In Queens and throughout New York City, preventable accidents are a daily occurrence. Unfortunately, sometimes innocent people are seriously injured or even killed in preventable auto accidents caused by negligent drivers. When this happens, our Queens personal injury lawyers make sure the victims have the financial support they need and that those responsible for causing the accident are held accountable.
Some recent examples of preventable accidents in Queens and surrounding areas include:
3 Injured After Woman Crashes SUV Into Queens Home
Three people were injured after an SUV crashed into a home in Queens on Monday, May 14. The accident happened on Baisley Boulevard in Rochdale Village at around 1 p.m., when the vehicle slammed through the garage of a vacant home and broke a hole in the wall of a neighboring bedroom with three people inside.
A 14-year-old boy was sitting on the bed and debris struck him in the head.
According to witnesses, the woman was only dressed in a bra and underwear. Witnesses also said the woman drove her vehicle through a busy intersection before crashing into the home. She was brought into custody and criminal charges are pending.
9 Injured After Elderly Woman Crashes Vehicle Into Westchester Restaurant
A 79-year-old Yonkers woman was arrested for drunk driving after she crashed her vehicle into Enzo’s Ristorante in Westchester County on Sunday, May 6. A total of nine people were injured, including four with critical injuries. The woman appeared to back out of her parking space and struck two other vehicles before she crashed through the restaurant in reverse at around 7:45 p.m.
Eight people were brought to area hospitals for treatment – three to Westchester Medical Center, one to Jacobi Medical Center, two to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital, and two to White Plains Hospital. The critical injury victims included a 66-year-old woman, a 74-year-old man, a 77-year-old woman, and an 81-year-old woman.
Queens Residents Call For Safety Improvements After Young Boy Struck and Killed By Car
Residents of Jackson Heights, Queens held a rally for safer streets on May 4 after a 9-year-old boy was struck and killed by a vehicle in the neighborhood a week before. On April 29, the 9-year-old boy was walking across Northern Boulevard near 70th Street with his mother when he was struck by a red Jeep Compass as it turned left onto the street. He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead from severe trauma to his head and torso.
Local politicians like Assemblyman Michael Dendekker and Senator Jose Peralta have called on the Department of Transportation to change the light system on Northern Boulevard to make crossing safer for pedestrians. In the days following the boy’s death, the DOT implemented a lighting change at the intersection of 70th Street and Northern Boulevard, but residents and local politicians want more to be done.