Weather conditions often play a role in car crashes. If drivers do not properly accommodate for such conditions, accidents and injuries may result. The outcomes of serious accidents may lead to additional actions, such as injured parties filing civil claims against the drivers considered at fault. In many cases, successful claims could benefit the injured parties.
Drifting into other lanes is a potential hazard that all drivers need to work to avoid. However, numerous accidents and injuries are caused by vehicles crossing into the opposite lanes of travel. Crashes caused by this are often serious, and the individuals involved could suffer considerable harm as a result.
Parents often worry about their children on a daily basis. Accidents and injuries may be a part of many lives, but some incidents could leave young children and other individuals with serious injuries that considerably affect their lives. If these injuries result from an event in which another individual was at fault, there may be cause to file a personal injury claim.
Driver fatigue, like distracted driving and drunken driving, is a serious safety problem on the roadway. Like these other forms of driver impairment, driver fatigue prevents motorists from being fully present to the task of driving and puts other motorists at risk of harm. The risk is heightened when the driver is operating a commercial motor vehicle.
Two of our attorneys, senior litigating partner Anthony J. Licatesi and senior trial attorney Jennifer M. Ahlfeld, recently put their litigation and negotiation skills to use to help three of our personal injury clients reach favorable settlements in their cases, totaling more than $2.1 million in compensation.
Human error was to blame for an injury accident involving a fleet of Google's self-drivingLexus sedans in July 2015, according to Chris Urmson, head of the Google program. The crash occurred at an intersection near the company's Mountain View, CA headquarters. The light was green, but since the Google cars had detected they could not cross without blocking the intersection, they remained in place. An apparently inattentive human driver read the green signal, but did not observe the stopped cars, and rear-ended the last vehicle in line.
On July 24, 2015, many local news outlets reported that a "ceiling collapse" at a building under construction had injured two persons. As details trickled out, it became clear that the general public was never in danger, and although two construction workers were treated at an area hospital, their injuries were minor and they were released the same day. A spokesman for the construction manager, Tishman Construction, later asserted that there had been no "ceiling collapse" in the commonly understood sense of that phrase. The workers were part of a demolition team who brought the ceiling down intentionally.
Much has been reported about the horrific limousine crash that killed four young women enjoying a bachelorette party in Long Island's wine country on July 18. Most of the reporting has focused on the driver of the pick-up truck that struck the limo, 55-year-old Steve Romeo, who fled the scene and was later arrested. Romeo had admittedly been drinking, but tested below the legal limit for DWI, perhaps because so much time elapsed between the accident and the blood alcohol test.
Having presented its June 9th report on last year's East Harlem gas explosion, the National Transportation Safety Board is calling for changes from Con Ed and the City to prevent such accidents in the future. NTSB made four recommendations to Con Ed:
A pair of crane accidents five weeks apart has New Yorkers wondering about the threat of construction sites and heavy equipment to the public. A fatal accident occurred on April 24 when a collapsed crane crushed a construction worker. Then on May 31, 10 people suffered minor injuries when a crane's heavy payload broke free and came crashing down. For many New Yorkers, these accidents conjure memories of the tragic Halcyon Condos crane collapse of March 15, 2008 that killed seven people and injured 24 others.