Negligent Death of a Motorcyclist May Result in a Wrongful Death Action

motorcycle accident lawyer New YorkWith warmer weather approaching, many riders will begin to take out their recently tuned up motorcycles for a test drive. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists are 35 times more likely to be a victim of a deadly accident. While it is hard enough for family members and loved ones to lose someone close to them, it may be even harder to lose someone unexpectedly as a result of a fatal crash. Oftentimes, deadly motorcycle accidents occur as a result of:

  • Driving at an excessive rate of speed;
  • Failing to pay attention;
  • Operating a motorcycle under
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Mayor Touts Decrease in Roadside Fatalities

bicycle accident lawyer New York CityNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that fewer pedestrians are being killed in accidents. He said he attributes that to the success of the Vision Zero initiative, which the mayor began in 2014, and law enforcement.… Read the rest

Improper Loading Or Overloading Of Trucks Results In Death Or Serious Injury

truck accident lawyer NYCAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,900 deaths involved tractor-trailer accidents in 2012. Motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers are extremely dangerous due to a truck’s weight and size. According to the NHTSA overloading and improperly loading trucks is a key contributor to motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers.… Read the rest

Are Millennial Drivers Hazardous?

This week the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report revealing that millennial drivers engage in risky behavior at a disturbingly high rate. The report was issued after the foundation surveyed 2,511 millennial drivers from August 25th to September 6th of 2016. The survey compiled not only the driver’s habits but also their reactions to dangerous driving behaviors.

The survey reported that nearly 60 percent of millennial drivers admit to using their cell phones behind the wheel to send a text or email. That is nearly twice as much as the rate of all other drivers (31.4%). Furthermore, 40.2 … Read the rest

Single-Engine Plane Crashes in New York Residential Neighborhood

On April 10, 2016 a small Piper 28 plane crashed in a residential neighborhood on Long Island, injuring both the pilot and passenger. The plane was heading to Upstate New York from the Bayport Aerodrome, and hit the tops of trees and utility lines, causing the crash to occur.

The plane reportedly contained a single engine which had some sort of failure. Luckily the plane crashed onto an intersection of two streets in a residential area, instead of crashing into a home or other structure in the neighborhood. Unfortunately, the pilot suffered serious injuries including two broken legs and a … Read the rest

Cell Phone Pictures and Your Personal Injury Case

With cell phones being available at a moment’s notice, they may be one of the most valuable ways to gather evidence for your personal injury claim. Capturing pictures of your accident can help provide an indication as to who was at fault, preserve and document evidence, and show damages as they were at the time of the accident. While physical evidence of an accident is always the preferred method, if you do not have access or cannot preserve it, taking a picture on your cell phone may be the next best alternative.

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New York State DMV Urges Drivers Not to “Catch ‘Em All” While Driving

Citing a growing number of car crashes related to playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, recently issued a statement reminding drivers not to play the game and to focus on the road. This was reported by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Since the game launched on July 6, there have been pedestrian-related accidents as a result of people being distracted by the game but now, many people are bringing their mobile devices with them in their vehicles so they can “catch ‘em all.” Here … Read the rest

Deadly 64-Vehicle Pile Up Under Investigation

On February 13, a massive pileup on I-78 in Pennsylvania that involved 64 vehicles and sent 73 people to hospitals is currently under investigation. Among the three fatalities was a 50-year Long Island resident who died at the scene.

The crash occurred shortly before 9:30 a.m. in a whiteout snowstorm with low visibility, high winds and a lot of drifting snow. Of the 64 vehicles in the pileup 12 of them were commercial. Ambulances and four medical helicopters took the 73 injured to 11 hospitals.

The investigation into the cause of the accident will take weeks and possibly even up … Read the rest

Large Trucks Continue to Cause Big Problems on the Road

Trucking accidents can cause serious injuries and death.  If this year is any indication, accidents involving large trucks have the potential to claim more lives than all domestic commercial airline fatalities during the past 45 years.  Some believe that Congress should reform current laws to be stricter on the trucking industry.

Recently, Congress’ actions seemed to sidestep safety improvements that were ordered by federal regulators.  Instead of the current 70 hours of driving time over an eight-day period, Congress is advocating to increase it to 82 hours over a seven-day period.  Additionally, Congress has suspended the mandatory two consecutive early-morning … Read the rest

Motor Carrier Safety Programs Help Save Lives

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), completes an annual review of commercial vehicle inspection and traffic enforcement programs.  The program’s focus on large commercial trucks and buses on public roadways.  Certain commercial vehicles are subject to roadside inspections.  These inspections, combined with traffic stops, are thought to enforce federal and state safety regulations, and prevent future crashes.

Annually, the FMCSA analyzes their Roadside Intervention Effectiveness Model (RIEM).  Recently, the FMCSA announced that according to its analysis, these programs saved as many as 472 lives in 2012, which is the most recent information available, and more … Read the rest