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November 2016 Archives

Top 10 worst drivers by state

New York motorists are not among the best or the worst drivers in the country, according to a study by an insurance comparison website. Using data from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, the website ranked New York drivers about average when it comes to safe driving. On the other hand, drivers from Texas and Louisiana tied for the No. 1 spot on the list of the worst drivers by state.

5 steps to take after getting hurt in a pedestrian accident

In the first several days and weeks following an injurious pedestrian accident, there are some specific things that the injured pedestrian can do to protect his or her right to seek compensation relating to the incident. While some of these things are best done at the accident scene itself, if the injuries are severe, the pedestrian may not be able to perform them. As such, these steps are just as important for close family members or friends of injured pedestrians, who might be present to help following a tragic accident.

OSHA safety for trenches and excavations

New York construction workers should know the safety guidelines established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for trenching and excavation operations. According to OSHA, an excavation is any man-made cavity, depression or cut in the earth created by the removal of the earth. A trench is a subterranean excavation that is deeper underground than it is wide and is no more than 15 feet wide.

Annual inspection finds about 4,000 trucks faulty

New York residents may have heard about the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's Brake Safety Week, a national inspection of trucks. The international road check campaign, which lasted 72 hours, was held Sept. 11 through 17. During the week, inspectors completed more than 18,000 inspections on large commercial tractor-trailers. Of the trucks that were inspected, 21.5 percent were forced out of service.

Serious crash kills 1 and causes multiple injuries

A police pursuit in Freeport, New York, may have precipitated a car accident that killed one person and left two others injured. The incident began when plainclothes officers saw a 2001 Buick driven by a 45-year-old male go past them at a high rate of speed. Officers followed the car until it stopped at the intersection of Independence Avenue and North Main Street.

Electronic log device rule upheld by 7th Circuit

New York truck drivers and those around the country will need to use electronic logging devices starting in December 2017 instead of the present practice by some carriers of using paper logs. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit ruled on Oct. 31 in favor of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but the mandate will not apply for trucks made before 2000. A lawsuit was filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association on grounds that such devices would violate the Fourth Amendment.

  • $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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