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Automobile Accidents

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rear-End Collisions: Why is there a legal presumption that the following driver is at fault?

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What is a safe following distance between cars to be able stop in time to avoid a collision?

Generally, courts hold the rear car responsible in a two-car, rear-end collision. Most commonly, these types of collisions occur when the front car:

  • slows down to stop for a traffic light changing to red;

  • slows down to avoid striking an object in the road;

  • stops to allow a pedestrian, cyclist or other vehicle cross the road;


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Is Supplemental Underinsured Motorist Insurance Necessary?

{4:05 minutes to read} Having supplemental underinsurance coverage adds another layer of protection in the event you are injured by someone who has less-than-adequate coverage.

In New York State, the minimum insurance that a driver must carry is $25,000. In the unfortunate event someone is injured in a car accident by a driver who only carries the minimum amount of insurance, whether or not reasonable compensation for those injuries exceeds $25,000, they will not be able to recover any more than the amount from the other driver’s insurance company.


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Road to Grandma’s House May Soon Be Covered in Snow. Drive Safely!

It’s officially winter and winter driving can be dangerous. Failure to keep in the proper lane or running off the roadand driving too fast for conditions are of the most frequent driver behaviors that cause car accidents this time of year. Please consider the following suggestions to avoid those situations and stay safe this season.

3 keys to safe driving in the snow: 1. Stay Alert, 2. Slow Down and 3. Stay in Control.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Should the No-Fault Law’s “Serious Injury” Threshold Be Changed?

New York’s No-Fault law allows people injured by careless drivers to receive payments for their medical bills and lost wages. A higher standard is imposed in order for people to recover for their pain and suffering and future expenses. They must suffer a “serious injury.”


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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Don't Get Your Goose Cooked on Your Holiday Drive

Thanksgiving and the year-end holidays where we get to to spend enjoyable times with our friends and family are rapidly approaching. I’ll soon be driving to join my family in Pennsylvania and know that many of my clients, friends and colleagues will also drive long distances to be with their loved ones. The roads are usually crowded with extra traffic this time of year. Holiday highway travel often is at night, after work or after a festive meal, each of which can greatly reduce a driver’s reaction time.   

 


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Thursday, October 10, 2013

How Did Two Injured Ohio Buckeyes Avoid the Brooklyn Courthouse?

My last blog discussed the legal rights of injured visitors to New York. This blog addresses some of the logistics involved in an actual case that my firm brought on behalf of two of those visitors.You can see how my office strives to make the legal experience as convenient as possible.

A mother and her young daughter from Ohio were visiting New York. They were riding in a cab to their hotel when another car cut in front of them. The two cars crashed. Both mother and her daughter struck their faces against the taxi’s interior plexiglass divider and suffered injuries. The police were called to the scene and the two injured Ohioans received emergency treatment at a New York Hospital.


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Monday, August 26, 2013

5 Tips That May Save a Life!

In April, the parents of a 22 year-old college student, who was killed, as a result of his texting and driving, released his final text. Despite his spotless driving record, he lost control of the car, swerved to avoid oncoming traffic, and drove off an embankment to his death. His all important last text?Sounds good my man, seeya soon, ill tw"

 

Texting while driving is an alarming trend, and a national epidemic. It’s quickly becoming one of the country’s top killers. Drivers assume they can safely text and drive, but the numbers don’t lie.

 

Texting While Driving Causes:

1. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

2. 330,000 injuries per year (Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study)

3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Fatality Facts)


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Sunday, July 21, 2013

Who’s at Fault with No-Fault? Part 2

As discussed in Part 1 of this series, the no-fault benefit pays for immediate medical care and lost wages for car injury victims, regardless of fault. However, while no-fault covers payment for those charges, it does not pay expenses for future medical expenses, lost wages, or for your disabilities or for pain and suffering. To recover money for these types of losses, you must start a lawsuit against the owner of the vehicle that caused your injury. However, your right to bring a lawsuit against the driver that caused your injuries can be severely limited, unless your injuries meet what’s called the no-fault law’s “serious injury” threshold. That threshold is injury specific, under the law, and is often a challenge to prove in court.


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Monday, July 8, 2013

Summer and New York Citi Bikers are here...Beware!

Now that summer’s here, it seems like there are more bikes on New York City’s streets than cabs. As you may know, the Big Apple has become more bike friendly. This may be due to the recent rollout of New York’s Citi Bike, the eagerly anticipated city bike-share program.

There are thousands of bikes now available for the public to ride. While New York City residents are certainly encouraged to participate, the program envisions that tourists and NYC visitors will be riding them even more. Mayor Bloomberg has installed bike lanes, dedicated to bikes only, and has even closed certain streets to cars to encourage safe bike riding all over the City.


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Monday, June 17, 2013

Who’s at Fault with No-Fault? - Part 1

What exactly is “no-fault”? In New York State, it is a law that makes sure anyone injured in a car accident has insurance coverage to pay their resulting medical bills and lost wages, no matter who is at fault. There is no need to show who is at fault before the insurance company pays.

 

New York requires every car owner to buy car insurance that includes no-fault benefits. That way anyone injured in a crash has an immediate right to the no-fault benefit--even passengers who don’t own cars or pedestrians who are injured (no-fault benefits are not available to motorcycle operators or their passengers).


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Four things NOT to do after a car accident

What Not to Do After a Car Accident

There are many potential missteps after you have been involved in an auto accident. In the minutes, hours and days following a car wreck, it can be difficult to think clearly or to take note of important factors involving liability and compensation. Even if your injuries are minor and your vehicle is not damaged, you should follow these guidelines to protect yourself and preserve your right to compensation for your injuries, vehicle damage or lost income. Often times, your damages are more serious than they appear at first glance.

Don’t Apologize
Even if you think you are clearly at fault for the accident, don’t accept blame or apologize to anyone. The police and insurance adjusters will investigate the collision and determine where the fault lies. If it lies with you, you will most certainly be notified. But affirming your guilt before all the facts are discovered can only serve to undermine your personal injury claim or a potential defense if you are on the receiving end of a lawsuit.

Don’t Compare Notes
Avoid rehashing the accident with the other involved parties. You do not want to inadvertently admit fault for the accident, or make other statements that undermine a future legal claim. Additionally, swapping stories can cause confusion in your own mind regarding what happened immediately before and during the collision. Of course, you should give your statement to the police, if applicable. But further communications regarding the accident, your injuries, damage to your vehicle, or associated expenses for medical treatment or car repairs should be limited to your attorney.

Don’t Get into a Dispute with Other Drivers or Passengers
Tempers can sometimes flare. People may be hurt, property may be damaged. Nobody is getting to their destination, and everyone may be concerned regarding various obligations and future travel arrangements. If other parties become upset, agitated or violent, you should simply walk away. By refusing to engage in emotional dialogue – or worse, a physical confrontation – you avoid turning a routine fender bender into a major altercation which can result in its own legal ramifications.

Don’t Call the Insurance Company
If you think there is any reason why the insurance company may dispute your claim, you should speak with an attorney first. The attorney can advise you regarding what to say – and what not to say – to the insurance adjuster, or can communicate with the adjuster on your behalf. Insurance companies train their adjusters to ask specific questions designed to make your case look as weak as possible. Your insurance company should help you when you’ve been involved in an accident – that’s part of what you pay for – but ultimately the bottom line is of primary importance. The insurance business is far more profitable when the insurance companies do not have to pay out claims.
 

 

 


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