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It's Hurricane Season - How To Get Ready

79887279_M_Hurricane_Eye_Map_View_Weather (002).jpgThe last few years have brought relatively calm hurricane seasons to the metropolitan New York City area. We have experienced some extra rain and minor flooding from storms like Maria, Gordon, and Michael, but nothing like our neighbors to the south have faced.

But now is not the time to get complacent about serious storms. It has been only 7 years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City and devastated Manhattan and Long Island, as well as low-lying areas of New Jersey and New York. Less than 10 months earlier, tropical storm Irene landed on Coney Island, flooding the island, Long Beach and the Hudson River. Irene also had a major impact on upstate New York where authorities issued a tropical storm warning for the very first time.

NYC Bicyclist Fatalities Climbing Dramatically This Year

67256955_S_messenger_bike_city_man_cars_traffic (002).jpgIn all of 2018, there were 10 cyclists killed in traffic accidents in New York City. This year - and we are just halfway through 2019 - there have already been 10 bicyclist deaths.

In just one recent week, there were 3 cyclist deaths in Brooklyn alone. In fact, 8 of the total 10 2019 New York City fatalities occurred in Brooklyn. A 16-year old bicyclist was killed when he was "doored" by someone in a parked car. This dangerous behavior occurs when a driver or passenger in a parked car opens the door on the traffic side just before a biker travels past. "Dooring" is illegal in New York, but it takes vigilance on our busy streets to check carefully for an approaching bicyclist.

Tanker Trailer Accidents Involving Hazardous Cargo Are Particularly Dangerous

24421552_S_truck_accident.jpg24/7, 365 days a year, tanker trailers are carrying materials on America's highways - 3 billion tons each year!

The materials transported by tanker trucks can be as harmless as pool water and milk. However, these trucks also carry toxic and dangerous fluids, including oil and gas, corrosive chemicals, biohazards, and radioactive substances.

Liquid cargo is often less stable than other products. Liquids can shift during transport, altering the truck's center of gravity. This type of cargo may make it difficult for the driver to maintain control while tackling a steep curving highway on and off ramps and while maneuvering through traffic.

Helicopter Rooftop Crash Kills Pilot in New York City

665003_S_helicopter (002).jpgWorkers, tradespeople, tourists, and residents were alarmed recently by what many took to be explosions in a New York City building. Many recalled the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Instead, however, a privately-owned helicopter had crashed into the roof of the structure located between 51st and 52nd Streets.

Tragically, the experienced helicopter pilot died in the crash and ensuing fire. There appeared to be no passengers on board the aircraft, and there were no other injuries.

Put Safety First When Enjoying Summer Fireworks

2003542_1920_ L_ Fireworks.jpgWith summer right around the corner, we think of barbecues and beach outings and fireworks. Especially for the Fourth of July, one of our best American traditions!

Unfortunately, every year thousands of people are treated for fireworks-related injuries in emergency rooms. Some are killed, often from careless or illegal use of these dangerous devices. In 2017, 8 people died nationwide from fireworks-related accidents and almost 13,000 were injured. 

Two NYC Residents Killed by Drunk Driver in Clifton Park

808790_1920_M_drinking and driving_keys_glass_broken_alcohol.jpgA drunk driver from Cohoes killed two New York City residents and seriously injured two others when he plowed into their car while they were stopped for a traffic light.

The car accident occurred at the intersection of Route 9 and Usher Road in Clifton Park, NY. Police have charged the 58-year old driver with driving while intoxicated as well as aggravated vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular manslaughter. The driver is being held without bail despite his attorney's description of his service in the U.S. Army, including seven deployments and being awarded a Bronze Star.

Aggravated vehicular homicide carries a potential sentence of up to 25 years in prison. This severe charge comes from the charge of drunk driving resulting in more than one death.

How Missed Medical Appointments Can Harm Your Personal Injury Claim

63080660_S_people_social_security_disability_smartphones_form_calling.jpgIf you have been injured in any type of accident, you know that there are a lot of important things to do both immediately following the accident, plus for a long time afterward. You must get emergency medical care, work with multiple insurance carriers and their adjusters, take care of property damage, and apply for Workers' Compensation or disability benefits if applicable.

One more important follow-up after an accidental injury - follow through with your medical treatments.

New York City Construction Worker Deaths on the Rise

23685521_S_construction_scaffolding_accident.jpgCan you guess what the deadliest job is in New York City? Police officer, subway workers, taxi drivers or sanitation workers?

Wrong! The jobs with the most fatalities and injuries in the City are construction jobs, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Over the last five years, worksite fatalities have increased 33%. Incredibly, worksite injuries have ballooned an amazing 221% over that time period.

In the last month alone, three workers died on the job, including a man killed while working on a Manhattan scaffolding when debris from above fell on him.

Avoid Drowsy Driving: Know the Signs of Driver Fatigue

45142210_S_drowsy_driving_tired_sleepy (002).jpgWe have all been there - found ourselves drowsy or falling asleep while driving. But we all do the same thing, and that is to try to keep ourselves awake by opening the window or turning up the volume on the music.

Continuing to drive while drowsy is not the safest way to get to your destination. According to the National Sleep Foundation, sleep deprivation has very similar effects on your body as taking an alcoholic drink! For a driver who has been awake for 24 hours, your driving will reflect the same effects as having a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .10. This level is even higher than New York's driving while intoxicated BAC of .08. 

Learn To Share the Road: May Is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

22516894_S_Road_Bicycle_Motorcycle.jpgA recent fatal motorcycle accident in West Haverstraw illustrates the dangers and vulnerabilities of biking.

A New York City man was killed when traveling south on Route 9W. A woman driving an SUV entered the road traveling northbound and the motorcycle struck the SUV. The motorcyclist died at the scene. A police investigation is ongoing.

Research has shown that many motorists don't visually recognize a motorcycle as clearly as they do a larger vehicle. Whether this phenomenon occurred in the West Haverstraw accident or other factors were involved, motorcyclists are exposed to severe injuries and even death when in an accident.

  • $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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