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March 2013 Archives

Zone of Death: Washington Heights' 28-block-wide Zone has Claimed 11 Pedestrians over 3 years

The narrow area, bordered by 164th St. to the south, 192nd St. to the north and the Hudson and Harlem Rivers, holds the lethal distinction as the location of one of the worst clusters of pedestrian fatalities in Manhattan.

Speeding remains a big problem in NYC

Readers of this blog may recall that we wrote about a crash earlier this month that left three people dead. A young couple was heading to the hospital when their livery car was hit by another vehicle in Brooklyn. Their unborn child was delivered but later died. It is believed that speed was a factor in that crash. Unfortunately, speeding remains a problem all over New York City.

Scaffold and Ladder Accidents on Construction Sites Cause Serious Injuries

Many of our clients at Morgan Levine are construction workers who are injured when they fall off of a scaffold or ladder while on a job site.  The scaffold or ladder is usually defective in some way, causing it to shake or wobble.  The end result is a construction worker falling from a height and sustaining injuries.

Another Pedestrian Killed and Long Island Driver Charged With DWI

Police have arrested a Long Island driver in connection with the death of a pedestrianSuffolk County police say 59-year-old Thomas Vaughan, of Lake Grove, was driving the SUV near Lake Ronkonkoma early Sunday morning when he hit the pedestrian.

Injured construction worker receives $330,000 settlement

A construction accident can have a large impact on a person's life. The injuries an individual sustains in an accident can prevent him or her from working for months at a time. Most people who are injured in a construction accident are eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, there may be instances when compensation can be obtained from other sources.

Lawmakers Asked To Limit Construction Site Accident Lawsuits

Lawmakers in Albany are being asked by landowners and general contractors to limit lawsuits for accidents which happen on construction sites.  The attorneys of Morgan Levine are traveling to the State Capitol to lobby Congress and fight for our clients.

NYC police stepping up investigations of serious car accidents

Changes to the way New York police respond to serious car accidents could help accident victims hold reckless drivers accountable for their actions as well as help city leaders build safer roads.

22 Year-Old Pedestrian Killed On West Side Highway By Hit and Run Driver

A 22 year-old man was killed as he crossed within the marked pedestrian crosswalk on the West Side Highway at 23rd Street earlier this morning.  The driver of the car left the scene of the accident without identifying themselve.  

Construction Site Accidents and Workers' Injuries Drastically Increase

Jobsite accidents in New York City jumped 31 percent from 2011 to 2012, while injuries up 46% in same period.  During this time, inspections of worksites decreased 40 percent between 2009 and 2012.

Operator Cited in Queens Crane Collapse at Construction Site

A crane operator and a construction site sub contractor failed to inspect crane equipment, adding to the cause of the Queens crane collapse.  Investigations into the cause of the construction site accident revealed the crane operator and sub contractors did not take proper precautions and ran the crane unsafely, causing the collapse. 

Suspect in fatal hit-and-run accident identified

Earlier this week, we told readers about a horrific car accident that claimed the lives of a husband and wife. The expectant couple was on their way to the hospital in a livery car when they were involved in the fatal car accident. We originally reported that the couple's newborn baby survived the crash. Sadly, the 4-pound child died after being delivered by cesarean section.