At around 2:30am on East 34th Street, a Honda Civic that was speeding ran a red light and was subsequently struck by a DOT truck that had the green light. The collision caused the two vehicles to strike a nearby taxi.
One witness reported that the Honda was “going really fast, like 70 mph, too fast.”
Witnesses at the scene described the terrifying collision. “The truck hit him really hard,” one of them reported. “It was like an explosion…everyone was running.”
The people in the Honda sustained life-threatening injuries after the crash and were being treated in Bellevue Hospital. The DOT truck driver and taxi driver were treated at the New York University Langone Medical Center. Thankfully, all were listed in stable condition. We wish them a full and speedy recovery.
This crash highlights the dangers of speeding, running red lights, and other traffic violations, and it is also far from the only accident of this type. Auto accidents showcase the risks that everyone takes when they get behind the wheel.
Traffic Injuries and Deaths – Still a Serious Problem
There are nearly 1,100 traffic deaths in New York every year, and many more than that are injured in accidents from minor fender-benders to much more serious collisions. Respecting traffic laws is crucial to maintaining the safety to everyone on the road – other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, cyclists, etc.
In this recent crash, one witness noted that the roadways can also cause confusion in drivers: “They have poor regulations here,” Murray Hill resident Kavita Sapra said about driving regulations in Murray Hill. “Drivers get confused. I’m not surprised (by the accident).”
Driving safely, staying alert, and – if possible – avoiding dangerous roads are crucial to minimizing your risk of accidents that can cause severe injuries. The City of New York offers heat maps for high accident zones. Understanding where high-risk areas can help lessen your chances of being unexpectedly struck by a driver who may be distracted, drunk, or reckless.
What to Do Following a Car Crash
When an accident has taken place, there are two immediate next steps for car collision victims. First, getting necessary medical help should be the top priority. It is vital that people who are injured get medical attention quickly, especially in cases where their injuries are severe and could be life threatening. Catastrophic injuries from car accidents include crush injuries, paralysis, fractures, brain trauma, and more. Even if you feel fine after a car accident, it’s best to see a doctor as there may be delayed symptoms from car accidents, such as concussions.
After the hospital visit, auto injury victims should also protect their legal rights by speaking with a qualified car accident attorney. If another party is at fault for a crash, you may be entitled to additional compensation beyond No-Fault benefits in New York. Working with a lawyer quickly can help you collect evidence, witness accounts, and other insights that can help you win your case.
If you have any questions or concerns about your rights after a car accident, please feel free to call us at 212-736-5300 for a free legal consultation.