Single-Vehicle Accidents: Liability and Passenger Rights

By WRSMH on September 10, 2023

Woman looking stressed on the phone on the side of the road, behind her is her car crashed into the guardrail.

Automobile collisions that involve two or more vehicles are very dramatic, but single-vehicle accidents also do a lot of damage. In fact, thousands of injuries are caused by single-vehicle crashes every year, and most traffic accident fatalities result from these accidents.

If you were harmed in a single-vehicle crash as a passenger, it is in your best interest to speak with a NY car accident attorney as soon as possible. There are strict filing deadlines in these cases, and New York has complicated auto accident liability laws.

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Posted in: Auto Accident

How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawsuit Cost?

By WRSMH on August 30, 2023

Business people going over paperwork together

You have the right to seek compensation if somebody carelessly injures you, and you are a lot more likely to get a fair settlement if you have effective legal representation. However, many accident victims don’t have the resources they need to pay all the costs associated with filing a lawsuit. That’s why most personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis.

A contingency fee arrangement allows you to seek compensation for your losses without having to pay any upfront costs. It won’t cost you any money to file a lawsuit against the person who harmed you, and your attorney will only collect a fee if they win you a settlement.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Texas Ending Its Worksite Water Break Rules Was a Bad Idea

By WRSMH on August 20, 2023

Construction worker drinks water from a water bottle.

It gets awfully hot in Texas during the summertime, so you would probably assume that people living in such a harsh climate would be particularly sensitive to the needs of those working in the hot sun. But that’s not the way things work in Texas.

Recently, Governor Greg Abbott signed legislation that overturns local laws providing mandatory water breaks for workers in Texas. This is a harsh and mean-spirited law that threatens the health and safety of construction workers.

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Causes and Prevention for Construction Site Crane Accidents

By WRSMH on August 10, 2023

Cranes working on a new construction site.

Life in New York would be impossible without construction workers. The men and women employed in the construction trades built this city, and they are constantly working to keep everything up and running.

Cranes are an essential piece of machinery that can be found on construction sites. They are used for lifting and moving heavy or bulk construction materials. Several types of accidents occur on construction sites when cranes are defective, poorly maintained, or improperly used. That’s why construction companies must provide crane operators and other employees with essential safety training and create additional safeguards to prevent crane accidents.

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How Electric Vehicles Pose a Fire Threat to Buildings

By WRSMH on July 30, 2023

Public charging points in a row on the street.

Building fires are a devastating occurrence that can lead to immense property damage, personal injury, and in worst-case scenarios, loss of life. Recently, an emerging cause of these fires has been linked to electric vehicles (EVs), specifically issues such as battery failure or charging station malfunctions.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

What Are “Loss of Consortium” Claims in New York State?

By WRSMH on July 20, 2023

Sad young woman crying in her bedroom at home. Mental health concept.

In personal injury law, “loss of consortium” is a term that carries a significant impact. It refers to the deprivation of familial benefits due to injuries caused by another’s negligence.

Understanding this term and its implications is crucial for anyone involved in a personal injury claim. It plays a significant role in determining the compensation received for injuries sustained. This plainly underscores the importance of having an experienced New York personal injury attorney who understands these nuances and can effectively argue for the rightful inclusion of such claims in any settlement or judgment.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Injuries from Wheelbarrows and Other Hand-Propelled Vehicles

By WRSMH on July 10, 2023

Home repair. Removal of debris, concrete blocks and bricks from the bottom of a roof - terrace. Worker with orange reflective jacket and shovel in his hand

Wheelbarrows and hand-propelled vehicles have been identified as leading causes of construction site injuries. Overexertion, a common occurrence when handling these vehicles, was reported to affect 48.3 per 10,000 full-time construction laborers in 2020. These injuries can significantly impact workers’ lives and livelihoods, causing physical harm and potential loss of income.

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How Scaffolding on Wheels Can Sometimes Be Dangerous

By WRSMH on June 30, 2023

Buildings surrounded by scaffolds in New York

Proper scaffolding practices are essential in preventing accidents and injuries on construction sites. Employers and contractors are legally obligated to provide a safe working environment for their employees and adhere to relevant safety regulations for using mobile scaffolds.

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Big-Rig Truck Blind Spots and the Accidents That Result

By WRSMH on June 20, 2023

Silver big rig crashed

Blind spots are areas around a vehicle where the driver has limited or no visibility, making it difficult to see other vehicles, pedestrians, or obstacles. In the case of big-rig trucks, these blind spots can be much larger due to the size and design of the truck. These areas typically include the following specific zones:

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Posted in: Truck Accident

Why Drivers Often Have a Hard Time Spotting Motorcyclists

By WRSMH on June 10, 2023

Motorcycle with no rider parked with a cityscape behind it.

Motorcycle accidents are unfortunately common, and this is mainly due to drivers not spotting motorcyclists on the road. Factors contributing to this issue include motorcyclist size and visibility, driver inattention, lack of motorcycle awareness, blind spots, speed perception, and road conditions.

Personal injury attorneys play a major role in advocating for motorcyclist safety and providing legal resources for those involved in accidents.

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Posted in: Motorcycle Accident