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1 drunk driver to blame in 7 Canandaigua accidents

It's not unusual for Canandaigua residents to hear news reports about car accidents caused by drunk drivers. On Aug. 27, however, the news was pretty unusual. Reports are that chaos ensued when seven accidents happened within 12 minutes – all allegedly caused by a single drunk driver.

The accident investigation will keep officials busy for some time. Once completed, however, the victims will be in a position to decide whether seeking compensation for injuries or property damage is appropriate. With multiple insurance companies involved, it's also likely that skilled negotiation techniques will be helpful to their recoveries.

Better access to history may help New York personal injury cases

Motor vehicle accidents happen everywhere. Fender-benders and catastrophic multi-vehicle crashes, whether caused by negligence or a distracted driver, result in damage to property, injuries or fatalities. Investigators reconstruct the car accident, and do their best to determine who is at fault. Prosecutors take that information and make a determination as to whether or not criminal charges are appropriate. In the past, they could only consider previous convictions in their evaluations.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced several months ago that the Department of Motor Vehicles will make additional driving history available to prosecutors. In addition to conviction records, traffic tickets issued in the previous 10 years can be accessed by District Attorneys, investigators and paralegals working under their supervision. Often charges filed against a driver are reduced in a plea agreement. The goal of this new access is to help officials make more informed decisions regarding lesser charges. Potentially dangerous drivers may be less likely to fall through the cracks of the system if a pattern of behavior is observed.

New York race crash investigation: Will recklessness be a factor?

Most people in Canandaigua or Ontario County are aware of the tragic motor vehicle accident on Aug. 9 wherein a NASCAR driver was hit and killed by another racecar. Investigators are reportedly questioning witnesses and undertaking accident reconstruction to compile the facts. It may be that Tony Stewart, a three-time Sprint Cup Series champion and team owner, will face charges if the investigation supports it.

Whether or not prosecutors choose to file charges in a fatal pedestrian accident, the family of the victim has the option of bringing a civil suit against the party or parties responsible. Evaluating the legal issues involved will help in determining what, if any, legal remedy may be helpful.

Lightning strike fatality is basis for wrongful death lawsuit

Promoters and organizations that run sporting events, concerts and other entertainment gatherings have a responsibility to provide for the safe participation of attendees to the extent it's possible to do so. While it might be true that folks can't control the weather, if more careful management of an outdoor event could have prevented a fatality, negligence in a wrongful death is a legitimate question.

Car racing fans in Canandaigua may be aware of a tragedy at a NASCAR race in 2012. On August 5 of that year, a severe storm warning was issued for an area of a nearby state that included the racetrack where a lightning strike killed one man and injured several others. Two recent lawsuits allege that the defendant race officials ignored the warning until it was clear the race had to be stopped, and they only used social media to inform the fans. According to the wrongful death complaint, the deceased victim didn't have access to social media.

New York bus involved in pedestrian accident

In Manhattan and other New York cities, there are numerous ways of getting around. Transportation options include individual vehicles, trains, subways, cabs, buses, bicycling and, of course, going on foot. In busy cities and other areas, choosing to be a pedestrian does have some risks. Pedestrians must watch other traffic and follow crosswalks and signs when entering roadways.

At the same time, drivers in such areas must be aware of pedestrians and take action to avoid pedestrian accidents. This is true of all drivers including bus drivers.

Car chase leads to 2 deaths and injuries in New York

A car chase in New York has led to a pair of deaths and left a girl of just eleven years old with injuries after a crash. The accident itself was out on State Route 86, and it happened right around two in the afternoon. It took place near the Curtis Lumber building.

Police reports indicate that a man was driving an F-150 pickup in the town of Lake Placid when he was part of a more minor accident there. However, that quickly turned into a hit-and-run when he fled the scene. This caused the Lake Placid Police Department to contact the State Police as they searched for the truck.

2 young New York residents killed in violent car accident

Two young people from Greene County, New York, were killed earlier this month in a car accident that police say was caused by the man driving the car in which they were riding. That driver, also a Greene County resident, is facing multiple felony charges, including aggravated vehicular manslaughter, as well as charges of reckless driving and driving while intoxicated.

According to authorities, the driver was speeding westbound on Interstate 90 in a Volkswagen when he struck another vehicle. His car then reportedly struck a tractor trailer, which caused the car to break into two pieces. It was also struck by a vehicle behind it.

Motorcycle accident in Queens claims life of 31-year-old woman

Many motorists prefer to ride motorcycles because they offer freedom while traveling on the open road. At the same time, however, they offer very little protection should an accident occur. Sadly, this lack of protection caused a New York woman to suffer trauma to her body after she was hit by a car in Queens. She later died from her injuries.

The fatal motorcycle accident happened in Queens Village on the evening of June 29. The 31-year-old motorcyclist was traveling east on Jamaica Avenue when a motorist heading west turned left into her path and hit her. The 22-year-old driver was uninjured and stayed at the scene until help arrived. The motorcyclist was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital to be treated for serious injuries, but she later died.

Pedestrian receiving medical care following run-in with bus

Across New York state and the country, pedestrians on busy roadways must be vigilant because accidents can happen at any time. Perhaps nowhere is this more true than in a city such as New York City, where pedestrians mingle on the streets with a variety of motorists. Amid the hustle and bustle, it's easy for a driver to miss seeing a pedestrian, resulting in serious pedestrian accidents.

One 74-year-old woman is under medical care following just such an accident. According to authorities, she was struck by a double decker bus as she tried to cross the street. The incident occurred around 5 p.m. on June 18, say reports.

3-car crash takes 1 life in New York state

Three cars were involved in an accident on the New York State Thruway, out near Tyre, and one woman was killed as a result. The woman was a passenger in one of the cars that was hit. Another person was injured in the same crash, which happened right around 10 a.m.

According to the New York State Police, a 29-year-old man was going west in his vehicle, driving on the Thruway. Traffic began to slow down in front of the man, but he did not slow down enough, and he smashed into the back of a car in front of him. The impact was enough to push that car forward, and it in turn rear-ended another vehicle. All of the vehicles stopped, still on the westbound side of the road.