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There have been plenty of technology and public relations efforts associated with texting and driving in recent years and New York may be the first state to set a precedent with a new technology designed to identify drivers at fault for serious accidents. Known as the “textalyzer,” this technology could change the game in terms…

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New research out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that instances of drug overdoses and poisonings, violence, and car crashes are leading causes of death for Americans aged 44 and under. When comparing death rates from these three injury categories with 12 other developed nations around the world, the U.S. lagged…

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Now that we are most of the way through the winter you might think that you’re off the hook for serious injuries. Any individual who lives in New York, however, knows that winter can extend all the way through March and even April. This is why it’s a great time to have your car evaluated…

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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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Many individuals across the state of New York use bicycles to get to work or simply for leisure or the health benefits. According to research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 700 cyclists suffer fatal injuries as a result of bicycle accidents with motor vehicles every year. A further 32,000 individuals suffer serious injuries…

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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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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 2010 data indicate that the cost of lost productivity and lives from car accidents hovers around $1 trillion. Sadly, an injured individual is not the only person who suffers after an accident, although he or she is likely to carry the heaviest burden. Employers, too miss out…

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When your favorite band is coming to town, it can be very tempting to forget about safety for the night and focus on the music. Without proper safety awareness, though, a fun concert can lead to serious injuries. When attending a concert, it is a good idea to be mindful of issues both in the…

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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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In 2009, a new law was signed in reaction to the death of an 11-year-old girl who was a passenger in a car with an impaired driver. This made driving under the influence of something with a passenger under 15 in the car a Class E felony. In addition to strengthening the penalties for this…

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When hitting the open road, it is important that all children in the vehicle who should be buckled in with a car seat are done so safely. Unfortunately, it is quite common for parents to make mistakes when it comes to the selection of a car seat or actually buckling the child in. Read on…

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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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Usually, the police are initially charged with determining fault in an accident, so long as the accident has occurred in a state where fault is an important component of an insurance claim or lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer might also fully investigate the circumstances of the accident to determine fault, but it often boils down…

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While all car accidents are unfortunate and carry a risk of serious injury, the head-on accident can produce some of the most gruesome outcomes. Even cars built for a head-on impact may fail to live up expectations in an accident where a heavier vehicle careens into another one at a high speed. If there is…

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With many people juggling hectic schedules and massive to-do lists, it is no surprise that multitasking has become the method by which most people operate on a daily basis. Doing this in the car, however, can contribute to dangerous accidents. Texting and driving certainly have the worst reputation for being distracting, but it is not…

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If you have already been a car accident victim in New York City, then you know just how quickly your entire life can change because someone else is willingly or unknowingly breaking the law with regard to speed. In 2014, New York City lowered the default speed limit within the city from 30 miles per…

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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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Texting while driving is very dangerous behavior, and while most Americans can agree on this fact, it iss till a behavior that happens all too often. When the eyes and focus are pulled away from the road, the driver is at risk of losing control of the car and causing serious accidents. Legislators supporting texting bans…

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As cameras have become more commonly used for social media purposes, it is no surprise that the interest in cameras has extended to using them inside vehicles for protection purposes. Rearview cameras are already an optional feature in many newer vehicle models, and lawmakers are seeing to it that this is mandatory going forward. At…

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Even though summer is easily the most beautiful time of the year across New York, it is also a very dangerous time to be on the roads. With people taking more time off and with road trips and weekend getaways being such a hot ticket, you should be aware of the possible risks associated with…

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If you are confronted with another driver on the road which is taking road rage to new levels, it is in your best interests to steer clear of the driver in question. Read on to learn more regarding tips for handling aggressive drivers in New York. If you spot someone who is driving recklessly or…

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In February of 2011, a New York State Assembly representative introduced a bill that would have made bicycle insurance mandatory for cyclists. The bill’s primary purpose was “ensuring personal protection for cases such as bicycle theft or bicycle accidents. With a recent high increase in bike use on roads, rising from 30% in 1980, and…

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Because of crowded New York streets, courier services and businesses that send important documents to other businesses and government agencies employ commercial cyclists to deliver information. Commercial cyclists have unique bicycle laws to follow, as well as laws that pertain to all cyclists. New York City laws exclusive to cyclists Working cyclists must wear employer…

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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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After living through one of the worst winters on record, New Yorkers from all over the state have taken to the paths and streets on bicycles. The sheer joy of gliding with the wind and traveling through some of the most picturesque scenery in the United States attracts cyclists from other states as well. However,…

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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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Some businesses offer or extend automobile insurance policies to their employees. This makes sense for companies that rely on deliveries to conduct business, such as a supermarket or a shipping company. That way, if a company truck driver is involved in an accident, the company’s policy will cover the employee as opposed to that employee’s…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A man was injured in a motor vehicle accident. He claimed that he has felt serious amounts of pain ever since the accident and has sought recovery for damages. The other party in the accident wished to claim did not have a serious injury as defined by the Insurance Law according to an August 12,…

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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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There have been numerous auto recalls in recent months. Perhaps the GM ignition switch defect has been the most famous, or infamous, of these. Now, Takata, an airbag manufacturer is in the spotlight. In 1998, the company switched its propellant to tetrazole. Propellants are designed to inflate the airbag rapidly upon impact. As it turned…

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While one driver, Perez, was passing through a four-war intersection, another driver, Estrada, hit Perez’s car on the passenger side. Perez was injured and went to court to seek monetary compensation for damages from his injuries according to the New York Law Journal in a July 2, 2014 article. The driver at fault, Estrada, did…

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After an accident many people file an insurance claim to receive money for damages to their car or to pay medical bills if that person was injured. They will often file a claim with their own insurance even if the accident was another person’s fault. This may mean that the person with a damaged car…

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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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In 2009, the US government bailed out the automotive industry. General Motors was one of the companies that the government helped during the financial crisis. GM became a new entity, essentially creating a “new” GM and an “old” GM in bankruptcy court. The bankruptcy settlement left pre-2009 liabilities in the “old” GM. The “new” GM is…

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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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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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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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