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Monday, July 13, 2015

Cyclists’ Deaths On The Rise In New York City

By Louis Grandelli
Posted in Car Accidents

Earlier today, a cyclist was killed in Brooklyn near the Barclays Center during rush hour. The accident involved at least other two motor vehicles in addition to the bicycle and there may be other injuries. As reported by the New York Times, at least two people were taken to the Methodist Hospital.  It remains unclear exactly…

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New York City’s Right of Way Law May Soon Exempt Taxi, Livery, and Bus Drivers

By Louis Grandelli

New York City’s Right of Way law, which makes it a misdemeanor for a driver to fail to yield to a pedestrian or cyclist with the right of way and injures them as a result, may soon have a significant exception. The State Senate recently voted 54-6 to pass a bill exempting taxi, livery, and…

Friday, June 26, 2015

Red Does Not Mean Go

By Louis Grandelli
Posted in Car Accidents

Despite the Mayor’s Vision Zero initiative, New York City continues to be plagued by drivers running red lights and causing injuries and deaths in motor vehicle accidents and pedestrian knockdowns. While the New York City Department of Transportation reports that the average red light infractions captured by red light cameras has decreased by 85 percent…

Friday, June 12, 2015

Strict DUI Penalties Take Drunk Drivers Off The Road

By Louis Grandelli
Posted in Car Accidents

On September 25, 2012, new laws were established in the state of New York that introduced significantly harsher penalties for those with multiple alcohol or drugged-driving related convictions or incidents. Over the last 3 years, these new laws have clearly made a significant impact. Recently, the New York Post has reported that, since the stricter…

Friday, June 5, 2015

New Yorkers Run An Alarming 10% Of Red Lights

By Louis Grandelli

As the temperature climbs in New York City, so do incidents of aggressive driving and road rage. A recent study examined the habits of drivers in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens over a six week period in April and May of this year. The study was entitled “For Many New York City Motorists a…

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

“New GM” Escapes Liability on Pre-2009 Defective Ignition Switch Lawsuits

By Louis Grandelli
Posted in Car Accidents

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…

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

LONG ISLAND LEADING NEW YORK STATE IN DRINKING AND DRIVING DEATHS

By Louis Grandelli

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. Staten Island led…

Friday, April 3, 2015

JURY AWARDS $150 MILLION TO FAMILY OF BOY KILLED IN CAR CRASH DUE TO JEEP DEFECT

By Louis Grandelli

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…

Friday, March 20, 2015

2 Dead In Staten Island Motor Vehicle Accident on West Shore Expressway

By Louis Grandelli

A motor vehicle accident early Friday morning, March 20, 2015, left two people dead in Staten Island, New York and several others injured. The collision was between a tractor-trailer and a black Honda Civic near the Arthur Kill Road exit on the West Shore Expressway. Reports indicate that the Honda was traveling north in the southbound…

Friday, December 26, 2014

Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Street

By Louis Grandelli

Everyone knows that you are supposed to look both ways before crossing the street. But that is not your only responsibility as a pedestrian. Even if you look both ways before stepping off a curb, and you are hit by a car, bus, or other vehicle while crossing the street, a jury may find that…

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