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February 2015 Archives

Should I File a Personal Injury Claim or a Lawsuit? Part 2

Our previous blog post described a hypothetical car accident insurance claim and an insurance claim that leads to a demand letter. This post will discuss the circumstances under which you should consider talking with a lawyer about filing a personal injury lawsuit.

Car Accident Kills '60 Minutes' Reporter Bob Simon

Sadly, 73 year old '60 Minutes' Correspondent Bob Simon was killed on Wednesday February 11, 2015, after the black livery vehicle in which he was a passenger was sideswiped by a Mercedes sedan. The tragic accident happened in Manhattan on 12th Avenue near West 30th Street at around 6:45 p.m. After the initial collision, the livery car reportedly crashed into metal stanchions separating the north and southbound lanes of 12th Avenue.

Metro North Train Accident Raises Questions

trainaccident2.jpgIt turns out that the tragic accident on the Metro-North commuter line last week was not the first crash at that particular intersection in Westchester County. In 1984, according to the Daily News, a truck crossing the tracks at the same spot in 1984 was hit by a Metro-North train, killing the truck driver. According to press reports at the time, the truck was dragged 750 feet before the train stopped. The truck apparently did not stop before attempting to cross the tracks.

Having The Right Judge Should Matter to Everyone

Every state employs a somewhat imperfect system in deciding who is the right candidate to be named a judge. Some permit judges to be appointed by local politicians. Others hold elections where voters decide who should sit on the bench. Some states have systems where political parties tend to dictate which judges will be elected or appointed and many have hybrids of the above. None of these systems perfectly emulate a model where the best candidates always are put in the position of being named a judge. That system may never present itself.

Pedestrian Killed in Ridgewood, Queens

More of the same for pedestrians on the increasingly dangerous streets of New York City. New York City was once widely regarded as a place you needed to have your head on a swivel at all times because of its fast pace and violent reputation. That was the '80's and 90's, when gangs, drug dealers and organized crime scared tourists away and made locals wary as they navigated their way through the city. Strollers have replaced shell casings and empty vials no longer line the curbs of city streets. New York City is thriving, perhaps like no other time. But there is still a very real threat looming.

Metro-North Crash Illustrates Limitations of Civil Justice System

Here we go again, another Metro North accident resulting in six deaths and many more serious injuries. This blog has delved into the flawed safety practices of Metro-North many times in the past and with good reason. Their failures have been well documented and have dramatically changed the lives of many victims and families.

Finnegan's Wake Bartender Narrowly Escapes His Own Funeral and Falling Tree

A bartender on Manhattan's Upper East Side narrowly escaped death when a large tree came crashing down on him during his evening shift earlier this week. According to the story in the Daily News, the bartender, a mainstay at beloved Finnegan's Wake on E. 73rd St., had just stepped out of the cellar on First Avenue when the tree fell from across the street. It came crashing down on top of him. The frightened bartender certainly had the luck of the Irish at his side that night. The largest portion of the tree trunk, which stretched all the way across East 73rd Street, missed him. If he had been struck the injuries would have certainly been catastrophic. Still, he did not get away unscathed, sustaining shoulder and facial injuries. The accident chilled many of the loyal patrons at this popular local saloon.

First Fatal Bicycle Accident of 2015

This blog has reported before about the dangers of sanitation trucks and the accidents they cause. The last blog post on garbage truck accidents appeared in July 2014. Sadly, another incident occurred in January and was reported in the New York Times on January 17. A bicyclist was struck and killed by a private sanitation truck in Long Island City, Queens on 41st Avenue near Vernon Boulevard. This was the first fatal bicycle accident in 2015.