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Wrongful Death Archives

As the weather warms, traffic accidents increase

Whatever our political views may be about the causes, long-term weather data indicates that our winters in New York are getting warmer and our summers hotter. Statistically, traffic accidents increase as the temperatures go up. This post will look at some possible reasons. 

When do I have a medical malpractice suit?

While you may think that a big error made by your treating physician gives you cause to file a medical malpractice suit, it is not always that simple. There are a few things you should keep in mind when considering whether to file a medical malpractice suit.

Seeking compensation in New York for wrongful death

When a loved one dies in New York as the result of another person's or entity's negligence, only the executor or administrator of the individual's estate can file a wrongful death case against the negligent party in pursuit of compensation. Wrongful death cases might be the result of construction incidents, traffic collisions, medical malpractice or premises liability, among others. Due to complexities such as this, legal guidance and help from experienced attorneys might be the best way for many people to seek compensation.

Police say drowsiness or distraction led to fatal bus crash

New York State Police say a fatal rollover bus crash that took place on July 18 was caused by a driver who was distracted or drowsy. After investigating the accident, police concluded that the bus driver was not impaired by drugs or alcohol or using a cell phone when he veered off the shoulder of 1-87 in North Hudson. Investigators also concluded that there were no roadway defects, mechanical problems or other hazards that could have contributed to the wreck.

Doctor facing manslaughter charges for alleged DWI accident

According to court documents, the charges against a Long Island cardiologist who allegedly fled the scene of a reported DWI on June 14 were recently upgraded. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office, the doctor is now facing charges of second-degree manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, DWI and reckless driving for his alleged role in the accident.

Brooklyn teenager killed in hit-and-run accident

On Thursday, Nov. 20, around 5 p.m., a 14-year-old Kensington boy was killed when he was struck by a maroon Chevrolet Impala while walking across East Seventh Street at Caton Avenue. He was rushed to Maimonides Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.

Intestate laws and wrongful death awards

When someone in New York is killed in an accident, any financial award from a wrongful death settlement will be distributed among the decedent's surviving family members in accordance with intestate laws. How the award is dispersed will greatly depend on the makeup of the victim's family before the death.

New York woman charged in fatal car accident

A 55-year-old woman was killed and several others were injured when a woman lost control of her vehicle while going westbound on Randall Crossing Road. The woman reportedly failed to negotiate a curve, hit some railroad tracks and came back into traffic on State Route 14 in Milo. According to police, the woman was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

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