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After More Than a Decade, New York Child Victims Act Passes

It is well understood that the horrors of child sexual abuse can be so devastating and frightening that victims often wait well into adulthood to report that they were attacked during their youth. When these stories are given media attention, it is not uncommon for someone in their 40s, 50s or 60s to talk openly […]

Understanding the Value of SUM Auto Insurance in New York

Most New York car owners know how much they pay for auto insurance, but few have a true understanding of their various coverages until an accident occurs. Motorists might assume that when they purchase $250,000 in liability protection, it covers injuries to themselves as well someone who is hurt in the other car. This isn’t […]

New York City Occupational Deaths Increase Sharply

Federal records for the 2017 calendar year showed a significant increase in on-the-job deaths among New York City workers. No specific explanation has been given to explain why the number jumped to 87 occupational fatalities from the all-time low of 56 in 2016. However, city officials are attempting to use better tracking and are considering […]

Don’t Let Social Media Sink Your Personal Injury Claim

With more than 70 percent of adults actively using social media, it’s vitally important for anyone with a personal injury claim to be aware of the pitfalls of social media use. As an article in The Huffington Post points out, social media is a rich resource for insurance defense attorneys looking to prove that a […]

Who Might Be Held Responsible When a Self-Driving Car Crashes?

After a fatal crash in Arizona last spring, Uber suspended the road-testing of its self-driving cars in North America. But industry experts expect the incident to be a mere bump in the road. Make no mistake, they tell us: autonomous vehicles are coming, probably sooner than we imagine. This raises the question, “Who is going […]

New York City Council Member Makes the Case for Comprehensive Traffic Monitoring

New York City has made great strides toward reducing traffic fatalities, but that progress is at risk due to a lack of support from the state government. Ben Kallos, a member of the New York City Council representing the Upper East Side, recently wrote an op-ed calling for improved traffic monitoring. Not only did Kallos demand […]

NYC Lowers Pedestrian Fatalities, But Progress May Not Last

New York City is celebrating the success of its Vision Zero initiative, but that success may prove short-lived. This multinational traffic safety program, which has been implemented in dozens of U.S. cities, seeks to lower pedestrian traffic fatalities through a number of measures, and in New York City, that includes the strategic use of traffic […]

Vision Zero to Target Dangerous Drivers During Warm Weather Months

This year, New Yorkers endured a winter that overstayed its welcome with frigid temperatures and snowfall well into April. But while Mayor de Blasio sympathizes with the pent-up desire to enjoy warmer weather, he wants New York City drivers to know that fair conditions are no excuse for dangerous driving. As part of the Vision […]

Mayor de Blasio Urges Albany to Pass Three New Traffic Laws

In March, Mayor de Blasio appeared at the 78th Precinct in Park Slope, his home precinct, to announce he was seeking action in Albany on three pieces of legislation aimed at the specific circumstances of a horrific crash less than two weeks earlier in that neighborhood. On March 5, Dorothy Bruns, 44, had a seizure […]

Intelligent Cars Does Not Mean Intelligent Drivers

Vehicular Fatalities up 14% in past 2 years Cars have changed dramatically in the century since their invention. The cars we drive today have safety features that would have amazed motorists from earlier generations: headlights, safety belts, airbags, collapsible steering columns, automatic emergency brakes, electronic stability control, rear view cameras, and collision warnings, just to […]

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