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October 2014 Archives

Report warns that fatal bicycle accidents are on the rise

As we wrote earlier this week, bicycling is a popular alternative to driving these days for a number of reasons. In New York City, the decision to ride a bike is often a practical one, as traffic congestion sometimes results in longer commutes by car.

Two Injured in Cyclist-Pedestrian Collision

A pedestrian was recently seriously injured after being struck by a cyclist near New York City's Washington Square Park. The unexpected collision resulted in the pedestrian being sent to the hospital with a serious head injury. The cyclist also sustained a minor injury.

How much is the NHTSA to blame for auto recall scandals?

Drivers across the country are getting behind the wheel with much more trepidation these days. This is because 2014 has been a record year for automotive recalls. There was, of course, the General Motors recall scandal for defective ignition switches. And recently, nearly a dozen automakers have issued or expanded recalls of 7.8 million vehicles in the U.S. due to air bags with a potentially deadly defect.

Lawsuit over NY fatal pedestrian accident settled for $240,000

With so much traffic in New York City and surrounding areas, many people have decided that owning a car and driving is simply not worth the price or the hassle. There are plenty of New Yorkers who have lived here for decades and have managed to get where they’re going on foot, bicycle or public transportation.

Victim of Motorcycle Pursuit Accident Settles With City

New York City recently agreed to pay more than $250,000 to settle a civil lawsuit brought by a Bronx man who was injured in a police pursuit which ultimately resulted in the death of a close friend. The incident, which took place on August 11, 2012 in Hunts Point, started when police saw the suspects driving an unlicensed dirt bike. The incident quickly escalated into a tragedy when an NYPD officer slammed into the dirt bike on which the two men were riding. Soon thereafter, an investigation conducted by the NYPD Internal Affairs department concluded that the incident was simply an accident not predicated on criminal intent.

Negligent hotel security led to guest's assault, lawsuit says

If you are paying for a place to stay – be it an apartment or a hotel room – you have the right to expect that the building is safe and secure. This is why apartments have building keys and separate keys for each unit, and why hotels have room keys.

Treating Back Pain Without Surgery

Every day, millions of Americans struggle with mild to severe back pain. Indeed, data suggests that nearly 31 million Americans experience lower back discomfort daily. Back pain can be an ongoing condition (chronic) or a sudden occurrence (acute). Oftentimes, back discomfort can result from work-related injuries, automobile accidents, or even just the simplest of everyday movements. So what treatment options are available to help alleviate back pain?

Auto Insurance: What Am I Required to Carry in New York?

In the state of New York, in order to register your car and obtain license plates, motorists are required to carry liability insurance, no-fault coverage, and uninsured motorist coverages. So what exactly are these types of coverage?

Why do negligent drivers in NYC rarely face criminal charges?

It is common practice to refer to automobile crashes as “accidents.” But is this really accurate? It seems as though the majority of crashes in New York City are caused by inattention, aggressive driving, speeding and other behaviors that are entirely avoidable.

Wrongful death trial resumes over NYC 2008 construction accident

Construction continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations nationwide, but especially here in New York. In a city known for its skyscrapers, construction workers must keep pace with building construction and renovation demands while working in a densely populated urban area. In light of this, it is a wonder that fatal accidents are not more common than they already are.

Central Park loop gets renewed safety focus after pedestrian deaths

One of our posts last week focused on the dangerous traffic problem in New York City, but not the problem that most residents are familiar with. The New York Times has been covering the increasing tensions between bicyclists and pedestrians in Central Park – specifically the six-mile loop around the park.

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