Deadly car crash

Even slight negligence while driving can prove to be fatal. This reality proved true in Long Island during a police chase Saturday night, resulting in multiple injuries and fatalities.

The details of the accident:

According to authorities, the car involved in the accident was stolen. The mishap occurred at about 11:50 p.m. on Route 25 near Birchwood Park Drive in Middle Island.

Police from Suffolk County reported an officer saw a Nissan Rogue failing to stop at a stop sign. The car was also being driven recklessly on Main Street in Yaphank. The car itself had been reported stolen on Thursday from Montauk Highway in East Patchogue. The driver of the car was identified as a teen named Nahriek Belford, 17.

The police officer tried to stop the car; however, the driver chose to flee. This is when the officer started chasing the car and called for the backup, say the police. 

The accident resulted when the stolen Nissan struck a Honda CRV turning left on to Birchwood Park Drive, as the Nissan sped west on Route 25.

What about the casualties and injuries?

The accident claimed three lives. One of the victims is Nahriek Belford’s own brother, Angelo Belford, 16, who was riding in the Nissan. The other two people who died in this crash are Jerry Weingarten, 72, and Randee Weingarten, 71; the couple was in the CRV. All three victims died at the scene.

Two passengers in the Nissan suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries, in this crash. Both of them were immediately rushed to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment.

What else?

The police have impounded both vehicles for a safety check. Nahriek Belford has been charged by the police with one count of reckless endangerment. These charges are expected to be upgraded by the police. Since it was a single officer in the chase, Suffolk County police have initiated investigations to see if pursuit protocols were followed or not.

The detectives are requesting anybody who is an eye-witness to this fatal motor vehicle accident to please contact them.

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An out of control car caused a Nassau County bus stop crash.  Four people were injured in the crash as reported by News 12. Faulty equipment and failure to maintain a motor vehicle can lead to accidents like the one in New Hyde Park when a blown tire caused a car to crash into a bus stop.  People may not realize that, depending on the reasons for the tire failure, the owner and driver can be liable for injuries caused by faulty equipment or maintenance failures in New York motor vehicles.

Many times, car crashes and the resulting liability is clear cut.  Other times it is very difficult to determine where the fault lies in car crashes.  Juries are taxed with the burden of deciding how to apportion fault in personal injury trials.  It is almost impossible to predict jury outcomes and any lawyer will tell you that.  Therefore it makes logical sense to spend time maintaining your motor vehicles and do your very best to avoid preventable car crashes.

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If you or someone you are concerned about have been injured in a motor vehicle accident of any kind, call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at 516-858-2620 today. Remember, successful litigation is no accident.

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Car accident leads to 1.5 million dollar verdict

On November 5, 2015, in Personal Injury, by Robbie L. Vaughn, Esq.

Car Accident Verdict

Barclay Taylor v. Ilenia Cangelosi & Joseph Robles, No. 15650/12 (Kings – Supreme)

Plaintiff alleged that he was driving east across New York’s Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, when the rear of his vehicle was struck by a car being driven by Ilenia Cangelosi. Plaintiff alleged that his vehicle was pushed forward and struck the rear of another vehicle. Plaintiff sued the driver for negligent operation and the vehicle owner for vicariously liability.

Plaintiff claimed that he sustained a herniated disc and two bulging discs. He underwent about 12 months of physical therapy and several injections of painkillers. He eventually underwent a percutaneous discectomy (a procedure that involved removing part of a disc). Plaintiff also claimed that, as a result of his injuries, he was unable to work for four months, suffers permanent residual pain and can’t lift heavy objects or perform rigorous tasks. He also said he must use a cane, may need to have a pain-relieving device implanted in his spine and may need undergo spinal fusion.

Plaintiff sought recovery of $15,000 for past medical expenses, $850,000 for future medical expenses, $885,000 for past pain and suffering, and $1.35 million for future pain and suffering.

Defense counsel argued that Plaintiff did not sustain a serious injury and his current pain may be caused by diabetes and/or obesity.

The jury found that Taylor sustained a serious injury and determined his damages totaled $1.5 million.

Not every car accident verdict will be seven figures.  But not every injury will warrant seven figures.  The important thing is that your car accident verdict compensates you for your degree of injuries sustained in the car accident.

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Car accident cases are very common in New York.  The volume of cars on New York roadways will only mean that car accidents will continue to occur in very high numbers  If you or a loved one are involved in a car accident and need legal assistance, call the Law Firm of Vaughn, Weber & Prakope, PLLC at (516) 858-2620 today!

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