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July 2014

July 25, 2014
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The month of July, 2014 turned out to be a month filled with tragedy with several motorcyclists and bicyclists wrongfully killed in a string of accidents in Manhattan, New York City in Westchester.

Our Westchester truck accident attorneys were shocked to learn that yet another big rig hit an overpass in Westchester this week. The errand truck traveled onto the Hutchinson parkway and struck an overpass. In a ten year period, there are ten several spots in Westchester where semis have struck overpasses on a regular basis. A Westchester politician, in response to public outcry is submitting legislation to put height barriers on the entrance ramps to parkways to keep commercial tractor trailers from entering the parkways in the first place.

This week a motorcyclists was killed when he lost control and came into the path of of a B line bus in Westchester that was traveling towards White Plains, New York. Initial reports state that the motorcycle driver suddenly traveled into the bus’s path.

Another motorcyclist was killed in East Harlem in Manhattan when it collided with an ambulance in an intersection accident that was traveling with lights and sirens. The emergency vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred and the motorcycle rider was tragically killed when the ambulance’s wheel ran over his head. Our experienced Manhattan accident attorneys have handled numerous cases involving emergency vehicles. These cases are especially difficult and many personal injury lawyers shy away from even handling them. The reason is that since emergency vehicles who are driving with lights and sirens have a right to disregard traffic laws including passing red lights, stop signs, driving over the speed limit and even driving on the wrong side of the road. Consequently, New York’s traffic law requires that one injured by an accident with an emergency vehicle that was using lights and sirens prove that the emergency vehicle driver was reckless. Our New York injury lawyers use experts to establish that the driver deviated from accepted practices while driving through an intersection against the red light. These expert have opined that the accepted practice is for the passenger to advise the driver whether the intersection is clear to enter and if not clear, the driver should not enter the intersection.

In another tragic accident a bicyclist was critically injured in on the East Side of Manhattan in a NewYorkCityBus Accident. Under New York law, operators of buses, trucks and cars must share the road with bicyclists and exercise a proper lookout to avoid hitting them. All to often, bus drivers weave in and out of the bicycle lanes and endanger bicyclists. Our bus accident lawyers have successfully handled many serious personal injury cases.

In yet another tragedy, a three year old child drowned in a New York City day care center while the staff inattentively allowed the child to jump into the pool. This is a wrongful death that should have been avoided. Child care workers laxity can cause tragic outcomes. The child care workers are responsible to act in the manner of a reasonable parent. In other words, they have to treat our children as if they were caring for their own.

 
The Law Offices of Michael H. Joseph