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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month. New York motorcycle accident attorneys know that the road can be a dangerous place for motorcyclists. Motorcycles are less visible than automobiles. Additionally, when there is an accident, motorcyclists are more likely to be seriously injured or killed than the driver of the automobile.
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles suggests a number of reasons that motorcycles are less visible than automobiles. Motorcycles are smaller, which also makes …

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When people think of automobile accidents, they often think of a collision between two vehicles. Perhaps they think of a vehicle striking a pedestrian or a bicyclist. They probably do not think of a car slamming into the wall of a restaurant and injuring people inside. New York car accident attorneys know, however, that people may suffer serious injuries in an automobile accident even if they believe they are safely indoors.
According to reports, a …

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A video of a dog attacking a woman on a New York subway has recently made national attention. According to reports, the dog owner put the dog in the seat beside him. Witnesses said the woman asked the man to move the dog, and an altercation between the passengers occurred. The dog then bit the woman’s shoe and would not let go. When the owner finally pulled the dog away from the woman, her shoe came off. Fortunately in this …

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Police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and tow truck drivers face significant risks when they stop along the roadway to provide aid. New York, like many states, has a Move Over Law to protect emergency personnel on or near the road. In New York, drivers must exercise due care to avoid colliding with an emergency or hazard vehicle that is parked or stopped on the shoulder or highway with its emergency lights displayed. On a parkway or a controlled access highway, …

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Parties to lawsuits have some obligation to preserve or to not destroy evidence. If a party improperly destroys evidence, the other party may seek sanctions for “spoliation” of that evidence. The destruction does not have to be intentional. A court may still issue sanctions for spoliation of evidence that was negligently lost or destroyed. If a court determines the evidence was intentionally or willfully destroyed, it presumes the relevance of the evidence. If it was negligently destroyed, the party seeking …

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Sometimes a city or another government entity is at fault for a person’s injuries, but suing the government can be complicated. Whether a city can be held liable often depends on the nature of the act or omission that caused the injury. The city is “immune” from liability for actions taken for the protection and safety of the public, or “governmental functions.” If the city is engaged in activities that would traditionally be performed by private enterprises, it is engaged …

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The New York Labor Law requires owners and contractors to provide a safe construction site and imposes liability on them if they fail to meet certain safety requirements. Although they are generally considered to apply to construction sites, the applicability of the statutes is based on the work being performed and may be somewhat broader than what one would generally imagine as a construction site. Thus, New York construction injury attorneys know that there may sometimes be a question as …

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Social media has become a significant part of many people’s lives. It allows people to maintain contact with family and reconnect with old friends. New York personal injury attorneys understand, however, that a social media account can be detrimental to a case. Defendants often seek the photographs and posts in a plaintiff’s account, as seen in a recent case.
The plaintiff filed suit against the defendant for injuries she allegedly sustained when she fell off …

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When a person is injured due to a hazardous condition at a commercial property, there are often multiple parties pointing fingers at each other. Property owners, management companies, tenants, and a variety of contractors may be involved. New York premises liability attorneys know that it can be difficult to sort out who is responsible for the plaintiff’s injuries, as in a recent case.
The plaintiff filed suit to recover damages for injuries she sustained in …

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