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Motorcyclist Struck, Dragged By Truck in New York

/ Motorcycle Accidents, News /

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A New York motorcyclist was rushed to the hospital this week after being dragged 150 feet by a tractor trailer outside Syracuse, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office said.

According to CNYCentral, the crash happened Tuesday evening just after 6:30 on Vine Street near Oswego Street in the town of Liverpool, New York.

Deputies say the motorcyclist, Steven McGill, 27, was on his motorcycle when the tractor trailer hit him from behind. Authorities said the truck driver, John Ries, didn’t see Steven McGill, and the truck continued to push the motorcycle 150 feet before another driver alerted the truck operator of the accident.

Unfortunately, Steven McGIll was unable to get off his bike because it was jammed underneath the front of the truck, deputies said.

The rider was taken to Upstate University Hospital where he was treated for leg and abdominal injuries, CNYCentral reported.

A New York motorcycle accident lawyer says truck drivers have to be alert when driving in the cities, towns and villages of Western and Central New York. There are also other factors that should be looked at when a motorcyclist is injured by a tractor trailer or other large vehicle.

Every year, hundreds of New Yorkers are injured or killed in motorcycle-truck accidents that can be linked back to a negligent or inattentive driver. An extensive legal investigation could look at a trucker’s driving record and the number of hours the he has spent behind the wheel.

Fatigue is often a common cause of a New York truck crash, and drivers are required to the log their time operating these large vehicles. Unfortunately, many drivers are pushing their bodies to the limit, and in some cases, they’re breaking the law. An experienced New York motorcycle accident lawyer can collect these logs as evidence that could help an injured victim get the best result possible from an injury claim.

Although driving records can be important in an accident investigation, a New York truck accident attorney could uncover additional pieces of evidence that could help maximize a victim’s compensation. This evidence could include:

  • Truck maintenance records
  • Overall road safety
  • Road striping
  • Traffic signals
  • Surveillance video
  • Dashcam video from the truck itself or other drivers in the area

This year has already been a dangerous year for motorcycle riders in New York State. Many other bikers have been hit by speeding cars, inattentive drivers and tractor trailers in places like Syracuse, Buffalo and Rochester. Many of those victims have suffered life-altering injuries as a result of a New York truck accident, and some could receive significant compensation for their injury or loss, which helps cover the following costs:

  • Expenses from hospitalization
  • Lost time at work
  • Reduced wages
  • Loss of protection or care
  • Pain and suffering

A successful case can also pave the way for meaningful changes in our communities that could improve the safety for other motorcyclists, bicycle riders and pedestrians in Western and Central New York towns and cities like Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo.

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33 Injured in NJ Bus Accident

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NEW YORK – Dozens were injured on the New Jersey Turnpike in the overnight hours when a tractor-trailer and a tour bus collided near West Deptford, New Jersey.

Officials told ABC 6 News in Philadelphia that the crash happened at 12:30 a.m. Friday morning in the southbound lanes. Destined for Atlanta, there were 50 people on the Panda Tour Bus that departed from New York. Current reports estimate that over 30 of those passengers were injured, and taken to area hospitals.

It is unclear what caused the crash, but many riders told reporters about their experience, including Dwight Baylor of Brooklyn and Lucy Mongy of Harlem.

“The bus started flipping, then flipped over,” Dwight Baylor told reporters with ABC 6. “I fell on my back, and they were trying to help me up.”

Lucy Mongy said she heard several ‘booms’ before the bus rolled over.

“I felt like it was correcting direction,” Lucy Mongy said. “And then I heard another boom, and then we started tipping.”

An accident investigation should determine what caused the crash, but a New York bus accident attorney says there are many other factors that need to be evaluated, including:

Driver records for both the bus driver and the truck driver.

An analysis of the vehicles involved. Sometimes faulty brakes, poorly inspected tires or other defects can be factors in crashes like this.

Poor road conditions or unsafe infrastructure can also contribute to an accident.

Expert medical analysis are also important records that can help those who were injured in the crash obtain fair compensation.

An experienced New York bus accident lawyer can immediately start a legal investigation to cover these possible factors, and more. A complete analysis of the vehicles involved, driver records, road conditions, and expert statements can be extremely useful for passengers seeking compensation after a New Jersey bus crash.

In other New Jersey bus accidents, families have been able to recover compensation that can help pay for expenses like:

  • Hospital bills
  • Lost Wages
  • Pain & Suffering
  • Extended care
  • Future treatments
  • And more

Many victims of a New Jersey bus crash can also have unanswered questions. Although not every question has a clear-cut answer, an intensive legal investigation can help get answers to many of the unknowns:

  • Did the truck pass safety inspections?
  • Was there anything wrong with the bus?
  • Were the drivers well trained?
  • Were headlights functioning properly?
  • Did the truck or bus pass safety inspections?

Recent studies have found that fatigue can play a major role in many truck and bus accidents. New York bus accident attorneys say this possible factor should be considered due to the timing and location of Friday’s accident.

New York bus accident lawyers will not only help injured passengers and their families obtain compensation – they can also analyze the crash and uncover ways that future accidents can be minimized or prevented.

Subway Trains Collide, Cause Derailment

/ News, Train Accidents /

Subway Trains Collide, Cause DerailmentPHILADELPHIA – A pair of SEPTA Market Frankford Line trains collided at the 69th Street Terminal on Tuesday morning, pushing several cars off the track and sending several people to area hospitals.

The accident happened on a turnaround loop at the end of the line at around 8:30 a.m. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority reported the trains were not in service at the time of the crash, and few were on board.

Four people were hospitalized, including the train operator and a man who was asleep on one of the trains, Upper Darby Police reported. Officers tweeted that none of the injuries appeared to be life threatening, and no one was trapped on the derailed trains.

An experienced train accident attorney said a full legal investigation could look into all the factors that may have led to the accident.

Some of these factors could include:

  • Potential track flaws
  • Mechanical issues with the train itself
  • Structural faults in train design
  • Operator error

A train accident lawyer will also look into the history of train derailments and accidents at the terminus and turn-around.

It is not clear how fast the train was going at the time of the crash, but an experienced legal investigator can use these facts and to help train accident victims get compensation for their injuries and hospital bills.

This compensation can help pay for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical costs
  • …and more

Other pieces of evidence that could help accident victims include:

  • Surveillance video
  • History of incidents at the station
  • Eye-witness statements, recordings, photos, and other media
  • Maintenance records
  • Train engineer experience records and qualifications
  • Train accident records
  • Records of mechanical flaws and malfunctions

When an injured passenger files a claim, their claim can also pressure railroad companies into making meaningful changes that could help prevent future accidents.

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Injury Count Over 100 In Brooklyn Train Derailment

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Injury Count Over 100 In Brooklyn Train DerailmentNEW YORK – A Long Island Rail Road train struck a bumping block in Brooklyn Wednesday morning, causing the train to jump of the tracks during the morning rush hour.

According to the FDNY, at least 103 people were injured in the train accident. Fortunately, none of those injuries are considered life threatening. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the worst injury is a possible broken leg.

Although officials are calling the accident “minor,” passengers said the scene was chaotic for dozens of commuters.

Passenger Rebecca Bazzey told PIX11 News she suffered a head injury during the sudden jolt.

Rider Natasha Mosley told CBS New York she also hit her head in the Brooklyn train accident. Natasha Mosley said she was sitting in the first car when the train lurched off its tracks.

“People were just crying,” Natasha Mosley told reporters. “Another person fractured their arm.”

Another rider, Robert Fried, described the accident as a sudden jolt that left passengers confused and many others injured.

“Everybody in front of me was actually doing a head jerk and falling,” Robert Fried told CBS New York. “It was pretty intense and pretty scary.”

Passenger Michelle Reed told reporters that, despite the injuries, the incident could’ve been much worse.

“I’m just shaken and sore right now,” Michelle Reed said. “Thanking God that I’m walking away.”

Many other passengers echoed the same sentiments but just three months after a similar crash in Hoboken, N.J., riders are left wondering: how could something like this happen again?

A Brooklyn train accident attorney says a detailed legal investigation will look at all the factors that may have contributed to the accident.

These factors could include:

  • Operator error
  • Potential track flaws
  • Mechanical issues
  • Structural faults

In addition to investigating what specifically caused the derailment, an experienced Brooklyn train accident lawyer will look at the history of train derailments like this and a detail-oriented analysis will look into the train operator’s records to determine whether they had a history of other accidents or an illness like sleep apnea that may have played a role in the accident.

Gov. Cuomo said the train didn’t stop when it was supposed to. Although it is currently unclear how fast the train was moving at the time of the derailment, an experienced legal team could obtain the facts and use them to help accident victims get compensation for their injuries.

This compensation can help pay for:

  • Hospital expenses
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Future medical costs
  • …and more

Passengers Natasha Mosley, Robert Fried and Michelle Reed all described the Brooklyn train accident scene as ‘chaotic’ and dozens of other riders were taken to New York hospitals for treatments. Although the official injury tally stands at 103, doctors are prepared to treat other passengers since some injuries – especially whiplash injuries – can manifest hours, days or even weeks after an accident.

An experienced train accident attorney will gather all the evidence these victims need to get the best result possible. A solid legal team will not only look at accident reports – they will also look for other pieces of evidence that could help accident victims. This evidence could include:

  • Train accident records
  • History of incidents at the station
  • Surveillance video
  • Eye-witness statements, recordings, photos, and other media
  • Maintenance records
  • Train engineer experience records and qualifications
  • Records of mechanical flaws and malfunctions

When an injured victim files a claim, their legal team can also put pressure on the railroad companies to make their trains, tracks and stations safer for everyone.

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Radiator Explosion Kills Toddler Girls in Bronx

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Radiator Explosion Kills Toddler Girls in BronxNEW YORK – A pair of toddlers were killed while napping near a radiator in their Bronx apartment, officials said.

The radiator exploded and filled their bedroom with scalding steam, the Daily News reported. The Daily News reported the girls’ father, Peter Ambrose, emotionally said the children were “the most beautiful babies in the world.” Reporters said their mother, Danielle Ambrose, found the girls in the room, filled with steam, after she opened the door to check on them.

CBS New York reported that Peter Ambrose, Danielle Ambrose and their children had recently moved to the city from Boston and were living in the Hunts Point building, where the city often places homeless families.

Stunned, many of the neighbors stood outside the building at 720 Hunts Point Avenue where Peter Ambrose and Danielle Ambrose were housed. Several neighbors told the Daily News that it was evident that the couple loved both of their children and that the building has had its share of problems.

The incident has sparked an investigation of the mixed-use building that housed the two toddlers, ages 1 and 2.

According to city records, there have been about 60 complaints at the building and housing inspectors have visited units several times this year for complaints of “no heat” in October and a faulty radiator valve in November.

A Bronx personal injury attorney says an intensive legal investigation should be launched to gather additional evidence to help understand this radiator explosion. Some of this evidence may include:

  • Eyewitness statements
  • Building and maintenance records
  • Professional evaluations from firefighters and other experts
  • Inspection records
  • Potential history of housing violations
  • And more

In any personal injury case, this evidence can be used in court to help the victims fight against the landlord for justice. There is so much pain and suffering because of an avoidable horrific accident.

City records show that housing officials cited the ownership group of the building at 720 Hunts Point Ave. with a code violation concerning “gas connections” but the citation does not say what, if anything, the property managers did in response.

Bicyclist Struck By Truck in Brooklyn

/ News, Truck Accident /

Bicyclist Struck By Truck in BrooklynNEW YORK – A tractor-trailer cruising through downtown Brooklyn mowed over a bicyclist Tuesday morning.

Brian Ricci, 35, of Boerum Hill was the bicyclist struck. According to the Daily News report, Brian Ricci suffered severe head trauma and was rushed to New York Methodist Hospital in critical condition.

The New York Daily News reports the truck, which is owned by Mountain Man Sand & Gravel in Huntingon, L.I., was making a right-hand turn onto Tillary Street from Jay Street when the crash occurred.

Ricci wasn’t the first person to get hurt at this dangerous intersection.

According to city crash data, three other bicyclists have suffered injuries in crashes at the corner of Tillary Street and Jay Street.

A Brooklyn truck accident lawyer says truck drivers have a responsibility to operate their tractor-trailers safely but there are many more factors that should be examined – including safety concerns with the roadway itself.

A thorough legal investigation will into a driver’s record and rest log. The number of hours truck drivers can be on the road has a limit – and for good reason: every year, thousands of people are injured in truck crashes that can be linked to driver fatigue.

In addition to driving records, an intensive legal investigation will look at other factors that could help a victim and their family get the best result possible from their claim. These factors could include:

  • Truck maintenance records
  • Surveillance video
  • Dashcam video from the truck itself or other drivers in the area
  • Road striping
  • Traffic signals
  • Overall road safety

Several other cyclists have been injured in crashes near Jay Street and Tillary Street. A successful claim could spur changes to improve safety for other cyclists in the downtown Brooklyn area.

Since Brian Ricci’s accident, the New York community has come together to support him and his family; including his husband Frank and their son, Rocco. Family and friends set-up a fundraiser to help Frank and Brian Ricci afford the expenses associated with such a tragic crash.

A Brooklyn truck accident lawyer says there are many expenses associated with a truck or bike crash. Since the injuries are often severe, medical costs can pile-up. On top of the hospital bills, families still have to cover their day-to-day expenses, lost income, child care, pet care, additional transportation, and temporary lodging.

These costs can add-up quickly. However, an experienced Brooklyn truck accident lawyer can help families cover these expenses in addition to getting compensation for a victim’s pain and suffering.

Although neighbors and witnesses were quick to blame the incident on “rampant development” in downtown Brooklyn, police told Daily News reporters that the crash involving Brian Ricci is still under investigation.

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Officials: Buffalo Crane Accident Claims Worker’s Life

/ Construction Accidents, News /

Officials: Buffalo Crane Accident Claims Worker’s Life BUFFALO, N.Y. – Police are investigating the death of a worker in South Buffalo’s Old First Ward. Officials told Channel 4 News the worker was identified as Jeffrey Langenfeld, 27, of Tonawanda.

A Buffalo Police Spokesman said Jeffrey Langenfeld died when a large piece of machinery fell on top of him. The Buffalo News reports the piece of machinery that killed Jeffrey Langenfeld was a crane that was located at an industrial yard at 220 Katherine Street.

Unfortunately, crane accidents are not uncommon. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, crane accidents caused more than 800 workplace fatalities from 1997 to 2006.

In any crane accident, an immediate legal investigation can help families identify what happened and why. According to OSHA, most crane accidents can be prevented by adequately training workers to operate machinery safely and by setting strict safety protocols.

In many cases, families have relied on a Buffalo construction accident lawyer to help get compensation for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

An experienced attorney can also help families get the best result possible from a claim by carefully examining all aspects of the accident including the weather conditions, wind conditions, possible mechanical malfunctions, the operator’s track record, and the maintenance record of the machinery.

In a recent analysis of federal data, Buffalo construction accident attorneys found that more construction accidents are caused by cranes than any other piece of equipment. Some of the most common causes of crane accidents included:

  • Poor Weather
  • Improper crane set-up
  • Falling debris, hazardous conditions around the crane
  • Improper use of a crane
  • Poor maintenance

The most common victims in crane accidents also tend to be bystanders – or workers who are struck by objects that fall from the crane, or struck by the crane itself.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also responded to 220 Katherine Street, which is the location of the Buffalo Industrial Diving Co., also known as BIDCO, which conducts underwater salvage operations and other underwater services.

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Authorities: Truck Behind I-90 Crash in Chautauqua

/ News, Truck Accident /

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Authorities investigating a deadly rollover crash say the incident was caused by a truck driver after a tractor-trailer rear-ended a vehicle on I-90 in Chautauqua County, south of Buffalo.

According to WGRZ-TV, Volodymyr Haperin, 41, of Ontario was driving a tractor-trailer between Exit 59 and Exit 58 in Chautauqua County on Wednesday when he struck the back of a Chevy Silverado pick-up truck. Police told reporters that Rush Addair, 81, of Indianapolis, Indiana was driving the pick-up with Iesha Lampton, 21, as a passenger.

As a result of the collision, Rush Addair lost control of the truck and was ejected. Iesha Lampton suffered minor injuries and the truck driver, Haperin, was not injured in the crash.

A Buffalo truck accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says truck accidents like these continue to plague local roads and highways.

“Truck crashes have been on the rise since 2009 and those in passenger vehicles often suffer the most devastating injuries,” truck accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Victims of truck crashes and their families can have a lot of questions. Who’s responsible? What about the loss of wages? How can I pay the medical bills or the funeral costs? An experienced lawyer can often help answer these questions.”

The Buffalo truck accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have been investigating truck crashes for over 50 years and Barnes says a thorough investigation is imperative.

“Truck drivers can travel thousands of miles each and can put in over 65 hours behind the wheel each week” Barnes said. “Exhaustion can be a real concern and it has been a factor in many truck crashes. We also know that truck drivers are more distracted today than ever before and these factors need to be looked at as possible crash causes.”

Barnes said there are other factors that he looks at every time he investigates a truck crash. Truck maintenance of both the cab and the trailer, accident history, the driver’s log books, the weight and distribution of the load, speed for the road conditions, pickup and drop off points, planned route information, was the driver behind schedule, last refueling point and discussions with witnesses can each reveal critical information. Poor truck maintenance can cause a truck’s brakes to fail and other vital systems can malfunction if the driver or company doesn’t conduct regular maintenance.

Recently, a Pennsylvania truck driver was ticketed for operating an out of service vehicle after his truck crashed into multiple vehicles in Binghamton. Officials said the tractor-trailer was carrying heavy stone blocks and inadequate brakes were a contributing factor in the crash.

The truck accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes look at every possible factor when they’re investigating a truck crash because it can help maximize a victim’s compensation, Barnes said.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in a truck crash, Cellino & Barnes can help you obtain the best result possible. Call one of their experienced truck accident lawyers today and they will review your case for free.

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Officials ID Driver in Deadly Newark Bus Crash

/ Bus Accidents, News /

Officials ID Driver in Deadly Newark Bus Crash NEW YORK – Authorities in Newark say a second person, a passenger, has died after two New Jersey Transit buses crashed in Newark Friday morning. In addition to the passenger, a bus driver was also killed in the wreck and nearly two dozen people were sent to local hospitals.

Authorities with New Jersey Transit said Joseph Barthelus was the driver killed in the crash. Barthelus had been an NJ Transit driver for 27 years. The Essex County Prosecutor’s Office did not identify the passenger who was killed on Friday but confirmed that a female passenger on board one of the transit buses had died from her injuries, hours after the crash.

According to transit officials, Barthelus was driving the No. 59 bus, heading west, when it t-boned the No. 13 bus at the corner of Raymond Boulevard and Broad Street in Newark. As of Friday afternoon, the crash caused 2 deaths and at least 18 injuries. Officials said at least one other person remains in critical condition at University Hospital.

A New York bus accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says many of the victims in this crash could receive compensation for their injuries and a crash investigation will determine exactly what happened.

“Many families are in a state of shock with their loved ones in the hospital and they want to know ‘why?’” New York bus accident lawyer Steve Barnes said. “Every driver is required to have a physical exam at least every two years and an accident investigation will look into all the possibilities including whether the driver had a medical issue or if exhaustion was at play.”

An NJ Transit spokesperson told reporters at nj.com that both drivers were in good standing. Barthelus had been driving for 27 years. The other driver, who survived the crash, was identified as James Roberts and NJ Transit said he had been driving for 35 years.

Witnesses described the Newark bus crash as a “nightmare.” Several people rushed into the intersection to help passengers who were injured during the collision. According to several witnesses who were immediately on scene, one of the buses was empty and was likely going through the intersection at a high speed.

Newark Mayor Ras Barkaka said at a press conference that preliminary data suggested that one of the bus drivers may have run a red light.

While speed and inattention could likely be a factor, New York bus accident lawyers said there many other aspects to look at.

“Buses can have mechanical malfunctions or visual obstructions, preventing the driver from being able to do their job,” Barnes said. “The investigation will also look into road conditions and whether or not the traffic lights were functioning properly.”

The intersection of Raymond and Broad can be particularly dangerous because it’s a five-corner intersection, lawyers said. Not only does Raymond Boulevard cross six lanes of Broad Street, Park Place stems from the intersection as well.

Officials estimated that seven passengers on the bus suffered catastrophic injuries and were taken to University Hospital in Newark, Beth Israel Medical Center, St. Michael’s Hospital, and Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth.

“Those who are in the hospital recuperating from the crash could have a difficult recovery ahead. Our firm has handled many bus accident cases and most of the victims and their families are looking for help.” Barnes stated.

“First, medical help so that they get the best immediate treatment and then the best follow up care.

“Then they want help answering why or how this accident happened. The state investigation and any private investigations of videos, driving records, bus inspection records, road design, road surface components, traffic light timing and positioning, intersection accident history and witness statements will be critical.

“The victims will also want help with loss wages, transportation issues, child care, missing time from work, and pain and suffering compensation.”

Barnes also said that every victim wants to make sure that this type of New Jersey bus accident doesn’t happen again.

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Explosion in Manhattan

/ News /

An explosion shook a technical school in Manhattan today, injuring several people, the New York City fire department said.

The New York Fire department said that the explosion, which was first reported at 11:29 a.m. (16:29 GMT), took place at the second floor of the Apex Technical School on 121 West 19th Street in Manhattan.

There was no official number of injuries, but the fire department unofficially counted six people going to hospitals.

Unofficially fire department people on the scene said the explosion may have been caused by a gas leak.

New York has been on edge since the Sept. 11 attacks, in which a pair of hijacked jetliners were smashed into the World Trade Center, reducing the twin towers to rubble. Around 3,000 people were killed in coordinated attacks on New York and Washington.

The United States launched a war on terrorism in response to the attacks.

Federal officials have issued a series of warnings of possible attacks against a wide range of targets. According to a police spokesman there was, however, no indication, that the explosion was linked in any way to political violence.

Apex Technical School teaches auto repair, refrigeration and welding.

Courtesy Daily Mail

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