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Safe Driving in the Holiday Season


Posted on December 20, 2017 by

Holiday car accidents can really take the joy out of the Christmas season. But with winter weather and people drinking and driving, it’s something you need to be concerned about. This is the deadliest season to be driving, so if you must be out on the roads this time of year, make sure you drive safely.

The holidays can be hectic, but instead of speeding on the roadways, slow down and take a little extra time to get to your destination. Here are some other tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season, as well as sometimes to avoid driving.

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The Dangers of Slipping on Black Ice


Posted on December 11, 2017 by

This time of year is dangerous when it comes to walking and driving. Winter weather conditions can lead to icy sidewalks and roads. These can be dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. Cars and bicycles have no traction on ice, while pedestrians can slip and fall on ice and suffer back and head injuries and even die.

Not everyone can see black ice, which makes it especially dangerous. Black ice forms in rainy weather, when the air’s surface is at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The rain freezes once it hits the ground, creating ice. When the ice or snow melts and then freezes again, it creates black ice.

Read on to learn about where to find black ice, how to stay safe and what the law says about liability for slipping on ice injuries.

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Can I Sue my Landlord for Bedbugs?


Posted on November 27, 2017 by

In a word, yes. You absolutely can sue your landlord if there are bedbugs in your apartment – provided you follow the correct protocol for reporting the infestation beforehand. This type of lawsuit is known as a landlord negligence claim. With one, a tenant can claim that their landlord failed to adhere to the implied warranty of habitability. A few important components of this legal requirement are:

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What Can I Do as a Passenger in a Rideshare Accident?


Posted on November 20, 2017 by

Rideshare companies like Uber, Lyft, and Juno have changed how people in the United States and around the world get around. Before, your transportation options in New York City were generally:

  • Walk
  • Take the subway
  • Ride a bus
  • Hail a yellow cab

Each of these has its pros and cons. One of the greatest cons of riding a cab is its high price. Now, rideshare cars permeate the roadways, giving carless New Yorkers a fast, affordable alternative to the options above.

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Wet Floor Safety Regulations


Posted on October 27, 2017 by

Wet floors can be a scary situation for employees and customers alike. After all, wet floors are the most common cause of slips, trips, and falls. They also cause 15 percent of all accidental deaths.

If you’re an employee, a resident or a property manager, it’s important to understand wet floor regulations so that you can take action if you have been a victim of a slip and fall.

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Stair Accidents: Unsafe Stairways and Identifying Negligence


Posted on October 14, 2017 by

Slips and falls are common accidents. They can happen in stairways, parking lots, hallways, elevators, escalators, apartment buildings, supermarkets and even private properties. Broken stairs and steps are often a common cause of slips and falls.

Stairways are not as safe as you think. Believe it or not, there are about two dozen ways in which stairs and steps can be dangerous. The next time you have to climb steps, you’ll want to think twice before you get too confident and start skipping steps or running down the stairway.

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What Does The City Cyclist Boom Mean for NYC?


Posted on September 22, 2017 by

The Summer of Hell ended for New Yorkers on September 5, after eight weeks spent repairing train tracks at Penn Station. During this time, commuters had to find new routes to work including multiple train transfers, and for some even resorting to ferrying to work, adding an extra hour or two to commute times.

Before the Summer of Hell started, MTA officials urged commuters to try alternative transportation options, including ferries and buses. With the City’s increased focus on bike lanes and the institution of Citi Bike, some commuters ditched the subway and started riding their bike to work.

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Electrocution Accidents at NYC Construction Sites


Posted on September 14, 2017 by

When you think of construction accidents, the things that come to mind may include machinery accidents, power tool injuries or falls. However, one of the most common construction accidents is electrocution. In the United States, electrocution is the fourth most common cause of death among construction workers.

Electrocution often leads to critical injuries and even death. Read on to learn how electrocution affects construction workers in New York.

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Is There a Light At The End of Our Summer of Hell?


Posted on August 17, 2017 by

July 10 marked the beginning of Summer of Hell in New York City. Originally the Summer of Hell was coined to describe line shut downs, schedule changes, and Penn Station chaos that’s the result of a long overdue 8-week repair project to many commuter rail lines that use Penn as a hub. These upgrades are slated to end on September 1, and so far, there looks to be a light at the end of the tunnel. In recent weeks, however, citizens have been woefully aware of the horrible conditions of their city’s subway system and a new Summer of Hell has begun to take shape.

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What is Comparative Negligence?


Posted on August 15, 2017 by

If you have been injured in a New York car accident, the amount of compensation you can expect to receive will come down to one word: negligence. Basically, negligence refers to someone acting in a careless manner and causing injury to another person. While it seems so simple, it’s much more complicated in the eyes of the law.

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