Daily Archives: July 14, 2010

New law in New York after delivery van killed 2 in pedestrian accident

A delivery van motor vehicle accident last year killed 2 children in lower Manhattan, New York City. The victims were pedestrians walking on the sidewalk when they were hit by the negligent driver in the accident. A new law  with harsher penalties for unsafe drivers is in the works and ready to be signed. New York State Governor David Paterson is expected to sign the law that punishes drivers and protects victims. Negligent drivers can face a fine of $750 or jail time for the first time they cause a pedestrian injury or injure a bicyclist in a motor vehicle accident. The second offense brings the possibility of misdemeanor charges. A local auto accident attorney explains that these penalties are in addition to any possible injury lawsuit that may be filed. New York lawmakers hope this law will prevent reckless driving that causes many accidents, injuries and wrongful deaths on NY roads. They note that too many pedestrian injuries have been caused by dangerous drivers, like the wheelchair pedestrian who was struck last year. More tips on preventing pedestrian injury are available here. More details on New York State’s upcoming motor vehicle law are online here.

New York City bus driver will have his day in court after suffering head injury in assault at work

A Brooklyn, NY bus driver was assaulted in an on the job injury. He was driving his usual route when a passenger assaulted him causing an injury to his head. The man who assaulted him was recently indicted in court. The injured victim continues to suffer with headaches, an eye injury, neck pain and back pain from the vicious attack. Bus drivers in New York City complain that assault is not the only type of work injury they are exposed to regularly. Other common workers comp injuries include motor vehicle accidents and slip and fall injuries. This worker also suffered a job injury and won a large settlement in his court case. New York personal injury lawyers report that assaults account for a good percentage of personal injury lawsuits. One man filed a lawsuit case and won after an assault with a pool cube. If you have suffered a personal injury from an assault contact an experienced attorney to find out your rights. Get the full scoop on the injured bus driver here.