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Road Debris Active in More Than 200,000 U.S. Crashes

A study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in August 2016 that tracked the prevalence of motor vehicle crashes involving road debris over a four-year period  found that there were more than 200,000 such crashes throughout the United States. The data showed that from 2011 to 2014, road debris accidents caused about 39,000 […]

What to Make of the Central Park “Homemade Firecracker” Explosion?

Officers for NYPD’s Bomb Squad were quick to announce that a teenager injured in a July 3 explosion in Central Park was the victim of discarded “homemade” fireworks. Dismissing any connection with terrorism, Lt. Mark Torre speculated that a hobbyist had made the explosive compound and brought it to Central Park “to test it.” A […]

Getting the Picture: Make Smart Use of Your Smartphone at an Accident Scene

We’ve all heard the old adage: a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s certainly true in the courtroom, where pictures can be invaluable. It is no easy thing for jurors to form a clear understanding of a place or a thing or an event purely from a description. Lawyers can use photographs to help […]

Lawsuit Alleges TSA Assaulted Disabled Woman

Ever since Congress established the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there have been complaints about the way TSA agents do their job. Accusations of unnecessary searches, groping during searches and other misconduct have plagued the agency since its inception. Now, a disabled patient of St. Jude […]

Phillies’ Pitching Prospect Loses Eye in Freak Accident

In late June, 22-year-old Matt Imhof, a minor league pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, lost his right eye when a resistance band he was training with tore loose from a wall and its metal base was hurled into the player’s face. Imhof suffered a fractured nose, two fractured orbital bones, and complete loss of […]

Is Star Trek Actor’s Death Due to an Auto Defect?

On June 19, actor Anton Yelchin, best known to audiences for his role as Ensign Chekov in the rebooted Star Trek movie series, died outside his home after his car rolled backward down his steep driveway and pinned him against a brick mailbox pillar and a security fence. Mr. Yelchin’s 2015 Jeep Cherokee had been […]

Will Surge in Drone Use Lead to Injury Accidents?

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles commonly called drones is proliferating throughout the tri-state area. The ability to get a bird’s-eye view from a camera mounted inside a tiny quadcopter has proved beneficial to numerous industries, including agriculture, construction, energy, real estate, tourism, hospitality, film and television, marketing and advertising, and data collection. Though the […]

Tesla’s Self-Driving “Beta Test” Proves Deadly

Did Elon Musk’s determination to stay ahead of the competition compromise the safety of a Tesla owner who died in a crash while operating his car in self-driving mode? Last year, the tech billionaire announced that Tesla would equip its Model S sedan with Autopilot, an innovative self-driving feature the company was still testing. Then, […]

SKETCHES OF COURT: Verdict in favor of electrocuted plaintiff in labor law trial

Plaintiff was a journeyman electrician who was electrocuted at a public middle school construction project in Brooklyn. He claimed that this was because he and his foreman were required to work on wires that could not be traced to an electrical breaker panel in order to shut down the current, and because they were also […]

Personal Injury Defense Attorneys Seek Access to Plaintiffs’ Social Media

In our personal injury practice, we strongly urge our clients not to use social media to post any messages or images that could be interpreted against their interest in litigation. Recently, on the legal blog Lexology, tort defense attorney William A. Ruskin outlined the steps that defense counsel must take to use the discovery process […]

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