Drunk Driving Ejection Accident in Copiague, Long Island

Drunk Driving Accident Copiague Early Tuesday morning in Copiague, a Babylon man lost control of his pickup truck. He was driving drunk and crashed into a pole. As a result of the impact, he and his two passengers were ejected from the vehicle. According to the Patch, Elmer Santos-Cardoza, age 24, was driving a 1999 Dodge pickup truck on Sunrise Highway, east of Great Neck Road. The other two passengers were Melvin Mansonarez, age 20 and Jose Sanataria, age 20, also of Babylon. The driver and Mansonarez suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip for treatment. However, after ejection, Sanataria was hit by a 42-year old driver of a 2008 Toyota Camry. He was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital to receive treatment for serious injuries. Facts about Ejection Accidents Considering it is likely that none of the passengers were wearing seatbelts, they were fortunate that the ejection didn’t cause greater injuries. Statistics indicate that one in every five occupants thrown from a car dies from fatal injuries (University of Michigan study) In fact, ejected occupants have a fatal injury rate that is 40 times the rate for occupants not ejected from their cars. Typically, wearing seat belts prevent ejection. Being thrown from a car gives no advantage for surviving. Also, statistics don’t support the idea that wearing safety belts increases fatality risks from vehicle fires or submersion under water accidents. To avoid accidents, don’t drink and drive, and always wear your seat belt. If you are a victim of an accident that is not your fault and your injuries...

Car Accident Takes the Life of a Long Island Seventh Grader

Early Monday morning around 7:30 a.m. a car struck a 12-year-old girl while she, her twin sister and a friend were jaywalking. They crossed the road close to the intersection of Elmont Road and Village Avenue, near Martin De Porres School, which is about a block away. When the car hit Gabrielle Johnson, the impact threw her over the hood and about 100 feet behind the vehicle. Despite braking heavily, the car moved forward 20 feet before coming to a full stop. Eye Witness News, ABC 7 NY reported that the driver was a 38-year-old man from Far Rockaway. He remained at the scene and tried to help the young girl. Emergency responders transported her to Franklin General Hospital where she died about an hour later. Witnesses report that the driver didn’t appear to be speeding and the speed limit is 30 miles per hour in this area. For purposes of determining the car’s speed at the time of the accident, police are still investigating because the damage to the car was considerable. Students interviewed by Eyewitness News said this crossing is a shortcut students often use when walking to school. However, there is no crossing guard stationed there. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of children’s death in our nation. Certainly, all traffic deaths are tragic, but when a young person dies unexpectedly, it is virtually heartbreaking for family...

Kids and Trampoline Accidents

Trampoline Accidents We love our kids to be active in sports because they enjoy it and the exercise is good for them. Jumping on trampolines is fun, and trampoline parks are a type of recreation that has grown in popularity nationwide during the past few years. According to ABC News, in 2009 only a handful of trampoline parks existed but by 2014, there were 345 parks across the country. Granted, not all injuries occur in trampoline parks. Schools have trampolines and some people have trampolines in their back yards. Even so, close to 100,000 trampoline-related injuries happen annually. Between 2000 and 2009, there were 22 trampoline-related deaths. Many states have no regulations in place to monitor the industry for keeping parks as safe as possible. Parks typically regulate themselves. The Consumer Product Safety Commission indicates that many trampoline accidents occur when more than one person jump on a trampoline at the same time. Today Parents published an article about Kerley Thomasson, who lost her 30-year-old son in a trampoline accident in a Phoenix facility. In 2012, he somersaulted into a shallow foam pit and broke his neck. The mother said the facility had no medical procedure in place and most of the employees were under age 18. She since has worked to pass legislation to regulate trampoline recreation parks in Arizona. Arizona is the first state to regulate trampoline parks through Ty’s Law, named after her son Ty Thomasson. Safety Guidelines Guidelines for safety at trampoline parks include: No more than one person on a trampoline at the same time Separate kids by size and keep small and large...

Suffolk County Crash on LIE Service Road Involving SUV Turnover

Suffolk County Car Accident Newsday reported that on January 18, a 19-year-old driver crashed on the Long Island Expressway in Holtsville after fleeing a police stop. The officer stopped the driver on the westbound LIE as the BMW SUV was approaching from behind him at a high speed. The SUV pulled onto the shoulder for the traffic stop near Exit 62 and initially stopped. However, when the officer approached the vehicle, the driver sped away and exited onto the westbound service road at Exit 62. While traveling at about 80 miles per hour, the SUV swerved to avoid crashing into a tractor-trailer that was stopped on left shoulder and two other vehicles in the left hand lane near Morris Avenue. At this point the SUV flipped over. Significant damage occurred to the vehicle and the driver sustained a leg injury. The vehicle’s passengers experienced only minor injuries. Police are investigating the accident and arrested the driver for fleeing a police officer and speeding. His name remains undisclosed. A New York Times article  indicates that Suffolk County tops the list for the most dangerous roads in New York. The combination of speed, excessive traffic and unsafe design were factors that made Suffolk’s roads dangerous. In fact, the Long Island Expressway was ranked number three in the list of dangerous roads. It pays to drive defensively and take precautions when driving on the LIE and other roads throughout Long Island. Accident victims should seek legal counsel when their injuries exceed the serious injury threshold and another driver is at...

Even the Police Are Vulnerable in Drunk Driving Accidents

Drunk Driving Accidents on Long Island A drunken driver crashed his van into a Suffolk County police cruiser and fled the scene on Saturday night in the eastbound lanes of Sunrise Highway near the William Floyd Parkway. Long Island News 12 reported that the accident occurred in Brookhaven, where the police officer had pulled his marked cruiser off to the side of the road to help a driver whose vehicle was on fire. Rescue personnel airlifted the officer to Stony Brook University Hospital, and hospital staff determined that his injuries were not life threatening. The driver of the van fled the accident scene on foot and was later taken into custody. Police identified him as 27-year-old Carolos Morocho. He had been charged with DWI two times previously and currently faces criminal charges for DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, failure to move over for an emergency vehicle, false personation and operating a vehicle without an interlock device. During the arraignment hearing on Sunday, Morocho pled not guilty but was held on $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash bail. When injuries are serious based on the NY State serious injury threshold, and the other party is at fault for causing the accident, you can recover compensation for injuries through a civil lawsuit. Generally, lawyers pursue civil lawsuits after the criminal lawsuit concludes. Attorneys represent seriously injured parties to help them recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other damages related to the...
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