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Mets’ First Baseman Pete Alonso Survives Serious Car Accident Where Car Flipped Three Times
Pete Alonso, first baseman for the New York Mets, survived a car accident in Tampa, Florida as he was heading to team Spring Training on March 13, 2022. Here, the New York car accident attorneys at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. detail the events of the serious crash.
Alonso’s Vehicle Flips Three Times After Being Struck By Negligent Driver
While making his way to Spring Training in mid-March, Pete Alonso was “T-boned” by another vehicle after the driver ran a red light. The collision caused Alonso’s vehicle to flip over three times. Alonso, trapped in his vehicle, was forced to kick through his windshield in order to escape.
In an interview with reporters, Alonso said, “Yesterday was a real close experience to death. My car flipped over probably about three times. Guy ran a red light, T-boned me, and to me, I’m just really thankful to be alive. I’m really thankful that I’m healthy. Very thankful to be here. Anything can happen at any given moment… one thing I was coming here to Spring Training, coming here to work, and the next thing I know, I’m kicking my windshield in, trying to get out of a flipped-over car. I’m just really blessed to be here.”
Ultimately, Alonso survived the crash with only minor injuries.
Red Light Running Leads to Major Collisions Every Year
Pete Alonso’s recent car accident was caused by a negligent driver who ran a red light and failed to adhere to the rules of the road. Red light running continues to be one of the top causes of serious accidents in the United States. In 2019 alone, 846 people were killed in crashes that involved red light running and an estimated 143,000 people suffered injuries. That is thousands of preventable injuries and hundreds of preventable deaths that resulted from the negligence of others behind the wheel.
While Alonso’s collision occurred in Tampa, Florida, his team’s home base—New York City—sees an unsettling amount of serious collisions each year due to red light running, which is only on the rise. So far this year, New York City experienced the deadliest February of car crashes in 14 years, with data correlating to the spike in red light running in the city.
The startling statistics are leading to calls from advocacy groups to install more red light cameras in the city to help combat negligent driving in congested areas. According to Transportation Alternatives, a recorded 42 people have died so far in this year in New York City as of early March.
Injured in a Car Accident Caused By Red Light Running? Call SPBMCC Today
While Alonso’s accident may have happened far from home, red light running continues to spike in our city. If you or someone you know suffered serious injuries, or if you lost a loved one in a car accident, we advise that you seek legal assistance from an experienced car accident lawyer at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath Coffinas & Cannavo P.C. Call our team at (212) 732-9000 to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, and the Bronx, as well as Long Island and North Jersey.