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Study Details Contributing Factors in NYC Pedestrian and Cyclist Deaths

A study pinpoints the 12 most dangerous areas for New York City bicyclists and pedestrians — places where the likelihood of a fatal or injury-causing collision is three times higher than the city average. Detailed traffic accident information gathered over several years by localize.city, a real estate marketplace website, shows not only which neighborhoods pose […]

What Does the Future Hold for New York City’s Vision Zero Plan?

More than five years have passed since New York City’s Vision Zero initiative was launched with the goal of ending pedestrian and cyclist deaths by 2024. Looking ahead to the second half of the campaign, some activists and interest groups are questioning if and how further progress will be made. A “die-in” protest this summer […]

Despite Vision Zero, NYC Road Fatalities Increased in 2019

Over the past year, a rise in New York City traffic deaths has raised questions about the effectiveness of the Vision Zero effort that is meant to eliminate these types of fatalities by 2024. Obtaining detailed, accurate information on road dangers is critical to assessing and improving the results of this campaign. According to NYPD […]

Helping Those Most Vulnerable

Barasch & McGarry Attorneys Proud of Pro Bono representation This holiday season, we are reminded of how lucky we are, and of our moral obligation to help others. Through charitable giving and pro bono work, the attorneys at our firm endeavor to use our law degrees and resources for the greater good. One of the […]

Vision Zero Failing as More Choose to Use Cars

When New York City established Vision Zero Action Plan in 2014, its ambitious goal was to eliminate traffic deaths within the five boroughs by 2024. Some of the numerous measures the city has implemented to protect people who walk, bike and ride on its streets seem to have worked. But five years after the program’s […]

Intensified NYC School Zone Speed Camera Program Takes Effect

In an effort to reduce traffic accidents within the five boroughs, New York City is now installing cameras to deter speeding in high-collision areas near schools. A new state law has increased the number of school zone cameras from 140 to 750, and Mayor de Blasio has stated that he expects the city’s Department of […]

Child Pedestrian’s Injury Underscores Dangers of Reckless Bicyclists in New York

Just as New York City drivers need to be aware of bicycles, fast-moving cyclists must take care to avoid hitting pedestrians. A recent accident involving a 4-year-old girl has drawn attention to the fact that bicycles, though they don’t have the same speed or weight as motor vehicles, can cause significant injuries if they strike […]

U.S. Buses and Trains Lack Safety Features that Are Standard Elsewhere

News stories about serious bus and train accidents often focus on the direct cause of the crash, whether it is a negligent driver, mechanical failure or something else. What sometimes goes unsaid is that several reasonably simple measures recommended by the National Transportation Safety Board and used successfully in other countries could cut down on […]

Legal Developments Might Increase Catholic Church Sex Abuse Claims

Even prior to passage of New York’s Child Victims Act, litigation against Catholic Priests and lay personnel in the New York area  has resulted in several multimillion dollar settlements. Now, with the passage of the New York Child Victims Act in February 2019, many adults who were sexually abused as children finally have a chance […]

Climbing Sexual Abuse Litigation Pushing Boy Scouts Toward Chapter 11

For more than a century, American boys have looked to scouting as way to enjoy outdoor activities and develop new skills. However, legal claims and documents obtained from the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) have shown that many youths were sexually abused by troop leaders and other adult volunteers in positions of authority. Perhaps even […]

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