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A tragic New York car accident took the life of a motorcyclist in Brooklyn recently.  According to news reports, an SUV driver was traveling south and stopped for a funeral procession that was traveling east.  The driver moved forward after all of the vehicles in the procession had passed, but he reportedly had a red light by that time.  The motorcyclist, who reportedly had the green light, crashed into the SUV.

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A 15-year-old girl has reportedly been charged in the deaths of three other teens in a tragic New York accident.  According to news articles, there were nine teens and an 18-month-old child in the vehicle.  Articles state the vehicle was reported stolen, but the owner is the parent of one of the teens.  The teens who were killed were reportedly not wearing their seat belts.
This accident shows the tragedy that can occur when …

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An automobile is an important tool, but it can also be a dangerous weapon. Fortunately, most people do not intend to hurt others with their vehicles. New York car accident attorneys know, however, that road rage can be dangerous, not just to the people involved in the altercation but to others on the roadway. When people think of road rage, they may think of yelling or a driver exiting a vehicle to assault someone. Some drivers, however, may use the …

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. New York motorcycle accident attorneys know that the road can be a dangerous place for motorcyclists. Motorcycles are less visible than automobiles. Additionally, when there is an accident, motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured or killed than the driver of the automobile.
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles suggests a number of reasons that motorcycles are less visible than automobiles. Motorcycles are smaller, which also makes …

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When people think of automobile accidents, they often think of a collision between two vehicles. Perhaps they think of a vehicle striking a pedestrian or a bicyclist. They probably do not think of a car slamming into the wall of a restaurant and injuring people inside. New York car accident attorneys know, however, that people may suffer serious injuries in an automobile accident even if they believe they are safely indoors.
According to reports, a …

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Police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and tow truck drivers face significant risks when they stop along the roadway to provide aid. New York, like many states, has a Move Over Law to protect emergency personnel on or near the road. In New York, drivers must exercise due care to avoid colliding with an emergency or hazard vehicle that is parked or stopped on the shoulder or highway with its emergency lights displayed. On a parkway or a controlled access highway, …

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Parties to lawsuits have some obligation to preserve or to not destroy evidence. If a party improperly destroys evidence, the other party may seek sanctions for “spoliation” of that evidence. The destruction does not have to be intentional. A court may still issue sanctions for spoliation of evidence that was negligently lost or destroyed. If a court determines the evidence was intentionally or willfully destroyed, it presumes the relevance of the evidence. If it was negligently destroyed, the party seeking …

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Sometimes a city or another government entity is at fault for a person’s injuries, but suing the government can be complicated. Whether a city can be held liable often depends on the nature of the act or omission that caused the injury. The city is “immune” from liability for actions taken for the protection and safety of the public, or “governmental functions.” If the city is engaged in activities that would traditionally be performed by private enterprises, it is engaged …

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In a New York car accident case, a plaintiff must show that he or she was injured and that the injuries were proximately caused by the accident. It is not enough to show that there was an accident and that the plaintiff has injuries; the plaintiff must also show that the accident was the proximate cause of the injuries. If a plaintiff has suffered previous injuries or has a condition in the same area of the body, the defendant will …

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Generally, an employer may be held liable for the negligence of its employees when they are acting within the scope of their employment. This theory of liability is known as respondeat superior. Respondeat superior applies when the negligent person is an employee, but it generally does not apply to independent contractors. The question of whether a person is an independent contractor or an employee turns on whether the purported employer exercises control over either the means or the results. The …

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