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New York Car Accident Leaves Three People Dead and Young Girl Critically Injured

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Three members of a family including a 4-year-old child were killed in a car accident in upstate New York. According to an NBC New York news report, the family was on a road trip to Niagara Falls when a suspected drunk driver in a pickup truck blew a stop sign and struck the SUV carrying the family. The driver of the pickup truck, a 20-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated vehicular homicide, DWI and reckless driving.

Injuries and Fatalities

The crash fatally injured a 4-year-old girl, her mother and grandmother, and left another young family member hospitalized in critical condition. Police said five other people, were also injured in the crash, which occurred at the intersection of Route 20A and Maxon Road in Sheldon, a town about 30 miles southeast of Buffalo. Investigators say the family of nine was heading west on Route 20A when their minivan was T-boned by a pickup truck and that the truck had blown through a stop sign just before the collision. The driver of the pickup truck was taken to a hospital and was later arrested.

Drunk Driving Statistics and Laws

According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Laws Section 1192, it is illegal to operate a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. It is also against the law to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. For commercial vehicles, that legal limit is 0.04 percent.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in drunk-driving crashes. That’s one person every 48 minutes in 2017. These deaths have fallen by a third in the last three decades; however, drunk-driving crashes claim more than 10,000 lives per year. In 2010, the most recent year for which cost data is available, these deaths and damages contributed to a cost of $44 billion that year.

Drunk Driving Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.10 or greater is seven times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash compared to a driver who has not consumed alcoholic beverages. A driver with a BAC of 0.15 or greater is about 25 times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash. Essentially, the more alcohol you consume, the more likely you are to cause a fatal accident.

Summer, in particular, is a dangerous time when we see more drunk drivers on the road. With holiday weekends and people on vacation, there is an increased likelihood of
impaired drivers on our roadways. It is crucial for drivers to assign a sober, designated person to take them home if they plan to imbibe. There is also the option of calling a cab or using a rideshare app to get home safely. Drinking and driving puts drivers, passengers and everyone else on the roadway in grave danger. If you are drinking, the best course of action is to never drive, regardless of how many drinks you may have had.

Contacting a Car Accident 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 negligent (careless) 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 47 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. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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 and medical malpractice cases in New York, 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: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NY-Crash-That-Killed-3-Generations-Leaves-Girl-Hospitalized-510672411.html

Federal Monitor Says New NYC Housing Authority Head Continues to Mislead Public on Lead Paint Issues

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Mayor Bill de Blasio’s latest pick to lead the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) (The Projects) left out important details while testifying about the agency’s lead paint scandal, including how officials failed to properly investigate whether children are being exposed to lead poisoning, according to documents obtained by The New York Post. The publication […]

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Amid Lead Poisoning Scandal NYCHA Faces Management and Funding Problems

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The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) (The Projects) is the city’s biggest landlord. Since last year, the agency has been dealing with a scandal involving lead paint contamination that was making young children sick in its public housing projects, dangerous conditions on various properties including the Bronx River Houses, Manhattan’s Harlem River Houses and […]

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Toddler Suffers Head Injury After Falling from Window of Long Island Home

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A 2-year-old boy suffered serious injuries after he fell from the second-story window of his home in Valley Stream, Long Island. According to News12, the incident occurred late night on May 26 on Ivanhoe Place. Police say the child climbed in the stairwell of his home and fell two stories from the window shortly afterward. […]

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Safety Advocates Say City’s Lead Enforcement Ignores Lead Paint Hazards in Private Housing

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Just weeks after Mayor Bill de Blasio unveiled a plan to eradicate childhood lead poisoning in public housing or the projects, some housing advocates say the administration is brushing over lead paint hazards in private housing, where a number of lead poisoning cases occur. According to an AMNY.com news report, the mayor released a roadmap […]

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Top Five Causes of Major Injury or Fatal Truck Accidents in New York

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Accidents involving large trucks have the potential to cause significant damages including gruesome, catastrophic injuries and fatalities. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a vast majority of fatalities in large truck accidents involve those traveling in passenger vehicles. The main issue here is the increased vulnerability of the occupants of smaller vehicles. […]

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Construction Worker Fatally Injured After Falling 30 Feet at Midtown Site

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A worker fell nearly 30 feet on May 18 at a construction site next to Grand Central. According to an NBC New York news report, the 49-year-old man was working at 333 Madison Avenue between 43rd and 44th streets when he fell from the fifth to the second floor. The victim was then transported to […]

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Elderly Woman Struck and Killed by Taxicab in Lower Manhattan

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A woman was fatally hit by a yellow taxicab in downtown Manhattan the afternoon of May 18. According to an NBC news report, the pedestrian accident occurred at the intersection of Center and Broome streets. NYPD officials say the woman was walking in a marked crosswalk when the cab that was trying to make a […]

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Worker Critically Injured in Brooklyn Construction Accident

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A worker suffered life-threatening injuries in a Brooklyn construction accident after officials said he plunged 10 feet onto a concrete floor while working on an unfinished stairwell. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the worker who suffered major head trauma, was using a long crowbar to pry loose a wooden plank […]

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