August 4, 2011 – Long Island, New York – In a report from Eyewitness News WABC-TV New York, NY, a multi-vehicle car accident on Long Island sends a bus into a McDonald’s restaurant. The accident occurred on Sunday, July 24, at approximately 9:30 p.m. Richard Santiago, 42, was traveling east in his van on Hempstead Turnpike when he collided into 2 cars and then a bus. The crash resulted in the bus slamming into the side of a McDonald’s restaurant. The unidentified 51-year-old driver of the bus had no passengers. No one inside the restaurant was injured; however, the bus driver did suffer serious personal injuries to the face and knees. Santiago was treated for a head injury and a driver in one of the vehicles he crashed into was also transported to a hospital. That driver’s injuries aren’t known at this time. After an investigation Santiago was charged with DWI, driving without a license and a suspended registration, along with driving an uninsured car. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in 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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