Auto Accidents

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What rights do Injured passengers have in NY?

Being involved in an automobile accident as a passenger can sometimes expose you to more severe injuries than if you were the driver.  As drivers may instinctually take action to avoid a direct collision with another vehicle, passengers are often placed in the point of the most direct impact.

As a passenger, it can sometimes be tricky to recover compensation for your injuries, especially if you feel conflicted about trying to recover from a friend or family member that may have been at fault. Consulting with your own

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Tractor-Trailer Accidents Lead to Gridlock on the NYS Thruway

What are the leading causes of truck accidents in New York?

Driving on the New York State Thruway in the winter is dangerous, made even more so by a deadly combination  of tractor trailers on the road and lake effect snows. The recent storm that hit Southern Erie County is a case in point.

Within 20 minutes late one January afternoon, there were two tractor-trailer accidents, one on Milestrip Road  (Route  179) in the Town of Hamburg, the second on the westbound side of the NYS Thruway between the Milestrip and Route 219 exits, closing all lanes. Shortly after that, a big rig became disabled on the eastbound side, and all those lanes were closed.

Traffic was diverted to local streets which led triggered other accidents, people getting stuck and gridlock.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Most Frequent Causes of Car Accidents

What are the most common causes of serious car accidents?

Though almost every driver has experienced a fender-bender at one time or another, more serious, even fatal, accidents occur with alarming frequency. If we are to successfully prevent such tragedies, it is important that all drivers, as well as passengers and pedestrians, understand their causes. If you have been injured in a car accident in which the other driver was at fault, it is essential that you contact a competent personal injury attorney who will fight vigorously to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your medical costs, loss of wages and pain and suffering.
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Monday, November 14, 2016

Plaintiff Cannot Be Time Bared If Misled By NYCTA

If you were injured in an accident you may be entitled to compensation. As a plaintiff, you will always benefit from the timely filing of your claim and from hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer. This is especially true if you seek to sue a governmental agency. When dealing with a municipality, such as the City of New York, or any city agency or department, you need to keep in mind that there are additional filing requirements and specific statutes of limitations (time restrictions) that need to be complied with. You should also know that the government or agency might be using tricks involving these requirements in order to block your case.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Driver Selfie: It Can Wait

Q: What are New York’s rules on cellphone use while driving?

The popularity and use of smartphones is exploding. Even toddlers can navigate them. Most millennials’ phones are virtual extensions of their hands. From apps to internet, and entertainment to shopping, cellphones are virtually indispensable for business and pleasure. It’s no exaggeration that cellphone use is a national addiction.

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pedestrian Accident Leaves Broken Hearts and Sidewalks in Buffalo

What happens when a pedestrian is injured in an accident?

There are many reasons why a pedestrian might be involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Sometimes the accident is caused by the negligent or reckless behavior of the driver. Other times, the pedestrian may have contributed to or caused the accident by walking or standing in an area where they shouldn’t have been or by stepping into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Distracted driving and walking also cause accidents daily.

Whatever the cause, the loss is often tragic.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

Buffalo Family Initiates Lawsuit Against City Officials Following Tragic Death of Toddler

Initiating a lawsuit against the government – including a local municipality – requires extensive knowledge of the specific intricacies of this area of law. As the family of a Buffalo-area toddler knows all too well, government entities are often to blame for injuries to local residents, often due to oversights in safety and lapsed mandatory inspections.

In May of 2015, an area mother was walking with her two children alongside Delaware Park when all three were struck by an oncoming vehicle. Tragically, one of the children – a three-year old boy –

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Recovering Compensation after an Auto Accident with Fatalities

Will I be compensated if the driver who caused my injuries died in the auto accident?

At best, a car accident is a frustrating inconvenience to all parties involved. But when people are injured --or the worst case scenario unfolds and fatalities result-- it’s a tragedy with substantial losses. The need for expert legal counsel is urgent.

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Pedestrian Deaths Increased 10 percent in 2015

What are the reasons for the surge in pedestrian deaths over the past year?

A preliminary study of traffic fatalities reports that pedestrian deaths surged an estimated 10 percent during 2015. Richard Retting, co-author of the report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, states that "This is really sobering news. Pedestrian safety is clearly a growing problem across the country." The data recently released is based on statistics from the first half of 2015, using projective analysis techniques for the second half of the year. If it is found that the trend predicted continued for the entire year, 2015 will show the greatest increase since 1975 when the current federal recording system was put in place.
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Emergency Vehicle Collides with Passenger Vehicle in Niagara County

What can I do if I am injured in a motor vehicle accident in New York?

Recently a sheriff’s deputy collided with a passenger vehicle here in Niagara County. The two occupants of the passenger vehicle were injured and brought to a nearby hospital. Fortunately, their injuries were not life-threatening, but certainly pain and suffering, medical bills, and down time will be involved.However, there is new technology that may help find the cause of this or other accidents. Your personal injury attorney should have knowledge of such technology and so be able to help gather evidence that may turn the tide in your favor in any upcoming lawsuit.

Because one of the cars involved in the accident was a patrol car, it had a camera aboard which may well have captured video from the dashboard of the car. In addition, the deputy had a body camera that may have been recording at the time. Viewing these video feeds should provide unimpeachable evidence that can be used to determine the particular causes involved. Such evidence can assist in yielding an appropriate verdict or civil settlement

The foregoing are just a few reasons why accident victims should retain an personal injury attorney promptly. It is best to retain a personal injury attorney well-versed in evidence- gathering and preservation, as well as in all laws relevant to the particular case.

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