"One of the best decisions I had ever made"
- Joseph Lugo
Lawyers at The Perecman Firm applaud a New York man helping to spread the word on the importance of blood donors. The New York Blood Center arranged for Ariel Fishman to meet eight of the 70 men and women who donated blood to help save his life after he was hit by a taxi.The meeting was used as an example of how critical blood donors are.
According to CBS News (10.25.13), Fishman was hit by a taxi while he was dropping his kids off at their Upper West Side School last year. He was struck by the cab and his legs were pinned between two vehicles. In the aftermath of the accident, he needed 75 units of blood and several surgeries. Fishman lost both of his legs.
Blood donors are critical. Every two seconds there is someone in the United States who needs blood, reported CBS News.
According to the American Red Cross, more than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day. Three lives are saved with each pint of blood.
Over 100,000 personal injury motor vehicle crashes are reported in New York each year
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV), in 2012 there were 294,757 vehicular crashes in New York State. Of these crashes, 1082 were fatal and 123,296 caused personal injuries that were not fatal. In New York City alone there were 68,804 crashes. Non-fatal injury crashes totaled 47,467 while fatal crashes numbered 253. These crashes included the statistics on motor vehicles, pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles.
According to the American Red Cross, a single car accident victim may need as many as 100 pints of blood. Blood donors must be healthy, be at least 17 years of age (or 16 years old with parental consent if allowed by state law) and weigh at least 110 lbs.
Safe driving helps prevent auto accidents
Obviously, car crashes cannot always be avoided, because some accidents are caused by other drivers. There are, however, a number of things a driver can do to help prevent a car accident. 1) Do not talk on a cell phone, eat while driving, text or introduce any other distractions into the car that could divert attention away from the primary task of driving. 2) Always follow the posted speed limit. 3) Slow down and drive more cautiously at night. 4) Always wear a seat belt.
A person who has been seriously injured in a vehicular accident is legally entitled to seek compensation from the driver who is liable. This compensation may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages if negligence is a contributing factor to the accident. The experienced personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm focus on getting injured victims of the accident and/or their families the highest compensation available under the law.