If you are ever injured in an accident, you may have to commence a lawsuit to recover compensation for such damages as lost wages, medical expenses, physical therapy expenses, pain, suffering and perhaps the costs to have future medical treatment or surgery. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer is critical to your best interests, because the process of recovering for personal injuries suffered in accidents can be complicated, time-consuming and contentious. Insurance companies are [...]

New York state has paid $1.6 million to a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who was injured after being struck by a state trooper's vehicle while riding her bicycle in Whitney Point. The trooper's car struck retired Maj. Mary-Margaret Smith, from Virginia, at 9:42 a.m. on July 5, 2010, while riding in the area of Liberty and Collins streets, according to police. She suffered head and facial injuries. On Feb. 25, the state paid to resolve Smith's personal injury claim stemming from the accident and a [...]

The sad truth is that motorcycle riders are more frequently injured and more seriously injured than other drivers. [ DMV Statistics ] Despite the efforts of motorcycle organizations to publicize the problem and promote awareness, we hear the same refrain time after time: “I didn’t see him”. Every motorcyclist has experienced cars turning in front of them as if they were not there. Too often even the most attentive rider cannot avoid contact with a car or escape a serious [...]

Across New York and Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies have mounted a crusade against cell phone use and texting while driving. Stiffer and more comprehensive penalties addressing this conduct are regularly enacted by the legislature. Signs on state highways now advertise "Text Stops". It is no secret why attention to cell phone use is on the rise. Distracted driving causes accidents and hurts people, often severely. Federal estimates suggest that distraction contributes to 10% of all fatal [...]

Takata Corp., a Japanese manufacturer of automotive parts, has recalled airbags used in approximately 34 million vehicles, that is nearly 1 in 7 vehicles on the road in the U.S. today. The issue with these airbags is that they have on occasion violently exploded, causing rather than preventing injury. Most instances have occurred following car accidents, even minor ones. However, in one case it is alleged that the airbag exploded while the vehicle was stopped at a red light. Takata has [...]

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