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Six-year-old Struck by SUV

No one can ever prepare themselves for an event that leaves their child injured. No matter how careful parents are, or how much they teach their children to be careful when around busy streets and roadways, the unthinkable can happen.

Such is the case of a 6-year-old girl who was struck by a westbound SUV in the 900 block of Burnett Avenue at about 6:50 p.m. on June 15th.

The child, whose name has not been released, suffered a head injury and was taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. She is listed in serious condition but is expected to survive her injuries.

The Syracuse Police Department are asking for the help of the public in finding and locating the vehicle that hit the child and kept on heading west on Burnett Avenue. The vehicle is described as a light colored or white four-door sport utility vehicle. The SUV may have sustained minor damage to the headlight and grill area as a result of striking the child. Anyone with any information about the vehicle or the incident is being asked to contact the Syracuse Police Department Traffic Section at (315) 442-5151.

When you or a loved one is injured by no fault of their own or by the irresponsible actions of another person, you want to do all that you can for them. Not only do you want to make sure that their injuries are seen to, but to make sure that the guilty parties are held accountable for their actions.

Bottar Leone, PLLC is one of the most skilled personal injury and accident law firms in the country. We are committed to our clients and we take pride in our success in getting them everything that they are entitled to by law. We want the highest and best compensation for our clients’ injuries, losses and damages they have suffered. We are also committed seeing that those responsible are brought to justice.

If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident, contact us for a free consultation and legal analysis. We are here for you. Call today.

Tour Bus Crash in Fulton

No one deserves to be the victim of an accident. Yet, millions suffer daily because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Just as these people did not deserve to be hurt, they also do not deserve to pay for their own recuperation or to suffer the death of a loved one without legal compensation.

The only people injured were the drivers, in a crash between a tractor-trailer and a tour bus in Fulton, police said. The tour bus had dropped off its passengers just a short time ago, after returning from a Yankees game in New York City. It tried to leave the Cayuga Community College parking lot and go onto State Route 481, according to police.

Reports of the crash were received at around 11 at night on County Route 57, just in front of the Riverside Inn in Oswego County, according to 911. The crash occurred on State Route 481. Fulton police, state police, and the Oswego County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the call. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. The driver of the tour bus was taken into surgery and listed in serious condition, police said. They also reported the driver of the tractor-trailer is in stable condition.

If you’ve been injured in an accident, you’re going to need legal compensation. We can help you get it at Bottar Leone. Call us today for a free consultation and we’ll see that you get the assistance you need to move on from this difficult time in your life.

Cycle Crash Caused by Deer

Eric Phelps was riding his motorcycle on Sunday in Granby when a deer stepped out onto the roadway and hit the motorcyclist.  The bike toppled, falling and landing on Phelps.  EMS crews arrived and transported the victim to a local hospital-Upstate University Hospital.  Investigation is ongoing, and Phelps’ condition is currently unknown.  However, according to the Oswego County Sheriff’s office the cause has been narrowed down, and ‘the deer’s actions appear to have been the contributing factor in the crash’.

Accidents can happen in a split moment, and spiral things out of your control; things that may affect your life in the short and long term.  Injuries, car repairs, loss of job; even insurance can’t cover all the bases when you need to make the rent or keep a roof over your head.  In a freak accident like this, an unscrupulous insurance company may try to get out of paying what you are owed. That’s where we come in.  It’s our job to find you the best expert advice to help you through all of the many situations that will come up.  Call us today, we can help.


Accident on 81 Kills One, Injures Four

On Sunday just after 4 PM on Interstate 81, four people were injured and one more killed in a single vehicle accident. The crash that happened on the section of the interstate that passed through the city line of Pamelia is still under investigation.  Names of all five victims have not yet been given out by the police, and there is yet no word of how extensive their injuries of the survivors were. What is known is that two Life-Net helicopters were notified by authorities and landed not far from accident site to transport two of victims.  One of the airbound victims went to a hospital in Syracuse, the others went to area hospitals. Police were able to confirm that the victims were all from Canada and the accident happened while the vehicle was going north on the highway.

As of Sunday night, no other details of the crash had been released. 

Difficulties can arise at any time for any person when operating a vehicle, particularly over long distances.  Wind, rain, defective machinery and a thousand other factors can all lead to unexpected accidents. Such occurrences can have far reaching, as well as unforeseen and at times tragic consequences.

When an accident occurs, it is time to contact a professional to represent you, whether it is a difficult claim with insurance or an injury or even a case of liability for damages. If you or a loved one has been injured, or you have been left suffering the devastating loss of a loved one in a car accident, our lawyers are here to listen to you, and to help.  Call our offices today for a free consultation where you will speak with an attorney, not an assistant, paralegal, or sign up specialist. We’ll listen to your case and discuss your legal options; you don’t have to suffer alone. Call today.

Good Samaritans on Cycles help Save Car Crash Victims

A two-car crash Sunday afternoon killed one and injured four.  The accident that happened on Route 13 in Dryden left the driver of one vehicle dead at the scene of the accident, and the passenger of that vehicle transported to the hospital with two broken legs.

The driver and passengers of the second vehicle, a young mother and her two children, were assisted by two motorcyclists who had been out for a ride to Ithaca and were returning home when they came upon the crash site.  According to David Coryell, he and co-worker Dennis Kinsey were returning from a day’s ride when they crested a hill and found the “horrendous” crash site.  Both men viewed the scene, then rushed in to help, one aiding and comforting the mother, the other cyclist attending to her unconscious son.  Once EMS crews had arrived, all victims were able to be rescued from their vehicles, and the survivors were transported to local hospitals for treatment.

As of Sunday night the names of the victims had not been released.

As is often the case with accidents, the damage done goes far beyond the most obvious injuries and fatalities. Families will always grieve the loss of loved ones and the injured will carry the very real pain and the remaining scars for the rest of their lives. If you or a family member has been injured, be it in a car, motorcycle or truck accident, or any other serious personal injury claim, you don’t have to go through these difficult situations alone. Our years of experience and educational backgrounds ensure that we are able to provide the needed guidance and our client focused approach to law means that you will receive the personal attention you deserve. Remember, we are here to help, so contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to speak to one of our attorneys. Call today.

Distracted Driver Kills One and Seriously Injures Another While Using GPS

mroachDistracted drivers are dangerous drivers and the courts are cracking down.  Many states, including New York, have enacted laws that make it a criminal offense to use any type of handheld device while operating a motor vehicle.

A 45-year-old woman from Phelps was recently indicted in Cayuga County for allegedly killing a woman as a result of a car accident while trying to use her GPS.  The charges ranged from Manslaughter to Failure to Keep Right in a seven count indictment.

The woman was travelling westbound on S.R. 5 when her vehicle crossed left of center striking an eastbound vehicle and sending it into oncoming traffic where it was struck by truck hauling a horse trailer.  The 72-year-old driver of the vehicle suffered life threatening injuries and spent several months in the hospital as a result of the accident.  His passenger, a 66-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Under New York State law, operation of a hand-held mobile phone to send a text or an email while you drive will not only get you ticketed, it will cost you points on your license and up to $400 in fines.  A first offense of texting while driving now carries five driver violation points. If you are a probationary or junior driver, you will lose your license for 60 days.

Personal distractions occur when a driver daydreams, is under the influence of drugs or alcohol, is overly tired or partakes in unsafe practices such as using a hand held device while driving. When a driver is distracted, the outcome can be deadly.

When distracted driving causes an accident it is a negligent act.  Any injury or death caused by the negligence of distracted driving may be eligible for compensation under personal injury law.  It is important to understand your rights as a victim or family member of someone who was injured or killed by a distracted driver.

Bottar Leone, PLLC is committed to being some of the best personal injury lawyers in the country.  In 2012, Newsweek named Bottar Leone, PLLC as a Showcase Leader in Personal Injury.  We take pride in representing clients in claims and lawsuits that get our clients the compensation they deserve.  If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver we can help. Call us today for a free consultation.

Heavy Metal Rocking Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty to Fraud after Disability Claim

RoundKid PhotographyWhen a person is injured as a result of an accident it can cause complete havoc in their lives.  Being injured and battling insurance companies is not fun.  That is why stories like that of an Ex-Cop drawing disability for what appears to be a false injury is so frustrating to those that are really injured.

Christopher Inserra is a former police officer for the New Jersey Police Department.  He had collected full pay and insurance payments in an amount over $30,000 for an injury suffered in the line of duty in 2010.  Inserra claimed he injured his arm while helping an injured Port Authority employee get to the medical facility.  He reported his injury made it impossible for him to perform his duties and was granted leave with pay along with an insurance settlement.

In 2011, during the time he was being paid for his disability, the former officer was photographed on stage as the lead singer of a heavy metal band called Cousin Sleaze.  He was reported to be punching and flailing his arms as if he had no injury at all.

Inserra was arrested in 2012 and charged with fraudulently collecting disability.  He recently pleaded guilty to fraud in a Federal Court and is now facing up to 14 months in prison.

Most people who claim to be injured as a result of an accident are being truthful about their claim. Injuries caused by accidents that are not our fault can cause many hardships.  Loss of income is the most commonly thought of reason, but there is also the loss of enjoyment of life.  It’s hard to put a dollar amount on pain and suffering.  As an injured person, you are the only one that really knows how much an accident affects your life.

If you are injured, you may not know what steps to take to make yourself whole again.  That’s where Bottar Leone can help.  We will give you an honest opinion on your case.  Establishing a strong claim of negligence against the party that injured you is the first step in recovering for your losses.  Once negligence is established, we can begin working on getting you the compensation you deserve to be whole again.  If you have been injured in an accident we are here for you.  Call us today for a free consultation for your claim

Teacher Arrested in High School Parking Lot for Hit and Run after Driving Under the Influence

jenoolmanTeachers are expected to set an example for their students inside and outside of the classroom.  A Suffolk County teacher unfortunately set the wrong kind of example for her students.

A middle school teacher was arrested at Center Moriches High School for driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol after a hit and run crash in Suffolk County.  Tracey Foreman, a 47-year-old teacher at the middle school, allegedly hit a parked car about a mile from the school just moments before the arrest.

The teacher was charged with leaving the scene and driving while ability impaired by drugs and alcohol.

This teacher did not cause any injuries however, that is not always the case.  Because this accident happened in the morning when many children were walking to school at the time the accident occurred.  Foreman could have just as easily hit a child instead of a parked car.

According to the Center for Disease Control, children account for seventeen percent of all traffic fatalities caused by impaired drivers.  In 2010, 211 children under the age of 14 lost their lives when involved in an accident with a driver under the influence of alcohol.

The problem of drivers under the influence of alcohol is big.  In 2010, the CDC reported 10,228 people lost their lives as a result of impaired driving crashes.  That accounts for nearly one-third of all traffic related deaths in the US.

A victim of injury caused by an impaired driver, or in some cases, a victim’s family, may be eligible for compensation through a civil lawsuit.  The criminal court only deals with fines and punishment, a civil suit allows for a victim or family members to file a personal claim against the impaired driver for loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering among other things.  Personal injury compensation is designed to try and make a victim whole again.

Bottar Leone, PLLC is committed to being one of the best personal injury leaders in the country.  Named in Newsweek as a 2012 Showcase of Leaders in Personal Injury, we take pride in representing clients in claims and lawsuits that get our clients the compensation they deserve for injuries, losses and damages they suffered as the result of negligent parties.

If you have been injured in an accident we are here for you.  Call today.

Man Accused of Responsibility in Young Mothers Death is Appointed 3rd Attorney

Thomas MarthinsenThe heroin epidemic is not only causing deaths to those that use, but also causing the death of others when drivers use, then drive their vehicles.  Accidents caused by drivers impaired by heroin are being reported all over the United States.

A third court appointed lawyer has been assigned to a Clay man has been accused of taking the life of a Liverpool mother while driving high on heroin.

Muhammad Baqir has been granted his third court appointed attorney to represent him on 20 different charges, the most serious being aggravated vehicular homicide.

Baqir has developed quite the reputation for being uncooperative.  Most recent, he refused to leave the jail for a court appearance.

The new attorney will be representing the defendant in an accident that happened on Route 57 near the Bayberry Plaza.  The accident killed Meagan Patterson and seriously injured her husband and three children.

Heroin has become a huge problem across the United States.  Forums can be found through a normal internet search where people who use discuss their heroin use while driving and accidents that occur as a result.  Like with most drugs, reaction time is impaired and this causes accidents.  Sometimes these accidents are fatal.

If you have been injured as the result of an accident caused by an impaired driver, it is a good idea to have an expert takes a look at your claim.  A Plaintiff in a civil lawsuit against an impaired driver may be eligible not only for compensatory damages that helps make them whole again, but also punitive damages, that also punish the defendant for causing the accident and injury in the first place.  Punitive damages can be attached to the person.  They often include wage garnishment and attachment to property.

Many repeat offenders of impaired driving have cut rate insurance.  Do not assume there is no coverage if you are injured by someone who carries little or no insurance.  Often times your own insurance will pay claims under an uninsured or underinsured motorist policy.

We at Bottar Leone, PLLC are committed to being the best personal injury leaders in the country.  If you have been injured and it is someone else’s fault, give us a call.  We will give you an honest evaluation of your claim and if you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.  Call today for a free consultation.

Four Friends Die When Car Flips Over Into Muddy Creek in Astoria

Rich YorkWe are psychologically programmed to handle the death of a parent or grandparent, but when it is one of our children, the thought is unbearable.

Four friends died after their car hit a wooden curb and flipped into a trash filled inlet of the East River in the Astoria section of Queens.  The accident happened at about 10:30 pm on a dead end street.  The driver survived and was listed in stable condition at Elmhurst General Hospital.  The crash is still under investigation.

Family, friends and neighbors told reporters that the four killed had been long time friends.  They described them as good kids who worked and went to church together.  They were celebrating one of the friend’s birthdays.

After the vehicle was extracted from the water, the Department of Transportation placed a concrete barrier at the end of the dead-end street.

Losing loved ones unexpectedly is devastating.   Especially when the loss is the result of another person’s negligence and possibly could have been avoided.

An accident like the one that killed these four young people may have resulted as the result of the road not being marked clearly and there not being a barricade placed at the end of the dead-end street.  It is possible the driver did not see the end of the road until it was too late.  If there had been a barricade placed at the end of the dead-end road prior to the accident, could it have saved these four lives?

Counties and states have a duty to maintain the roads and bridges we travel so that they are safe.  It is their duty to place road signs and guardrails in areas that may be dangerous.  Failure to place these signs or barricades in unsafe areas may be a negligent act.  If the county or state has been negligent in their duty to protect drivers, the injured driver, or their family may have a claim against them for injuries and losses suffered from their negligence.

Bottar Leone, PLLC is committed to being some of the best personal injury leaders in the country.  If you feel you have been injured as a result of an unsafe roadway, call us for a free analysis of your claim.  We will be honest with you about your case and the ability to be compensated for your losses.  Call today.