East Islip Accident Kills Young Mother Walking Her Dog

East Islip,Long Island Accident Tuesday morning, April 12, an out-of-control car jumped the curb and struck a young mother who was walking her dog. According to ABC 7 News Skye Brunetti, age 25, had just dropped her five-year-old son off at the school bus stop and was on the sidewalk returning home when the car struck, killing her and her dog. Police surmise that Skye had her back to traffic and did not see the car coming. The car also struck a utility pole and severed it. Forty-five customers lost service and the road was closed off for investigation and electrical repairs. The car, driven by Barbara Cottone, age 50, hit one utility pole and came to a stop after hitting a second utility pole. Police did not bring charges against the driver. Her car has been impounded for safety check and is pending investigation.  Speeding Drivers Speeding is a traffic issue in many areas of New York. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reported that speeding accident statistics in 2014 were: 28,571 crashes 280 fatal crashes  425 pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes Newsday also covered the incident of Skye Brunetti’s death from a speeding accident perspective. This stretch of Union Boulevard is laden with speeding drivers. A tow truck operator, Steven Vogel, who lives close to the Brunetti home, said cars routinely speed along at 60 miles per hour or more in this 35 mph zone. For the past month, a Suffolk County police officer has been issuing speeding tickets, but these efforts have not been enough to stop the speeding. In fact, Vogel said he got officials...

Ronkonkoma DWI Accident Takes the Lives of a Couple

Ronkomkoma DWI Accident According to NY CBS Local News, neighbors say the couple still had their house decorated with Easter eggs and angels as they came to pay their respects. Tragically, on April 4, a speeding vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver struck the Chevrolet pickup truck of William Kear, age 67, and his wife Joanne, age 66, as they were turning left in Ronkonkoma. The impact T-boned and flipped their truck. Suffolk County police have statements indicating that the light was green for the Kears and red for the other oncoming vehicle. A witness reported the speed of the driver running the light was 80 or 90 miles per hour. The 23 year-old driver of other vehicle, Kyle Glinka of Bohemia, admitted to the police that he had been drinking. He underwent surgery for non-life treating injuries.  Police charged him with DWI. However, both cars have been impounded and further investigation is underway. T-Bone Accidents In a T-bone accident, one vehicle hits the side of the other vehicle. An article published in Nolo emphasizes that: T-bone accidents are particularly dangerous because your car has no bumper to absorb the impact. The door and window of a vehicle do not offer much protection. For this reason, anywhere from 8,500 to 10,000 Americans die every year in side impact collisions. Drunk Driving Accidents Drunk driving leads to many accidents in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day 28 people die in traffic accidents that involve a drunk driver. In other words, every 53 minutes, someone dies in a drunk driving accident. Sometimes...

Critical Injury from Whitestone Parkway Accident

Queens, New York Car Accident When you get out of your car to help another in a car accident, there’s always a risk. Several people stopped to help driver Samantha Maloney, age 22 on Friday night after she was driving drunk and crashed her car into a divider. She was driving on Whitestone Expressway near the Grand Central intersection. Various newspapers covered the accident, including the New York Post and Gothamist. According to the media, Samantha called her friend Victoria Garratt, also 22, to help her. When both gals were outside their cars surveying the damage, off-duty EMT Christopher Pierce pulled over to help them. Shortly afterward, an off-duty police officer crashed his car into Pierce’s vehicle, which set off a chain reaction. Victoria was struck and sent flying over the divider 30 feet onto the area below. She suffered serious injuries and is in critical condition at NY Presbyterian Hospital in Queens. Pierce suffered a broken arm and Maloney was not injured. However, after the crash, Maloney was in such a state of shock that she didn’t know what she was saying, according to a witness at the accident scene. From a legal perspective, Maloney may be charged with reckless endangerment. She should’ve called 911 instead of a friend. Pierce, although he has been injured before at accident scenes, is happy to stop and help despite the risks. As an EMT, he is trained to assist people in desperate situations and takes pride in what he does. The off-duty police officer had also been drinking but tested at .02 BAC, which is not above the legal limit. He...

A Negligence Perspective on the Erin Andrews Trial

Erin Andrews Trial Most people are aware of the Erin Andrews jury trial, which has gained high profile in the media. Sports Journalist, Erin Andrews is suing a stalker and the owner and manager of a Marriott hotel for $75 million. Michael David Barrett pleaded guilty and served more than two years in prison for traveling across state lines to stalk and film Erin Andrews. On two different occasions, he drilled a hole in an adjacent hotel room and filmed her while she was naked. He also put the video of her online. The New York Times reported that further abuse ensued as Andrews was accused of doing the film on purpose as a publicity stunt. CNN, where she worked as a sports journalist, made her sit down with them and refute the accusations before allowing her on the air again. She was also required to give a public interview about the incident. She chose to do it on the Oprah Winfrey show because Oprah had also been a victim of sexual abuse. According to her testimony, she is a traumatized victim of a sexual predator, further punished by accusations and being made to relive the incident. Since the video went online, she has lived in fear of meeting people who will have seen the video and formed preconceived notions about her. Daily reminders of the incident have continued to stalk her. Seven years later, she has had enough and is suing. The defense in the case argues that the videos helped her career by making her well known in the public eye. Andrews argues the Nashville Marriott staff...

Why is my Personal Injury Case Taking So Long?

As an attorney practicing personal injury law in both Suffolk and Nassau Counties of New York for almost two decades, I hear this question all too much: “Why is my personal injury case taking so long to be resolved?” There’s never a simple answer. Not all cases are the same. While some cases may be resolved fairly quickly, others can take years. There are numerous reasons why. Some of the reasons are literally hidden from you – gambits by insurance companies or defendants to make you settle for less – but you deserve to know them all. Firstly, a case should not be settled until the injured person has recovered from their accident. If the person is still in treatment for the injuries sustained in the accident, then the case should remain open so that all medical documentation can be considered before the case is resolved. The reason this is important is that pain and suffering and mental anguish as a result of an injury is a key component in determining how much money a person is entitled to in their case. Settling before a person is physically better is risky because healing from an injury can be unpredictable. There can be setbacks, complications or even unexpected surgeries. If a case is settled all these pains, physical or emotional, from the injury, are documented, the plaintiff is likely going to be short-changed with respect to the amount of money they actually need for their pain, suffering and mental anguish. Now, in some cases, a person will never fully recover. In those situations it’s important to wait until the person...

Long Island Parents – Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

Suffolk County Long Island Parents – Keeping Teen Drivers Safe If you have teenage children, it can be a hair-raising experience when they’re learning to drive. Even after they acquire their driver’s licenses, finding peace of mind when they’re driving is tough. However, as parents, you can do something about their safety. According to an article posted in autoblog.com, research indicates parents have considerable influence in keeping their teenage drivers safe. Establishing a balance between being too submissive and too dominating is crucial in making your role as a parent effective. Here are a few suggestions: Engage in emotionally safe conversations. When your teens feel safe to talk, they will open up about problems and be receptive to your advice. Delay car ownership. While owning a car is often a status symbol for teens, they are safer when using their parents’ cars. Statistics show that having to ask parents’ for permission to drive cuts accident risks by 50 percent. Set good examples for your kids. Drive safely, don’t speed and don’t get angry or upset when someone cuts you off. You’re a role model for your children’s behavior. Begin educating your children about driving early. As soon as your child can start sitting in the front seat with you while you drive, start explaining actions you take. For example, point out that you drive more slowly to take curves or when weather is bad. Set clear rules once your teen starts driving. Rules should include no speeding and routine seat belt use. After getting a license, have your teen drive six to 12 months without other passengers in the...

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