According to news sources, a 24-year old British woman who lost her leg in a gruesome midtown car accident in August, 2013, announced late last year that she is suing the City of New York for $27.5 million.
Sian Green and her family were dismayed when the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced in November 2013, that there would be no criminal charges filed against the taxicab driver who hit Green, due to a lack of evidence that the driver intended to hit the victim. Sian Green maintains that Himon’s gross negligence caused the accident. In addition, her lawsuit alleges that the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission should have suspended Faysal Himon’s driver’s license before he caused the accident that resulted in the loss of her leg. Before the accident that injured Green, Faysal Himon had been charged with seven traffic violations and had acquired seven points on his license. Himon’s history of reckless driving should have resulted in the loss of his driver’s license, but a computer glitch prevented the Taxi and Limousine Commission from responding to Himon’s dangerous driving record and suspending his license.
New York City has several techniques in place to encourage people to commute via bicycle in order to reduce the strain on traffic clogged streets. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, these efforts have led to an average of 45,300 people utilizing their bikes as opposed to other commuting options during the summer months. Unfortunately, a rise in cyclists also means increased injuries, including the more than 4,200 people who were hurt on a bike in 2012. A recent lawsuit that has been filed by Ronald Corwin alleges that he was the victim of one of these injuries, and he is blaming the city and Citi Bike for the fact that he is now suffering from a permanent case of traumatic nerve palsy.
If you’ve been the victim of a bicycle accident, in which someone else’s recklessness or negligence may be responsible for your injuries, speak with a New York Personal Injury Lawyer, as you may be eligible to receive compensation.
New York may have more mass transit options compared to other cities, but particularly in Manhattan, a significant amount of travel is done in the taxicabs that have become synonymous with the City. And while the vast majority of taxi cab travel occurs without incident, some taxi trips can turn tragic. New Yorkers witnessed how grave the damage can be on August 20th, when a taxi jumped a curb and collided with a woman near Rockefeller Center, causing her to lose her left leg. Now, the woman — Sian Green, a 25-year-old visitor from Great Britain, plans to sue the City of New York, alleging the taxi driver should not have been permitted to drive a cab. Auto accidents are nothing new in New York City. However, the incident that caused the accident included a bicycle messenger with a long history of arrests and a taxi driver with several moving violations and an accident on his record. The question that only the courts can decide is: was the City negligent in issuing a taxi license to a driver with a bad safety record? If you find yourself in a situation involving an auto accident, contact a New York accident attorney that will fight to obtain a full and maximum settlement for you.
According to the woman’s attorney, the taxi cab driver at fault in the incident — Mohammed Faysal Himon, 24 — had seven points on his license and demonstrated a failure to keep pedestrians safe. A computer glitch in the Taxi and Limousine Commission’s system apparently allowed Himon to maintain his license, which ended up being a tragic mistake. Himon was driving near Rockefeller Center when he began jockeying for position with a bike messenger. Himon then lost control of the cab, causing it to lurch over the curb and collide violently with Green. In addition to losing her left leg, Green has severe nerve damage in her right leg and suffered a traumatic brain injury.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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