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Did cellphone use contribute to your truck accident?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has set very strict guidelines that commercial drivers and their employers must abide by. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see these drivers doing their own thing anyway -- such as using their cellphones while operating their vehicles. Anyone in the state of New York who has been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident resulting from cellphone use may have legal recourse.

Using a cellular device while driving a motor vehicle is a known safety hazard. It takes a person's mind and eyes off the road and hands off the wheel. This form of distracted driving contributes to a number of injuries and deaths in the United States every year.

Types, causes and prevention of NYC subway accidents

Train accidents are, unfortunately, fairly common in New York City. They are such a frequent concern that the New York Post calls subways the "biggest deathtrap" in the Big Apple. Approximately 150 individuals get hit by trains every year. At least 50 of these incidents result in fatalities. 

This is such a major and persistent issue that it bears the question: why does it happen? It is vital to understand the types and causes of New York City subway injuries and steps to prevent them.

Multi-car accident in Manhattan leaves 1 dead, others injured

Police in New York have arrested the man believed responsible for an auto collision that left one person dead and others injured. The multi-car accident occurred Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in lower Manhattan. The surviving family members of the deceased, as well as the injured victims, may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.

According to reports, a 37-year-old male was operating his vehicle on West Street when he lost control and slammed into a Honda. The force of impact flipped the Honda, killing its driver. Instead of stopping, the man continued on hitting two other cars, causing injury to two people. He finally came to a stop after striking two parked cars. Thankfully, those last two vehicles were unoccupied.

Man attending political event struck by garbage truck

The mayor of New York City has a message for privately owned waste trucks: Use caution. This comes after a privately owned waste truck carrying construction debris hit a bystander at an event for the mayor. The accident occurred in Chinatown on Dec. 18. Rescue personnel rushed the 60-year-old pedestrian to the hospital. He is currently in critical condition. The driver of the truck caused a similar accident earlier this year.

Pedestrians face real danger

It is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

With the holiday season in full swing, many New Yorkers are spending time with their family and friends and numerous visitors have entered the state. Many social gatherings that they will attend over the next two weeks, whether they occur in private residences or in public spaces, will have alcohol present. Unfortunately, there will be individuals who will choose to drink and drive. As this month is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, it seems fitting to talk about the seriousness of driving while impaired.

According to a recent report, in the last two decades, roughly 17,000 people in the United States lost their lives due to the actions of drunk drivers. Over 700,000 people suffered injuries in auto collisions which were alcohol-related. It is believed that three out of every 10 Americans will be involved in a drunk driving-related accident at some point in their lifetime.

Pedestrian accident leaves 2 boys without their mother

Police recently arrested the individual responsible for an accident which claimed the life of a New York woman who was crossing a street. This auto vs. pedestrian accident occurred on Dec. 11, in Brooklyn. The victim was a single mother of two teenage boys.

According to a recent news report, a 56-year-old woman was crossing at the intersection of Avenue Y and Second Street when she was struck by a car. Authorities say she was in the crosswalk when hit. The driver fled the scene but was located the following day.

Construction zones and car accidents

As a motorist, you must navigate a variety of hazards on the road. Even the most routine commute can include encounters with large trucks, visibility-reducing precipitation and careless/aggressive fellow-drivers.

Construction zones on or near the road can add to the list of potential crash risks. Based on this, the New York State Department of Transportation offers some safety tips for drivers.

Negligence in a New York premises liability case

If you sustained an injury due to slipping or tripping, you may have the option of pursuing a lawsuit to recover resulting damages. Generally, in order to recover, a plaintiff must show the defendant acted negligently, thereby causing harm to the plaintiff.

In the case of a person who slipped or tripped and fell, figuring out negligence means assessing whether the owner of the premises met his or her duty to the plaintiff and other members of the public.

3 car accident injuries with delayed symptoms

With so many people in a condensed area, car accidents are standard in New York. But, if you're involved in one of these accidents, the shock of it could blind you from an injury you received.

In fact, here are three very common injuries that may have delayed symptoms after a crash.

In a car accident near a malfunctioning traffic light?

Traffic lights are there to keep people safe and traffic flowing. New York City has a responsibility to ensure that these lights are functioning properly. Unfortunately, there are times when they do not. When a car accident happens in an area where a traffic light is malfunctioning, who is responsible for the victim's losses?

In cases like this, questions need to be answered before determining who may be held responsible for a victim's losses. What was wrong with the traffic light? How long had there been an issue? Who had the right of way?

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