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June 2017 Archives

Study reveals high degree of driver rage

Many New York drivers have likely experienced some sort of road rage incident, either as perpetrators or victims. The stress of everyday life, the increasing amount of traffic and the perception that others are driving inconsiderately all contribute to the increasing amount of this type of behavior.

How to stay safe on a bulldozer

A bulldozer is a large and powerful machine that cause serious injury or death if used improperly. Therefore, those who operate these machines on New York job sites should be trained in how to use them in a safe manner. Operators should wear a seat belt at all times and should shut off the engine whenever stopping to refuel.

5 things to know about your hard hat

One of the first things you do when you set foot on a construction site is to put on your hard hat. You know it is a safety requirement to wear one at all times. Your hard hat can make a major difference if you hit your head on a stationary object or if you happen to suffer a hit from a falling object.

FMCSA establishes ruling for truck drivers applying for CDLs

On June 5, a ruling that sets training standards for all new truck drivers in New York and across the country effectively became law after the Trump Administration ordered regulatory reviews that delayed it for five months. The ruling gives trainers, carriers and additional stakeholders until February 2020 to act in accordance to the law.

Sleep apnea tests for truckers could be ahead

More New York truck drivers might be subject to testing for sleep apnea based on an April 2017 U.S. Supreme Court decision. A driver had been fired by his trucking company after he refused to take the test even though he provided a note from his doctor saying the test was not necessary. The company requested the test because his BMI was above 35, a risk factor for sleep apnea. The man had appealed a lower court decision that found his rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act were not violated. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case, and this means that the decision stands.

Survey looks at passenger vehicle safety

New York pickup truck drivers might be safer in an accident than drivers of passenger cars. The same may be true for drivers of SUVs and minivans. A study released May 25 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety looked at the driver fatality rate for vehicles per one million registrations and found the overall rate was 30. For passenger cars, it was 39, and for minivans it was 19. There were 21 deaths per million for SUVs and 26 for pickups.

  • $2.05 Million Settlement Mother of Two Struck and Killed by Motorist

    StolzenbergCortelli LLP recently resolved a heart breaking wrongful death action. The mother of two was struck and killed, while she crossed a roadway.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Trip Over Nail Case

    Terrence and Howard settled a trip and fall case for $1,100,000. In this case, our client (a resident of Brooklyn) was a cleaning lady who was hired to clean the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.

  • $750,000 Verdict Jane and John Doe v. Defendant Driver

    The names are redacted for privacy reasons. In this automobile accident case, the female plaintiff was injured and suffered seriously debilitating injuries.

  • $525,000 Settlement Injured When the Trailer upon which He was Standing Collapsed

    Our client was a teamster, working at a concrete plant in Westchester, when he was seriously injured. At the time, he was standing on a trailer, which is colloquially known as a "low boy", when the wooden slats upon which he was standing, collapsed.

  • $457,500 Settlement Car Accident Victim With Pre-Existing Neck Injury

    Settled a client's case for $457,500. The client suffered a significant cervical spine injury requiring a fusion surgery.He was t-boned by a car exiting Purdy's farmer and the Fish in Somers, New York.

  • $450,000 Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Construction Accident Case

    Howard Stolzenberg settled a case for $450,000 where a construction worker was forced to use an exterior fire escape ladder to access the top of the building all while carrying a one gallon bucket of paint. The worker fell and fractured his ankle.

  • $100,000 Settlement Teenager Hit From Behind

    We just settled a case for a young girl who was injured when she was struck from behind while waiting at a red light at an intersection near the entrance to the Saw Mill in Yonkers. She had hip and shoulder surgery.

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