Independent research from multiple organizations has shed light on the dangers of distracted driving – specifically, due to cell phones. Based on this research and the growing issue of distracted driving accidents among truckers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has outright banned commercial truck drivers from holding a cell phone in their hands at any time while driving. In addition, several states, including New York, have their own strict laws on cell phone use. Despite these regulations and the ever-present danger of distracted driving, truck drivers can still skirt the rules and put everyone on the road at risk.
Say you were injured in a hospital. The staff may rush to rectify the issue promptly. While you definitely deserve quick and efficient medical treatment, you may also find yourself receiving calls or visits from the hospital’s attorneys. This is because the hospital wants to determine how much liability they hold for your injuries. If possible, they may immediately offer you a settlement to keep you from filing a lawsuit. While this may seem like a godsend, you should always consider speaking to a lawyer first.
New York is a no-fault state, meaning each driver must file against their own insurance company after an accident, no matter who was at fault. However, Article 51 of New York’s Insurance Laws, which defines no-fault insurance in New York, has extremely specific language. Under this law, motorcycles are treated as separate vehicles altogether when compared to cars, trucks, and buses. As a result of this categorization, New York’s no-fault insurance laws do not apply to motorcyclists, which can drastically impact your ability to receive compensation after a motorcycle accident.
As we near the end of a trying year, it is important to look back at our accomplishments and achievements. Here at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, each of our attorneys and staff excels at delivering outstanding case results for our clients, and we are extremely honored when one of our attorney’s skill is recognized.
Following the death of a loved one, a family can easily be devastated under the weight of financial insecurity. Many homes in New York require each family member to work full-time jobs to make rent, pay for household expenses, and raise children. The resulting financial fallout of a death can completely change the course of an entire family.
If you want to file a claim after a car crash, collecting evidence of the other guy’s negligence is key. While a police report, accident photos, and medical expert opinions are invaluable, hard evidence that shows the accident occurring in real-time can prove incredibly useful.
Built on the strength and culture of immigrants, New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world. As such, it is home to hundreds of thousands of undocumented workers who provide much-needed services throughout the city. Unfortunately, when injured, they often are afraid to come forward to seek medical treatment, much less to file a claim for damages against a negligent or reckless person.
Speedy, efficient, and thorough garbage pickup is absolutely necessary in a city as packed and busy as New York, but only if done safely. Garbage trucks are heavy, powerful vehicles that can cause serious damage in an auto accident, and they are even more dangerous if a pedestrian is involved. Given how many New Yorkers walk to and from work or jog for exercise, drivers should be keenly aware of everyone around them at all times. Otherwise, the everyday jogger could be severely injured in an accident.
When you first consider filing a claim for damages, you may begin wondering how much money you can receive. Most people relate this to how much they have lost due to an injury, such as the medical bills they wouldn’t have had to pay if they weren’t injured. In addition, victims can also seek out lost wages from time off work and property, but most are not even aware that lost earning capacity can be included.
As we inch steadily towards a new year, the team at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, continue to work tirelessly through the holiday season to give our clients the very best in legal aid. The dedication and commitment each of our lawyers exemplifies has not gone unnoticed, as Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, has once again been listed in the 2021 Edition of the Best Law Firms.