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Wrong-Way Crash Involving Uber Vehicle

Posted in Car Accidents on Saturday, May 18, 2019.

When you are out and about in your vehicle, the last thing you should have to worry about is an intoxicated driver slamming into you. However, today we want to bring you the story of a crash that happened on the Queens-Midtown Tunnel that injured an Uber driver and his passenger.

You can count on the team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. to help if you need a car accident attorney. We will work to investigate what happened so we can secure compensation for all of your crash-related expenses.

What Happened Here?

Zafar Iqbal is an Uber driver and was recently driving with a passenger through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel when he was slammed into by a wrong-way driver. Iqbal has a dashcam that captured the incident and footage shows a Jeep turn a bend in the tunnel and drive directly into the path of Iqbal’s vehicle.

The driver of the Jeep was 18-year-old Jorje Beato. After he struck Iqbal, he fled from the Jeep but was apprehended by an MTA Bridges and Tunnels officer. Beato was arrested and charged with reckless driving, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, and unlicensed operation.

Beato only has a learner’s permit.

These Incidents Happen

Unfortunately, vehicle crashes are a reality of the roadways, especially in and around the city. For the latest reporting year in New York, there were over 300,000 total crashes. Out of those, there were:

  • 122,551 personal injury crashes
  • Nearly 10,000 of those injuries were reported as severe

When it comes to vehicle crash injuries, we commonly see the following:

  • Broken or dislocated bones
  • Severe lacerations or amputations
  • Internal organ damage
  • Internal bleeding
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries

Each of these requires immediate medical attention and can lead to major medical expenses for a crash victim. All too often, these crashes are caused due to the negligence or carelessness of other drivers. This can include:

  • Those who operate their vehicles while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Those who drive while distracted by their phones, devices, or something else in the vehicle
  • Those who speed or drive aggressively

Moving On From Here

Regardless of how safely you drive when you hit the road each day, you cannot control the actions of other drivers around you. If you or a loved one have been injured in a vehicle crash, you may need to seek legal assistance.
Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is ready to get to work on your case. We will look at all of the evidence and handle the insurance companies so we can secure compensation for the following:

  • Your medical expenses related to the incident
  • Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Punitive damages against the person responsible

If you need a car accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by calling at (215) 732-2260.