NYC Traffic Fatalities on the Rise

Posted on November 26, 2013 by

New York City has long held a reputation as a high crime place. But recent statistics show that violent crimes, specifically murders, are on the decline. According to the Mayor’s Office, the city has seen a 26% decrease in murders from this point last year. Whether you believe these statistics or not , most New Yorkers agree that the number of deaths due to violence has definitely decreased from the mid eighties to the early nineties. There is more that can make a city dangerous than the just the murder rate. Car accidents and traffic fatalities continue to be a scary reality in Brooklyn. In the span of one week in October, six people were killed in traffic accidents in NYC- including a 64 year old man, mowed down by a hit and run driver in Brooklyn. A Brooklyn auto accident attorney can protect you and your family and fight for maximum compensation due to the other person’s negligence.

At 64 years old, the victim was a year away from retiring from his job and enjoying a time of financial stability for himself and his family. With his untimely death, so many questions remain for his surviving family- how will they pay for their mortgage? The funeral? College for their children? In situations like these, the importance of having an experienced attorney on your side to answer your questions and fight for your rights is vital. With the number of traffic fatalities on the rise, knowing your options for an auto accident attorney is important to protecting yourself in the event of an accident. What would happen if you were in an auto accident and couldn’t work or pay your bills? Wouldn’t you want a dedicated, aggressive, attorney to fight for you?

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Taxi Cab Accidents: Common in NYC?

Posted on November 4, 2013 by

With more than 8 million people, New York is the city with the largest population in the United States. It is also one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the world as almost 50 million visitors come to the city each year. New York is home to more than 13,000 yellow taxis, but it is not always easy to find one when you need it. Unfortunately, some taxi cab drivers in New York City drive dangerously; therefore, it is important for the city to enforce rules and standards on taxi cab drivers.

New York City taxi accidents occur frequently. The accidents might involve pedestrians, bicycles or other vehicles. Each year, almost 5,000 accidents involving cabs are reported in New York City. Many of these accidents are due to competing taxi cabs, two cabs “dueling” for the same fare, distracted drivers or cell phone usage by drivers which despite it being illegal is still common. Many of these accidents result in serious injury or death. The injury and fatality rate is higher than regular cars because many people who ride in taxi cabs fail to wear a seat belt. If you’ve been in an accident where your taxi driver was driving recklessly, you should contact a New York car accident lawyer. The same is true if you are a pedestrian struck by a recklessly driven cab.

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Inadequate Security in NYC Housing Projects

Posted on October 23, 2013 by

Safety is a necessity, not a luxury that only those who can afford it are entitled to. A recent article in the New York Times, indicated that a large number of New Yorkers are targets of crime in their own apartment buildings. Due to inadequate security in the Housing Authority projects all over New York City, an increasing number of crimes are taking place in the elevators in these apartment complexes. Victims are not only victims of these physical crimes, but also of landlord negligence and inadequate security. People have a right to feel safe in their own building. If you a loved one has been a victim of an assault or rape in a NYC Housing Project or other apartment building , you should contact an inadequate security / Premise Liability attorney who can help you obtain justice and financial compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering ,lost wages or medical bills. Additionally, if you were injured due to a malfunctioning elevator, a slippery or a broken floor, a collapsed ceiling or wall, Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum is experienced in recovering full and fair compensation for those who have suffered serious injuries in these cases.

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Car Fleeing Police Hits MTA Bus, Leaves 38 Injured

Posted on October 7, 2013 by

Residents of major cities such as New York rely on public transportation to get them where they need to go. The millions of trips that are taken every day on New York’s subways and buses are safe and completed uneventfully. On rare occasions, however, accidents and injuries do occur. A recent incident in Brooklyn highlights the risks of injury that can happen while riding public transit. If you have been the victim of an accident involving an MTA vehicle or private bus, contact a New York MTA attorney.

The bus was struck by a Camaro at an intersection in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Two people in the Camaro were fleeing police when they ran a stop sign and broadsided the bus, injuring at least 38 passengers. All were taken to areas hospitals for treatment and 12 of the bus passengers were seriously injured.

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Construction Accident Liability

Posted on September 27, 2013 by

There are immense dangers in working at a construction site. While there has been progress to protect the health and lives of construction workers over the past decade, construction workers are still faced with real injury risk on the job.

There are safety precautions taken into account, such as planning and new equipment, hard hats and steel toe boots, but it is simply not enough. During any given year, there are a multitude of construction related injuries, and in some cases, there are fatalities associated with this line of work as well. If you or a family member has been involved in a construction related work accident, you should contact an experienced construction accident lawyer.

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Reckless Taxi Drivers Endanger New Yorkers and Visitors to NYC

Posted on September 6, 2013 by

A horrific taxi cab accident at 49th Street and Sixth Avenue cost a 23-year-old British tourist her foot. This is a horrible tragedy. How did it happen? What can be learned from this catastrophic event?

Most importantly, always be aware of your surroundings. Even listening to your iPod while walking on a street can prevent you from hearing the squeal of tires or footsteps of someone approaching from behind you. Sometimes your split second reaction to an unexpected sound can save you from bodily harm.

If you’ve been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact a New York personal injury attorney.

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Dangerous Driving Speeds in Brooklyn and the Bronx

Posted on August 23, 2013 by

A 23-year-old driver recently died after crashing his BMW while speeding in Brooklyn. According to a witness, the man was going 70 or 80 miles an hour, when he hit a dip in the road and his car buckled and spun out of control. The car hit anything in its path, including a van it crushed that was parked on the street. This type of accident is unfortunately not that uncommon in Brooklyn or the Bronx.

A recent study revealed that an astonishing 88% of Brooklyn  drivers regularly ignore the city’s 30-mph posted speed limit and a third of those do so in excess of 10-mph over the posted limit.  As a result, Kings and Bronx County traffic conditions led to the highest fatality numbers in the city, and traffic related injuries account for 13% of total injuries within the entire Empire State. If you’ve been in an accident in Brooklyn or the Bronx, contact a knowledgeable New York auto accident attorney.

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Landlord negligence & building code enforcement: a matter of life or death

Posted on August 9, 2013 by

The tragic death of a 35-year-old woman, who fell to her death while leaning or sitting on an East 57th St. apt balcony, recently could have been prevented if the balcony had been “up to code”. In other words, the building owners (landlords) who had been cited for violations previously could have prevented this death if they had promptly corrected the violations. Instead, a young woman has left a heart broken family and devastated friends behind to mourn her unnecessary loss.

Every balcony at the prewar building on East 57th Street, including the one where the young advertising executive sat, was “deemed defective or not up to code,” a law-enforcement source said. “They weren’t strong enough to hold her up,” said another law-enforcement source. “All of the apartment balconies were defective or not up to code.” Continue reading

Common Causes of Car Accidents and the Compensation You Might Obtain

Posted on July 29, 2013 by

Of the many types of accidents that a person can be involved in, by far the most likely is a car accident. In fact, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, millions of car accidents happen annually, with around 10.8 million occurring in 2009. In 2010, 32,885 caused fatalities. 32% involved drunk driving, 31% involved speeding, 16 % were caused by “distractions” & 11% by bad weather. 52 % were driver fatalities & 20 % were passenger fatalities.

While some of these car accidents were the result of uncontrollable factors, such as inclement weather, most were  automobile accidents that occurred  due to the negligence or reckless actions of other drivers. Sadly, many reckless and negligent actions  of the other parties cause innocent people to be injured or die in serious auto accidents. Continue reading

What to do if you’ve been the Victim of an Accident in Brooklyn

Posted on July 11, 2013 by

If you’ve been involved in a  car accident, been hurt on the job or have sustained any sort of personal injury due to an accident that was no fault of your own, it’s important to understand that you are a victim. Having expert legal representation on your side is a protection that is worth your time and energy and will guarantee that you have someone fighting for your rights. Insurance companies are well known for taking advantage of people that are unfamiliar with their rights and different aspects of what the law warrants.

When victims don’t have experienced, knowledgeable lawyers on their side to ensure that they get the maximum compensation and medical care that they deserve, they can easily be shorted through quick, forced settlements. Insurance companies often use intimidating tactics and legal jargon to unsettle victims and scare them into signing quick settlements that aren’t beneficial to them. Don’t become a victim twice over. Protect yourself! Call a car accident lawyer. Continue reading

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