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Category Archives: Auto Accidents

The Highway Law Does not Require Prior Written Notice of a Pothole to Sue a County

Virtually every governmental entity in New York State requires prior written notice of a street or sidewalk defect before an action can be brought for injuries sustained as a result of the defective condition.  Where no prior written notice is given, no law suit may be maintained.  But New York’s Highway Law provides a notable… Read More »

New Research Indicates Action-Packed Signs Lead to Fewer Auto Accidents

New York and San Francisco have both made national news for their Vision Zero programs, which aim to significantly reduce the number of pedestrian deaths over the next decade (its name connotes the ideal goal which is to eliminate all pedestrian deaths). Now studies that have been done in association with the plans indicate that… Read More »

Two People Killed in Multi-vehicle Accident in Rye

A multi-vehicle crash on the New England Thruway in early February led to the deaths of two people, according to local police. The fatal accidents occurred on the portion of Interstate 95 that merges with I-287. According to law enforcement officials, the accident was almost certainly the result of slick road conditions due to a… Read More »

Landmark Decision Reached in California in Uber Case

On March 11, a judge in California reached a decision in a case involving ride-sharing service Uber that could have some major consequences in New York. The class action suit brought by Uber drivers sought to have the company pay for all maintenance and fuel costs, as well as workers’ compensation insurance. The judge’s decision… Read More »

Auto Recalls More Common Today Than Ever Before

It has been a record year for automotive recalls, both in the United States and worldwide. According to a figure released in mid-February by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 64 million vehicles were recalled in 2014 for safety problems, smashing any previous records. In fact, that number was greater than the total of… Read More »

Government Agencies Usually Protected in Car Accident Claims

If you have been involved in an accident that somehow involves a negligent government agency or employee, you might find that there are some tough roadblocks to obtaining compensation that do not exist in other types of claims. There is a policy that exists in these cases known as governmental or sovereign tort immunity, which… Read More »

Appellate Court: Lawsuit Over DMV Examiner’s Injury May Proceed

An appellate court has ruled that a New York Department of Motor Vehicles employee who suffered an injury when a student crashed during a driving test may proceed with a lawsuit against a driving school and the student. The decision overruled an earlier decision from a lower court. The Appellate Division, Second Department unanimously decided… Read More »

NYPD Detective Killed in Wrong-Way Accident

A detective with the New York Police Department was driving to work in Queens when he was involved in a car accident on a highway in Westchester, resulting in his death. A motorist going the wrong way on the highway allegedly caused the crash. According to police, the wrong-way driver was behind the wheel of… Read More »

Family Fears Teen Daughter Could Lose Leg After Bus Accident

Jiahuan Xu, a 15-year-old girl in Brooklyn, was walking to school last month when she was suddenly struck by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) bus. She had been crossing the street when the bus seemingly came out of nowhere. According to Xu, one of the bus’s wheels pinned her left leg for 15 minutes or… Read More »

Not All Accident Injuries Show Symptoms Right Away

Car accidents are traumatic and stressful events — even the ones that initially seem minor. However, when you are involved in an accident that seems to be no more than a fender bender, you might not initially notice that you actually sustained an injury in the accident. There are a variety of reasons for this…. Read More »