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What you need to know about airbag injuries

Often, when thinking about potential car accidents, people think of the injuries that might be caused by the other driver. But what about the injuries that you could sustain from parts of your own car? Airbag injuries are extremely common during car accidents, even though they are supposed to keep drivers safe. This is because some airbags are defective and may malfunction once deployed, and end up doing more harm than good to the driver. 

Research published by the American Medical Association found that “individuals using airbags and seat belts sustained facial injuries at a rate of 1 in 449, compared with a rate of 1 in 40 for individuals who did not use seat belts or airbags.” This shocking statistic proves that while airbags can save lives, they can also cause significant injuries to drivers’ heads and necks. 

Common airbag injuries

Some commonly-reported airbag injuries include:

  • Scrapes and lacerations to the arms, chest, face, and neck
  • Eye injuries
  • Bruising of arms, knees, and organs
  • Asthma attacks, coughing and throat irritations
  • Burns on the hands, arms, and chest

Serious airbag injuries

Some more severe injuries could include:

  • Spine fractures and sprains 
  • Fractured skull, ribs, facial bones, and wrists
  • Traumatic brain injuries including concussion and brain contusion
  • Lesions on the liver, spleen, heart, and lungs
  • Hearing loss and other trauma to the ear

Who is liable?

The key to winning an airbag injury claim is proving that the airbag was defective or that it was designed in a way that made it unreasonably dangerous, and the manufacturer did not give drivers adequate warning. The odds of winning a personal injury case simply because you were injured because of a deployed airbag are slim. Fault on the part of the airbag manufacturer, automobile manufacturer, or an auto inspector must be proven to win compensation. Your personal injury lawyer can help you build a case. 

Contact a New York Airbag Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured by a defective airbag, please consider reaching out to our team at Hach & Rose, LLP for help. Our team of defective product attorneys has over 100 combined years of experience dealing with product defects (including airbag injuries), and we want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our office at [phone number] to discuss your legal options today.

Motorcycle lane splitting in New York

The risks involved in riding a motorcycle instead of driving a car sometimes attract motorcyclists to their choice of vehicle in the first place. Motorcycles are inherently more dangerous than cars because they leave the rider fully exposed to the cars and hazards around them. Even helmets and thick leather jackets can’t always protect a motorcyclist from a tragic accident.

One risky behavior many motorcyclists engage in is lane splitting. Lane splitting happens when the motorcyclist rides between two lanes of traffic, usually when the cars are slowed or stopped due to traffic. The law varies state to state, but in New York, lane splitting is illegal. It is important to be aware of this law because if an accident occurs while the motorcycle rider is lane splitting, the motorcyclist is likely to be held liable.

Why lane-splitting puts drivers and motorcyclists at risk

  • Traffic in New York City is especially heavy, fast-moving, and aggressive
  • A car may change lanes unexpectedly and without checking for a motorcyclist
  • New York City lanes are typically too narrow to lane split safely
  • The driver of a car may open their door suddenly if traffic is stopped, hitting or posing an unexpected obstacle to a motorcyclist
  • Many motorcyclists lane split at speeds too fast to be deemed safe
  • Motorcycles can be difficult to spot on the road, especially by the drivers of 18-wheelers, pickup trucks, and other large vehicles

Who is liable in a lane-splitting accident?

If an accident occurs while a motorcyclist is lane splitting, the odds are that the motorcyclist will be held liable since it is illegal in New York. However, if your lawyer can prove that the driver of the car was at least somewhat responsible for the crash, they could win you some compensation to help pay for your medical bills.

What to do if lane-splitting causes an accident

If you have been injured because of lane splitting, whether you were driving a car or riding a motorcycle, call the New York motorcycle accident attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP. Our lawyers have years of experience handling vehicle accidents and we want to help win you the compensation you deserve. Call our office at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your legal options today.

The Three Types of Distracted Driving

In the United States, distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of car accidents. According to a study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “nine percent of fatal crashes in 2016 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.” Almost 3.5 thousand people were killed in these fatal crashes, with nearly 600 of them being nonoccupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

There is more than one way to be a distracted driver. In a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), researchers have concluded that there are three main types of driver distractions: 

  • Visual Distraction – Visual distractions occur when drivers take their eyes off the road. A driver could become visually distracted by answering a text message, taking a phone call, talking to another occupant, or even changing a song on the radio station.
  • Manual Distraction – Manual distractions occur when drivers take their hands off the steering wheel. A driver could become manually distracted by answering a text message, eating while driving, or even trying to calm down a fussy child.
  • Cognitive Distraction – Cognitive distractions occur when drivers take their minds off the road. A driver could become visually distracted by answering a text message, by not getting enough rest to remain focused, or by becoming upset.

If you were paying attention, you may have noticed that “answering a text message” appeared under all three types of distracted driving. This is because texting while driving combines all three types of distractions — making it one of the most deadly things a driver can do behind the wheel. In fact, it’s become such an epidemic that policy-makers have developed laws specifically designed to reduce the growing significance of texting-and-driving.

To reduce your risk of being involved in a car accident because of distracted driving, it’s always important to remain focused on the road, and on getting to your destination safely.

Hurt in a Distracted Driving Accident? Contact Hach & Rose, LLP for Help

Distracted driving is negligent driving. If you’ve been hurt in a crash with a driver who was distracted, you have the right to seek compensation for your injuries, damage to your property, and expenses associated with the accident. Contact a New York injury attorney to discuss your rights by calling (212) 779-0057 today.

Vehicle Rollovers: What Are the Risk Factors?

Because vehicle rollovers have a higher fatality rate than other types of car accidents, they are considered to be especially dangerous. Even though rollover crashes only account for about 2.1 percent of all vehicle accidents, they are responsible for almost 35 percent of traffic fatalities, according to a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA). When does a vehicle rollover take place? Primarily, a rollover occurs when a motor vehicle is tipped — or “rolled” — over onto its side or roof.

There are two types of rollover crashes, including “tripped” and “untripped.”

  • Tripped – Tripped rollovers result from a high-energy impact with an external force like another vehicle, a truck, or even a curb.
  • Untripped – According to a 2012 study from the University of Minnesota, these types of rollovers result from a combination of “steering input, speed, and friction with the ground.”

By educating yourself on the possible causes of vehicle rollovers, you can reduce your chances of suffering the physical, financial, and emotional impact of a severe car accident. Some of the most common risk factors involved in rollovers include:

  • Type of Vehicle – While almost every type of vehicle has the potential to roll over; some are more at-risk than others. High-risk vehicles tend to be taller and narrower with high centers of gravity. Some examples of high-risk vehicles include pickup trucks, SUVs, and buses.
  • Speed – According to the NHTSA, excessive speeding is common with rollover crashes. In fact, “Some 40 percent of fatal rollover crashes involved excessive speeding,” states the NHTSA.
  • Intoxication – It is illegal to drive intoxicated in all fifty states. It is unlawful because alcohol significantly impairs a driver’s judgment, muscle coordination, focus, and more. According to the NHTSA, “nearly half of all fatal rollover crashes involve alcohol.”
  • Rural Roads – Rural roads tend to lack road divides and guardrails, making it difficult for drivers to regain control of their vehicles in a high-risk situation. Almost 75 percent of fatal rollovers take place on rural roads.
  • Driver Behavior – Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of fatal rollover crashes. Often, these crashes only involve a single car — the car that rolls over. Studies have concluded that driver behavior is a potential cause for approximately 85 percent of fatal rollover crashes.

Contact a Rollover Attorney in New York

Were you hurt in a rollover accident caused by a negligent driver, or did your accident happen due to a defectively designed or manufactured vehicle? If so, you have the right to take legal action against those responsible, and the New York rollover accident attorneys will be ready to help fight for the fair compensation you’re owed. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online today.

Young Drivers Are at Higher Risk of Car Accidents, Statistics Show

Because young drivers have less experience on the road, they are significantly more likely to be involved in a serious car accident. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among teens aged 16 to 19 than among any other age group.”

Vehicle collisions are the most common cause of death for teenagers within the United States. In 2017, researchers estimated that roughly 300 thousand teens were injured due to collisions, and almost 2,400 were killed.

Which teens are the most at-risk for being involved in a serious collision?  

  • Teenage boys – according to a 2017 CDC report, the fatality rate for male drivers from 16 to 19 years of age was more than two times higher than the fatality rate for female drivers in the same age group.
  • Teenagers traveling with other teenagers – operating a vehicle is a task that requires the full attention of the driver. When inexperienced drivers are distracted by their passengers, the risk of being involved in a fatal car accident increase greatly.
  • Newly-licensed teenage drivers – within the first few months of licensure, the risk of being involved in a collision is extremely high. This is why parents should discourage their teenagers from traveling over long, complicated routes immediately after they receive their license.

Teenage drivers need lots of guidance and practice before becoming experienced enough to travel with security in mind. By thoroughly educating your child on safe driving techniques, you can help them reduce their risk of being involved in a fatal car accident.  

Contact a New York Teen Driving Crash Attorney 

If you or someone you love has been hurt in an accident caused by an inexperienced and improperly supervised driver, you should not have to pay for the harm you’ve suffered and losses you’ve incurred. It is possible that the teen driver should not have been out on the road on their own, should have been properly supervised, or should otherwise not have been behind the wheel when they hit you. If this has happened to you, be sure to reach out to our skilled New York car accident lawyers right away at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your rights. 




Defective Car Repairs

While car repairs are necessary to maintain a functioning vehicle, getting them done can be incredibly costly and time-consuming. Even with a fair amount of knowledge and know-how, car owners are typically at the mercy of mechanics — and unfortunately, defective and fraudulent repairs are all too common.

According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers estimated that total consumer losses from defective, unnecessary, fraudulent, or misdiagnosed repairs could be as high as 17.4 billion dollars each year. This NHTSA study based its model on 15 different problem areas:

  1. Failure to perform needed preventive maintenance
  2. Unnecessary replacement of a component, when it is more economical to wait until it fails
  1. Failure to detect faults before they become critical
  2. Too much time between maintenance work
  3. Superfluous maintenance
  4. Inadequate diagnosis of the problem
  5. Attempts to sell unneeded repairs with possible fraudulent intent
  6. Failure to detect potential intended fraud before repairs
  7. Failure to detect possible fraud after repairs
  8. Work charged for and never performed
  9. Failure to resolve possible fraud
  10. Package deals which are not in the consumers’ interest
  11. Instances of faulty repair
  12. Failure to detect defective repair
  13. Failure to address faulty repair

The best way to mitigate these potential costs is to educate yourself as much as possible on your vehicle, as well as any common issues it may face. This way, you can be more informed when taking your car in for repairs at any shop. If your car does need repairs, it may be beneficial to get quotes from several mechanics, dealerships, and independent shops before having your repairs completed.

Hurt by a Defective Repair? Contact Us

Did a defective repair or fraudulent maintenance cause a crash that resulted in severe injuries? If so, turn to the experienced New York car accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss the specifics of your case. If it can be proven that negligent maintenance or repairs caused your crash, you could be owed significant compensation. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out online to schedule your free, no-obligation consultation today. 

Seat Belt Failure: How Does It Happen?

Wearing your seatbelt is one of the smartest actions a driver can take to protect themselves. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), “seat belt use in passenger vehicles saved an estimated 14,955 lives in 2017.” However, just like any other manufactured piece of equipment, seat belts can be defective.

Alarmingly, it is not uncommon for seat belts to fail. According to the NHTSA, approximately 3 million injuries and 40 thousand fatalities are reported each year from seat belts that fail to perform as expected during motor vehicle collisions. During rollover accidents, failed seatbelts are one of the leading causes of serious injury or death. Perhaps one of the most disturbing factors about these types of accidents is the fact that they are completely unnecessary and wholly preventable.

How can a seatbelt fail? Here are some of the most common factors:

  • Retractor failure – A seat belt retractor is where the belt feeds from and is responsible for locking up during sudden stops. If the retractor malfunctions for some reason, the passenger will not receive the protection needed to prevent serious injury during a car accident.
  • Latch failure – A seat belt latch is the contact point between the buckle and the actual belt itself. When the latch malfunctions of comes undone with applied force, this could mean serious injury for a passenger during a car accident
  • Spooling – Spooling takes place when an excessive amount of the seat belt feeds out, which means that there is too much belt to adequately restrain the passenger during a collision. The lack of adequate restraint could result in serious — or even fatal — injuries during a vehicle collision.

 Often times, victims of a serious car wreck are not even aware that a seat belt malfunction has occurred. This is why it is important to contact an expert who can correctly identify the signs of seat belt failure after a serious car wreck.

Contact a New York Product Liability Lawyer

Vehicle manufacturers have a duty to ensure that their seat belts will work properly in the event of a collision. If you or a loved one has suffered serious injury because of a seatbelt malfunction during a car wreck, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact a New York car accident attorney at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057 today. 



Florence, NY – Police Investigating Cause of Deadly Motorcycle Accident on Wolcott Hill Road

Florence, NY – Police Investigating Cause of Deadly Motorcycle Accident on Wolcott Hill Road

Florence, NY (July 5, 2019) – On Friday, July, 5th, police were immediately called to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash that took place on Wolcott Hill Road in the town of Florence. According to State Police in Sylvan Beach, 26-year-old Brandon E. Humphrey, of Camden, tragically lost his life in the accident that occurred at 1:08 p.m.


Bulls Head, NY – Injuries Sustained Following Two-Vehicle Crash in Staten Island

Bulls Head, NY – Injuries Sustained Following Two-Vehicle Crash in Staten Island

Bulls Head, NY (July 5, 2019) – A two-car crash in the Bulls Head neighborhood of Staten Island ended with injuries on Friday, July 5th, according to firefighters who were called to the scene. The crash occurred at approximately 3:33 p.m. at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Goller Place for reasons that are being investigated.


Watertown, NY – Fatal Motorcycle Crash Reported on State Route 3

Watertown, NY – Fatal Motorcycle Crash Reported on State Route 3

Watertown, NY (July 5, 2019) – On Wednesday, July 3rd, police were promptly summoned to the scene of a fatal motorcycle crash that took place on State Route 3 in Watertown. The collision between a motorcycle and a 2015 Chevrolet Malibu was reported to have happened around 3:15 p.m.


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