Every day millions of people ride the New York City subway system. Many more take the Long Island Railroad, Staten Island Rapid Transit and the Metro-North systems to commute to work or to travel. However, this mode of transportation carries with it the risk of falling into gap between the train and the platform, which can lead to serious and permanent injuries, including death.
A recent ruling by Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber has shielded General Motors from liability for its actions regarding its cover up of ignition switch defects from before it's emergence from the company's 2009 bankruptcy. As a result, a person involved in an accident as a result of the ignition switch defect can only sue if the accident happened after GM's exit from bankruptcy.
According to the Robert Wood John Foundation's 2015 County Health Rankings, Long Island has the dubious distinction of leading New York State in drunk driving related fatalities. From 2009-2013, there were 273 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in Nassau County (109) and Suffolk County (164), more than three times the next closest county in New York.
Earlier this week, almost two years after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compelled Chrysler to recall more than 1.5 million vehicles due to a gas tank issue, a jury in Georgia awarded $150 million dollars to the family of a four-year-old boy who was killed when his aunt's 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee burst into flames after being struck from behind by another vehicle.