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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.

Don't Let Social Media Postings Ruin Your Personal Injury Case

89285843_L_iphone_smartphone_apps_social_media_device.jpgIt's the twenty-first century and most of us turn to social media to report the happenings in our lives. There are events that you want to share with family and friends - promotions, movie and restaurant reviews, family news. But if you are involved in a car accident or any other type of injury, stay away from social media.

Don't Become Another Statistic: The Dangers of Texting While Driving

6857009_M_Distracted_Driving-Texting_Car_accident.jpgDid you know that texting behind the wheel has become the most dangerous practice on the road, even surpassing driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

It's true - using a smartphone to text while driving is a huge problem and very distracting to the driver. Texting drivers, even glancing at the screen, are distracted in 3 ways: Manually because at least one hand is off the wheel; visually when they look at the screen instead of the road; cognitively as they are thinking about something other than the task at hand - safe driving.

Manhattan Construction Accident Causes Worker Death on Scaffolding

23685521_S_construction_scaffolding_accident (002).jpgIn a recent Manhattan construction accident, a 51-year old worker was killed while suspended on a scaffold 7 stories from the ground. While working on the 14-story Upper East Side residential building, a heavy stone slab known as a coping stone was dislodged above him. The stone hit the worker on the head and, although he was rescued from the scaffold by firefighters, he later died at a hospital.

Coping stones are flat stones that cap a wall. The workers were part of a project to repair the building's exterior façade. The building itself was damaged in 2008 when a crane collapsed at the construction site next door. That accident killed 6 construction workers and one other individual.

At this time, it is unknown whether the deceased worker had been wearing a harness or a hard hat. A second worker who had been on the scaffold with the victim was unharmed.

New Jersey Nursing Home Found Negligent in Deaths of 11 Children

34101531_S_Adult_Cane_Disability_Elderly_Female_Disabled_Hand_Handicapped_Healthcare_Medical_Sick_Woman_.jpgLast fall, 11 children died due to an outbreak of adenovirus in a New Jersey nursing home. The federal government recently completed its investigation of the incident and, having found the facility negligent, has imposed a fine of $600,000.

The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell, NJ is a privately owned, for-profit business that has a long-term care center specializing in care for those who are medically frail. The fatalities occurred at the Wanaque Center between October 24th and November 16th. In addition to those who died, many others became seriously ill.

Many Injured after Norway Cruise Ends in Ship Evacuation

123059_1920_M_ferry_boat_Ship_cruiseship.jpg36 people were hospitalized as a result of a recent accident where a Viking cruise ship lost engine power in stormy weather. The cruise accident occurred off the coast of Norway and became what passengers called a chaotic 48-hour nightmare.

During a 12-day cruise of Norwegian towns, the Viking Sky's four engines lost power and the ship began to list. At the time, the local weather reported wind gusts up to 43 mph and waves more than 26 feet tall.

Slip and Fall Accidents: 5 Myths that You Should Not Believe

20227163_M_Slip_Fall_floors_wet.jpgIf you have been injured in a slip and fall accident, you probably have a lot of questions about your next steps. When researching this type of injury, you may be puzzled by conflicting information that you find on the internet as well as hear from friends and colleagues.

When meeting with clients about slip and fall claims, we get a lot of questions about slip and fall injuries and legal cases. Some of this misinformation boils down to what we call "myths" about slip and fall cases. Here are the top 5 slip and fall myths that we often hear in our office:

Why Did Two Boeing 737 Max 8 Aircraft Crash Within Months of Each Other?

2594469_1920_M_Traveling_Airplane_Inside Plane_passenger_sitting in a plane_isle_flight.jpgThe circumstances are eerily similar. A new Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 jet crashed into the Java Sea in Indonesia last October, killing all 189 people on board. And earlier this month, a new Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 crashed near Addis Ababa in Ethiopia with 157 people aboard. There were no survivors.

Both planes ran into trouble just after take-off as the pilots struggled to maintain control of the aircraft. Review of the black box data from the Indonesia crash revealed that an automatic safety system forced the 737's nose down. The preliminary result of that investigation determined that a faulty sensor caused the plane's software to believe that the aircraft was stalling and therefore compensated by pointing the nose down. There had been prior reports of sensor problems on the same aircraft. A final investigation report is due later this year.

Could Distracted Walking Have Contributed to This Tragic Death?

35897542_S_woman_walking_strolling_sneakers (003).jpgShe was a 27-year old Harrison, NY social studies teacher, a volleyball coach and a dedicated Boston Red Sox fan. But a home heating oil truck struck her in a recent pedestrian accident just a few steps from her home in Murray Hill, Manhattan and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to police sources and witnesses, the victim was wearing headphones when she was hit by the truck. Although the truck driver was charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care, the accident investigation is ongoing. Could there be another factor in this tragic death?

  • $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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