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August 2016 Archives

Construction Worker Tragically Killed On Set Of "Blade Runner" Movie Sequel

We are following the tragic story of a 28 year old construction worker who was killed last Friday, August 26th, in Budapest. The accident occurred when the young man, whose name has not yet been released, was dismantling a set during the filming of the sequel of the 1982 action move "Blade Runner". Reportedly, the worker was taking down a platform, when it suddenly collapsed and fell onto him. The precise cause of the incident has yet to be determined.

FDNY Ambulance Kills Gen Zhan, 81 Year Old Man, In East Village Crash

Gen Zhan, 81, was hit and killed by an FDNY ambulance as he was walking across a street in the East Village section of Manhattan. Zhan was walking north on East 14th Street at the intersection of Second Avenue. He was reportedly in the crosswalk and was hit by an ambulance that was making a left turn. The ambulance was en route to a non-priority call. A non-priority call indicates the ambulance should be proceeding without lights and sirens. This will undoubtedly be a crucial detail in the investigation.

How are commercial vehicle drivers held accountable for fatigued driving? P.1

In our previous post, we began looking at the issue of drowsy or fatigued driving. As we noted, drowsiness can be a significant source of impairment and all drivers have a responsibility to ensure they are adequately rested before they get behind the wheel. All drivers are expected to exercise reasonable care in operating a motor vehicle, and part of that is ensuring they are alert enough to drive.

Drowsy driving: a serious safety concern on the road

Roadway safety is an issue that concerns everybody who regularly drives a motor vehicle, and that is most of us. There are a great many risks involved in getting behind the wheel. Some of the major ones include drunken driving, distracted driving, and aggressive driving or road rage. Another area of safety concern that doesn't seem to get as much attention as it should is drowsy driving.

Stephen J. Murphy Named to Prestigious 'Best Lawyers' List

'Best Lawyers', the most respected consumer guide to the premier lawyers in the legal profession, has once again recognized Stephen J. Murphy for his outstanding legal skills. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, given to lawyers who bring honor to their profession and respective field of practice. The award is given to attorneys who receive the highest acclaim from their peers. The list was compiled by conducting an exhaustive evaluation of leading lawyers by surveying their colleagues, adversaries and judges. The list of the "most respected attorneys in practice" has been called the "best" indicator of who the top attorneys are in their area of practice and a "cut above" other lists.

Daniel P. O'Toole Named to Prestigious 'Best Lawyers' List

'Best Lawyers', the most respected consumer guide to the most accomplish lawyers in the legal profession, has once again recognized Daniel P. O'Toole for his outstanding legal work. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, given to lawyers who bring honor to their profession and respective field of practice. The award is given to attorneys who receive the highest acclaim from their peers. The list was compiled by conducting an exhaustive evaluation of leading lawyers by surveying their colleagues, adversaries and judges. The list of the "most respected attorneys in practice" has been called the "best" indicator of who the top attorneys are in their area of practice and a "cut above" other lists.

Jeffrey A. Block Named To Prestigious 'Best Lawyers' List

'Best Lawyers', the most respected consumer guide to the most accomplish lawyers in the legal profession, has once again recognized Jeffrey A. Block for his outstanding legal work. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded as a significant honor, given to lawyers who bring honor to their profession and respective field of practice. The award is given to attorneys who receive the highest acclaim from their peers. The list was compiled by conducting an exhaustive evaluation of leading lawyers by surveying their colleagues, adversaries and judges. The list of the "most respected attorneys in practice" has been called the "best" indicator of who the attorneys are in their area of practice and a "cut above" other lists.

Summer Heat: What Construction Workers Need To Know

Construction work will often take place during nicer weather. It makes sense. It is much easier to work outside when you don't have to navigate rain, sleet, snow and ice. However, as we make our way through the dog days of summer, it is important to note that construction workers face dangers imposed upon them by 'Mother Nature.' August temperatures in New York have hovered around or above 90°. During the construction boom these elevated temperatures can lead to serious construction accidents. Everyone needs to be careful.

Looking at New York's pure comparative negligence doctrine, P.2

We began looking in our last post at the topic of comparative negligence. As we noted, New York uses the minority approach known as pure comparative negligence, which does not bar a plaintiff from recovering damages based on how at fault he or she is determined to be for the accident.

Construction Worker Hospitalized After Three-Story Fall in Brooklyn

The Construction Accident Lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy (Lawyers Experienced in Helping Construction Workers and their Families) continue to document how construction site falls remain a serious problem in New York City.

Looking at New York's pure comparative negligence doctrine

Last time, we looked briefly at some of the obligations cyclists have on the roadway. These obligations include, among other things, the duty to obey traffic lights and signs, to move to the side of the road out of the way of traffic, and so on.

What obligations do motorists, cyclists have on the roadway?

Previously, we began speaking about the issue of roadway sharing between cyclists and motorists. As we noted, both motorists and cyclists have the right to be on the road and both have the duty to respect one another's rights and follow all traffic laws.

Bad Actors In The Construction Industry Face Increased Fines

The construction industry gets a bad rap because of a small percentage of companies that fail to take worker safety seriously. As Construction Accident Attorneys (Lawyers With Hardhats: http://www.blockotoole.com/Attorneys/) , we get a front row seat and watch the same movie, with the same actors, over and over again. The common thread in many serious construction accidents is that the party responsible is an outfit that has ignored basic worker safety rules and regulations time and time again.

Cyclists face ongoing safety challenges on the road, in the justice system

New York City, like many metro areas, is a hotspot for cyclists. Cycling, of course, continues to remain a popular sport and commuting method for many people, and its popularity continues to increase as Americans try to reduce dependency on motor vehicles. In fact, the number of cyclists in the United States increased over 62 percent between 2000 and 2013, according to the League of American Bicyclists.