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When unsecured cargo causes a truck accident

Ever see a semitrailer tipped onto its side? Ever see cargo fall off a semitrailer bed? These things happen, and it is usually because the cargo on or inside these massive trucks was not properly secured. In New York, when unsecured cargo causes a truck accident, anyone injured in the event may have legal recourse.

Trucking companies have to abide by very strict rules and regulations which are set by the federal government. Why? For safety reasons, or course. One thing that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has made clear is that, before a truck moves cargo is to be secured properly.

Trains and subways may be as accident prone as automobiles

Despite complaints about delays and other inconveniences, many New York residents enjoy the ability to travel or commute to work via mass transit. Riders need not be responsible for operating their vehicles on the crowded roadways with other drivers.

They may even be able to relax with the newspaper as they sit on the train heading to their destination. However, as new events occur, it is clear that riding the train or subway may not always be a relaxing or even safe experience.

Drunk driver hits several pedestrians, leaves scene

It was recently reported that several pedestrians were struck in New York. Sadly, this is a headline seen all too often in this state. It is believed that a drunk driver was responsible for this most recent event.

According to a local news outlet, a 23-year-old male was operating his car on Halsey Street in Brooklyn when the collision occurred. He had allegedly gotten into an altercation with a group of men just down the street from the accident site, then he hopped into his vehicle and sped away. His car jumped the curb, struck six people and lost a tire but he failed to stop. He continued on his way and was found by police a few blocks away.

Seeking relief for a passenger injury

Riding in someone else's car and injured in an accident? Who is responsible for any losses resulting from a passenger injury? According to New York laws, it all depends on the details of the incident.

In the event of a single-vehicle collision, the driver of the car may be responsible for any damages sustained by his or her passengers. This means that passengers may file legal claims against the driver in an effort to seek relief their losses -- such a medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, among various others. While not a step many are comfortable taking against family or friends, it really is about getting insurance to pay the maximum benefit for one's losses.

Police looking for those driving under the influence this weekend

Labor Day is fast approaching and with it comes people looking to enjoy the long weekend away from work and school. Of course, with that comes people driving under the influence and DUI-related car accidents. Police all across New York will be out in force, hoping to stop people from impaired driving and save others from the anguish of being involved in a crash caused by drunk drivers.

According to a recent news report, Governor Cuomo announced that sobriety checkpoints will be set up all over the state this weekend and that there will be a highly increased police presence. This is is part of the "Get Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign that is going on all across the country. This is a pretty standard end-of-summer campaign.

What to do if you're a pedestrian hit by a car

Pedestrians face even greater risks than motorists in the event of a collision. In fact, a report from the New York Department of Transportation revealed that out of all traffic fatalities that took place between 2005 and 2009, 52 percent of them were pedestrians.

Hopefully, you never find yourself in such a situation. However, if you were walking and were suddenly struck by a vehicle, no matter how hard it was, there are certain steps to take to protect your rights. 

Pedestrian accident leaves woman critically injured

Police in New York are investigating the cause of a collision that left an elderly woman fighting for her life. This pedestrian accident occurred Wednesday, Aug. 16, in the Tribeca area. Authorities say that the victim was crossing Franklin Street when she was struck.

According to reports, at approximately 12:30 p.m., an 88-year-old female was hit by a dump truck. The truck driver was apparently attempting a left-hand turn when the vehicle hit the woman. The victim was promptly transported to Bellevue Hospital and is in critical condition. She is said to have suffered an injury to her leg as well as other serious injuries. There have not been any updates regarding her current condition.

Should truckers and train engineers be screened for sleep apnea?

There are a wide range of potential causes and contributory factors of motor vehicle accidents. Texting behind the wheel, drunk driving and similar problems often receive the most attention in the media. Drowsy driving has gained some attention in recent years as a serious problem. In our sleep-deprived culture, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety estimates that roughly 328,000 traffic accidents are linked to drowsiness each year.

Proposed Sleep Apnea Screening Rule Hits Roadblock

Thinking about filing a civil claim after a car accident?

When a person is injured in a crash that is caused by another individual's negligence, he or she may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses sustained. This may be accomplished by filing a personal injury claim in a New York civil court. This week's column will address some information car accident victims need to know about personal injury claims.

In order to bring a personal injury claim against the party responsible for one's losses, certain information will be needed. The court will want to see any evidence of negligence, witness testimony and documented damages -- among other things. Depending on one's physical and mental state following a collision, some of this information may take some time to gather, which is understandable.

Days later, man dies from injuries suffered in now fatal accident

When one chooses to accept a ride from another person, he or she likely never suspects that the ride could end in an unforeseen manner. While the vast majority of the time the journey ends without incident, there are times when it ends tragically. One New York man has lost his life after his ride ended in a fatal accident.

The wreck occurred after a 25-year-old man reportedly failed to obey a traffic signal. He instead proceeded into the intersection after a high rate of speed. At that same time, a large commercial truck was entering on the green light and collided with the smaller car. Both vehicles continued to travel several feet before coming to a stop against a third automobile.

Over $1. 5 Billion Recovered For Clients We have a history of winning large verdicts and settlements for our clients.

  • $21 Million

    Bronx jury awarded 50 year-old truck driver who slipped and fell on loading platform
  • $12 .6 Million

    Manhattan jury awarded women injured in a New York City bus accident
  • $11 .8 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded to a 62-year-old man who was struck by a New York City police car
  • $10.2 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 41 year-old man for back injuries received in a car accident
  • $10 Million

    Queens recovery for wrongful death
  • $9 .7 Million

    Bronx jury awarded 63 year-old school custodian worker for burns received from faulty water heater
  • $9 Million

    Jury award to driver for back injuries that resulted from a motor vehicle accident
  • $8 .7 Million

    Queens 52 year-old man awarded for injuries sustained in motor vehicle accident with two tow trucks
  • $8 Million

    Manhattan jury awarded woman for back injuries sustained from a kitchen ceiling collapse
  • $7 .7 Million

    Brooklyn settlement boy struck by school bus
  • $7 .5 Million

    Brooklyn jury awarded 2 Brooklyn women for injuries sustained in accident with NYC Transit bus
  • $5 .85 Million

    Awarded for injuries sustained in a construction accident
  • $5 .5 Million

    Queens awarded family of man run over and killed by Port Authority Bus
  • $5 .25 Million

    Brooklyn settlement due to landlord negligence and injuries due to fire
  • $5 Million

    Suffolk County settlement fall down
  • $5 Million

    Orange County Car accident
  • $4 .6 Million

    Brooklyn recovery for 58 year old pedestrian struck by NYPD police car
  • $5 .5 Million

    Brooklyn; Hasidic man hit by police car, shoulder fracture brain injury, hearing loss
  • $3 .2 Million

    Settlement for woman who was struck by car while crossing the street
  • $3 Million

    Brooklyn Construction accident by laborer

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