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New York City: A Dangerous Place for Cyclists

As our city grows more crowded, people are realizing that perhaps New York City is a dangerous place for cyclists. People find riding their bikes to work and around town is a much more efficient method of transportation. While this may be true as it saves money and provides exercise for the rider; it is remains a very dangerous way to travel. What is interesting however, is the fact that while there are so many deaths very few drivers are actually held responsible for the accidents.

According to the New York State DMV, there have been thousands of pedestrian and bicyclists injuries in the past years, and not even 100 of the drivers responsible for the accidents were cited for reckless driving. In New York City between January and June this year there have been over 7,000 accidents involving a car and a pedestrian or cyclist, 79 of them being fatal. In 2011, reports show that there were over 6,000 crashes with 57 deaths in this city alone.

What is so frightening about these statistics is that the bicyclist is always the one who receives the more severe injuries or even dies from the impact of the car. The DMV shows that out of the many cyclist deaths, not one driver was killed or and very few were injured. While riding a bike is a great way to get around in the busy city, it is dangerous for many different reasons. First because there is much less protection when you are on a bike as opposed to riding inside a car. Second, because many people are not willing to take responsibilities for their driving errors. It is not uncommon to hear that an individual who has been severely injured in a bike accident receives little or no help from the driver who was responsible.

Bicycling accidents are caused by a variety of reasons. Perhaps a driver was distracted while texting or they were eating in the car. What if a driver was under the influence of drugs or alcohol the time that you were hit? Even a failure to pay attention to their surroundings could lead a driver to getting in an accident. New York City studies show that out of all of the accidents involving vehicles and bike or pedestrians, 60% of them were because of illegal driving and another 27% of the accidents were caused by a drivers not yielding. Whatever the case may be, it is very possible that the accident wasn’t your fault which is why contacting a personal injury attorney to discuss your case right away is so imperative! By calling our firm you can schedule an appointment to discuss your situation, or you can fill out an online free case evaluation to hear back from our team shortly.

Is this you? Have you been injured while riding your bike in the busy city? Did you lose a loved one in a cycling accident and have yet to see justice served? Are you dealing with funeral bills and lost wages after their death? If so, don’t wait another moment to contact a trusted and experienced New York City personal injury attorney at Greenberg & Stein. No person deserves to be injured or killed at the hands of another individual, if this has happened to you or a loved one, call us today to fight for what you deserve after the incident. In the event of an injury, medical bills and other expenses can quickly add up. Perhaps you were forced to take a lot off of work; in that case you may be struggling with lost wages as a result of the injury. For some, bicycles are their only method of transportation, and worrying about paying for repairs can be overwhelming on top of the injuries. It is our job as a firm to see to it that you are able to recover from the incident, and we will seek the monetary amount that you and your family deserve.

No matter how severe the accident and it resulting injuries were, after being hit by a car, it is important that you know you have the right to take legal action against those responsible. Whether you were hit by a car, big rig truck, or city bus, you have the right to fight for compensation for your injuries or to file a wrongful death claim. At Greenberg & Stein we understand how difficult this time may be which is why we are dedicated to doing whatever it takes to help our clients fight for the compensation that is rightfully theirs. While some injuries may never be completely healed, and lost loved ones will never be brought back, we can fight for compensation to help make the transition a bit easier.

Any person on the road is called to proceed with caution. Whether you are driving a car, a bike, or you are walking down the streets to work, New York City is a dangerous place and we each play a part in the safety of others. However, there are many circumstances in which individuals are injured as a result of another person’s negligent driving, and when this happens, contacting an attorney is a vital step to take. At Greenberg & Stein we are committed to the people, and we will put forth the necessary time and effort to help you. You don’t have to be the victim any longer, call our firm today and we will fight for the compensation that you and your loved ones truly deserve after an accident!

Blog > Car Accidents > Categories > Car Accidents Due to Spilled Items on the Highway

Car Accidents Due to Spilled Items on the Highway

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, but one of the rarer and more intriguing reasons for a collision has to do with obscure items on a road or highway. For example, the New York Daily News reports that an SUV in West Virginia left a trail of Legos on the road when thousands of the toy bricks fell off of the roof of the car and there were multiple car accidents due to spilled items on the highway.

The Legos were sprinkled all over Interstate 79, and traffic was backed up for more than two hours as the crews cleared up the mess. Allegedly the Legos were in totes that were strapped to the roof of the car, but a strap came loose and allowed the cars to tumble all over the road. While this accident did not facilitate a collision, there are many similar situations that have.

It isn’t extremely rare for items to fall off of the roof of a car or out of the back of a pick-up truck. Sometimes, when vehicles behind swerve to miss an obscure item in the middle of the road, it can facilitate a terrible accident. In the past furniture items, large amounts of produce, and construction tools have rested in the middle of the road where they were sure to cause damage to a car. If you can identify the driver who owned the item that fell, then you may be able to seek compensation from that person.

This is especially true if the driver did not secure the items properly or was driving recklessly. If you want more information about car accidents and litigation in situations where there was an obscure item in the road, then talk to a New York personal injury attorney at Greenberg & Stein. The attorneys at this firm are dedicated to seeking justice on behalf of those injured in car accidents of all kind.

Blog > Car Accidents > Categories > Fatal Hit-and-Run in Queens

Fatal Hit-and-Run in Queens

An elderly man was struck by what is suspected to be a four-door sedan on February 15, 2013. The gentleman was about to cross Rockaway Boulevard near 137th Avenue after disembarking a local bus when he was hit. The car, witnesses report, failed to slow down before hitting the man, and one witness claims that the driver sped up after hitting the pedestrian. Fellow bus passengers tried to help the injured man, and used a local motel’s phone to call 911. The hit-and-run victim was transported to Jamaica Hospital, where he died.

A study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 1,000 people die yearly from hit-and-run accidents. This accounts for nearly 18 percent of pedestrian deaths. In 2001, 4,882 of the 42,116 people killed in motor vehicle accidents were pedestrians. Another study conducted by the NHTSA showed that between 1975 and 2001, 18 percent of drivers involved in fatal hit-and-run cases had alcohol in their systems. 1/5 of children aged 5 to 9 years old that were killed in traffic accidents were pedestrians. The gentleman who was killed in Friday’s hit-and-run accident was killed at an intersection that did not contain a traffic signal. The NHTSA claims that 44 percent of hit-and-run accidents occur on roadways that do not have crosswalks.

New York City has the highest number of pedestrian deaths annually, averaging 179 fatalities each year. With pedestrians being the second largest group of people killed in vehicle-related crashes (car drivers and other occupants being the first), motorcyclists make up nearly 7.6 percent, and bicyclists average about 2 percent. In 2010, 11,084 pedestrians were injured in car accidents, and 149 pedestrians were killed. A New York personal injury attorney may be able to help if you or a loved one has been involved in a pedestrian accident. With over 50 years of experience, the attorneys at the law offices of Greenberg and Stein may help aggressively pursue a personal injury claim for your benefit. Call today if you need an experienced New York injury lawyer on your side.

Blog > Car Accidents > Categories > Two Vehicles Fall After Bridge Collapses in Washington

Two Vehicles Fall After Bridge Collapses in Washington

Three passengers in vehicles on a bridge suspending the Skagit River were in for a wet and chilly surprise last week when the framework of the bridge caved in while they were driving over it. According to research, a semi-truck with an oversize load moved under the bridge and struck the framework. The pressure knocked the bridge over, causing the middle to cave in and dump two vehicles into the icy water below.

One of the passengers says that she did not know how to swim, and wouldn’t have survived had it not been for her husband. Her husband suffered a dislocated shoulder and she also went to the hospital for treatment after bumping her head and her hip during the fall into the water. All three passengers in the car suffered only minor injuries. Investigators are already looking at the bridge to determine whether an engineering error caused the structure to collapse.

There are more than 67,000 bridges in the United States, and American drivers may think twice before crossing them after the incident in Washington. ABC News reports that the investigators have not come up with an official cause, but believe that the structure of the bridge may not have been sound or up to code. ABC News says that many bridges are poorly rated and considered structurally deficient. Federal data shows that every day Americans make about 200,000,000 trips over these dangerous bridges that have the potential to collapse.

One out of every nine bridges in the United States is deemed unsound, and many have corrosion in the metals that keep them up. If you have been injured in a bridge collapse, then you deserve to seek compensation from the city. All bridges should be well-maintained and carefully inspected. If they are not, then contact a New York City personal injury attorney at the firm for more information about how you can litigate against the responsible party.

Blog > Car Accidents > Categories > 7 Dead in Horrific Upstate New York Crash

7 Dead in Horrific Upstate New York Crash

According to the Associated Press, a runaway trailer facilitated a horrific car wreck on May 30th, leaving seven dead and one severely injured. The accident happened in Cortland Country. Witnesses say that a minivan carrying two families was traveling a two-lane road in Truxton.

A big-rig truck in the opposite-traffic lane was passing by when the trailer disconnected from the cab of the car. It slammed into the van travelling the opposite direction and ripped it apart in an instant. Both the trailer and the wrecked van stopped on the shoulder of the roadway.

Two individuals in the truck were not injured, but were shaken. The National Transportation Safety Board is still investigating the odd accident and trying to learn how the trailer disconnected from the truck. The trucking company will be held responsible if the NTSB learns that they failed to make sure that the truck was secure or did not follow proper protocol in fastening the trailer to the cab.

Of the eight passengers in the minivan, at least seven are dead. Reports say that four of the victims are children that are under the age of ten. The one surviving individual was taken to a hospital but an update on his condition is not currently available. The children in the van were from two different families. One of the families lived in Truxton. Truck accidents like this one can do extensive damage. If you have been hurt in a traffic accident then you need to seek compensation from a responsible party.

If your loved ones were killed in the accident, you can seek compensation from anyone who caused the accident. You can also seek reimbursement for any medical expenses that you had to pay in connection with injuries from the accident. Learn more by calling a New York City personal injury attorney at our firm today!

Blog > Bus Accident > Categories > NTSB Requests Lowering Drinking Limit to 0.05%

NTSB Requests Lowering Drinking Limit to 0.05%

Currently, the National Transportation Safety Board is asking the federal government to reconsider lowering drinking limit currently in affect. The current law puts the BAC limit at 0.08%. In the future, the NTSB hopes that the federal government will lower this national limit to 0.05%, further tightening regulations on drunk driving and reduction as many as 1,000 drunk driving accidents per year.

Current statistics show that one person dies in a drunk driving crash every hour, and more than 20 people are injured in alcohol-related accidents within that same amount of time. On average, three of those injuries per hour are debilitating. This can add up to about 10,000 deaths per year related to intoxicated drivers. 27,000 individuals each year have their lives forever changed because of a permanent injury from one of these accidents. Another 146,000 recover from their injuries, but still suffer the pains of the accident that they were involved in.

These statistics are the reason that the NTSB is calling the federal government to listen to their suggestions. The NTSB cannot make any laws, because it is not an authoritative agency. Instead, the research groups can only petition to the lawmakers and present a convincing argument as to why their requests should be considered. The NTSB also suggests that the government require ignition interlock devices for all DUI offenders, regardless of whether it is a first-offense.

This is because many DUI offenders out on the road are second-time or third-time suspects who have already been convicted of drunk driving but are not discouraged from committing the same crime over again. If you have been injured by a drunk driver in a car accident, or if you lost a loved one in a DUI crash, then you have the right to seek compensation from the driver –at-fault for the accident. Talk to a lawyer at the firm today for more information!

Blog > Car Accidents > Categories > What is Neuropathy?

What is Neuropathy?

Neuropathy is a collection of disorders that happens when the nerves of the peripheral nervous system are damaged. The peripheral system includes nerves that are outside the brain and spinal cord. The condition normally occurs after a person suffers damage to the nerve axons. This damage can come from traumatic injuries, metabolic disorders, dangerous toxins, or infections. One of the most common forms of neuropathy is diabetes.

So what is neuropathy? Neuropathy can affect the nerves that cause muscle movement, essentially paralyzing parts of the victim’s body. As well, the illness can affect the sensory nerves, making it unable for a person to feel temperatures or textures. It can also eliminate a person’s ability to feel pain in the affect areas, which can be dangerous. In some cases, neuropathy can even affect the internal organs like the intestines, blood vessels, or heart. These cases of the condition can be extremely serious.

Those that have neuropathy often describe a tingling or burning sensation in the affected areas. About 20 million United States residents suffer from neuropathy, and over half of all diabetes patients are also diagnosed with this condition. The condition is categorized under three main categories: mononeuropathy, multiple mononeuropathy, and polyneuropathy.

While about 30% of all neuropathy cases are idiopathic, there are times that the condition can be attributed to a specific injury or accident. For example, trauma or pressure on nerves can cause the condition. Some people report that they have developed neuropathy after continuously typing on a keyboard. Others claim that a collision, such as a car accident or pedestrian accident caused trauma to the nerves and resulted in neuropathy.

Also, some patients get the illness after they are exposed to toxins such as heavy metals or certain medications. If you have developed neuropathy due to another person’s carelessness or negligence, then you have the right to contact a New York personal injury attorney today for more information. You may be able to sue for the past and future damages associated with your condition!