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The weather did it?

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Every year in New York State, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of motor vehicle accidents caused by negligent driving practices in poor weather conditions. Collisions are not limited to snowstorms and freezing rain. Even summer has its share of heavy rainfalls that can turn streets and highways into high-risk thoroughfares. The most responsible drivers…

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Suing a child for a personal injury in New York

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At first, the thought of an adult suing a child seems ridiculous and even petty, but there are cases where it may be warranted, especially in personal injury law. Imagine you are walking through Central Park on a weekend afternoon, enjoying the fall weather. Suddenly a rock, thrown by a child who looks no older…

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How to avoid aggressive driving situations

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Back in 2009, a marketing and consulting group commissioned a study on aggressive driving across the country. New York City took the top spot for reasons that the state would never acknowledge with pride: New Yorkers were more likely to lean on their horns, make obscene gestures, and wave their fists. Since then, the problem…

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New York’s first automobile fatality

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On May 3rd, 85-year-old Olimpia Davidovici was struck at West End Avenue and 70th Street by a Jeep traveling north on West End Avenue. She was rushed to the closest hospital, where she died. People living in the area complained that the area was always dangerous for pedestrians, with cars turning south onto West End…

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Road rage—An ongoing concern in New York

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Last November, a van and an automobile had a minor collision at the intersection of Third Avenue and 67th Street in Bay Ridge. The van driver and a 65-year-old man who was a passenger in the car both exited their vehicles and started an argument that ended in the van driver getting back behind the…

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Technology that reduces distracted driving

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We know we shouldn’t text and drive, but what we know and what we do are frequently at odds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately nine people are killed, and over a thousand are injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers every day. Strict laws have been passed in New York…

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Wearable technology in personal injury claims

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From the Apple Watch to the FitBit to the Motorola 360, wearable technology has made rapid inroads into our lives. Depending on the device, we can use it to track our fitness levels, send emails and text messages, call people and more. Now it could help validate your personal injury claim. Smartwatches as evidence Smartwatches…

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The permissive use doctrine in New York automobile accidents

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Imagine this scenario. You are driving to the store for a late-night grocery run when another vehicle collides with yours, causing you to suffer significant injuries. When the police arrive, they discover that the other driver, who ran a red light, was not the actual owner of the car. Who can therefore be held liable…

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How does the eggshell skull rule affect a personal injury case?

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Imagine that you’re driving through the Bronx, en route to meet friends at a newly opened cocktail lounge. When you stop at a red light, a distracted driver rear-ends you. Your seat belt prevented you from hitting your head on the windshield, but your injuries are still serious. This is because you have osteogenesis imperfecta,…

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Jaywalking injuries in New York City

New York City’s streets are chaotic, but laws are still in place. If you are using a crosswalk in proper accordance with the signal being displayed and a motor vehicle hits you, then the driver will most likely be held at fault. Even if a crosswalk lacks signals, drivers are legally obligated to give you…

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Whiplash injuries in New York

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If you were recently in a motor vehicle accident—as a driver or passenger- and now suffer from persistent and excruciating neck and / or back pain, then you may have suffered whiplash in the collision. Whiplash is a commonly used term for neck sprains and strains that occur when your neck is suddenly and violently…

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The rights of injured passengers in New York car accidents

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After a collision occurs, passengers have the same rights as drivers when it comes to seeking compensation for their injuries, which may include: Traumatic brain injury and/or facial trauma from striking the dashboard or window Whiplash and back injury from being rear-ended Widespread physical trauma from a side-impact collision Who is legally obligated to provide…

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Can part-time employees receive workers’ compensation in New York?

Worker’s compensation plays an indispensable role in the nation’s employment system. It ensures that if you are injured while carrying out employment-related duties, your medical costs are covered. Many people, however, wonder if this protection is also extended to part-time employees. The answer is, yes. New York is not an elective state when it comes…

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Bringing a personal injury claim against the government

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All kinds of injuries occur on public property. People trip on defective sidewalks, vehicles collide when traffic lights malfunction, and pedestrians stumble into excavation sites that are poorly marked, especially at night. In these cases, the agency responsible for maintaining the sidewalks or traffic signals should be held legally responsible, and they can be, under…

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Uber injuries in New York

Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing services have increased in popularity across New York State. They appeal primarily to commuters who either dislike or do not have access to public transit but find regular cab travel cost prohibitive. A couple of taps on their Uber smartphone app and they’re off. When you travel in a motor…

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Car accident caused death of 3 on Halloween

It is imperative that this year, we all take serious precautions on Halloween as we should every day of the year. Last year’s car-pedestrian crash in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx highlights faced by car drivers and trick-or-treaters. A truck driver, who was driving a sedan at the time of the accident, twice…

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Motor vehicle accidents

Not all motor vehicle accidents are harmless fender-benders. Many are major collisions that result in serious injury and even death, forever changing the lives of the victims and their loved ones. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 1,039 New Yorkers were killed in car crashes in 2014, and injury totals were even higher. Leading…

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Injured on a New York City bus? Here’s what to do

When you ride the bus to get to work or school or to accomplish an errand, you rely on it to carry you safely to your destination and back. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Every year literally thousands of people are seriously injured or even killed in bus-related accidents, many of which are caused by…

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What should I do if I think multiple parties caused my car accident?

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If you have recently been injured in a car accident, then you are probably overwhelmed with the process of trying to keep up with your own medical bills and treatment. Hiring the right New York personal injury attorney is an important first step in protecting your rights and ensuring that you are represented aggressively in…

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What Is negligence and why does it matter for my personal injury case?

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In order to have a viable personal injury claim in which you are fighting for compensation, you must be able to demonstrate that the injuries you sustained were associated with another individual’s negligence. When you can demonstrate that the injuries you sustained were tied to another’s reckless actions, you open up the possibility of recovering…

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Just how dangerous is tailgating?

As it relates to car accidents in New York, one of the most common practices that people engage in on the road is tailgating. Tailgating can contribute to serious and dangerous accidents. The reason is because of the personality traits typically associated with drivers who tailgate. Drivers who engage in this behavior are usually quite…

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How soon after an accident should I file a liability claim?

After you’ve been involved in a car accident in New York State, you need to contact your insurance company as soon as possible in order to initiate the process of filing a claim. If you meet the serious injury threshold in the state, however, you may also need to speak to a personal injury lawyer…

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Three key steps to take post-car accident

There is no doubt that it is an unfamiliar and scary experience to go through a car accident. Even if you are generally an organized person, it is normal to feel like things are chaotic and hectic post-accident. One of the most critical things you can do in this dizzying time is to consult with…

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How does speed influence road safety?

Speed increases both the risk and severity of a car crash. Aside from being against the law, speeding can put you and others at serious risk. This is true even if there are no other risk factors, like distractions or adverse weather conditions, in play at the time of the accident. Across high-income countries, speed…

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Key tips for avoiding a car accident in New York

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Personal injury lawyers in New York City often have thriving businesses because of the number of car accidents in the city and also around the state, unfortunately. Read on to learn more about some of the most important safety tips to keep in mind so that you can prevent accidents. Obey the Speed Limit Make…

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What to do if you are hurt in a rollover accident

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If you have been injured in a rollover accident caused by someone else’s negligence, the repercussions may be lifelong. You are likely to suffer serious injuries that require months or years of physical therapy or multiple surgeries to correct. Even in the best case scenario, you may be suffering from the effects of a rollover…

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Plan to avoid drowsy driving

Every driver has been there- needing to make a trip but feeling the impacts of being tired or overworked. The human body’s natural circadian rhythms alternating between sleep and alertness intersect with what is known as homeostatic sleep drive. This means that the longer a person is awake, the sleepier he or she becomes. If…

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Beware of riding in the car with a negligent driver

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When you get in the car while someone else is driving, it’s unlikely you’re going to put a whole lot of stock in thinking about that person’s driving skills. That being said, being in the vehicle with a negligent driver could put you in harm’s way in the event of a serious accident. Accidents can…

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The legal rights of New York cyclists

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Article 34 of New York State law covers a wide range of statutes that pertain to cyclists. Some of the laws address cyclist negligence, such as Section 1233 that prohibits cyclists from clinging to motor vehicles. However, Article 34 contains a few statues that grant cyclists legal rights. Legal protection against driver negligence Motor vehicle…

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How to handle the aftermath of a bicycle accident

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Every year, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles presents accident statistics that cover a wide variety of operating scenarios. In 2012, over 6,000 bicycle accidents caused by vehicles occurred on New York highways and street, 45 of which turned out fatal. Add the number of times bicyclists hit stationary objects such as trees…

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Taxicab accident involving a pedestrian

In the case of Velez v. Almonte, the plaintiff Ricarda Velez sought damages for injuries sustained due to the negligence of the defendant, Luis Almonte. According to the plaintiff’s testimony, she was in the process of exiting the taxicab operated by Luis Almonte when it ran over her left foot. Her right foot became twisted…

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New York City taxi accidents statistics

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In terms of transportation safety, taxicabs are ordinarily conceived to be a relatively accident prone mode of transportation when contrasted with alternative means of vehicular transportation. However, according to a report by Schaller Consulting, there is statistical data to prove that hiring a taxicab is much safer than using personal transportation. The report suggests that…

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Taxi accident with another vehicle

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In Almeida v. Ben Gor Taxi, the plaintiff Gastao Almeida, age 72, sought compensation for personal injuries sustained when the taxicab owned by Ben Gor Taxi struck the plaintiff’s vehicle in the rear. According to the plaintiff’s testimony, their injuries were to the extent that the accident resulted in considerable back pain and the significant…

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What to do if you are involved in a taxi accident

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Taxicabs and liveries are one of the most common modes of transportation used in the New York State. Though the public trusts its taxi drivers to be licensed and experienced, sometimes, despite having taken all necessary precautions, passengers and pedestrians fall victim to unfortunate accidents. In the event of an accident, the passenger retains certain…

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Accident case involving a taxi and a pedestrian

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The case of Linton v. Nawaz serves to illustrate the convoluted and conflicted nature of personal injury cases involving taxicab accidents. In the case, John R. Linton, a pedestrian, was struck by a taxicab operated by Muhammad Nawaz, the defendant. Following the impact, the taxi jumped the curb and pushed the plaintiff’s body into a…

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Taxicab accidents in the United States

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Taxicabs currently qualify as the preferred mode of transportation for the public. Owing to the widespread use of taxicabs in the United States, taxi accidents are a commonality that passengers and pedestrians must deal with.  According to the Taxicab Fact book, out of 4,270 total taxicab accidents reported in 1999, 71% of them resulted in…

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Deadly Driving: Distraction Behind the Wheel

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According to research published in April 2013 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a key source of educational information about distracted driving behavior in the U.S., there are over 660,000 vehicles being driven by someone using a handheld cell phone at any given moment. Distraction behind the wheel can come in three primary forms:…

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Staying in control after an accident

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, then there are many things on your mind. You will have to focus and prioritize during this stressful time. Therefore, the first thing on your mind should be the damage caused by this accident. Was anyone hurt? Does anyone need immediate medical attention? Do you immediately…

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Could cars that communicate mean fewer road accidents?

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The first cars did not seatbelts nor did they have airbags. They had neither rear-view cameras nor automatic emergency braking systems. These innovations show how far automobile safety has come over the years. The next innovation may be cars that talk to each other through wireless signals. This technology is known as vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology…

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A case of dangerous highway guardrails

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Highway guardrails are supposed to keep us safe, right? A June 19, 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek article relates the story of a lawsuit that may prove that the end terminals of guardrails are, in fact, dangerous. One man, Joshua Harman’s company, went through a bankruptcy, laying off most of its workers after Trinity Highway Products sued…

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Victim compensation fund set up by GM

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General Motors has set up a fund to compensate victims of accidents caused by a faulty ignition switch in certain recalled cars. The company announced that this fund does not have a cap according to a June 30, 2014 USA Today article. That is, there is no monetary limit on what GM will pay out.…

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Tort reform law is invalid

To learn more the basics about torts, read this recent blog: What is a “tort?” Tort reform is when there changes in the current tort laws and the changes are aimed at reducing the number of cases that are brought for tort claims or damages.  Moreover, tort reform laws vary by state.  About three years…

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What is a “tort?”

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Many people are unaware of what the term tort entails. A tort is an injury or harm that one sustains and it can either be private or civil as reported by the Western Producer in an April 17, 2014 article.  Moreover, the injury can be unintentional, meaning that it was caused by an accident, or…

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Was GM’s bankruptcy tied to the recent defect revealed?

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General Motors (GM), a car company, recently discovered a flaw with its ignition switch and it was forced to withdraw about over one million vehicles from the market, as reported by Reuters in a March 22, 2014 article. As a result, the government is trying to determine whether it concealed the “ignition switch defect when…

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New York City hit-and-run accident data to be recorded, organized and made public

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Hit-and-run accidents can be fatal. To families and friends of victims of these tragic accidents, it is disheartening that justice cannot be served, because without additional information, the police cannot conduct an investigation. In addition, leaving the scene of an accident is a crime. In fact, according to advocate streetsblog.org, leaving the scene of an…

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Fault vs. No fault insurance

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Every auto owner in the United States must have auto insurance coverage in the state where he or she resides. However, many people do not do this as they shop around for cheap auto insurance and obtain auto insurance in states where the insurance premiums are lower compared to the state where they reside. The…

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How to prove that someone caused an accident

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On one hand there are states that assign fault to the drivers in an automobile accident, whereas on the other hand there are states that do not assign fault to drivers in an accident. In these fault states it might be difficult to prove that the other person caused the accident due to his reckless…

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New York City not responsible for fall

A passenger who took a taxi was dropped off in Brooklyn where he claimed that he tripped and fell on the elevated sidewalk which resulted in back, neck, and rib injuries as reported by the New York Law Journal in a January 22, 2013. The injured passenger claimed that he was is unable to walk,…

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Taxi cab driver who hit another driver is not liable

A passenger was traveling in a taxicab. The cab got into an accident while entering an intersection. The taxi driver hit the front of another vehicle which was making a left turn, while the taxi was going straight through the intersection as reported by the New York Law Journal in a May 13, 2013 news…

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Why take photos after an accident?

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Safety first After an accident, you should always check on everyone’s safety. If anyone is injured, then you should call 911 for an ambulance. You should do this before taking photos of the vehicles involved in your accident and the accident scene itself. Another basic rule of accident photography may seem obvious—you should never put…

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