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Pedestrian Accidents

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: Woman Struck Dead by MTA Bus While Crossing Brooklyn Street

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are very familiar with the terrible tolls of vehicles striking pedestrians in New York City. We have observed, on numerous occasions, how despite the CIty's continued efforts to prevent these terrible accidents, they still keep occurring. The only way that the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty have learned to deal with negligent drivers is to hold them accountable for the pain and suffering that they cause, including the MTA.

A woman was fatally struck by an MTA bus driver as she crossed a Sheepshead Bay intersection Monday afternoon, police said. Eleonora Shulkina, 62, was crossing East 17th Street and Avenue Z when a B36 bus driver making a left turn onto East 17th hit her at 5:55 p.m. Ms. Shulkina is not the first, or the last, pedestrian who will be killed by inattentive drivers.

If you, or a loved one, has been a pedestrian who has been injured by negligent and inattentive drivers, you can contact the experienced motor vehicle collision attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: 17-Year-Old Struck and Killed by Hit-and-Run Driver

Jaremello Ovidio, a 17-year-old junior at St John's Prep in Astoria, was crossing the street in the walkway at Junction and Northern boulevards at 10:50PM last night when he was struck by a black Toyota Camry. The driver never stopped after he hit the boy. Ovidio was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Despite the City's indication and our repeated warnings that Vision Zero isn't working and that, in fact, #visionzeroisntzero, pedestrians are still being killed, even in crosswalks, in our city. The pedestrian injury and motor vehicle accident attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty work tirelessly to protect victim's rights and bring those who hurt others to justice. If you, or a loved one, has been hurt by a motor vehicle while in a crosswalk, you can contact us at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com for a free consultation.


Monday, December 7, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: Woman Is Killed, Four Injured, When Truck Hops Curb in Fort Greene

On Sunday, Marlon Sewell was driving his Chevrolet Suburban eastbound on Fulton Street at about 5:30 in the evening. He didn't have a license or insurance policy; he should not have even been on the road. He swerved right to avoid a city bus in front of him, and went up onto the sidewalk near South Portland Place. Victoria Nicodemus, an art curator and artist, was killed. A 37-year-old man, Victoria's boyfriend, was taken to Brooklyn Hospital in serious condition. Victoria was the 14th person to die by being struck by an automobile while on a sidewalk or inside a building since 2015 - three times as many as in 2014.

At Liberty Avenue and 170th Street, Debra Blackwell was trying to cross the street to do laundry at about 9 AM, when she was struck by an automobile. The driver got out, spoke with her briefly, and then left the scene.

The continued danger and toll of irresponsible and criminally negligent and even criminal motorists in New York City continues. If you, or a loved one has been injured or hurt by a hit-and-run driver, you can contact the experienced motor vehicle attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Thursday, December 3, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: Cars Continue to Kill in New York City

The experienced and dedicated motor vehicle accident attorneys continue to fight for the rights of victims of criminal and negligent drivers in the City. We continue to implore the City, the Mayor's office, and the state capitol to do something to protect those who have been hurt while walking in New York City. On Wednesday night, just before Thanksgiving, a 54-year-old man was fatally struck by a sedan as he crossed Starr Avenue at Van Dam Street in Long Island City. He was rushed to New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical Center with severe head and leg trauma. He was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. He was not the only one.

The 24-year-old driver of a Mercedes rear-ended a Nissan Murano at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Stanley Avenue. He tried to flee the scene, killing a woman trying to get into her Toyota Sienna. Three other people were injured as the driver barrelled into other cars trying to flee, and then ending with a desperate attempt to carjack other vehicles before he was finally arrested.

The continued danger and toll of irresponsible and criminally negligent and even criminal motorists in New York City continues. If you, or a loved one has been injured or hurt by a hit-and-run driver, you can contact the experienced motor vehicle attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: MTA Bus Kills Pedestrian in Brooklyn

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty are very familiar with the terrible tolls of vehicles striking pedestrians in New York City. We have observed, on numerous occasions, how despite the CIty's continued efforts to prevent these terrible accidents, they still keep occurring. The only way that the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty have learned to deal with negligent drivers is to hold them accountable for the pain and suffering that they cause.

More tragedies have come as inattentive MTA bus drivers hit pedestrians. On Wednesday, a woman was killed on Ocean Avenue around J Avenue when she was struck by the BM1 express bus. A Hatzolah ambulance took the woman to New York Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. And last Monday, a 64-year-old man was struck in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, around Madison and Jackson Streets, by the M22 bus. He was taken to the hospital with a serious arm injury. 

If you, or a loved one, has been a pedestrian who has been injured by negligent and inattentive drivers, you can contact the experienced motor vehicle collision attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Friday, November 20, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: NYPD Officer Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver on Manhattan Bridge

Last night, an NYPD officer making a traffic stop on the Manhattan Bridge was struck by a hit-and-run driver on the Brooklyn-bound side of the bridge. The officer, who's assigned to the 5th Precinct, had stopped a black BMW at around 10:40 P.M. As the officer approached the side of the car, the BMW sped away, striking the officer as it fled the scene. As of this morning, no arrests have been reported. The continued danger and toll of irresponsible and criminally negligent and even criminal motorists in New York City continues. If you, or a loved one has been injured or hurt by a hit-and-run driver, you can contact the experienced motor vehicle attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

This week was World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, celebrated the third Sunday of November each year, to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world's roads. This day has even be adopted by the UN General Assembly as the appropriate acknowledgement for victims of road traffic crash and their families. A march occurred this week from City Hall Park to the United Nations to raise awareness for the victims of traffic accidents. Mayor de Blasio was there too, to promote his Vision Zero initiative. There is some argument that it is working: there have been 197 fatalities on the roads this year in New York City, 109 of which were pedestrians. We at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty stand in solidarity with those marching in support of safe streets and championing justice for those who have been injured or killed by automobiles.

If you, or a loved one, has been hurt in an automobile crash, the experienced motor vehicle attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty can be of assistance. You can contact them for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Friday, November 13, 2015

#visionzeroisntzero: The Continued Toll of Pedestrian Deaths in New York City

A black car flips over the curb and lands on top of a 50-year-old man, killing him.

A taxi driver kills an 88-year-old woman on the Upper West Side.

And we've already talked about others.

Pedestrians continue to die in New York City, and the total is now 12 since Halloween.

The attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty will continue to fight for the rights of pedestrians to walk the streets of New York safely. If you, or a loved one, has been injured by a vehicle, you can receive a free consultation by calling (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Friday, November 6, 2015

2d Judicial Department, Appellate Division Roundup: October 28, 2015 Edition

In this good dozen decisions, we have a basic lesson on hearsay evidence, as well as multiple occasions where cases against municipalities are lost due to proper notice requirements, and some cases laying out the basic law regarding medical malpractice. Also, a foray of teen house parties into the realm of premises and landowner negligence, after the jump . . .

Read more . . .


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Vision Zero Isn't Zero: Trick-or-Treating Children Killed by Seizing Driver, Elderly Woman Killed by MTA Bus

On October 7, the Department of Transportation crowed about how no police cars, fire trucks, garbage trucks or snow plows were involved in a fatal crash. We talked about how this was somewhat misleading, as New York City was still dangerous for pedestrians. This week, we've received horrible news, and continue to hear about everday New Yorkers being killed by careless drivers.

A 10-year-old girl, her grandfather, and another man were killed when a driver crashed into a sidewalk in Morris Park in the Bronx. The children were out trick-or-treating on Halloween, and were taken to Jacobi Medical Center where they were pronounced dead. The driver, having a seizure, jumped the curb and slammed into six people before coming to a stop at 936 Morris Park Avenue. Seizing drivers are particularly dangerous as even though they must take medication to prevent seizing, some do not take their medications regularly. A taxicab driver who killed two people on East 170th Street will face manslaughter charges because the driver was aware of his seizures and did not disclose his condition to the Taxi & Limousine Commission.

And in Brooklyn, on the other side of the city, a few days later, a 70-year-old woman was "cut in half" by an MTA bus on Fulton Street near Sackman Street in Brownsville in Brooklyn. The bus was turning from Sackman Street onto Fulton Street, and did not even stop as it drove off, leaving the destroyed woman on the street. The bus driver was later arrested.

Yesterday, Leyla Enukasvilli, a 69-year-old woman crossing 71st Avenue at Kessel Street in Forest Hills, was struck and killed by the Q23 bus. Another woman and a child in a stroller were stuck by a car as they were cross 67th Street at 11th Avenue in Dyker Heights, and were taken to Lutheran Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. In Queens Village, two men were struck at the intersection of Hemsptead Avenue and 98th Street, and were rushed to Jamaica Hospital.

These kinds of accidents happen every day in New York, and they change - or end - lives. While we at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty support the mayor's effort to end pedestrian fatalities in New York City, we also know the realities of these streets, and the pain and suffering of those who have to live with injuries from being struck by automobiles.

If your loved one is hurt or killed by a motor vehicle, the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty can assist you. Please contact us for a free consultation at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Settlement, AKA, Justice, for Allison Liao

The horror of every parent when they hear the tragedy of Allison Liao is almost too much to bear. We at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty have been by the side of many parents who have lost their children when they sought justice for their children. And in the case of hurting, injuring, maiming, or killing innocent pedestrians in the crosswalks, the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty continue to fight for the rights and claims of every day New Yorkers.

We will not dwell on the story of Allison Liao here, but for one point: the case has settled. As the Post reported, the terms of the lawsuit include not only a payout of 75% of the driver's net worth (the value not being made public), but a total bar from driving for five years, carrying a mandatory $100,000.00 penalty if he does so. This kind of creative settlement, unheard of in most cases, was particularly important here. Attention to details and hard work can resolve a claim in a way that some real kind of justice can be found. If you or your loved ones are injured by a car, you can consult with the attorneys at Feldman, Kronfeld & Beatty at (212) 425-0230 or at info@fkbeatty.com.


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