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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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Proposed Law Targets Accident Victims’ Cellphones

In an effort to combat distracted driving, New York State Senator Terrence Murphy and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz have put forth a bill that would empower police at the scene of a vehicle accident to use a textalyzer to search a cellphone or other portable electronic device to see if it was in use at the […]

Can New Texting App Cut Down on Distracted Driving?

The Israeli mobile data technology company Cellebrite has developed a device that may help law enforcement determine whether a driver was illegally using a cellphone prior to an accident. But the device, known as a textalyzer, whose name mirrors that of the breathalyzer used during DUI stops, may be more tech than the task calls […]

Warning: The dirty little secret that your auto insurance company doesn’t want you to know

I want to share a hard lesson learned by one of my clients, Brian, who sustained a career-ending knee injury when his car was hit by a truck. He asked me to share his story with the rest of the 9/11 community to ensure that others learn from his horrible experience with his own insurance […]

Riddle of the Dump Truck: One “Unfortunate Event” or Three?

How many accidents does a dump truck have when it strikes an overpass and loses its dump box in traffic? That’s what happened in April 2010, when the driver of a truck owned by Stony Ridge Top Soil and insured by the National Liability and Fire Insurance Co. misjudged the clearance on I-90. The impact […]

NYC Pays $1.5 Million Injury Settlement to Man Struck in Traffic

The New York Daily News recently reported that the city paid a $1.5 million settlement to a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle after a traffic signal allegedly changed too soon. At the time of the 2008 accident, the plaintiff, Joseph Mare, had been a senior at C.W. Post and a promising baseball […]

Despite Vision Zero, NYC Saw 38,000 Hit-and-Run Accidents in 2015

Despite Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious Vision Zero program to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in the five boroughs, New York City saw more than 38,000 hit-and-run accidents in 2015, 48 of which resulted in catastrophic injury or death. The New York Daily News reported that the bulk of the hit-and-runs, some 34,000, caused property damage, most of it minor. […]

Woman struck and killed by MTA bus while crossing Brooklyn street

There were 125 pedestrian fatalities in 2014, and 120 so far in 2015. Today’s victim was a devoted mother and grandmother carrying groceries to her adult daughter who is raising her children with no help from their father. This was an avoidable, fatal accident that killed a woman and devastated the lives of numerous dependents […]

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