As the spring thaw sets in and warm weather returns, dedicated cyclists are taking back to the roads in greater numbers. According to the Department of Transportation, the number of bicyclists in New York City has grown nearly each year over the past decade, hitting a new peak in 2014. This trend is likely to continue, with the establishment and popularity of New York City’s Bike Share program, and increasing traffic congestion within the City. Bicycle ridership has likewise been growing on Long Island, both for its health benefits and as a means of transportation. In fact, local municipalities have been creating or expanding the availability of bike lockers at LIRR train stations. However, with this increase in ridership comes increased opportunity for bicycle v. motor vehicle collisions occurring. Continue reading
Written by Michael Levine
In my decades of practice, I’ve worked on countless cases involving union members and their families. Whether it’s construction, ironwork, rail work, or any number of other types of infrastructure work, they all share the commonality of having some element of danger to them. The people doing the work put themselves at risk for the sake of doing important jobs that the average person simply isn’t equipped to do.
In these situations the worker has to put their trust in many things outside their control, whether it’s the people organizing and overseeing the job site, the tools they’re using, or the safety equipment that keeps them out of harm’s way. Under the right circumstances, all of these things come together for a job well done. Under the wrong circumstances, accidents happen, and suddenly the worker in question, or their family, is forced to find a way to deal with that accident.
In my line of work, we’re in the business of helping these people find their way back to a better place. That’s the goal. At the end of the day, all the legal jargon and proceedings, expert witnesses, trial work, and assorted other “lawyer stuff” is just what we have to do to achieve this. It’s our job to take this complicated system and use every last ounce of our familiarity with it to get the job done, and get it done as quickly and effectively as possible. When you think about it, that’s not too different from the workers that we represent, and so we find it important to be on the same page as unions and their workers whenever we can, and be involved in their world.
Asking someone to put their trust in you, and put their future life-security in your hands, is not only a very serious thing to do, but a serious burden to take on as well. It means a lot to me, personally, and that’s never going to change.
A man is alleged to have stolen a vehicle and days later ran a family down. A 12-year-old died from her car accident injuries, and her family members were seriously wounded. New York police reported that the driver ran from the scene but surrendered to officers later.
The accident happened in early July when the man driving the allegedly stolen vehicle ran over a curb and struck the now deceased victim along with a younger sibling and her mother. The man is then alleged to have left the scene on foot while one witness attempted to chase him. The man was able to elude arrest at that time.
One of the victims was purportedly trapped beneath the vehicle until witnesses were able to free the girl. It was unclear if the child who died was the one pinned. The man who hit them presented himself to the New York police department a day after the fatal wreck. The nature of the injuries the 9-year-old child or her mother suffered or their current condition or prognosis had not been made public at the time of the report.
The 26-year-old driver has been charged with criminally negligent homicide as well as manslaughter. He has also been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that involved a fatality as well as other offenses. The mother and her surviving daughter may have a rough recovery ahead as they heal from their car accident injuries. However, their emotional recovery may take far longer in light of the tragic loss they have suffered. The family may seek financial relief from the overwhelming expenses they may have sustained by filing successful wrongful death and personal injury claims against the one who is liable for the pain and loss they are now struggling to overcome.