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Queens Van Accident Highlights Safety Issues

The New York attorneys at Block O’Toole & Murphy often tell people you can never be too careful. Accidents can happen anywhere, and at any time. A serious accident at a Queens gas station proves the point.

A man was critically injured when his own van ran him over while he was attempting to fill up his vehicle with gas. Apparently the man forgot to place the van in park as he exited his vehicle at the gas station in the Jamaica section of Queens. Instead, he left the van in drive.

Again, you can never be too careful. Reports indicate that the van slowly moved forward, crushing the unsuspecting man and leaving him with a traumatic neck and head injury. He was rushed to Jamaica Hospital where his treatment is ongoing. He remains in critical condition.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with this gentleman as he embarks on a challenging recovery. This story appeared in the local papers, but is it really newsworthy? Perhaps not, but it appropriately underscores how important it is to be deliberate and thoughtful when you are operating a motor vehicle. Even the most mundane things can result in catastrophe. We have seen it time and time again.

Block O’Toole & Murphy has a tradition of helping seriously injured victims, many who have been in a violent car crash. A victim in a car crash can sustain injuries to many different parts of their body, including head, neck, back, knee and shoulder injuries. Sometimes a car crash can be fatal. It is important to always be alert when you are in a zone where a car crash may occur, whether you are a driver, passenger or pedestrian. An accident can happen at any time and if you are unprepared the likelihood of the accident being more severe is increased. Be prepared and be careful.

Block O’Toole & Murphy has recovered more than $750,000,000 in verdicts and settlements for their injured clients. The firm’s results for victims injured in auto collisions illustrate how hard these attorneys will fight for their clients. If you or a loved one were in a serious car collision, you can contact these experienced and accomplished lawyers at 212-736-5300. To learn more about Block O’Toole & Murphy, you can review the firm website at