). WE CAN EVEN COME TO YOU. There is no attorneys’ fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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Source: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/US-Postal-Worker-Struck-by-Car-Long-Island-419182044.html

Elevator Accident in Manhattan Causes Serious Injuries

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 A 62-year-old woman was severely injured in an elevator accident in Manhattan after the elevator fell three floors. According to a report on DNAinfo.com, the incident occurred in a building at Sutton Place near Sutton Square. The elevator reportedly plunged three floors down to the basement. The victim was transported to a local hospital and […]

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Construction Worker Seriously Injured in Queens after Beam Collapse

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 A man suffered serious injuries in a Queens construction site accident after a cable attaching the I-Beam, known as a hammer, to the crawler crane snapped and pinned his lower legs. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the incident occurred in the municipal parking garage on 126th Street behind the Queens […]

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Mail Carrier Dog Bites Up in 2016

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 The trend in growing online retail sales have proved to be a welcome shot in the arm for the U.S. Postal Service and other package delivery companies. However, this comes at a cost. According to a news report in The New York Times, dog bites involving postal workers have increased in 2016. Numbers released by […]

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Staten Island Teen Injured in Hit and Run Pedestrian Accident

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 Police have released a photo of the man sought in connection with a West Brighton hit-and-run accident that left a 13-year-old boy with two broken legs. According to a news report in the Staten Island Advance, police say a black 2004 Chrysler sedan traveling eastbound on Henderson Avenue at a high rate of speed turned […]

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Woman Loses Limbs In New York City Subway Accident

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 A 25-year-old woman remains hospitalized after losing her right arm and leg in a New York City subway accident. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the victim suffered a fainting spell that caused her to fall on the tracks and into the path of a No. 6 train at the Midtown […]

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Two Train Derailments in 11 Days at Penn Station

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 A train accident at New York City’s Penn Station the morning of April 3 caused several delays for commuters, but did not result in any major injuries. According to an NBC New York news report, the incident that occurred at the height of the morning rush, was the second train derailment in less than two […]

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One Person Dead, Two Critically Injured in NYC Truck Accident

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 A 23-year-old man has been charged with driving while intoxicated in a fatal accident with a truck on the Cross Bronx Expressway, which left one man dead and two other people critically injured. According to an NBC New York news report, the big rig collision occurred during the early hours of March 27, 2017. Police […]

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Pedestrian Injured in East Village Bus Accident

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 A Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) bus struck a woman causing her leg to be trapped under the vehicle. According to an ABC 7 news report, the accident with the bus occurred when the M14D that was traveling south on Avenue D made a right turn to head east on Houston Street and hit the 61-year-old […]

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Two People Dead in Listeria Outbreak Connected to Raw Milk Cheese

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 At least two people have died in a multi-state listeria outbreak that has been linked to cheese made with raw milk in Walton, New York. According to a Fox News report, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are looking into the deadly contamination that has […]

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