Private Garbage Truck Accidents

In New York City residential trash is hauled away by the Department of Sanitation, which is composed of unionized trash collectors who follow compact routes. The thousands of businesses throughout the city, however, rely on the services of the more than 250 private sanitation companies driving to customers scattered around the city. Private garbage trucks can be dangerous. Over the past two years, accidents involving private garbage trucks have doubled. A report from Transform Don’t Trash NYC found that the top 20 private garbage companies had 67 crashes in the last two years. There are many factors that have led to Read more

Auto Accidents and “Serious Injury”

In New York City there are hundreds of auto accidents every day. In Brooklyn alone, there were 5,977 motor vehicle collisions over a one-month period. Most of these accidents result in minor injuries that can be handled through a driver’s car insurance. Under New York’s No-fault Insurance Law a person injured in a car accident will be reimbursed by a driver’s insurance for medical expenses, some lost wages, and other expenses regardless of who is at fault for the crash. New York law requires insurance coverage up to $50,000 per person. Read more

National Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week begins September 23, 2018. Car accidents are the leading cause of death for children. In 2015, 663 children aged 12 or younger died in a motor vehicle crash. Properly securing children in safety seats and seat restraints can go a long way in protecting children in a car accident. Car seat use reduces the risk of deaths to infants by 71%. For older children, booster seat use decreases the risk by 45%, and the use of seatbelts decreases the risk of death or serious injury by half. It is clear that safety seats and seatbelts save lives. Read more

Self-driving Cars and the Future of Accidents

In March, a woman in Arizona died after being struck by a self-driving car operated by Uber. This incident marked the first time a self-driving car had killed a pedestrian. The car was traveling at approximately 40 miles per hour at the time of the collision and did not appear to slow down once the pedestrian entered the roadway. This incident sparked debate over the safety of self-driving cars. Read more