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Study confirms right-turning drivers don’t check for bicyclists

Intersections are dangerous for pedestrians and bicycle riders. Bicyclists are especially at risk when cars make right turns.

A recent study by the University of Toronto used eye-tracking technology to show that right turn drivers routinely fail to scan the area where cyclists and pedestrians would be. Namely, an over-the-shoulder check could prevent many car-bike accidents.

NYC’s 12 most dangerous neighborhoods for pedestrians

New York City pedestrians are three times as likely to be injured in some neighborhoods than others, according to a recent study.

Localize.city looked at data from every intersection in New York City between 2013 and 2017 to determine which neighborhoods had the worst record for crashes involving pedestrians. They published a list of the dozen neighborhoods so renters and buyers can have an idea about the safety of their new neighborhoods.

EEOC announces progress on sexual harassment

The #MeToo movement appears to be having a real impact in the workplace and in the justice system. The EEOC reports a significant uptick in reports of sexual harassment over the last year, with more of those victims seeing positive outcomes when they come forward.

There is also evidence that male executives and co-workers are changing their behaviors. Sexual harassment is still a reality for many women, but there’s progress.

New York’s old world dog bite law

Under New York law, pet owners have some responsibility if you are bitten or injured by their dog. But in order to collect full damages, the victim must prove that the dog was known to be vicious.

New York’s outdated dog bite law makes it more difficult to get compensation than in other states. It is one more reason to hire an attorney if you or a family member was attacked by a dog.

Dance floor collapse at Clemson party raises legal questions

From time to time there are deadly fires or shootings at night clubs, but it’s not normal for the dance floor to collapse. So it was shocking when the entire floor of a clubhouse gave way at a college homecoming party in South Carolina, injuring 30 people.

Investigators – and the victims’ legal representatives -- will try to determine if the tragedy occurred because of a structural defect, too large a crowd, the conduct of the partygoers, or some combination thereof.

The biggest danger to teen drivers is teen passengers

Distracted driving presents a serious risk to the person driving and anyone who shares the road with them. This is especially true for teen drivers, who are more likely to engage in risky and distracting behaviors.

Although texting while driving is rampant among young drivers, research shows that the No. 1 distraction for teen drivers is ... other teenagers in the car.

Construction companies come up short on worker safety. Again!

Construction is a dangerous industry. Recognizing that, and acknowledging that New York's landscape necessitates building ever upward, the state stands apart from many others in the legal protection it seeks to provide workers. It does this through Labor Law § 240.

Its requirements are straightforward. Property owners and general contracting firms must ensure safe environments for workers, even if they don't employ the personnel or supervise the work. This is to be provided by, among other things, the erection of, "scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders. Slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, and other (protective) devices."

Who is responsible for the deadly limo crash?

The investigation into the limousine crash in upstate New York is early and ongoing. There are many unanswered questions about what happened and why.

This tragedy is a textbook example of the complex theories of liability and negligence that often arise in accidents involving commercial vehicles. The fact that the driver and all 17 passengers died (as well as two pedestrians) makes it even harder to sort out.

E-scooters (and scooter injuries) are making their way into NYC

Foot-powered scooters have been around a long time. But increasingly, you see people whizzing by on battery-powered scooters.

If you thought electric scooters were outlawed in New York City, you were correct. But more and more people are riding them anyway. And increasingly they are injuring themselves - or others.

'Reasonably safe' standard leaves room to raise legal questions

A 20-year-old New York City man is under arrest, charged with murder in the death last month of his 4-year-old brother. According to news reports, the man allegedly flung the child from the roof of the seven-story Brooklyn apartment building where his family lives.

One potential contributing factor to this tragic situation is news that the adult brother is said to suffer from schizophrenia but was not taking prescribed medication. Police sources say the man had no criminal record, but prompted 911 calls in April when he climbed to the roof and sparked concerns he might jump. He also has been hospitalized for his condition, most recently in July. As one police source put it, "this was a chronic problem."

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