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Despite Lowest Ever Six-Month Traffic Fatality Total, Vison Zero’s Future Is Uncertain

For the first six months of 2017, the number of traffic fatalities on the streets of New York City was the lowest in recorded history, dating back to 1910, according to a NYC Department of Transportation report. The Gothamist credits Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative with bringing down overall traffic deaths consistently since 2013, […]

NYC Vision Zero Benefits Motorcyclists and Pedestrians over Cyclists and Motor Vehicle Occupants

A recent article from DNAinfo examined NYC Department of Transportation data from 2013 through the first six months of 2017 and concluded that Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative was serving pedestrians but failing cyclists. However, we find that conclusion simplistic. The mayor’s plan seems to be serving all users of city streets, though some […]

Michael Barasch and UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald Appear on the “Blue Collar Buzz” Radio Show

Mike Barasch joined UFA President Gerard Fitzgerald and UFOA President Jake Lemonda on the Labor Press radio show that highlighted the health crisis facing firefighters who were exposed to WTC toxins. Listen to the show:

We Remember Bobby Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino Who Died in the Deutsche Bank Fire 10 Years Ago Today

Today, August 18, 2017, marks the 10th Anniversary of the Deutsche Bank fire that tragically took the lives of our client, firefighter Bobby Beddia and also firefighter Joseph Graffagnino. We take this time to remember both heroes, along with the hundred other members of the FDNY who were injured in this blaze that started when […]

Did Driver “Panic” Kill a Motorcyclist in the Bronx?

Recently, the New York Daily News reported on the death of a 35-year-old motorcyclist who was killed after rear-ending a Nissan Altima and was flung onto a guardrail near the Country Club Road exit of the Bruckner Expressway. The victim, Sheldon Sampson, of Mount Vernon, had been returning from a memorial for another biker along […]

Car Crash Victim Sues the New York Times for Writer’s Negligent Driving

The New York Post recently reported that the victim of a car crash is suing the New York Times for $4.75 million because her friend, a Times writer, allegedly caused an accident in which she was injured. In September 2015, Leah Epstein was traveling in Scotland with Sarah Maslin Nir, a writer covering their trip […]

Will the Republican Plan to “Repeal and Replace” Obamacare Limit Malpractice Claims?

Republicans have long viewed medical malpractice litigation as a factor in the escalating cost of healthcare services. Now that the GOP has control of the legislative and executive branches of government, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Rep. Tom Price, whom Mr. Trump has nominated as Secretary of Health & Human Services, are considering plans to […]

New Hoosick Falls Law Extends Statute of Limitations for Toxic Personal Injuries

A law passed last year designed to give residents of Hoosick Falls, New York additional time to sue over injuries from toxic groundwater could revive personal injury claims throughout the state that had lapsed due to the statute of limitations and perhaps give new substantive rights to sue for toxic injuries. The Hoosick Falls controversy […]

Epileptic Driver Faces Homicide Charges in 2015 Halloween Crash

Generally speaking, a person with epilepsy cannot be found guilty or held civilly liable for injuries that occur while in the throes of a seizure. However, Howard Unger, 53, has been charged with three counts of second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide for the deaths of three people killed on Halloween 2015, when Mr. Unger […]

Fatal Accident Shows NYC Crossings Still Dangerous for Elderly Pedestrians

At about 6:30 p.m. on October 16, an SUV struck and killed a 79-year-old man who was crossing the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Prince Street in Flushing, Queens. According to the New York Daily News, the driver remained at the scene and likely won’t face charges because police believe the pedestrian was crossing against […]

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