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Rollover Accidents Responsible For Hundreds of Truckers Dying Annually

Posted on April 08, 2015
Each year, hundreds of truck drivers are killed in rollover accidents across the United States due to a combination of factors. The most prevalent causes are the congested roadways and exit ramps which are antiquated, inadequately lit or designated, and due to truck drivers who are too tired, distracted or overworked...


Westchester Towns Taking Action After Railroad Crossing Accidents

Posted on March 27, 2015
The Town of New Castle (Chappaqua), has moved forward with safety improvements at its Roaring Brook Road Metro-North railroad crossing without waiting for federal funding for implementation.  In light of the recent February 3 horrific crash a few miles south at the Commerce Street crossing in Valhalla, in which Edgemont resident and married mother of […]


Sprain Parkway Wrong Way Driver Charged With Felony

Posted on March 16, 2015
Efren Moreano, 20, the driver of the wrong way vehicle on the Sprain Brook Parkway who struck and killed an NYPD detective in the early morning hours of February 28, 2015, has been charged with second degree manslaughter, a class D felony. Mr. Moreano has been in a medically induced coma since the accident...


Another Tragic Wrong Way Accident On Hudson Valley Highways

Posted on March 03, 2015
On February 27, 2015, 46 year old Paul Duncan, a seventeen year veteran of the NYPD and married father of a teenage daughter, was killed in a wrong way crash on the Sprain Brook Parkway, just south of Route 100B in Greenburgh.  Duncan was traveling southbound in a 2011 Honda Pilot shortly before 4:00 AM […]


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Bruce Jenner Faces Possible Criminal And Civil Liability In Fatal Car Accident

Posted on February 27, 2015
Ex Olympic decathlon star and TV personality Bruce Jenner, 65, was involved in a serious car crash on February 7, 2015 on the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, CA.  In the accident, 69 year old widow Kim Howe was killed, and five others were injured.  The accident occurred when Jenner, who was driving a Cadillac […]


NHL Facing Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Similar To NFL

Posted on February 20, 2015
The National Hockey League was sued by 29 former players in the United States District Court in Minnesota last week, joining several others who brought suit last year against the league contending that the NHL ignored substantial evidence of the long term effects of concussions...


Legendary CBS News Correspondent Bob Simon In Fatal NYC Car Crash

Posted on February 16, 2015
On February 11, 2015, famed CBS News and ?Sixty Minutes? correspondent Bob Simon, 73, (who won 27 Emmy Awards and reported on the Vietnam War, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the Gulf War) was killed in a car crash on the West Side Highway near 30th Street...


The NFL Owes More To The ?Super Bowl Shuffle? Chicago Bears

Posted on February 11, 2015
Watching the Super Bowl last weekend, there was unmistakable irony in light of a recent HBO Real Sports story highlighting the suffering of many of the Chicago Bears players from the historic ?Super Bowl Shuffle? team of 1985. For those of us who were football fans at the time, the ?85 Bears, with wonderful personalities […]


Fatal Metro North Accident?Why Did It Happen and Can Future Accidents Be Prevented?

Posted on February 09, 2015
On Tuesday, February, an otherwise uneventful day, 49 year old Ellen Brody, the married mother of three teenage children, was returning home from work at a jewelry store in Chappaqua, New York, when she made a fateful decision. Due to traffic from an accident, she took a shortcut as many other drivers did, through a […]


Melissa Rivers Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in New York Supreme Court

Posted on February 05, 2015
As was expected for several months, Melissa Rivers, the sole daughter of the late comedian and T.V. personality Joan Rivers, has filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit in connection with her mother?s death on September 4, 2014.  The suit, filed on January 26, 2015, alleges that Rivers unnecessarily died from cardiac and respiratory […]


Family of Tracy Morgan Friend James McNair Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Wal-Mart

Posted on February 04, 2015
The family of the late James McNair, 63, good friend and mentor of ?30 Rock? and Saturday Night Live? comedian Tracy Morgan, announced last month that it settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed against Wal-Mart.  Mr. McNair, along with Mr. Morgan and three other friends, were travelling home from a comedy club performance in Dover, […]


Westchester County High Schools Sports Programs Confront Concussion Issue

Posted on February 02, 2015
In an interesting article in the Journal News in December of 2014, the issue of the how local Westchester County high schools respond to concussions suffered by young athletes was analyzed. Dr. Mark Herceg, the director of Neuropsychology at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital in White Plains, was interviewed to discuss what the proper protocol should be […]


The MTA To Install ?Collision Avoidance Devices? on NYC Buses

Posted on January 05, 2015
  The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced that beginning in the fall of 2015, buses in New York City will be equipped with ?collision avoidance devices?, which will alert bus drivers to the location of pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicles which are in the operator?s blind spots...


NYC ?Vision Zero? Plan Introduces Reduced Speed Limit of 25 MPH

Posted on December 17, 2014
For the last several years, several European countries, including Sweden, the Netherlands, and Norway, and some states in the U.S., have adopted a program known as ?Vision Zero? in an all-out effort to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries. The program includes better traffic signs and roadway design, and a reduction of speed limits on […]


Metro North Derailment- One Year Later

Posted on December 05, 2014
On December 1, 2013, an otherwise ordinary early Sunday morning after the Thanksgiving holiday, a southbound Metro North train bound for Grand Central Station from Poughkeepsie derailed just north of the Spuyten Duyvil station in the Bronx. The train engineer, William Rockefeller, who had been employed by Metro North for fifteen years, fell asleep at […]


Pedestrians Texting?Hazardous Activity?

Posted on December 01, 2014
Walk down any block in cities large or small, and you will inevitably see people walking across the street, into crosswalks, onto roadways, through parking lots with moving traffic, and along sidewalks, never looking up from their cell phones while they busily send a text or email...


Knee Replacements?When Are They Appropriate?

Posted on November 24, 2014
Knee replacement surgery has become more and more prevalent over the last fifteen years.  However, two recent studies from researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, after reviewing the records of 200 patients, suggest that in many cases, the surgery may not be appropriate or warranted...


Joan Rivers Daughter Melissa Rivers To File Wrongful Death Suit

Posted on October 31, 2014
Melissa Rivers, the only daughter of the late Joan Rivers, the 81 year old comedian who died on September 4, 2014, has announced her intention to file a multimillion dollar medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit against the Yorkville Endoscopy Clinic in New York City...


Several Former NFL Players Object To Concussion Lawsuit Settlement

Posted on October 17, 2014
This week, ten former NFL players filed objections to the NFL Concussion Lawsuit settlement due to concerns that the settlement does not adequately compensate the victims of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. CTE is a brain injury of progressive neurological deterioration caused by repeated blows to the head...


Second Fatal Bike Accident In Central Park In Two Months

Posted on September 30, 2014
On September 18th, Jill Tarlov, 59, a married mother of two and former employee of WINS News, was crossing West Drive near West 63rd Street when she was struck by a bicyclist, 31 year old Jason Marshall.  Apparently, Marshall was travelling in excess of the 25 mph speed limit in Central Park, and swerved to […]


NFL Acknowledges Traumatic Brain Injury Will Affect 1 In 3 Former Players

Posted on September 16, 2014
In a stunning and sudden change of position, the National Football League now acknowledges that 1 in 3 former players are likely to develop some long term brain damage from repeated head trauma and TBI suffered during their playing careers. The data was compiled by actuaries retained by the NFL and provided to United States District Court Justice Anita B...


NFL Acknowledges Traumatic Brain Injury Will Affect 1 In 3 Former Players

Posted on September 16, 2014
In a stunning and sudden change of position, the National Football League now acknowledges that 1 in 3 former players are likely to develop some long term brain damage from repeated head trauma and TBI suffered during their playing careers. The data was compiled by actuaries retained by the NFL and provided to United States […]


NFL Concussion Settlement Closer To Reality

Posted on July 11, 2014
Over the last three years, 4,500 former NFL players filed lawsuits against the league alleging that for many year, the NFL deceived them as to the risks of repeated concussions and traumatic brain injury (tbi), resulting in numerous long term neurological conditions and the long term effects of these conditions, including dementia, Alzheimer?s Disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), Parkinson?s Disease and ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), also known as ?Lou Gehrig?s Disease...


NFL Concussion Settlement Closer To Reality

Posted on July 11, 2014
Over the last three years, 4,500 former NFL players filed lawsuits against the league alleging that for many year, the NFL deceived them as to the risks of repeated concussions and traumatic brain injury (tbi), resulting in numerous long term neurological conditions and the long term effects of these conditions, including dementia, Alzheimer?s Disease, chronic […]


Increased Federal Scrutiny Leads To Air Bag Recalls

Posted on June 25, 2014
Air bag recalls have risen exponentially in the last year due to increased oversight by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 10 million of the 30 million vehicles recalled in 2014 have been as a result of air bag defects which cause the inflator canister to explode inside vehicles, leading to metal shards flying around inside the passenger compartment...


Increased Federal Scrutiny Leads To Air Bag Recalls

Posted on June 25, 2014
Air bag recalls have risen exponentially in the last year due to increased oversight by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 10 million of the 30 million vehicles recalled in 2014 have been as a result of air bag defects which cause the inflator canister to explode inside vehicles, leading to metal shards flying […]


Trucking Industry Resisting Driver Sleep Regulations Despite Serious Accidents

Posted on June 20, 2014
The June 7, 2014 accident in which 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was seriously injured, his close friend James McNair killed, and several passengers injured when a Wal-Mart truck rear ended their Mercedes limousine, has highlighted the significant issue of truck driver fatigue leading to many fatal accidents and serious injuries to occupants of other vehicles...


Trucking Industry Resisting Driver Sleep Regulations Despite Serious Accidents

Posted on June 20, 2014
The June 7, 2014 accident in which 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan was seriously injured, his close friend James McNair killed, and several passengers injured when a Wal-Mart truck rear ended their Mercedes limousine, has highlighted the significant issue of truck driver fatigue leading to many fatal accidents and serious injuries to occupants of other […]


Painkiller Lawsuit-More Legal Problems For The NFL?

Posted on May 22, 2014
On May 20, 2014, 8 former NFL players filed a lawsuit against the National Football League in San Francisco U.S. District Court, alleging that the league illegally and deceptively plied them with painkillers during their playing careers to get them back on the field when they had in fact suffered serious injuries...


Painkiller Lawsuit-More Legal Problems For The NFL?

Posted on May 22, 2014
On May 20, 2014, 8 former NFL players filed a lawsuit against the National Football League in San Francisco U.S. District Court, alleging that the league illegally and deceptively plied them with painkillers during their playing careers to get them back on the field when they had in fact suffered serious injuries...


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