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Manhole Cover Rips Into New York City Bus

An iron manhole cover reportedly flew up through the floor of a Metro Transit Authority (MTA) bus August 4, lodging directly below a passenger’s seat. The cover ripped through the plywood lining the bus floor, injuring the woman sitting in the seat directly above it. She was later treated for injuries to her leg from […]

New Jersey Turnpike Truck Accident Causes Fire, Kills

A dump truck travelling southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike in Linden August 4 reportedly overturned underneath an overpass and caught fire. The truck driver was killed in the accident, which closed the Turnpike for close to 12 hours. The reason why the accident happened remains unknown. Smoke was visible for miles after the crash. […]

Double-Decker Bus Hits Pedestrian in Greenwich Village

A double-decker sightseeing bus reportedly struck a pedestrian in Greenwich Village July 3. The man was pinned beneath the bus, which dragged him for several feet before coming to a stop. The bus was making a left turn onto W. 4th Street when it allegedly hit the man in the crosswalk. Emergency responders arriving at […]

Child Accidentally Drives Over a Toddler on Staten Island

A five-year-old reportedly got behind the wheel of a running van on Staten Island, put it into reverse and backed over a toddler. The two-year-old child was critically injured and was taken to Richmond University Medical Center for treatment. The accident occurred while a woman was placing another child into the backseat of the van. […]

Crash on Whitestone Bridge Leaves Nine Injured

Four vehicles recently collided on the Whitestone Bridge, entangling traffic for an hour and leaving nine people with significant injuries. The accident occurred on the Queens side of the bridge in the southbound lanes. All of the victims were reportedly taken to local hospitals for treatment, according to officials who arrived at the scene. Motorists […]

Some Car Accidents Cry Out Negligence

In the vast majority of personal-injury cases arising out of a car accident, the question of whether a given driver acted negligently must be decided at trial by a jury.  It cannot be decided before trial by a judge as a matter of law.  But, there are exceptions.  Some accidents speak so loudly to a […]

Hotels Must Provide Adequate Security for their Guests

By Chaucer’s time, English common law recognized the responsibilities of innkeepers to their customers. The innkeeper was required, among other things, to provide food, lodging and a safe harbor for guests. These principles were carried across the Atlantic and, by and large, helped shape our own hotel keepers’ duties. In regard to security, a hotel […]

Every Dog Gets One Free Bite

In a landmark decision covering two cases, Doerr v. Goldsmith, and Dobinski v. Lockhart, New York’s highest court reaffirmed the vitality of its prior decision in Bard v. Jahnke.  Bard established that in New York a domestic animal owner cannot be held liable on a theory of negligence for injuries caused to someone by a domestic animal, even a breeding […]

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 […]

Lawmakers Propose Use of New Technology to Prevent Further Metro North Accidents

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney from the 18th district of New York is pushing for the use of new technology in the state’s mass transit system to prevent further accidents like the deadly Metro North crash that took place in early February. He and Rep. Nita Lowey of the 17th district have been working on a […]


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