Retail stores and other businesses are diligent about wiping up spills and removing other hazards that could result in slip and fall accidents. You often see signs that caution about wet floors. Certainly enough people have slipped on banana peels that scenes of slipping and falling on one are staples of cartoons and comedy shows.
Recently, TIME magazine published an article about You Tube videos of young people taking the “banana peel challenge.” Are banana peels slippery? Can you fall on them? Absolutely, and you see any number of teenagers flying up in the air in videos as they slip on a banana peel. Furthermore, the banana peel challenge has gone viral.
The irony of self-inflicted banana peel injuries is now another documented fact on the internet. No need for further proof. We do not recommend you try it.
It’s one thing to self-inflict injury and quite another to become an injured victim due to a hazard on someone else’s property.
In fact, under New York State laws:
Accident victims should seek legal counsel to find out about recourse whenever their injuries or a loved one’s are serious.
Unfortunately, car accidents are common occurrences on Long Island. The confusion, physical harm and damages people experience as a result of car accidents often play havoc with their lives.
Suffolk police reported an accident on August 17, 2015 in Dix Hills where a driver sideswiped a tractor-trailer on the Long Island Expressway. Newsday reported that after the sideswipe, the van also hit a Honda, which sent the van rolling over.
Fortunately, neither the driver of the van or Honda suffered life-threatening injuries. Both were treated at local hospitals. The truck driver suffered no injury at all.
Who was at fault? The police arrested Corey Harrison, 35, the driver of the van and charged him as an unlicensed operator and also charged him with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.
When you suffer serious injury in a car accident, you often wonder: who was at fault, will you be able to recover damages and how will you pay for medical care? Most people have no experience with the legal system prior to a car accident, and consequently, do not understand how the laws and insurance process work. Confusion and pain can make your situation seem overwhelming.
In this case, if the Honda victim’s injuries meet the serious injury threshold defined under New York law, it is probable that no-fault insurance will be inadequate to cover damages. It is also likely that grounds for a lawsuit exist.
Anyone involved in a serious car accident should consult with an experienced injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Our attorneys offer a free consultation to discuss car accidents and other types of personal injury cases. When we take your case, you owe no fees unless we recover through settlement or verdict.
Saturday night, on June 20, 2015 around 9:20 p.m., a car struck a pedestrian crossing Horseblock Road near North Ocean Avenue. CBS New York reported that the driver of the 2005 Hyundai was William Merced, age 29 of Medford. The unidentified pedestrian was a Hispanic man about 5 feet 6 inches tall and estimated to be in his 50’s. Hospital staff at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center pronounced him dead. Merced was not injured and remained at the accident scene. Police impounded his car for safety inspection and investigation.
Unfortunately, the incidence of pedestrian accidents is high on Long Island. Tragedies such as this one are often hard on families, both emotionally and financially.
As a pedestrian, you can take safety precautions to help prevent an accident, especially at night when visibility is typically poor.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends the following pedestrian safety tips:
• Wheever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection
• Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing
• If no sidewalk is available, walk on the shoulder and face traffic
If you or a family member is a victim of a pedestrian accident, consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer and find out about your legal rights. Palermo Tuohy Bruno offers a free consultation to discuss your accident and the possibility of pursuing compensation. You owe no fees unless we are successful in recovering damages on your or your family’s behalf.