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    Helping Those Most Vulnerable

    By Michael Barasch

    [ln::firm_name] Attorneys Proud of Pro Bono representation This holiday season, we are reminded of how lucky we are, and of our moral obligation to help others. Through charitable giving and pro bono work, the attorneys at our firm endeavor to use our law degrees and resources for the greater good. One of the organizations nearest […]

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  • Auto Accidents

    Vision Zero Failing as More Choose to Use Cars

    By Michael Barasch

    When New York City established Vision Zero Action Plan in 2014, its ambitious goal was to eliminate traffic deaths within the five boroughs by 2024. Some of the numerous measures the city has implemented to protect people who walk, bike and ride on its streets seem to have worked. But five years after the program’s […]

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  • Cycling AccidentsPedestrian Accidents

    New York Senate Passes Bill to Legalize E-Scooters and Motor-Assisted Bikes

    By Michael Barasch

    After years of holding out, New York might be ready to legalize the use of electronic scooters and motor-assisted bikes on streets and sidewalks. State legislators have approved a bill that would give New York City and other municipalities authority to determine if and how these vehicles can operate within their borders. Companies such as […]

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  • Construction Accidents

    Map Shows NYC Sites where Construction Safety Training Is Needed

    By Michael Barasch

    New York City’s Department of Buildings has launched a new tool to help construction workers identify sites that are subject to mandatory OSHA Site Safety Training (SST). Local Law 196 of 2017 states that supervisors and laborers must have completed this additional safety training when working on certain large-scale projects. To give everyone a resource […]

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  • Pedestrian AccidentsAuto Accidents

    Intensified NYC School Zone Speed Camera Program Takes Effect

    By Michael Barasch

    In an effort to reduce traffic accidents within the five boroughs, New York City is now installing cameras to deter speeding in high-collision areas near schools. A new state law has increased the number of school zone cameras from 140 to 750, and Mayor de Blasio has stated that he expects the city’s Department of […]

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  • Cycling Accidents

    New York City Bicyclist Deaths Rise Sharply Despite Vision Zero

    By Michael Barasch

    A rash of deadly accidents involving bicycle riders in 2019 has cast serious doubt on the effectiveness of New York City’s Vision Zero initiative to improve street safety. Through mid-August, cyclist fatalities are nearly double those from all of last year. This sobering fact prompted Mayor de Blasio to announce the “Green Wave” program on […]

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  • Construction Accidents

    Long Island Construction Death Linked to Improper Fall Protection

    By Michael Barasch

    The 2018 death of a construction worker in East Patchogue, Long Island has triggered a substantial penalty for his employer, highlighting the need for appropriate fall protection. While installing roof panels on a shed, the Northridge Construction Corp. worker fell from his ladder onto a concrete surface, suffering a fatal blow to the head. According […]

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  • Pedestrian Accidents

    Child Pedestrian’s Injury Underscores Dangers of Reckless Bicyclists in New York

    By Michael Barasch

    Just as New York City drivers need to be aware of bicycles, fast-moving cyclists must take care to avoid hitting pedestrians. A recent accident involving a 4-year-old girl has drawn attention to the fact that bicycles, though they don’t have the same speed or weight as motor vehicles, can cause significant injuries if they strike […]

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  • Train Accidents

    Fatal Train Accident Prompts Concerns about Safety System Delays

    By Michael Barasch

    A deadly crash where a car was struck by two Long Island Railroad trains has created new urgency for installation of the Positive Track Control (PTC) safety system on LIRR and Metro-North trains. The accident occurred near the School Street crossing in Westbury when a car apparently ignored the flashing lights and drove around the […]

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  • Workplace InjuryWrongful DeathConstruction Accidents

    Writer Urges Safety Overhaul of New York City Construction Industry

    By Michael Barasch

    No matter where you go in New York City, construction is a fact of life. Most of us learn to deal with occasional inconveniences like delays and noise. Only when a major tragedy makes the news do we pay attention to the dangers construction workers experience. Unfortunately, even well-intentioned efforts to reduce injuries and deaths […]

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