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Broken Bones After A Car Accident

According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately three million people suffer non-fatal injuries in car accidents each year in the United States.

Broken bones are some of the most common types of injuries after a serious car accident. Even with the proper usage of seatbelts and other kinds of protective gear, both drivers and occupants are still at-risk for sustaining broken bone injuries during a high-impact collision. People often suffer broken or fractured bones in car accidents due to:

  •  Bracing for impact during a collision 
  •  Impact-related injuries doors, the hood, the dashboard, or steering wheel 
  • Being ejected from a vehicle while not wearing a seatbelt

 Broken bone injuries can range from mildly serious to life-altering. The most common broken bones after a car accident include:

  • Fibula and Femur – Located respectively in the lower leg and upper leg, these bones can be broken if the leg-area within a vehicle crumples or caves-in during a car accident.
  • Facial Bones – Because an airbag only has a fraction of a second to inflate, it has to expand with an incredible amount of force. This means that striking an airbag can lead to broken noses, cheekbones, jaws, and eye-socket bones.
  • Clavicle – The clavicle is considered to be one of the most fragile bones in the human body. It is light, spongy, and is easily broken during any direct high-energy impact. Thus, this bone is one of the most commonly injured during car accidents.
  • Pelvic Bone – The pelvic area is a complex region that supports the legs and spine. Pelvic bones are most commonly fractured when a vehicle occupant lurches forward into their seatbelt during a high-impact collision.
  • Sternum – Otherwise known as the breastbone, the sternum joins the ribcage at the center and helps protect the heart, lungs, and other major organs from injury. Like the pelvis, the sternum is also commonly fractured when a vehicle occupant lurches forward into their seatbelt during a collision.
  • Skull – A skull fracture is one of the most serious injuries that can be sustained during a car accident. The skull can be damaged during a collision if an occupant’s head strikes a window, the dashboard, or another object. Skull injuries may not be immediately detectable, which is why it is important to seek medical attention immediately after a car accident.
  • Spinal Vertebrae – Damage to the spinal vertebrae can lead to long-term injury, disability, or death. The vertebrae can break or fracture during a high-impact collision, as airbags and restraints can exert a large amount of force upon the body. This force can cause major damage to the delicate bones within the spine.

Contact a Broken Bone Attorney in New York 

Broken bones can lead to significant medical bills, lost wages, and long-term health issues. If you or someone you love has broken a bone during a car accident because of a reckless or negligent driver, contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case with us 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.


Pedestrian Deaths Have Reached a New Peak, According to the NHTSA

According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), pedestrian deaths reached a new and tragic peak. In the year 2018 alone, researchers found that approximately 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents — that’s more than a 3% increase from 2017 and the most deaths in almost thirty years. Based on estimated in the first half of 2019, researchers believe that this upward trend will continue.

So what’s causing all of these deaths? According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pedestrians are almost twice as likely to be killed in a collision than a car occupant. Some of the most common risk factors include:

  • Distracted drivers – Distracted driving has been cited as one of the leading causes of fatal vehicle collisions. If a driver is distracted by a phone or other task, they are significantly more likely to injure — or kill — a pedestrian.
  • Driving over the speed limit – Even vehicles traveling at relatively low speeds can cause the human body devastating injury upon impact. If a driver is moving too fast, slamming down on the breaks isn’t enough to avoid a fatal collision with a pedestrian.
  • Intoxicated driving – Drivers under the influence of alcohol are statistically more likely to be at-fault in a severe car accident. Not only is driving under the influence illegal in all fifty states, but it also puts both drivers and pedestrians at risk for being involved in a fatal collision.
  • Failure to yield or stop for pedestrians – Pedestrian traffic laws can be nuanced and difficult to understand. Sometimes, drivers who are unaware of these laws do not realize when pedestrians have the right-of-way. As a result, drivers can often fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in situations where they should have.
  • Inclement weather conditions – A vehicle’s tires can lose a significant amount of traction on roads with rain, snow, sleet, or ice. These conditions put drivers at a higher risk of skidding, swerving, or spinning out. If a driver loses control of their vehicle, they may not be able to avoid a severe collision with a pedestrian.
  • Left turns – According to a study from the United States Department of Transportation, pedestrians have a higher chance of being hit by a left-turning vehicle than a right-turning vehicle. This heightened risk is due to a “visibility impairment” that a driver experiences while making a left turn. Because of this impairment, a driver may not even see a pedestrian before it is too late.
  • Backing up – Drivers must check their rear and side-view mirrors before backing up anywhere — even in their driveways. Child pedestrians are especially at risk for back-up accidents, as they can be too short for drivers to detect.

Hurt in an accident as a pedestrian? Hach & Rose, LLP can help you

Car accidents involving pedestrians are significantly more likely to result in severe injury or fatality than other motor vehicle collisions. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a pedestrian collision, contact our team of experienced attorneys at Hach & Rose, LLP for help.We will work to get you the compensation you need to pay your bills, repair or replace your damaged bike, and help you focus on recovery if you’re unable to work.  Call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule your free consultation 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. 

 

 

 


T-Bone Car Accidents: Who Is At Fault?

Otherwise known as side-impact or broadside collisions, T-bone car accidents occur when the front of a vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle, forming a “T” shape. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), researchers estimate these accidents result in the deaths of approximately 8 thousand Americans each year.

T-bone accidents most commonly take place at intersections, where the front of one vehicle crashes into the side of another vehicle. Some of the most common injuries sustained during a side-collision include:

  • Traumatic head or brain injuries (TBI) – traumatic brain injuries occur during a high-energy impact so strong that it causes the brain to collide with the skull. Symptoms include dizziness, nausea, confusion, vomiting, drowsiness, and changed behavior.
  • Chest trauma – according to a report from MedScape, researchers estimate that car accidents cause approximately 70 to 80 percent of blunt-force chest trauma. In severe cases, chest trauma can impede long-term health by resulting in lung damage and esophageal injuries.
  • Broken ribs – the rib-cage protects the majority of the human body’s vital organs. When ribs are broken during a car collision, organ damage is a possible result.

When it comes to determining liability in broadside collisions, either driver could be at fault. For example, if the driver is texting on their phone and fails to see that driver two missed a stop sign, both drivers could be held liable if a T-bone collision occurs. Perhaps the most important factors in determining liability include:

  • Gathering evidence
  • Taking photos
  • Recording statements
  • Eyewitness accounts
  • Police involvement

Contact A New York Car Accident Attorney 

T-bone accidents can be especially devastating because drivers are often only protected from collisions by a thin door and window. If you or someone you love has suffered injury in a T-bone collision caused by a negligent motorist, you have the right to seek full and fair compensation. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your case with a New York car accident attorney right away. 


Whiplash: How Common Is It?

Otherwise known as a type of neck sprain, whiplash is one of the most common injuries sustained after a car accident. According to a recent report from Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), researchers found that over 2 million Americans suffer from whiplash each year. This injury “occurs when the head suddenly snaps forward, then backward in a whip-like motion that over-stretches the joints, muscles and ligaments of the neck and upper back,” states the RUMC.

It doesn’t take a lot of force to sustain a whiplash injury. In fact, injury can occur at speeds as low as 10 miles per hour — all it really takes is a high-energy impact. Whiplash most commonly occurs in rear-ending collisions when a vehicle is subject to a sudden forward-moving force. Unfortunately, rear-end collisions are all too common. According to a report from the Washington Post, U.S. roadways see an average of 1.7 million rear-end collisions per year — making the risk of sustaining a whiplash injury exceedingly high.

These neck-strain injuries are in fact so common that vehicle manufacturers began modifying car designs. In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a safety standard for vehicles that would require headrests in cars to be higher and closer to the head. These changes were made with the express purpose of reducing and preventing cases of whiplash. Unfortunately, whiplash continues to be one of the most prevalent crash-related injuries in the United States.

Recognizing the early symptoms of whiplash is often one of the most important factors in building a personal injury case. Some common signs of whiplash include:

  • Pain in the neck, arm, back, or shoulders
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Headaches
  • Muscle spasms
  • “Pins and needles” feeling
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Numbness
  • Tenderness

If you or someone you know has suffered the impact of whiplash because of a reckless or negligent driver, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team of experienced New York car accident attorneys will work around the clock to build your case and fight for justice on your behalf.


Knee Injuries in a Car Crash: How Do They Happen?

When it comes to car accidents, even a seemingly minor collision can result in serious, long-term injuries. While some of the most common types of injuries include head, neck, and spinal trauma, accident victims often report suffering severe knee injuries in collisions.

These types of injuries occur when there is a strong external force suddenly placed on the knee, which may cause extensive damage to the bones, ligaments, cartilage, and more. The most common types of knee injuries sustained in car wrecks include:

  • Kneecap Fractures – Kneecap fractures occur when the patella is cracked, broken, or shattered. These fractures are caused by high-energy impacts, such as car accidents.
  • Thighbone Fractures of the Knee – Like kneecap fractures, thighbone fractures are the result of high-energy impacts. In this case, the fracture can extend from the kneecap into the lower femur.
  • Shinbone Fractures of the Knee – Shinbone fractures, like kneecap and thighbone fractures, can happen during a high-energy impact such as a car collision. In this case, the fracture can extend into the upper shinbone.
  • Knee Dislocation – Dislocations happen when the bones in the knee are either partially or entirely out of place. In people with usually healthy knee structures, being involved in a high-impact car collision could result in a knee dislocation.
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries – ACL injuries are most commonly known as sports injuries. However, if this ligament is subject to high-energy trauma — such as within a car accident — it is prone to fracturing or tearing.
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Injuries – PCL injuries occur when the knee suffers from a blow to the front while being in a bent position. These ligament injuries most commonly occur during vehicle collisions.
  • Collateral Ligament Injuries – Most often caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee, these types of injuries involve the ligaments located on the sides of your knee. During a car accident, collateral ligament injuries can occur if a driver is rear-ended by another car going at high speed.
  • Meniscal Tears – Meniscus tissue provides the bones in your knees with the cushion they need to move and flex comfortably. The meniscus can be fragile, and just a simple twist, turn, or blow may cause it to tear.
  • Tendon Tears – Tendon tears most commonly occur when the knee is subjected to a direct, front-facing blow. The high-impact of the trauma can cause the tendon to stretch, fracture, or completely break.

After a car accident, it is essential for drivers to be aware of any knee-injury symptoms, such as pain, popping sounds, weakness, swelling, immobility, and limping. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms after a car accident, you must seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

Did you suffer a severe knee injury in a car accident that was not your fault? If so, you could be entitled to compensation from the person or party responsible. Contact a New York car accident lawyer at Hach & Rose, LLP by calling (212) 779-0057, filling out a contact form, or chatting with us live online. Our team will sit down with you and discuss your knee injury and how we can help you get the justice and fair compensation you’re owed. 

 

 


Driving on Black Ice

Driving during the winter not only means dealing with frosted windshields, colder temperatures, and snowy roadways — it also means dealing with black ice. “Black” ice isn’t really black, it’s transparent. This is why it has the potential to be so dangerous. Often times, drivers on the road aren’t able to detect the black ice until it’s too late. Accidents involving black ice can be terrifying, as they often involve multiple vehicles and serious injuries. By understanding how to handle driving in situations with black ice, you can reduce your risk of being involved in a serious car accident.

What is Black Ice?

Black ice can form on roads, sidewalks, and driveways after a light freezing rain, or the melting and refreezing of snow. Because it forms without bubbles, it appears transparent. This quality effectively makes black ice transparent, and difficult to detect on the road in advance.

Where and When to Expect Black Ice 

Typically, black ice forms either at night or in the early mornings when temperatures are lowest. Black ice will be most commonly located in areas where there isn’t much sunshine, such as along a tree-lines route or tunnel. If roads are less frequently traveled on, black ice is more likely to be present.

How to Tell if You’re Driving On Black Ice 

In the right lighting conditions, it is sometimes possible to detect black ice on the roads. If you see a smooth, glossy surface on the pavement, black ice is most likely present. Sometimes, cars ahead of you may seem to swerve or slow down for no apparent reason. However, this may be due to the presence of black ice on the road.

Driving Over Black Ice

If you do encounter black ice on the road, remember that it is very important to stay calm. Do not immediately hit your brakes, as this could cause your vehicle to spin out. Instead, take your foot completely off the gas, and keep your steering wheel straight. Try to do as little as possible until your car passes over the ice.

Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer

Drivers must be extra cautious on roadways during the winter. Unfortunately, accidents happen all the time. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car wreck because of a reckless or negligent driver who failed to exercise caution when driving in inclement weather, you have the right to seek compensation. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our team of experienced New York car accident lawyers can help you get the justice that you deserve when you call us at (212) 779-0057 to discuss your case. 

 

 

 


Safety Tips for Winter Drivers

When the seasons begin to change and temperatures fall, icy roads can become a hazard for many drivers. According to data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), “over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy, or icy pavement annually.” This means that drivers must exercise extra caution when traveling on pavement that’s been frosted over. To reduce your risk of being involved in a serious car accident because of the winter weather, you can follow these tips:

 Stay Inside

When weather conditions are less than favorable, it’s important to remember that you should only go out when it’s absolutely necessary. In many cases, the most severe car accidents can be avoided by just staying inside.

Be Prepared

To ensure that your vehicle drives as safely and efficiently as possible, have it regularly maintained. This includes making sure your lights, brakes, and tires are all functioning properly.

Take It Slow

The amount of traction that your car’s tires have on the pavement is significantly reduced by ice and snow. This means that driving too fast can increase your vehicle’s chances of skidding or spinning out. Don’t take the risk of speeding on an icy road — slow down.

Increase Your Following Distance

Because it takes longer for your vehicle to come to a full stop on icy roads, increase the distance between your car and the car in front of you while driving. This will decrease your chances of rear-ending someone because you couldn’t stop in time.

Apply Your Brakes Gently

Remember, your car loses traction when you’re driving it over icy, slippery roads. If you apply your brakes too quickly, you risk the chance of skidding and spinning out. 

Contact a New York Car Accident Attorney

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident because of a negligent driver, you may be entitled to seek legal action. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we will guide you through the necessary steps to secure financial compensation, and help you move on with your life.


Texting and Driving: Is it Worth the Risk?

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of severe injury car accidents. Nowadays, cell phones are a considerable risk-factor in distracted driving. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving claimed the lives of approximately 3,166 people in 2017. In 2015, almost 400 thousand people were seriously injured in car accidents that involved distracted drivers. Texting while driving creates a significant hazard on the road — not just for the distracted driver, but for passengers, pedestrians, and other drivers as well.

Individuals who are most at-risk for distracted driving include teens and young adults. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “drivers under the age of 20 have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.” These accidents are especially devastating, not only because they affect a much younger age-group, but because of their preventable nature.  

If a driver is traveling at 55 miles per hour and takes their eyes off the road for even 5 seconds to send a text, that driver is effectively moving through the length of an entire football field with their eyes closed. By focusing their full attention on the road and waiting until later to send a text, drivers can easily avoid many of the risks involved in distracted driving.

Texting while driving has become such an issue that public officials have even introduced laws against the act. In the state of New York, drivers cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or portable electronic device while they travel. If drivers are caught using a hand-held mobile device, they could be issued a ticket, subject to a fine, and given a surcharge.

In all, researchers and public officials seem to agree: texting and driving isn’t worth the risk.

Contact a New York Car Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident because of a distracted driver, contact an experienced accident attorney for help. At Hach & Rose, LLP, our New York car accident lawyers know how to handle these types of cases and get injured individuals the compensation they deserve. We are here to support you, so call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a FREE consultation today.

 

 

 

 


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