Two Dead and One Injured with SUV Crash on Long Island

On October 15, 2018, in Motor Vehicle Accident, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

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Automotive crashes can be life-threatening. This proved to be true on Saturday, when an out of control car crashed into a wooded area on Long Island leaving one person injured and two dead.

Accident Details:

This crash happened at about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday at Woodside Avenue in Holbrook. Jose Perez, 45, was driving his 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe at the time of the accident.

Two passengers, Luis Antonio Banegas, age 39, and Carlos Sarmiento, age 34, were also in the car at the time. Perez lost control of his car and it then crashed into the wooded area, say the police.

All three men were rushed to a nearby medical facility where Perez and Banegas were pronounced dead. The doctors are treating Carlos Sarmiento for non-life-threatening injuries. According to the police, Carlos was the front seat passenger in the car.

The police have impounded the SUV for a safety check. The police are investigating in the accident further.


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Accidents affect victims lives negatively in many ways. At times, accident victims are lucky enough to escape the disaster with minor injuries. Other people run short of luck and suffer serious physical injuries and more. According to the personal injury lawyers in Queens, these injuries result in permanent disabilities that affect victims and their families in many ways.

  • Expensive medical treatment.
  • Mental anguish and pain.
  • Loss of companionship or enjoyment of life.
  • Loss of income and earning capacity.

The impact of everything mentioned above is understandable. But, according to personal injury lawyers in Queens, there is one thing that accident victims must understand. That there is a difference between the loss of income and loss of earning capacity, and the way both things are decided.

The Difference Between Loss of Income and Earning Capacity Due to Accident/Personal Injuries:

The loss of income, along with pain and suffering, is one of the main factors in personal injury claims. Almost all accident victims experience this. However, the loss of earning capacity can be a much bigger factor in personal injury cases as compared to other factors.

So what is the key difference between the two? That’s the million-dollar question you need an answer to.

  • According to experienced personal injury lawyers in Queens, the loss of income is what you lose because of missing work days due to injuries you suffer.
  • The loss of earning capacity refers to a reduction in your ability to perform your job in the manner that you did prior to your accident making it difficult to support yourself, as well as your family, financially – this is why personal injury victims are compensated for this in a way that helps fulfill their financial obligations and maintain their standard of living for their family.

Loss of earning capacity is actually a different type of compensation from the loss of income. Many factors must be taken into consideration while determining the compensation you should get for your loss of earning ability. For example:

  • Your income before the accident.
  • Your earning potential before the accident.
  • Your earning potential after your accident.
  • Your skill set.
  • Your experience.
  • Your work profile.
  • Current market wage rates.

Have you or someone in your family suffered personal injuries due to someone else’s negligence? Have those personal injuries affected you, as well as your financial life, negatively in any way? Are you thinking about seeking the compensation you think you deserve?

Don’t worry! The Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC a group of experienced personal injury attorneys in Queens, Brooklyn, New York, Long Island, Manhattan, Staten Island, Bronx, Nassau County and Suffolk County is just a phone call away!

Call our experienced lawyers now for the right counsel!


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Types of Injuries Slip and Fall Accident Victims Suffer

On October 4, 2018, in Message/News Board, by John A. Weber IV, ESQ.

Slip and fall accidents can happen anytime, anywhere and without warning. It is important for you to be careful while you are walking anywhere. These accidents can cause severe damage to your body, due to the injuries you may suffer. You may also have to take time off from work to recover properly. Plus, the medical treatment you seek could affect your family’s financial future adversely. Therefore, it is important for you to hire an experienced slip and fall accident attorney in the Bronx to protect your interests.

There are important things you should know about slip and fall accident cases. For example, the types of injuries you may suffer.  According to the slip and fall accident attorneys in the Bronx, you may suffer any of the injuries mentioned below (the injuries listed below are typical but not all inclusive):

  • Broken Bones
  • Fractures
  • Traumatic Head/Brain Injuries
  • Damage to Spine
  • Permanent Scars
  • Pain and Suffering
  • Wrongful Death

To the point, have you or someone in your family suffered injuries due to a slip and fall accident? Has someone in your family died due to a slip and fall accident? Are you thinking about seeking the compensation you think you deserve?

Don’t worry! Call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC, a group of experienced slip and fall accident lawyers in the Bronx, New York, Queens, Long Island, Staten Island, Manhattan, Suffolk County, Nassau County and Brooklyn.

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Saturday morning ended fatally for a motorized scooter rider in the Bronx. He was rushed to a nearby medical facility where doctors pronounced him dead.

Accident Details:

Alterass Vereen, 42, was slammed by a Volvo SUV. This accident occurred while Vereen was riding his scooter on Laconia Avenue, when he was struck by a Volvo SUV travelling east on 215th Street. The accident happened at about 11:00 P.M. Saturday.

The scooter driver was immediately taken to Jacobi Medical Center where doctors pronounced him dead. He was not immediately identified after the crash.Police question ‘who crossed the red light’? The scooter driver or the SUV Driver? Nothing accurate in this regard has been determined by police.“I saw the motorcycle on the ground. From the look of it he hit his head on the windshield, his face was covered in blood,” said one eyewitness who requested anonymity.

According to Jennifer Brown, a nearby resident, she heard the collision of the vehicles. According to her, her oldest son heard it from upstairs and told her about the accident.The 62-year-old SUV driver remained at the scene. She may not be charged with a crime, say the authorities. Her identity hasn’t been revealed by police so far.


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