Bike vs. Car: Who is at fault for an accident?

According to the New York City Department of Transportation, there were 4,574 crashes involving bicycles and motor vehicles in New York City in 2016. More than a third of those crashes took place in Brooklyn. When there is an accident between a bicycle and a car, there is usually negligence involved. Since New York is a no-fault state for car accidents, under most circumstances, it doesn’t matter who was responsible for the accident. The driver’s car insurance will reimburse the cyclist for medical bills and some lost wages up to the limit of the driver’s policy. Read more

Distracted Driving and Serious Injury

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day approximately 9 people are killed, and 1,000 are injured as the result of distracted driving. Distracted driving is the state of driving your vehicle without devoting 100% of your focus to the task at hand. A distracted driver is trying to do two things at once, driving and, for instance, talking to a passenger, using a cell phone, disciplining children, or engaging with a car’s in-vehicle technology. Since these activities take away at least part of the driver’s focus, it becomes a dangerous situation Read more

Are Commercial Truck Drivers Receiving the Right Training?

Truck accidents are often far worse than a car accident because trucks are typically ten times the weight of a normal vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,986 people died in large truck accidents in 2016. Because of the high risk of injury trucks pose to other drivers, it makes sense that truck drivers would receive as much training as possible before they get on the road. This is not always the case. Instead, truckers are often underprepared for the long hours on the road and the difficulties of operating a large vehicle. Read more

Auto Accidents Caused by Defects

While most accidents are the result of driver error, there are a significant number of auto accidents caused by defective vehicles or parts. A defective vehicle or auto part can cause accidents and injuries despite a driver’s best efforts to reasonably maintain their vehicle. Someone who has been injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, may have the right to file a product liability claim against the vehicle’s manufacturer. Read more