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    Can New Texting App Cut Down on Distracted Driving?

    By Michael Barasch

    The Israeli mobile data technology company Cellebrite has developed a device that may help law enforcement determine whether a driver was illegally using a cellphone prior to an accident. But the device, known as a textalyzer, whose name mirrors that of the breathalyzer used during DUI stops, may be more tech than the task calls […]

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    Warning: The dirty little secret that your auto insurance company doesn’t want you to know

    By Michael Barasch

    I want to share a hard lesson learned by one of my clients, Brian, who sustained a career-ending knee injury when his car was hit by a truck. He asked me to share his story with the rest of the 9/11 community to ensure that others learn from his horrible experience with his own insurance […]

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    Riddle of the Dump Truck: One “Unfortunate Event” or Three?

    By Michael Barasch

    How many accidents does a dump truck have when it strikes an overpass and loses its dump box in traffic? That’s what happened in April 2010, when the driver of a truck owned by Stony Ridge Top Soil and insured by the National Liability and Fire Insurance Co. misjudged the clearance on I-90. The impact […]

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    NYC Pays $1.5 Million Injury Settlement to Man Struck in Traffic

    By Michael Barasch

    The New York Daily News recently reported that the city paid a $1.5 million settlement to a pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle after a traffic signal allegedly changed too soon. At the time of the 2008 accident, the plaintiff, Joseph Mare, had been a senior at C.W. Post and a promising baseball […]

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    Despite Vision Zero, NYC Saw 38,000 Hit-and-Run Accidents in 2015

    By Michael Barasch

    Despite Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious Vision Zero program to eliminate pedestrian fatalities in the five boroughs, New York City saw more than 38,000 hit-and-run accidents in 2015, 48 of which resulted in catastrophic injury or death. The New York Daily News reported that the bulk of the hit-and-runs, some 34,000, caused property damage, most of it minor. […]

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    Suing the Robot: Who’s At-Fault When Driverless Cars Crash?

    By Dominique A. Penson

    The prospect of fully autonomous, self-driving cars is mind-boggling and reassuring at the same time. Most of us are comfortable with our own driving skills and are a bit leery of turning the wheel over to a computer. But when we consider the number of drivers on the road whom we don’t necessarily trust, and […]

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    Goshen Tragedy Raises Questions of Driver’s Ed Instructor Liability

    By Dominique A. Penson

    On Tuesday morning, July 14th, three high school students sustained fatal injuries when their driver’s education car entered an intersection and was struck broadside by a tractor trailer. The accident, which stunned the community of Goshen and the vicinity, raises serious questions about who is liable when a driver’s ed vehicle is involved in a […]

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  • Auto AccidentsPersonal Injury

    Lawsuit Filed After New York Limousine Accident

    By Dominique A. Penson

    One of the survivors of a deadly limousine accident on Long Island earlier this summer has filed a civil lawsuit for damages related to her injuries. On July 18, a pickup truck reportedly struck the limo at an intersection along Route 48 in Cutchogue. A total of eight women and the driver were in the […]

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    New Jersey Turnpike Truck Accident Causes Fire, Kills

    By Dominique A. Penson

    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. […]

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    Double-Decker Bus Hits Pedestrian in Greenwich Village

    By Dominique A. Penson

    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 […]

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