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November 2015 Archives

Pedestrians vulnerable to fatal injuries if struck on interstates

It is never ideal for a pedestrian to be walking near a busy interstate. With all the cars and trucks whizzing by at high rates of speed, pedestrians are especially vulnerable on an interstate. Interstates are constructed to allow the rapid movement of motor vehicles; they are not meant to accommodate an abundance of pedestrian traffic. A pedestrian could easily be fatally injured if hit by a truck or car moving at highway speeds. And in fact, over 10 percent of fatal pedestrian accidents occur on interstates.

What to do if you are a victim in a hit-and-run

A hit-and-run is an accident in which a pedestrian is struck by an automobile and the driver fails to stop. Hit-and-runs are criminal offenses and they also give rise to civil liability. Normally, you would rely on the police to locate and arrest the suspect. Once you identify the person that struck you, you can file a lawsuit against them to recover your damages. However, if the police are unable to locate the driver then you may file a claim with the Motor Vehicle Accident Indemnification Corporation. The MVAIC was created as a payer of last resort for victims of hit and runs.

If I am struck by a car, what are my compensation options?

New York is a no-fault insurance state. This means that if you are in a car accident then you file a claim against your own insurer to cover your damages. However, many New Yorkers don't own a car.  Therefore, they don't have any insurance, so what happens if you're crossing Houston and someone barrels off the FDR and hits you as you're crossing the street? Even worse, what happens if they hit you and run?

How to figure appropriate compensation for your brain injury

Brain injuries are terrifying. Infections, broken bones and lacerations are all something tangible; something you can fight with determination and science. However, a brain injury is insidious. You may not even be aware that your brain is injured. With medical expenses piling up, you or a loved one may be tempted to accept an insurance company's initial offer to settle your case. Insurance companies count on this fear and pressure.

The Three Types of Products Liability Suits

One of the worst kind of accidents or disasters can occur when something you take for granted stops working. It could be something simple, like if your alarm clock breaks on the very day you have an important appointment. And it is also true when your car suddenly catches fire for no discernable reason.

No-fault insurance and bus accidents

We've all done it. The train is down for repairs at a station between your house and work, so you catch a bus connection to the next station. It's standing room only so you can't grab a seat. You look down to check your phone, and suddenly you are thrown to the floor. You hear whining wheels, twisting metal and incomprehensible booms. Then, as abruptly as it started, everything is still. You can't tell what precisely happened, but you were definitely in some sort of bus accident.

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