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Monday, October 31, 2016

History Repeats: California Tour Bus Accident Eerily Reminiscent of 2011 NYC Crash

Did driver fatigue play a role in the Palm Springs bus accident?

In 2011, the nation was shocked when a tour bus returning from a casino struck a guardrail in the Bronx and flipped, ramming into a support pole on a sign. The accident killed 15 people and injured several others, making it one of the deadliest crashes the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has ever investigated.  Now, five years later, a strikingly similar tour bus crash on the other side of the country has left over a dozen dead. 

In the California crash, another tour bus returning from a casino crashed on the highway near Palm Springs.  Many passengers were asleep at the time of the accident and awoke to screams for help.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Will Traffic Deaths Soon Be a Thing of the Past?

How is the United States government planning to eliminate traffic deaths in the future?

Motor vehicle accidents are currently a leading cause of death in the United States, killing a reported 30,000 Americans annually.  By the year 2046, however, traffic deaths may be no more.  Within the next thirty years, the United States government hopes to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries.  The Transportation Department has developed a plan that focuses first on promoting vehicle safety through increased seat belt use, campaigns against distracted and drunk driving, and the use of rumble strips.  In the coming years, the government anticipates that self-driving vehicles will lead the way in preventing accidents.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Hoboken Train Crash Kills One, Injures More Than 100

What are my legal rights if I am injured in a train crash?

Recently, a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the station in Hoboken, New Jersey, killing one and injuring 114 others.  The victim of this horrific crash was a 34-year-old Hoboken resident, standing on the platform at the moment the train barreled into the station.  Preliminary reports suggest that the train operator may have been at fault for the crash, or it could have been just a tragic accident.  At least one witness has stated that the train never slowed down as it approached the end of the line, jumping over the bumper block and into the station.  Unfortunately, the train was not equipped with an automatic brake system, which is used to slow a train if the engineer does not apply the brakes in time.

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Ridesharing Accidents on the Rise in New York

What are my rights if I am injured in an accident with an Uber or Lyft driver?

Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft are rapidly expanding their customer base and quickly taking over the traditional taxi cab industry.  While many passengers appreciate the ease and low costs associated with ridesharing services, some are troubled by the rise in the number of accidents since Uber, Lyft, and their competitors have catapulted into popularity.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

High Speed Crash Kills Three on Long Island Expressway

Why is speeding so dangerous?

A recent crash in Queens left three people dead and injured eleven others. Initial reports indicate the accident was caused by a high-speed race.  The accident occurred in the early morning hours when a 2010 black Infiniti lost control and hit a divider, splitting in half.  The driver, a 25-year-old Army National Guard Sergeant, and two passengers were thrown from the vehicle and died instantly.  An Acura traveling in the same direction hit half of the Infiniti, while a dump truck coming across the scene found itself unable to stop and slammed into five other vehicles.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Authorities Continue to Investigate New York City Ferry Collision with Kayakers

Who is legally responsible for the kayak accident that happened on the Hudson River? 

What should have been a peaceful day on the water turned catastrophic when a ferry carrying passengers on the Hudson River crashed into a group of ten kayakers, critically injuring one and knocking several others into the river.  The accident happened in the evening hours.  Witnesses described the scene with horror.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Former NYC Mayor David Dinkins Denies Being Involved in Hit and Run

What should I do if I am injured in a hit and run accident?

David Dinkins, the former New York City mayor, was recently sued by a bicyclist who claimed Dinkins struck him while driving in Manhattan and drove away.  The lawsuit was filed in the state Supreme Court in Manhattan.  In it, the 32-year-old bicyclist claims to have suffered serious injuries when 89-year-old Dinkins hit him as he was in the intersection, but instead of waiting for police to arrive or assessing the bicyclist’s condition, Dinkins kept on driving.

The former mayor has issued a public statement denouncing the claims.  Dinkins stated he was driving his sick wife to the hospital at the time of the accident and did not realize he had been involved in a crash until a bystander informed him about a half-block later.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Dog Attack Injures Pregnant Woman in New York City

What damages could I receive if a dog attacks me?

An expectant mother in Long Island was viciously attacked by three dogs and forced to watch as the pit bulls killed two of her four dogs.  After being transported to the hospital for treatment of her wounds, the Long Island woman moved away out of fear that the dogs would attack again.  Apparently, the three dogs in question escaped from their owner’s yard, which is something they have done before.  At least one another woman reports being bitten by the dogs just a week before this most recent attack.  Officials elected to euthanize the three pit bulls due to aggression and seized two puppies also in the home.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Former Cuomo Aide and Four Others Killed in Crash on Long Island Expressway

What are my rights if my loved one is killed in a car accident?

A horrendous multi-car accident on the Long Island Expressway recently killed five people.  The three car wreck happened when one of the vehicles, carrying a young boy who was celebrating his birthday, crossed the grassy median and slammed into two oncoming cars.  Police are investigating whether the driver of this vehicle was speeding at the time he lost control.  Victims of the crash include a 29-year-old former aide to Governor Cuomo, who was about to marry his high school sweetheart.  Several others were seriously injured in the crash.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

New York City Worker Killed in Elevator Accident

What causes elevator accidents?

A sudden elevator accident claimed the life of a 43-year-old discount store worker.  The employee was in the basement loading boxes onto the elevator when it unexpectedly launched upwards, pinning him to the ceiling.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

String of Police Shootings Raises Questions of Excessive Force

When is a police shooting justified?

Recently, The Washington Post asked several experts to examine five viral videos of police shootings.  Experts included a training instructor with the police department and two criminology professors. Their analysis raised considerable questions about the use of excessive force among officers in America today.  Three of the videos examined include:

  1. Charles Kinsey:  Charles Kinsey was shot on July 18 in North Miami.  Kinsey was an African-American caregiver who was lying in the street trying to help an autistic patient.

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