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    Are the Bayside and Douglaston Bike Lanes Causing Traffic Accidents?

    By Michael Barasch

    Bike lanes are designed to make cyclists safer when they share the road with motor vehicles, but a recent article on the website QNS raises questions about two new lanes where concrete barriers are proving hazardous for motorists. According to the article, there have been “four reported car accidents at the site of the new […]

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    MUST READ: New Auto Insurance Law is More Exciting Than It Sounds – And All New Yorkers Should Know About It

    By escapehatch

    We know it’s hard to get people excited about a new auto insurance law. But this time, the law is so important, and the impact that it will have on New Yorkers is so significant, that we think there is good reason for New Yorkers to feel, dare we say, excited. Our firm was part […]

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    Spotlight on Drunk Driving

    By escapehatch

    The arrival of the holidays will bring celebrations, office parties, and good times with family and friends. First responders know better than anyone that getting behind the wheel while intoxicated can have devastating, sometimes irreversible consequences. Plan ahead and you can avoid putting yourself and others in a dangerous position. Attorney Bruce Kaye of our […]

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    NYC Vision Zero Benefits Motorcyclists and Pedestrians over Cyclists and Motor Vehicle Occupants

    By Michael Barasch

    A recent article from DNAinfo examined NYC Department of Transportation data from 2013 through the first six months of 2017 and concluded that Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative was serving pedestrians but failing cyclists. However, we find that conclusion simplistic. The mayor’s plan seems to be serving all users of city streets, though some […]

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    Michael Barasch Comments on WSJ Article “Can Auto Fatalities Go to Zero?”

    By Michael Barasch

    Last year was one of the deadliest years on America’s roads. Approximately 40,000 people lost their lives in traffic accidents. Despite technology like anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, back-up cameras and crash-avoidance systems, our roads have become less safe. Current technology has been helpful, but only to a point. Human error is what causes most […]

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    Car Crash Victim Sues the New York Times for Writer’s Negligent Driving

    By Michael Barasch

    The New York Post recently reported that the victim of a car crash is suing the New York Times for $4.75 million because her friend, a Times writer, allegedly caused an accident in which she was injured. In September 2015, Leah Epstein was traveling in Scotland with Sarah Maslin Nir, a writer covering their trip […]

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    Road Debris Active in More Than 200,000 U.S. Crashes

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    Getting the Picture: Make Smart Use of Your Smartphone at an Accident Scene

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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    Tesla’s Self-Driving “Beta Test” Proves Deadly

    By Michael Barasch

    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, […]

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    Proposed Law Targets Accident Victims’ Cellphones

    By Michael Barasch

    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 […]

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