April 26, 2011 – Brooklyn, NY – A curb-jumping SUV is to blame for the injury of 5 people standing on the sidewalk outside the Park Slope Armory on April 15. New York Daily News reports that an SUV traveling on 15th Street clipped another vehicle and ran up on the sidewalk where several people were standing. The SUV ran over a bus stop pole and struck the crowd, which resulted in 5 victims being taken to nearby hospitals. Other bystanders such as Shadi Sarsor, owner of the Royal Supermarket across the street from the accident scene, ran to help the victims. He and a store employee attended to the injured, which included 3 women who were “talking but not moving,” according to Sarsor. The driver was wearing a seat belt at the time and was trapped in his vehicle due to a smashed door. Rescue crews had to free him. Three of the victims were transported to Methodist Hospital while two others were taken to Lutheran Medical Center. The cause of the accident has yet to be determined, but the New York City Department of Transportation was investigating whether a faulty traffic signal may have contributed to the accident. Faulty traffic signals can be cited as the cause of a serious car accident in cases where the malfunction results in an injury accident. If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident that is caused by a faulty traffic signal you may have to file a claim against the government, which is best handled by an experienced Brooklyn car accident attorney. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.
To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
Among the most common types of traffic accidents in New York include:
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
- single-vehicle crashes;
- rollover accidents; and
- “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.
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