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Are the Bayside and Douglaston Bike Lanes Causing Traffic Accidents?

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 […]

When Your Landlord Is Liable for Your Snow/Ice Slip-and-Fall

4 hours. That is the time limit New York City landlords have to remove snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of their property after a storm has ended. Should someone slip and fall due to a snow and/or ice condition which was ignored by a New York City landlord, that landlord may be […]

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

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 […]

Can Drones and Aircrafts Co-Exist in Greater New York?

On the evening of September 21, a civilian drone flying illegally over Midland Beach on Staten Island struck a U.S. Army Blackhawk helicopter, damaging a rotor blade and a window. The pilot was uninjured and was able to land the chopper at Linden Airport, according to a story in the New York Post. The National […]

Spotlight on Drunk Driving

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 […]

Despite Lowest Ever Six-Month Traffic Fatality Total, Vison Zero’s Future Is Uncertain

For the first six months of 2017, the number of traffic fatalities on the streets of New York City was the lowest in recorded history, dating back to 1910, according to a NYC Department of Transportation report. The Gothamist credits Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative with bringing down overall traffic deaths consistently since 2013, […]

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

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 […]

Michael Barasch Appears on the “Blue Collar Buzz” Radio Show

Mike Barasch spoke at a press conference highlighting the health crisis facing firefighters and the entire 9/11 community due to their exposure to World Trade Center toxins. Listen to the show:

We Remember Bobby Beddia and Joseph Graffagnino Who Died in the Deutsche Bank Fire 10 Years Ago Today

Today, August 18, 2017, marks the 10th Anniversary of the Deutsche Bank fire that tragically took the lives of our client, firefighter Bobby Beddia and also firefighter Joseph Graffagnino. We take this time to remember both heroes, along with the hundred other members of the FDNY who were injured in this blaze that started when […]

Did Driver “Panic” Kill a Motorcyclist in the Bronx?

Recently, the New York Daily News reported on the death of a 35-year-old motorcyclist who was killed after rear-ending a Nissan Altima and was flung onto a guardrail near the Country Club Road exit of the Bruckner Expressway. The victim, Sheldon Sampson, of Mount Vernon, had been returning from a memorial for another biker along […]

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