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New Safety Law Behind Decrease in New York City Construction Accidents

Anyone who lives in New York City knows that construction is always ongoing. With infusion of billions of dollars into the construction industry projected for 2020, even more sites stand ready to undergo development. When construction ramps up again after the current shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more workers will be exposed […]

New York City’s Reckless Driver Accountability Act Explained

Thanks to a law enacted in February 2020, New York City’s worst drivers will face serious consequences for their lawless actions. The Reckless Driver Accountability Act is expected to impact about 5,000 drivers who consistently flaunt traffic laws. Many drivers take added precautions after receiving a ticket for a traffic violation. But reckless drivers continually […]

Unsafe Drivers Remained on New York Roads After Racking Up Hundreds of School-Zone Speeding Tickets

New York City’s worst speeders have gotten away with dangerous driving in school zones for years, without much more than the financial equivalent of a slap on the wrist. At the start of this year, 10 of the worst-offending vehicles registered in New York accumulated more than 1,000 tickets between them for school-zone speeding violations, […]

New York City to Pay $36 Million Settlement to Injured Construction Worker

A construction worker paralyzed after being struck by a falling utility pole on a New York City Department of Environmental Protection project site will receive a record-setting $36 million payment in settlement of a lawsuit that charged the DEP with failing to maintain a safe workplace. The plaintiff, 39-year-old Ricardo Tavares, was working at the […]

How Might COVID-19 Change the Way Personal Injury Cases Are Litigated?

Like most other activities where in-person interaction is required, personal injury lawsuits have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This can put serious stress on parties who are looking to achieve a legal resolution to disputes stemming from auto accidents, falls and other times types of harmful incidents allegedly caused by a defendant’s negligence. Whether […]

Navigating Compliance With New York’s Government-Ordered Construction Shutdown

Just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, New York City was in the midst of a construction boom. In the months after March 27, 2020, when Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the pause of all nonessential building projects in New York, construction companies have had to navigate uncertainty about when and where they are allowed to operate. […]

Due to COVID-19, Some Police Departments Not Responding to Minor Auto Accident Calls

Police officers and other first responders face increased risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has changed nearly every facet of our lives. As stay at home orders in many states and cities require non-essential businesses to shut down or cut back on hours in operation, measures are also being taken to protect law enforcement […]

What Types of Personal Injury Claims Might Result from COVID-19 Exposure?

COVID-19 exposure has led to a litany of serious health issues and tens of thousands of deaths. Though everyone’s health is top priority, afflicted individuals and family members of those who have been lost might wonder what type of claims can be brought in relation to coronavirus infections. Though each case is unique and it […]

COVID-19 Quarantine Reduces Road Accidents but Threatens State Budgets

When state and local governments started imposing stay-at-home rules and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many aspects of everyday American life changed. Schools, businesses and even churches have been closed. Consequently, traffic on roads throughout the country has been very light as the weekday commute for millions of people now just involves walking […]

What Are the Risks if Auto Insurance is Suspended or Canceled During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

Severe restrictions on travel, health fears and closed workplaces have sharply curtailed automobile traffic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Accidents have dropped so much that many auto insurance companies are providing refunds to policyholders. People who are stuck at home and facing financial distress might be tempted to cancel or suspend their coverage. However, if an […]

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