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Party Hard -- But Drive Safely

Summer means barbeque parties for many in our area. For some, celebrating includes drinking alcohol. (Of course the legal drinking age is 21, and violations can mean steep penalties.) But if you or a loved one chooses to drink, our law firm wants to make sure you stay safe by following a few tips:

Why We Crash -- Suprising Facts About Typical Car Accidents in Your Area

The weather is clear and dry. The road is straight and level. The driver is young, a commuter heading home from work, and is inattentive or following too closely. The car is an SUV. The day is a Friday. Its Westchester or Rockland County.   

Party Hard - But Drive Safely

Summer means barbeque parties for many in our area. For some, celebrating includes drinking alcohol. (Of course the legal drinking age is 21, and violations can mean steep penalties.) But if you or a loved one chooses to drink, our law firm wants to make sure you stay safe by following a few tips:

Paying for a Totaled car

If you ever experience the misfortune of being involved in a car accident, your auto insurance company may determine that your car has been "totaled"-the cost of repairs exceeds a certain threshold of what your car's fair market value (FMV) was prior to the accident. This point of no return differs from company to company, but a typical benchmark is 80 percent. If your car's FMV is $10,000 and your repairs are under $8,000, the insurance company will pay for repairs. If repairs amount to $8,000 or more, your car will be deemed totaled and you will be issued a check for the FMV of your car.

Why We Crash

The weather is clear and dry. The road is straight and level. The driver is young, a commuter heading home from work, and is inattentive or following too closely. The car is an SUV. The day is a Friday.

School Bus Acident

We have a case where we represent a ten year old who was exiting his school bus and while crossing the street a car that was behind the bus, crossed the double yellow lines, drove around the bus, passed the blinking red lights, and collided with our client. Luckily, our client suffered severe but not life threatening injuries. He broke a bone in his foot when the wheels of the car ran over him. Every time I think of that case and that driver, who was subsequently arrested and is now serving jail time, it makes my blood boil. When you think of school buses, you think of cute little kids. How could one ever consider causing them harm? and then, yesterday, there was another school bus accident. And, this time, it was a school bus driver who was apparently at fault. The bus driver allegedly ran a stop sign! That's unbelievable! The Journal News reports As follows:
Three traffic violations were issued to a private school bus driver who allegedly ran a stop sign and crashed into an East Ramapo school district mini bus, police said Wednesday.The three elementary school children on the bus who attend New Square's Yeshiva Avir Yakov were not hurt in the crash, which occurred shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday, when many public and private school buses are on the roads carrying students.The mini-bus driver, 68, suffered non-life threatening injuries to her upper body, police said. No students were on her bus.Lt. Charles Schnaars said officers issued Moishe Eisenbach, 39, of New Square, summonses for failure to stop for a stop sign, reckless driving, and speed not reasonable and prudent.Eisenbach remained at the scene after the crash and there was no evidence of impairment, police said. The village speed limit is 30 miles per hour.Eisenbach drove the large yellow bus east on Church Street through a stop sign at the intersection of West Street, police said.The bus crashed into the smaller East Ramapo bus, headed south on West Street, and pushed the vehicle 40 feet into a telephone pole and into the fence of St. John the Baptist Church.An Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. crew repaired the damaged pole. No one lost power, O&R spokesman Michael Donovan said.
Again, to me, that's so unfathomable. And each time I hear a story like that, it makes angry that we don't criminalize such actions. A traffic violation is not enough. It should be a misdemeanor. How is it ok to run a stop sign? Running a stop sign should equal spending a weekend in Jail!

Car Accidents -- What Happens Next?

8 Things You Need To Know Now

You had a car accident.  Your car is wrecked.  And you are hurt.  You cannot possibly go back to work.  What happens now?  Who pays for your medical bills? Who pays for you car? Who is responsible for your pain and suffering?  Below is a short list of answers to these typical questions.  

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