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Dump Truck, School Bus Accident Sends Dozens To NJ Hospitals

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PARAMUS, N.J. – A New Jersey school bus accident sent more than 40 people to area hospitals after the bus collided with a dump truck on Interstate 80 Thursday.

According to WNYC, a packed school bus taking kids on a field trip crashed on Interstate 80 in Mount Olive, New Jersey, killing a student and teacher, Jennifer Williamson of East Brook Middle School.

Jennifer Williamson’s husband, Kevin Kennedy released a statement to NJ Advance Media on Friday:

“My beautiful bride and I have been in total love every day of our lives since the day our eyes met on May 5th, 1994,” Kennedy said. “I am in shock, devastated and totally crushed by today’s tragedy to both sides of the Williamson-Kennedy families, the community she taught and the thousands of students and their families she was very proud to serve.”

Jennifer WIlliamson was 51 years-old. Paramus Mayor Rich LaBarbiera told reporters that Jennifer Williamson spent her entire career in the town, which is a tight-knit community mourning the loss of a beloved teacher and one student after the Paramus school bus crash.

“I heard a scraping sound and we toppled over the highway,” fifth-grader Theo Ancevski told WNYC. “A lot of people were screaming and hanging from their seatbelts.”

Police said there were 45 people on board at the time of the New Jersey school bus accident, 38 of whom were students. Some remain at area hospitals in critical condition.

Officials didn’t immediately release details of how the crash happened, but an extensive legal investigation should be conducted, according to a New Jersey school bus accident lawyer.

The trucking company that owns the dump truck has been involved in a string of crashes in recent years, according to federal safety data, including a number of violations that kept its trucks out of service for some time.

Many families will likely be filing personal injury claims, in which the outcomes of these cases could help their loved ones gain closure and compensation for their injuries. An experienced New Jersey truck accident lawyer should be investigating this crash, and could uncover several key pieces of evidence. Some of the items an extensive legal investigation should be looking at include:

  • An analysis of the truck’s mechanical systems
  • Truck maintenance records
  • Driver records
  • Potential safety violations
  • The company’s safety record

In addition to examining the truck, it’s also important to take a look at the school bus, as mechanical issues and human error are not uncommon when these vehicles are on the highway.

A successful settlement or verdict could help dozens of New Jersey school bus accident victims cover the costs associated with such a tragic accident, including:

  • Expenses from first responders
  • Hospitalization costs
  • Rehabilitation
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more…

Many times, these claims can also sparking meaningful changes in public and private policies, improving safety for others across the state and country. These changes are often put in place so similar accidents, like the accident in New Jersey, can be prevented in the future.

Follow these links to find more information on truck accidents, bus accidents and wrongful death claims.

Investigators To Look At Runaway Dump Truck Accident

/ Truck Accident /

ELMIRA, N.Y. – A parked dump truck without a driver rolled down a hill and struck Barbara Velasquez, 48, of Big Flats.

Barbara Velasquez

was walking her dog on Suburban Drive on Monday when they were both hit and killed by the unoccupied dump truck owned by Premier Landscaping of Elmira, the Chemung County Sheriff’s Office said.

The Chemung County Sheriff’s Office has called for an accident reconstruction team to help investigate the incident that killed Barbara Velasquez. The Chemung County District Attorney and the New York State Police are assisting the investigation.

According to a New York truck accident lawyer, the initial evidence public officials collect in their investigation will be crucial; but it’s also important to conduct a full legal investigation into the events leading-up to this accident.

An extensive legal investigation can help the family of Barbara Velasquez gain valuable information and gain closure. In addition, a wrongful death claim can help cover a variety of unplanned costs associated with such a tragic accident, including:

  • Expenses from first responders
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of financial support from the victim
  • Pain and suffering

Some pieces of evidence uncovered during a thorough investigation could drastically change the outcome of a case. There are many factors an experienced New York truck accident lawyer will search for during this process, including:

  • A complete analysis of the truck’s mechanical systems
  • Truck maintenance records
  • Driver records
  • Potential safety violations
  • The company’s safety record

A successful claim can also help create meaningful changes in our communities, and improve safety for others throughout Big Flats, the Elmira area and the rest of the state, so similar accidents like the one that killed Barbara Velasquez can be prevented in the future.

Follow these links to find more information on truck accidents and wrongful death claims.

What To Do If You’re Hit By A Tractor Trailer

/ Motor Vehicle Crashes, Truck Accident, Uncategorized /

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Big truck accidents are on the rise. Since 2009, deadly truck crashes have increased nearly 30-percent, and thousands of innocent drivers and passengers are injured or killed by these large trucks each year.

No one ever wants to think about what to do if you’re hit by a tractor trailer, but many heartbroken families have asked us this question after a loved one was hurt, often seriously, in a truck crash.

If you or a family member has been in an accident with an 18-wheeler, the New York truck accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes recommend taking the following four actions:

What To Do If You’re Hit By A Tractor Trailer

  1. Get Medical Attention. In any type of crash, your health and well-being are paramount. If anyone else was injured, get them medical attention as soon as possible. Studies have found that immediate medical attention can save lives and reduce the long-term severity of an injury.
  2. Take Pictures & Find Witnesses. If you did not require medical attention, immediately start taking pictures and getting information from witnesses and other drivers/passengers involved in the wreck. If you’re physically unable to gather this information, call a family member or friend to do this for you. It will also be helpful to take photos of your original injuries.
  3. Gather Information. Aside from obtaining the other drivers’ insurance information and a police report from the responding law enforcement agency, there are several other questions you’ll want answered after a truck accident that could be useful later on:
    1. What company does the truck driver work for?
    2. What cargo was the truck carrying (if any)?
    3. Where was the truck going?
    4. How many hours has the truck driver been on the road today? How many total hours this week?
  4. Call A Truck Accident Attorney. Even before calling your insurance company, contact an experienced New York truck accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes. The insurance companies may try to settle with you, even before a claim is filed – and it’s usually much less than what your claim will be worth. Our legal team is in your corner, and we’ll make sure you get the best result possible from an injury claim.

Insurance companies know that they can save money by offering you less compensation. They also know that when a victim is represented by an experienced truck accident lawyer, the value of the case goes up, 4x on average.

Getting into a truck accident is stressful enough – don’t let the insurance companies add to your stress. Call an experienced New York truck accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes, and let us fight the insurance company for you.

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

 

Kevin Flores, 13, Hit By Brooklyn Truck – Sparks Rallies For Stiffer Penalties

/ Truck Accident /

NEW YORK – A string of recent accidents — including one that killed Kevin Flores, 13, of Queens — highlights the need for more stringent criminal penalties against drivers who are operating trucks without a license, but it also puts a spotlight on the companies that pay them to do it, neighborhood watchdogs say.

Police reports suggest that Philip Monfoletto, 28, was at the wheel of an oil tanker truck with a suspended license when the big rig slammed into Kevin Flores, who was riding his bicycle on Lewis Avenue in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn.

A New York truck accident lawyer says while unlicensed drivers often face criminal charges after accidents like the one that killed Kevin Flores, the companies that employ drivers may not be charged with anything; but they can be held responsible for an accident in civil court.

A wrongful death claim allows family members of truck accident victims to receive compensation from those responsible for their family member’s untimely death, including the company the driver was working for. This compensation can help families recover the costs associated with a truck crash:

  • Medical bills
  • Loss of companionship
  • Expected loss in income of the person who died;
  • Expected loss of care, which the person who died provided to his or her family
  • Funeral costs
  • Pain & Suffering
  • And more

The law can be complex when it comes to filing a wrongful death or other personal injury claim, but a New York truck accident lawyer can help victims and their families get the best result possible from these claims. In fact, studies have found that when a New York truck accident lawyer gets involved in a case, the value of that case jumps by four times or more.

A wrongful death claim will not only seek financial compensation for a victim’s family — it can also spur more important changes to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.

Neighborhood leaders are already examining the hiring processes of some New York companies that had unlicensed drivers operating trucks and other heavy machinery. A successful lawsuit could force these companies to create new policies that would prevent dangerous drivers from getting the keys in the first place.

Many community leaders would welcome these policies, particularly after a heartbreaking accident that could have been prevented with simple background checks and training.

According to the Daily News, Monfoletto’s license has been suspended seven times, and he has a lengthy criminal history on and off the road. He currently charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

 

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Manhattan Jogger Pinned Under Tractor Trailer

/ Truck Accident /

NEW YORK – A 31-year-old man is fighting for his life at a New York City hospital after he was ran over and pinned under the rear wheels of a tractor trailer, police said.

According to the Daily News, city officials said the man was jogging alongside the truck around 1 a.m. Monday morning.

At some point, the jogger attempted to cross Amsterdam Ave. on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, resulting in the serious collision. He was taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s hospital where he underwent surgery for his injuries, police reported.

A Manhattan truck accident lawyer says accidents like this often result in catastrophic injuries.

These are some of the most serious injuries a victim can experience as a result of an accident; and they’re some of the most costly injuries to treat.

 

For many Manhattan truck accident victims, they will not have to bear this burden alone. In 2017, victims of car and truck accidents who sought legal counsel obtained four-times more compensation on average than their counterparts who dealt with insurance companies alone.

The compensation these victims ultimately receive not only helps pay for medical bills – it can also cover lost wages, pain and suffering, loss of a family member or companion, transportation costs, and more.

A Manhattan truck accident lawyer says talking with an experienced attorney is a crucial step that victims and their families should take in the hours and days following an accident. In some cases, a personal injury law firm, like Cellino & Barnes, will provide victims with a FREE consultation, and guarantee no fees unless they win your case.

Since most New Yorkers don’t have to deal with truck accidents and injuries regularly, many are not familiar with the complexities of personal injury litigation, and the challenges a person may face when trying to obtain fair compensation from the insurance company. A FREE consultation can provide victims with important information and insights about this process.

 

Every Manhattan truck accident has a set of unique circumstances that the insurance company will be looking at; it’s only fair to have professionals in your corner whose goal is to make sure you get the best result possible, lawyers said.

The jogger who was pinned under the tractor trailer early Monday morning suffered extensive upper body and leg injuries, police reported.

The truck driver remained at the accident scene and was not charged.

 

 

Blizzard Causes Pileup Accident On Thruway: Getting Compensation

/ Car Accident, Truck Accident, Winter Hazards /

BUFFALO, N.Y. – New York State Police have confirmed that one man was killed, and several others injured in a massive pileup accident on the New York State Thruway near Buffalo.

At least 20 vehicles were involved in the chain-reaction crash as a blizzard created white-out conditions in the area Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say as many as 75 vehicles may have been damaged in the massive pile-up in Cheektowaga, a suburb of Buffalo.

A Buffalo car accident lawyer says many drivers and passengers may be entitled to significant compensation if they were injured or killed in the pileup accident. This compensation can cover medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

In accidents like this one, which closed the NYS Thruway for hours, having a personal injury firm in your corner is crucial. The law offices of Cellino & Barnes, for example, often obtains settlements and verdicts for their clients that are worth significantly more than what insurance companies offer victims without representation.

Some of the injuries reported in the pileup are considered ‘minor,’ but a Buffalo car accident attorney says an aching neck could be a sign of more severe damage, and it should not go unaddressed. A Buffalo car accident lawyer suggests every ache and pain – minor or severe – be documented and analyzed by a doctor.

Unfortunately, accidents like these also come with more severe injuries — and even death. According to State Police, Edward Torres, 64, of Elba died in the pileup accident, and another traveler was seriously injured.

Police said Edward Torres was unable to stop on the slick roads, and his vehicle crashed into the back of a tractor-trailer.

Other drivers had similar experiences, as dozens of cars became ensnared in the weather conditions and the accident scene. Current reports suggest Edward Torres was the only fatality in the massive pile-up but dozens of other drivers and passengers suffered injuries.

Whether you are a victim or a family member, a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced personal injury lawyer could help determine the proper course of legal action after an accident.

At Cellino & Barnes, Buffalo car accident attorneys will provide victims of any type of accident with a FREE CASE EVALUATION; information which could be extremely valuable for those injured in a car crash. If you or a family member has suffered a sudden injury or accidental death, call an experienced Buffalo car accident attorney now:

Cellino & Barnes (800) 888-8888

Clear off Your Vehicle

/ Truck Accident /

Clear off Your VehicleROCHESTER, N.Y. – It happens every winter: as the snow piles-up on cars, negligent drivers take-off without brushing the snow off the roof. Their windshield may be clear, but these drivers are creating hazardous conditions for others using the roads.

Driving in winter weather is dangerous enough without having to dodge snow or ice falling off another person’s vehicle. According to State Police, several people suffered eye injuries last week when chunks of ice fell off one vehicle and smashed the windshield of another.

A Rochester truck accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes says drivers who don’t clear off their cars can even be considered a traffic violation in some states, and if it causes an accident, negligent drivers could be held responsible for any injuries.

“Many of us have been in that situation: stuck behind a vehicle with snow and ice flying off the roof in Rochester,” truck accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “It’s downright dangerous and it has been known to cause serious accidents, but it’s really simple to avoid.”

Rochester truck accident lawyers suggest using common sense; and there are some tricks to help drivers get the snow and ice off their cars in a hurry:

  1. Use some de-icing spray on your windows before turning on your windshield wipers
  2. Have a broom or shovel handy to clear those hard-to-reach areas of your car’s roof
  3. Work from the top down. Start with the roof. Sometimes, it can dislodge ice over windows
  4. Park your car facing east. When the sun rises in the morning, it gives you a head-start
  5. NEVER use hot water to melt ice. You’re doing more harm – not only can this damage your car, hot water can also freeze faster in cold conditions!

These tips go for truck drivers too. In a recent poll, more than half (54%) of truckers reported they ‘rarely or never’ remove snow and ice from their trucks and trailers, AAA reported.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a car or truck covered in snow and ice, you could receive significant compensation for your injuries. The Rochester truck accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have extensive experience handling these types of matters, and they’re focused on getting clients the best result possible.

For a free case evaluation, call Cellino & Barnes anytime – 24/7

Cellino & Barnes (800)888-8888

 

Electrical Truck Runs Over Woman in Manhattan

/ Truck Accident /

Electrical Truck Runs Over Woman in ManhattanNEW YORK – More than 100 pedestrians and bicyclists have been run over on city streets this year, a 12-percent jump from 2015.

Another incident happened on Monday as Nuesa Marques-Diniz, 68, was struck and killed by an electrical truck while crossing 42nd Street between 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue.

According to the New York Daily News, Nuesa Marques-Diniz was a Brazilian national who had recently left a nearby McDonald’s when the truck, owned by Hugh O’Kane Electrical Co. struck her at around 8pm Monday night.

Police told the Daily News that Nuesa Marques-Diniz died at the scene.

A Manhattan truck accident lawyer says truck drivers have a responsibility to drive and operate their trucks as safely as possible but there are many more factors that need to be scrutinized – including safety concerns with the roadway itself.

Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in truck crashes that are traced back to driver fatigue. A thorough legal investigation will look into a truck driver’s record and the number of hours the driver has spent behind the wheel and working.

In addition to driving records, an extensive legal investigation will look at other factors that could help maximize the compensation for a victim and their family. These factors can 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

Dozens of other pedestrians have been struck by trucks on Manhattan streets this year and many victims have been killed as a result. Victims and their families may be entitled to receive significant compensation for an injury or a loss of a loved one. This compensation can help cover:

  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of protection or care
  • Loss of financial support from the victim
  • Expenses from hospitalization
  • Funeral costs
  • Pain and suffering

A successful claim could also help improve safety for others in New York City so accidents like the one that claimed the life of Nuesa Marques-Diniz can be prevented in the future.

Seneca County Truck Crash Investigated

/ Truck Accident /

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A tragic Seneca County truck crash is under investigation after one person was killed and two others were hospitalized.

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said the truck accident happened on West River Road near Knauss Road. According to NYup.com, a 1994 GMC big rig was pulling out of a bean field onto West River Road, causing a 2009 Dodge Caliber to crash into it.

Floyd Jones, 87, Catherine Olmstead, 55, and Samuel Santiago, 33, were in the Dodge as the crash occurred, NYup.com reported.

The driver, Floyd Jones, and backseat passenger, Samuel Santiago, were both taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester to be treated for their injuries. Tragically, Catherine Olmstead was killed on impact.

Floyd Jones, Catherine Olmstead and Samuel Santiago all resided in Seneca Falls.

A Rochester truck accident lawyer said there are many factors that need to be analyzed in every truck crash and a legal investigation should be conducted to make sure every piece of evidence is collected.

  • This evidence can include:
  • Truck maintenance records
  • Driving records/accident records
  • Possible dashcam video or recording devices from the truck
  • Driver’s cell phone records
  • Truck driver rest logs (fatigue)

In addition to investigating the truck driver and truck maintenance, an intensive legal investigation will also look into the potential dangers of West River Road itself. There are many factors that could warn drivers of potential hazards on the road, including trucks entering the highway. An experienced truck crash lawyer knows how valuable this evidence can be, including:

  • Warning signs (trucks entering highway)
  • Proper lighting
  • Road striping
  • Potential need for traffic signals/stop signs

Victims of truck crashes can often receive significant compensation for their injuries but when a person is killed by a negligent truck driver, their families often need knowledgeable and persistent representation to help them get the best result possible.

Bicyclist Struck By Truck in Brooklyn

/ News, Truck Accident /

indeBicyclist 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.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, contact a Cellino & Barnes Brooklyn injury attorney at (800) 888-8888.

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