New York State Targets Aggressive Driving

The pace of life continues to grow more hectic and one of the more disturbing trends we are seeing is an increase in aggressive driving. Frustrated drivers engage in risky behavior and confrontations often occur. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, one-third of all motor vehicle crashes, and two-thirds of the fatalities are […]

Taking a Fall

PATH station last winter because of falling ice, a wise decision to keep people safe until the ice could be cleared. Under premises liability law, property owners throughout the state are charged with maintaining premises that are safe. This means they must clear snow and ice and other hazards from the sidewalk within a reasonable […]

Biking Safely

Riding with traffic, riding single-file, signaling turns — all these are good habits of safe biking. In addition, bicyclists under age 14 are required by law to wear a helmet when biking or when riding as a passenger. But it is the smart biker who wears a helmet regardless of age. A properly fitted helmet […]

New York Construction Sites are Dangerous Places

One of the more memorable images of Superstorm Sandy is that of the dangling crane at 57th Street. While the city managed to secure the crane after it had dangled for six days, not all construction mishaps end so happily. Construction is a dangerous job. Workers are expected to do their jobs at extreme heights […]

Speeding and Speed-Tracking Cameras

Every year thousands of people are injured in car accidents. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2011, 32,367 people died and 2.22 million people were injured in motor vehicle crashes. In New York there were 1,169 car accident fatalities in 2011. Speeding is one of the leading causes of crashes. The […]

The Latest Call for New York Scaffolding Law Reform

The New York Scaffolding Law periodically undergoes attack. The law is the only one of its kind in the country and builders and insurers are once again calling for a repeal of the statute. A recent article in the New York City Real Estate News trade paper detailed the many problems that builders and insurers […]

Cell Phone and Texting Update

The next session of the New York State Legislature provides for consideration of a bill that will totally ban the use of cell phones while driving. The only exemption would be for calls in an emergency. This bill would be among the first in the nation to be considered. New York has a history of […]

New Procedures for Filing Notice of Claim

Filing a notice of claim with a governmental agency is a prerequisite to filing suit. Without proper notice, any subsequent lawsuit can be thrown out of court. The problem has been that every municipality, school district or public authority has its own rules for when and whom to serve. Too often legitimate claims have been […]