This week at the Detroit Auto Show, General Motors announced its intention to roll out a new generation of driverless motor vehicles by 2019. These new self-driving cars, which lack steering wheels and pedals, will be deployed as ride-hailing vehicles in numerous cities throughout the United States. Whether or not GM's driverless cars will be able to hit the road in 2019 remains to be seen, as the company must successfully petition the federal government for exemptions from certain federal regulations which, as currently written, only apply to human-operated motor vehicles.
The winter can be dangerous. Sometimes sidewalks are covered in sheets of ice, snow and sleet. Many times we find ourselves with nowhere safe to walk without risking slipping and falling, which could result in significant bodily injuries. Our office has had many successes in holding property owners responsible for their failure to provide pathways clear of ice and snow for pedestrians.
On Sunday, November 19th, a scaffold in Lower Manhattan collapsed, injuring six people. Bystanders rushed to clear wooden planks and metal sheets off of two people near the intersection of Broadway and Prince Street. One witness to the incident recalls seeing the collapse which sent wooden beams tumbling down to the street near the "R" and "W" trains' subway stop.
BMW was recently forced to recall over 1 million cars and SUVs due to faulty crankcase heaters. According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the heater, which is used to prevent the positive crankcase ventilation valve from freezing, was found to have manufacturing irregularities. BMW stated that valve wiring and connectors can corrode, resulting in fires.
According to a recent study released by the University of Utah, driver's utilizing their car's built-in navigation system are more distracting than driver's who are texting. Driving while using other in-vehicle information systems such as MP3 players, radios, cellphones, and messaging devices, is equally as dangerous, the study found.
On Monday, two buses collided in a major motor vehicle accident that killed three people and left many others injured. Video taken at the intersection of Main Street and Northern Boulevard in Flushing, Queens, shows a Dahlia Travel charter bus speeding through a red light at 58 miles an hour and crashing into the rear end of a New York City bus at around 6:15 a.m.
A recent report shows that Staten Island ranks first among New York's five boroughs in dog bites per capita. In 2014, every 64 out of 100,000 residents of Staten Island were bitten by dogs, contributing to 6,373 trips to the emergency-room throughout the City.
On the last day of the regular legislative session this year, both the New York State Assembly and Senate passed a bill that would help victims of cancer misdiagnoses hold negligent doctors and hospitals accountable. The legislation is a version of what has been called "Lavern's Law", after Lavern Wilkinson.
A 60-year-old woman was struck and killed by a sanitation truck in Greenwich Village, New York, this week. According to the New York Post, the woman was crossing Sixth Avenue at its intersection with West 8th Street at the time. She was dragged under the truck and crushed by its tires.
The Law Office of Louis Grandelli, P.C. is pleased to announce that Leigh Eskenasi has been named as a Partner at the firm. Mr. Eskenasi started with the firm in 2006 as an associate. For more than a decade Mr. Eskenasi has contributed to the firm's success in representing plaintiffs that have suffered serious personal injuries and even death.