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Staten Island pedestrian hit and run injures grandmother

Pedestrians should know the dangers they face from motorists. Drivers are frequently ignorant of pedestrians for a variety of reasons. What makes a pedestrian accident worse is when the driver flees the scene, making it a hit and run. As a result, these pedestrian should know how to pursue compensation in a legal filing.

A 62-year-old female pedestrian was hit by a car at around 8 a.m. The vehicle did not stop. Instead, it dragged her, and then fled the scene. The victim, a grandmother, was hospitalized with serious injuries. The accident was captured on video, giving law enforcement a lead on how to find the driver, which they eventually did.

Study: Speeding causes almost as many fatal car accidents as DUI

In a Staten Island car accident in which people suffer catastrophic injuries or fatalities, the cause of the crash is one of the most important factors as the case is investigated. People who are hurt or lose a loved one in a crash must be aware of the importance of the cause, if they are considering litigation to be compensated. While certain factors, such as drunk driving, are considered a common factor in these crashes, a recent study by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) says that speeding is almost as prominent in causing fatal accidents.

According to the NTSB, from 2005 to 2014, there were more than 100,000 road fatalities due to excessive speeds. The chairperson of the NTSB says that for every mile over the speed limit a driver goes, the chance of an accident increases.

Legal help is vital after Staten Island car accidents

Heading out on the Staten Island roads is something that people do every single day without thinking about the potential risks they face. While most drivers operate their vehicles safely, watch for other drivers and pedestrians, and are predictable and cautious, there will still be drivers who are reckless, operate under the influence, text and drive and commit any number of other infractions that lead to a crash.

When there is a car accident, it can lead to medical bills, long-term personal, financial and emotional problems and a drastically altered life. A legal filing can help to deal with these issues. Gathering evidence is one of the most important parts of a lawsuit. People who were involved in the crash and their families will often be distracted with trying to get treatment and worrying about life and death matters to think about the accident and what caused it, but that does not make it any less important. Having legal help immediately can deal with these issues.

Is drugged driving on the rise?

The last time you had surgery or a dental procedure, a doctor probably prescribed a pain reliever. You may have taken this medication for a week or so after the procedure, and during that time, you may have slept a lot. Perhaps you remember very little of the time you spent in the haze of narcotics.

One of the warnings your doctor or pharmacists may have impressed upon you was that you should not get behind the wheel of a car while taking the pain reliever. The information included with your prescription likely repeated this caution. Nevertheless, researchers have recently discovered that, while the number of people dying on the nation's highways continues to climb, so does the number of people driving while using narcotics.

Crash shows high risk of injury and death to motorcyclists

Motorcyclists are a frequent sight on Staten Island roadways and throughout New York. While most drivers of conventional vehicles will adhere to the law, keep a close eye on motorcycles and share the road, motorcycle accidents can still happen. Since motorcyclists do not have the same protections as other motorists, they can suffer severe injuries and death when there is an accident. This is true, even if they are wearing protective gear. When there is a motorcycle accident, it is essential that a full investigation be conducted to determine its cause and help with a potential legal filing.

Recently, a motorcyclist died in a crash in Staten Island. The accident happened at around noon, when the driver of a pickup truck was turning into a gas station. The motorcyclist crashed into the pickup. The rider, a 53-year-old man, was wearing a helmet. He was taken to the hospital with severe injuries, but unfortunately, later died. The driver of the pickup remained at the scene, and the case is still being investigated.

Woman, two children critically injured in pedestrian accident

The roads in Staten Island can be exceedingly dangerous for pedestrians even when they are following all the safety rules when crossing the street. A pedestrian accident can cause a substantial amount of damage to those who have been hit. This is due to myriad factors including the lack of protection pedestrians have and the speed at which vehicles are often moving. Injuries and fatalities are not unusual in pedestrian accidents and these can cause financial, emotional and personal problems for an extended period. Those who have been affected by one of these accidents must understand how a legal filing can help them in its aftermath.

A woman and two children were hospitalized after all three were hit by a turning vehicle as they crossed the street in the intersection. The incident occurred at around 6:30 p.m. The 25-year-old woman was crossing with two 4-year-old girls. The vehicle, a Hyundai SUV, was being driven by a 56-year-old woman. It turned at the corner and hit the woman and the two children. The children were brought to the hospital in critical condition, but were later upgraded to stable. The woman walking with them had injuries that were reported as minor. The woman driving the SUV remained at the scene and was placed under arrest for failing to yield to pedestrians.

Danger of hit-and-run car accidents shown in Staten Island crash

When there are car collisions, it is expected that those involved will stay at the scene, exchange insurance information and check if others involved need medical assistance. Unfortunately, in a substantial number of car accidents, it will turn into a hit-and-run with a driver fleeing the scene. With hit-and-run accidents, it is vital that there be a full investigation to determine what happened. Those who are in any accident must be examined for serious injuries and understand their rights to seek compensation in a legal filing.

A hit-and-run accident occurred when a vehicle believed to have been traveling at around 100-miles-per-hour ran a red light and hit a vehicle that was carrying a family. The car that was hit had a woman, her 21-month-old daughter and her father in the vehicle. The front of their vehicle was destroyed. Local people came out to assist and helped the people from the vehicle. The female driver suffered a foot injury.

Stats for NYC car accidents show positives and negatives

Car accidents and the serious injuries and fatalities that can result from them are an ongoing problem in a city as large and as busy as New York. The city authorities and law enforcement are constantly trying to find ways to make the streets safer. One tactic that appears to be showing promise is Vision Zero. The program was implemented in 2014. Since then, the number of deaths in auto accidents has reduced across the city except for Staten Island. However, 2017 has been a better year for the borough than it was in the previous two.

So far in 2017, there have been five fatalities in traffic accidents. At this point in 2016, there were seven. In 2015, there were 10. There has also been a reduction in overall auto accidents. Through early June, there were slightly fewer than 5,100 crashes on Staten Island. By that date in 2016, there had been 5,259. Although the number of accidents has lowered, the number with injuries is rising with an increase of more than 11 percent from 2016.

Will settling take the bite out of your dog attack claim?

Though you may love all different types of animals, you likely know that everyone should give those animals their deserved space and approach with caution. Even seemingly harmless pets can sometimes have adverse reactions to strangers or due to other circumstances, and a serious incident could occur. Of course, even if you do remember to proceed with caution, you may still end up as the victim of a dog bite if the animal's owner acted negligently.

No matter the type of dog involved in the incident, serious injuries could easily occur. If you suffered such injuries, you may want to pursue compensation for medical expenses and other damages that you have suffered. However, rather than moving forward with a full lawsuit, you may wonder about coming to a settlement.

School safety cameras hit roadblocks

The New York State legislature is considering a bill that would increase the number and scope of speed safety cameras placed in school zones in New York City to prevent tragedies. However, this proposal is facing significant opposition.

Car accidents are the leading cause of injury-related fatalities for children in the city. Speeding causes more deadly accidents than drunk or distracted drivers combined. A pedestrian's chances of being killed by a car going 30 miles an hour is eight times greater than a vehicle traveling 20 miles an hour. Up to 85 percent of pedestrians die after being struck by a car that is traveling 40 miles an hour.

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