Posts Tagged ‘New York auto accident attorney’

Tragic Upstate New York Bicycle Accident Fatality a Harsh Reminder That Negligence Can Happen Any Time of Day

Upstate New Yorkers may be a tough breed, but we are all going to be in shock for a long time about a recent reckless driving bicycle accident fatality. On July 30, 2012, a beloved local teacher went out for an early morning Sunday bicycle ride when, police say, a motorcyclist who was allegedly driving drunk hit her. The impact threw her into the road. She was then run over by a car said to have been driven by the motorcyclist’s girlfriend.

According to police reports, the motorcyclist had been driving recklessly—doing wheelies, speeding up, then braking—just before he crashed into the cyclist. The motorbike collision victim was rushed to Strong Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The motorcyclist was arrested for DWI before being taken to the hospital with serious injuries. There were no reports of whether the driver of the car that crashed into the cyclist was injured.

The seasoned Buffalo personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of James Morris have handled hundreds of car wreck injury and death cases in Western New York, but this one hits close to home, especially for anyone who is a parent. The cyclist who was killed by the car had two small children and a loving husband, whose lives are now changed forever.

This is a cautionary tale about many aspects of road safety. The accident happened before 8 am, when there was no heavy traffic. It’s likely that the last thing on the car crash victim’s mind was the chance of anyone driving drunk at that hour. There is also the issue of distracted driving involving the motorcyclist and the driver of the car. It is a sad lesson that it doesn’t just take texting while driving or using a cellphone or GPS unit to distract drivers. The biker was simply driving recklessly and the driver of the car was not paying attention to the roadway.

The takeaway from this tragic event: Because we all share the road, accidents only take a split second to destroy lives. This is a wake-up call to everyone to be cautious on the roads, whether you are operating a vehicle or a bicycle. Drunk drivers, distracted drivers, speeding drivers—they could be just around the corner, no matter what hour it is.

If you or a loved one suffered a bike crash injury or you lost a relative in a car accident fatality or motorcycle accident death, seek powerful legal representation. Contact the Law Offices of James Morris for a free consultation with an aggressive upstate and western New York personal injury lawyer. Call us at 1-800-477-9044 or complete our online contact form.

James Morris Law
1015 Liberty Building, 424 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202

Cost of a fatal auto accident in New York soars over $6 million

Fatal auto accidents happen far too often in the Buffalo, N.Y. area. Just recently, a 24-year-old Colden, N.Y., resident was killed in a one-car accident. According to WKBW Eyewitness News 7, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene and appeared to be ejected from the vehicle, in which he was a passenger at the time of the early-morning auto accident.

Statistically, like most of America, the number of auto accident fatalities in New York State has declined steadily since 1990. That year, there were 2,217 traffic fatalities in New York State; in 2000, there were 1,460 deaths; in 2005, a total of 1,434 deaths; in 2009, there were 1,156 deaths statewide. But while the number of fatalities has decreased by 47.8 percent during a 19-year period, the financial impact of a fatal motor vehicle accident has soared higher nationwide in recent years. In 2009, the cost of a single motor vehicle fatality exceeded $6 million nationwide, according to federal accident data analyzed by AAA. That figure is 85 percent – or $2.76 million – higher compared to 2005, when the estimated cost of a single motor vehicle fatality was $3.24 million.

And here’s another figure to consider from the same study conducted by AAA. The overall cost of fatal auto accidents each year nationwide is $299.5 billion. That’s equal to $1,522 per person each year, according to the study. How did the study come up with such figures? The report used Federal Highway Administration data and assigned a monetary value to a variety of components, including medical and emergency services, lost earnings, property damage and diminished quality of life.

Fatal auto accidents in New York State happen fast.  If your family has lost a loved one due to another driver’s irresponsible behavior, don’t give up hope. Contact a New York auto accident attorney who puts people first. Contact the Law Offices of James Morris.