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August 2017 Archives

Delays seem to be hindering autonomous vehicles

Most New York drivers have experienced long hours on busy roads and in traffic jams. This may spark an interest in electric and autonomous vehicles (AVs). In theory, AVs could help save in transportation costs and allow passengers to use traffic time for other, more productive activities.

Truck driver sleep apnea rule withdrawn

New York motorists may have heard that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has withdrawn a new rule that would have established sleep apnea screening requirements for truck drivers. The agency issued a notice regarding the withdrawal in early August.

Are you overworked in the summer heat?

If you work outside worksites in New York, July and August can bring brutal heat. In construction and other manual labor jobs, crew managers and superiors on a worksite may not always prioritize the safety of workers who perform hard labor in the summer heat. In some cases, the pressure to meet certain project goals on time drives employers to encourage employees toward unsafe work habits.

Car drivers are often to blame for truck accidents

Federal accident data indicates that more than 5,000 road users are killed each year around the country in accidents involving semi-tractor trailers. Drowsy, impaired or distracted truck drivers are often blamed for these fatal crashes, but the information suggests that it is passenger vehicle drivers who are most often at fault. The Department of Transportation estimates that car drivers are to blame for about 70 percent of the accidents involving large commercial vehicles, and the vast majority of these crashes in New York and elsewhere involve some sort of human error.

Can I sue my employer if I get hurt at work?

After an injury on the job, the most obvious thing to do is file a workers' compensation claim and use all the tools at your disposal to make sure that you get the most out of the claim. However, many employees wonder if it is possible to sue their employer instead of accepting the workers' compensation benefits.

New device shocks sleep-deprived drivers awake

Fatigued driving causes up to 6,000 fatal accidents per year, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York motorists might be interested in a new device that allows fatigued drivers to be shocked by gentle electric pulses. If this wristband device is effective, it has the possibility of cutting back on these types of accidents.

  • $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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