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When the holiday season begins, many retailers and shipping companies hire seasonal help. Last month United Parcel Service (UPS) hired 100,000 temporary workers to handle an anticipated 32 million packages a day. The activity rate at this time of year goes up by an estimated 60%, so seasonal help is an essential part of making…

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In February 2018, a Southwest Airlines flight from Phoenix to Portland was delayed when a six-year-old girl attempted to pet another passenger’s emotional support dog and was left with a mark on her forehead. She was treated by paramedics and was able to fly, but the dog and its owner were not permitted to remain…

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In December 2016, three people were killed and five injured in a multi-vehicle pile-up on the Cross Bronx Expressway. The accident, which closed all lanes for nearly six hours, occurred at around 5:45 a.m. near Jerome and Webster Avenues. A Ford pickup truck was caught between two tractor-trailers, crushing it and killing three men inside.…

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On May 6, passengers on a British Airways flight from London to Tampa Bay, Florida, encountered a terrifying ordeal. A severe episode of turbulence caused the flight to drop without warning, causing several people to hit the ceiling. Video taken immediately afterward showed suitcases and other personal items scattered across the cabin while passengers stared…

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On January 30, the New York State Police were called to a multi-vehicle crash and pileup on I-90 near Batavia. The incident, which occurred during a snow squall and involved 21 vehicles (including semis), left one trooper with minor injuries. Earlier that day, a chain-reaction crash in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, damaged 27 vehicles and left 24…

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On any given day, you’ll see thousands of distracted pedestrians on the streets of New York. They’re texting, listening to music, checking Facebook, or indulging in some good old-fashioned daydreaming. There are so many of them that they now have a unique name: “petextrians.” On the surface, this practice seems harmless enough, but when people…

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Partygoers across New York City rang in 2019 by riding in limos across the city, sipping champagne and enjoying the festive sights. With everyone in a celebratory mood, it’s easy to forget the recent limousine accident that killed 20 people in central New York. This crash, which took the lives of the stretch limousine driver,…

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According to the American School Bus Council, nearly 25 million children take the bus to school every weekday. Each time a parent sends their children off to class, they trust that the trip to and from school take place without incident. Unfortunately, parents in Indiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania have suffered terrible losses in recent…

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New York City has a huge and convenient public transportation system that includes MTA buses running 24/7. Although bus travel is generally thought of as safe (otherwise we wouldn’t send our children to school on them), accidents do happen to passengers riding the bus. One common accident is unseated passengers falling while the bus is…

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When the weather grows warmer, people spend more time outside. While the fresh spring breezes are both healthy and uplifting, melting snow and ice create damp and slippery conditions that turn indoor and outdoor surfaces into hazards. Increased car and bicycle traffic and the presence of more dog owners walking their pets also contribute to…

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Injuries don’t always happen close to home. They can also occur when we’re traveling for work or pleasure. There’s something about being injured abroad that is especially unsettling. We’re miles from home and possibly dealing with different standards of medical care and even laws that apply to your accident. If you’re planning to go abroad…

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On January 10 New York State launched its inaugural aerial drone program. The stated goal of the new initiative is to help state police facilitate traffic safety, respond to emergencies such as forest fires and multi-vehicle crashes, and complete key law enforcement functions. Four State Police drones are presently in action, covering eight counties in…

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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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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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The holidays are over, and now children all over New York State are returning to their classes. Many of them ride in school buses, which are designed and intended to take them to and from school without incident. Bus drivers are supposed to drive carefully, and the vehicles themselves should be maintained and equipped for…

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During the holiday season, the demand for limousine services always skyrocket. These luxurious vehicles, stocked with treats, champagne, and built-in entertainment systems, take passengers to and from airports, hotels, and party venues. Many would argue that no holiday bash is complete without a ride in a sleek and graceful stretch limo. When passengers, drivers and…

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Harsh, snow-loaded winters tend to be the norm in New York State. That is why people using the public roads and highways rely on snowplows to clear these thoroughfares and make them safe to use. It’s not an easy job, but snowplow operators have a moral and legal obligation to carry out their duties without…

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The United States has an estimated 209,000 railway crossings spread across over 600 railroads. Although train travel is not as common in this era, the nation’s railroads remain fairly active with commercial freight and, like any transport medium, experience their share of collisions and related accidents. Railroad crossing accidents are typically catastrophic events. A review…

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Injury Prevention (CDC), 2.4 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) every year, and over 50,000 die from their injury.  At present, it is the leading cause of disability and death in children, young adults, and the elderly. In cases where the victim manages to survive,…

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New York State law prohibits the use of a handheld mobile phone or portable electronic device while driving. Despite this ban, drivers are pulled over all the time for activities like the following: Talking on a handheld phone Reading, composing, and/or sending text messages Surfing the Internet Viewing, taking, and sending photos Playing electronic games…

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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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Aviation accidents are rare, but when they do happen, the outcome can be devastating. No matter what the size of the aircraft -from six-passenger charter planes to huge transatlantic commercial airliners- airplane crashes are more likely to be fatal than their railroad or highway counterparts. Aviation accidents are not limited to crashes. They also include:…

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The New York train system is important to the city’s economy and infrastructure. Every year millions of New Yorkers ride the city subway, PATH Train, Amtrak, Long Island Railroad, Metro North, or Port Authority Train to get to and from work, run errands, and visit friends and family. Unfortunately, this vital form of transit also…

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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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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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It is certainly exciting to take a tour bus either around the city or to a location out of state, but you need to understand some basic safety tips in order to protect everyone on board from suffering the consequences of a major accident. Read on to learn more about preventing accidents when you’re part…

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Did you know that Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Operation hosts Safe Driver Week this year from October 18th-24th? The key components of this outreach campaign involve more police vigilance, education about the key issues involved in commercial vehicle safety, and how outreach can aim to reduce accidents. Between 2011 and 2013, more than 12,000 people…

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Just a few months after an Amtrak train derailment claimed the lives of eight individuals, a Senate transportation bill is being debated about extending deadlines for the installation of rail safety systems. According to experts, the installation of this system would have prevented the deadly Pennsylvania accident earlier this year. Some legislators do not back…

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Although there are clearly documented rules about driving safely around school buses, accidents that injure children, other vehicles, or bystanders can and do still happen. If you are the parent of a child who goes to school, it is important that you go over some critical safety rules and suggestions with your children so that…

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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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In 2005, a dump truck’s breaks failed while it was going down a very steep portion of a highway in Connecticut. The truck hit several cars according to the Connecticut Law Tribune in an August 18, 2014 article. Thirty people were affected by the accident, and half of them were hospitalized and four were killed.…

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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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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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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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A sanitation worker while on duty was struck by a truck while making deliveries in Queens, New York. This caused the worker to become “pinned” between the two vehicles as reported by the New York Law Journal in a January 28, 2013 news article. As a result, the sanitation worker died and his wife brought…

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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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Public transportation is essential for most New Yorkers. About five years ago two people while traveling on a bus owned by the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA)  were injured when the bus was struck from behind by a tractor trailer. As a result, the two passengers had to undergo “conservative treatment” and physical therapy, and both…

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A bus carrying Pennsylvania high school students returning from Harvard University was involved in a nonfatal crash with an overpass on January 31, 2013 according to a February 3, 2013 Fox News article. The bus driver was not familiar with the roads he was on and was using his own GPS unit just before the…

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Ophadell Williams is waiting his sentence for 54 criminal charges, including criminally negligent homicide and manslaughter, according to the New York Daily News in an article published Friday, December 7, 2012. Williams was behind the wheel while tired driving towards Chinatown from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut when the bus crashed into a pole…

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