Category: Transportation Accidents

Alcohol-Related Accidents, Injuries & Fatalities

Few errors in judgment affect others so detrimentally as drunk driving. When an individual makes the decision to drink and drive, they put everyone on the road in danger including other drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians.

In New York State, a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle can be considered legally impaired if their Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) exceeds 0.05%. Once their BAC is 0.08% or greater, they are considered legally intoxicated.

In 2011, drunk drivers caused approximately 10,000 deaths in the United States with 315 fatalities occurring in New York State. According to MADD, every 2 minutes someone is hurt in an alcohol-related accident, with injuries including minor bumps and bruises, broken bones or trauma to the neck, brain and spinal cord. 3 in every 10 Americans will be involved in an alcohol-related crash in their lives.

Young people are most at risk of being involved with drivers 21 to 24 years of age most likely to be intoxicated during a fatal crash. Most states have a zero tolerance policy for underage drivers. Other common offenders are motorcyclists and drivers who have previous convictions for drunk driving. While a majority of DWI arrests involve men, a report by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation reveals that DUI and DWI arrests for women rose nearly 30% from 2000-2010. In total, there were 35,541 arrests in 2011 in New York related to driving under the influence.

Drunk drivers tend to take greater risks than sober drivers
including driving aggressively, speeding, ignoring traffic signals
or even falling asleep at the wheel. The NYC police department reports that every month about 100 traffic accidents involve alcohol.
These can be especially deadly due to heavy rush hour traffic, road construction and scores of pedestrians on the road.

While the criminal justice system will punish drunk driving with jail sentences, heavy fines and fees, license suspension and/or treatment programs, it may fail to fully address the financial burden the accident and resultant injuries have on innocent victims.

Many choose to pursue a civil action against the parties responsible. This may not just involve the intoxicated driver. In some instances, bar or restaurant owners who over-serve customers, hosts of social gatherings or employers at work-related events who allow a clearly intoxicated person to leave in their car may also have some liability. Medical bills, repair of damages, loss of wages and wrongful death compensation are just some of the costs that may be recoverable from those responsible.

Okun, Oddo & Babat specializes in the representation of victims who have suffered serious personal injuries. We represent accident victims in all areas of personal injury arising out of automobile accidents, medical malpractice, hospital negligence, defective products and drugs, premises liability, construction site accidents and wrongful death. We handle civil litigation and trials in both the State and Federal Courts. We also offer high quality representation in all types of criminal and commercial matters. Contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our New York attorneys.

Article by Shea Bergesen for Lavery Design Associates, Ltd.
copyright 2013. This article may not be reproduced without permission from the author.

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New York City Taxi & Limo Accidents

With the substantial volume of traffic regularly streaming in and around Manhattan, the five boroughs and nearby airports on a regular basis, it’s inevitable that numerous taxi, limousine and car service accidents occur in the NewYork City Metro area annually.  Aggressive driving, driver fatigue, substance abuse and other causes may result in severe injuries and loss of life to passengers and pedestrians as a result of neglect on the part of the driver.

…numerous taxi, limousine and car service accidents
occur in the NewYork City Metro area annually.

In many instances the insurance carried by vehicles for hire isn’t enough. $100,000 is the minimum coverage required for taxi cabs in New York City. In some cases, compensation may be pursued from an injured individual’s own uninsured motorist coverage. We may be able to pursue compensation for you to cover loss of life, injury, medical expenses and loss of income. We will review the details of your case and work tirelessly as advocates on your behalf.

The attorneys at Okun, Oddo & Babat have the experience, skill and expertise to help you pursue the maximum compensation for your losses in these unfortunate taxi and limo accidents. Call our office today at 212-642-0950 to arrange to speak to one of our accident lawyers or contact us by email and you will be contacted by us shortly.

Motor Vehicles Injuries Are The Leading Cause of Injury Related Death in New York State

The New York State Department of Health website states that Motor vehicles traffic injuries are “the leading cause of injury related death, second leading cause of injury related hospitalizations and third leading cause for injury related emergency department visits in New York State.” Studies available on the website and through links provided there indicate specific incidence, risk factors and societal costs for traffic crashes and injuries as well as safety tips to avoid such injuries.

Slick spots on the road caused by rain, snow, freezing temperatures can in many cases be the cause of accidents. Driver distraction, using handheld mobile devices while driving are another unfortunate cause of accidents today. Unfortunately reckless driving accidents occur every day. If you or someone you know has been injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffered personal or property injury, or wrongful death through the fault of someone else, contact us right away for a consultation. We will evaluate the circumstances, educate you on your legal rights and if necessary pursue prompt, fair and just compensation that may be due you as a result of the negligence or recklessness of others. Please call Okun, Oddo & Babat at 212-642-0950 or you may email us.

New York City Subway Accidents

A recent New York Times article indicated that while the subway operator’s union is advising its member workers to “drastically reduce their trains speeds,” The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has officially stated that any change in train speed would be a “violation of work rules.”

While the union’s effort to reduce train speeds is in an attempt to avoid subway accidents as well as the effects these accidents have on works – emotionally and financially, The MTA’s position is that slower trains, would mean, less trains, more crowded trains and thereby a potential increase in New York City train accidents. The MTA is being criticized for what Transportation Union Workers president John Samuelson calls putting rider safety as a second priority. The MTA is currently exploring what they consider to be more effective proposals to increase train platform safety, according to spokesman Charles Seaton. The New York Times article states that in 2012, 55 died after being hit by trains. Many were suicides.

Union of Subway Drivers Urges Slower Train Speeds
by Matt Flegenheimer
New York Times, January 14, 2013