Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz is a New York Plaintiff's personal injury law firm specializing in automobile accidents, construction accidents, medical malpractice, products liability, police misconduct and all types of New York personal injury litigation.
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A 19 year old driver and his two passengers were in serious condition after they rear ended a tractor trailer in Queens, NYC early Friday morning. The accident happened on Astoria Bvd near 111th street, an intersection prone to car crashes according to the NY daily News

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A man was fatally struck by a subway after he fell on the track in the Bronx, NYC, last week. The victim was hit by the southbound 6 train at the St. Lawrence Ave. station about 6:15 a.m., officials said. The police are still investigating the cause of the accident.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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manhole.jpgAn NYC taxi driver and his passenger suffered personal injury after an explosion caused a manhole to fly in the air and strike the taxi on Lexington near 44th street in Manhattan early Monday morning.

The impact damaged the doors and the windshield of the taxi.

A good Samaritan pulled the two victims out of the taxi through a window and through the sunroof. The driver suffred back injury and the passenger a minor hand inury.

Read more in the New York Daily News

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135 people died in traffic accident in New York between the beginning of April and the end of September this year compared to 134 for the same period of 2013. Despite all the Vision Zero efforts and the new street designs implemented by the Bloomberg administration, the streets of New York City remains dangerous for pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicle passengers.

The graphs presented in this post compare data from NYPD crash statistics on a 3 months basis with the blue bars representing traffic deaths in 2013 and the red bars, traffic deaths 2014.

While comparing 2014 to 2013 data, the graph below shows that most of the decline in traffic deaths happened at the end of the winter. During the good season, a slight increase of fatalities in the spring was compensated by a slight decrease during the summer.

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The main focus of the Vision Zero campaign is to reduce pedestrian and cyclist deaths but recent statistics show that after a sizable decline at the end of the winter, the number of pedestrian fatalities in NYC stayed stable during the spring and summer of 2014 compared to the spring and summer of 2013.

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Even more concerning are cyclists fatalities which have jumped from 1 to 8 between July and September 2014 compared to the same period of 2013. As bicycling gained in popularity in New York City, the previous Bloomberg administration developed a bigger bike network and safer street designs that came to completion this year but neither these recent improvements nor the Vision Zero Initiatives prevented the number of bicycle fatalities to rise by 217% between April and September 2014 compared to the same period of 2013.

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Vehicle passenger deaths were also on the rise this summer compared to the summer of 2013, after a slight decline in the spring and a huge decline at the end of the winter.

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Only motorists fatalities declined this summer going from 36 in 2013 to 21 in 2014 while they increased in the spring and were stable at the end of the winter.

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It is too early to draw conclusions on the effectiveness of the Zero Vision Program launched at the beginning of the year by the de Blasio administration but so far data indicate that motorists are the main beneficiaries of the recently implemented traffic calming measures while pedestrian and bicyclists especially continue to be the victims of traffic violence in New York City.

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chris_salley_small.jpgChristopher Sallay, a partner at NYC Personal Injury Law Firm Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom,& Rubinowitz is representing Juan Rosario who lost his wife and two children in a car accident in which a van plunged of the Bronx River Parkway viaduct into an unoccupied part of the Bronx Zoo.

According to an article published today by the New York Post, this particular section of the Bronx River Parkway is the most dangerous and expensive stretch of road in the city and 16 people died in accidents at this spot. The city already paid an $11.5 million settlement last year for a fatal crash that happened in 2006.

More lawsuits are underway, including the one handled by Chris. Chris was quoted in the article saying the Jersey barriers – finally installed two weeks later – “could have prevented this, it’s that simple,”.

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A scaffold accident caused by an equipment failure of the traction hoist brake mechanism that supports one side of the rig, left two window washers dangling outside the 69th floor of One World Trade Center in Manhattan, NYC which opened for business last week.

The two window washers, Juan Lizama and Juan Lopez, were trapped for two hours until firefighters were able to rescue them. The two workers were brought to safety through a hole that firefighters cut in one of the windows.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the accident. It is not the first time that Tractel Group, the company that supplied the scaffold, has had an accident with its material. The company was fined $21,000 in 2008 after one worker died in an accident during which a scaffold that the Tractel Group had previously repaired gave way. Last June in midtown Manhattan two other window washers were left dangling 500 feet above ground after a scaffold built by the Tractel Group snapped. They were rescued by firefighters. Read more on the AP website

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Jeff%20Bloom.jpgJeff Bloom, a partner at New York personal injury law firm Gair, Gair, Conason, Steigman, Mackauf, Bloom & Rubinowitz, will be speaking at “Bridging the Gap”, a special CLE program for recent graduates and newly admitted attorneys put on by the New York State Bar Association.

This two-day program will be presented in New York City on December 10th and 11th and broadcast live to other locations, in Albany and Buffalo, in an interactive video conference format, allowing “real time” interaction between all locations. This program is approved for MCLE credit for newly admitted attorneys in all locations, regardless of format.

Jeff will speak on Wednesday December 11th at 2:55 pm and will provide an overview on how to handle a medical malpractice case. Since joining the firm in 1979, Jeff has carved out a reputation as one of the top medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys in New York. Known and respected by both the bench and bar as a fierce advocate on behalf of his clients, he has helped them successfully achieve numerous multi-million dollar recoveries.

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A young pedestrian was seriously injured in an accident during which he was struck and trapped under a NYPD School Safety Van which was traveling south on Coney Island Ave. The driver, a school safety agent, swerved to avoid a car which was making a left turn Northbound and hit a 13 year old boy near 18th Ave in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, NY. His backpack got caught on the bumper of the Police van and he was dragged under the vehicle. He couldn’t move. A truck driver who witnessed the scene ran to the rescue and used his tow to lift the van and extract the boy, most probably saving his life.The boy is at the hospital in stable condition.

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One person was critically injured, 3 other people were seriously injured and two other people sustained minor injuries in a violent car crash which happened early in the morning on the FDR Drive in Manhattan, NYC.

The crash was caused by a wrong way driver who was travelling southbound in the northbound lanes of the highway around 4:00 am in the morning. The car traveled approximately 10 blocks from 34th street and then collided with two SUVs.

The driver of the vehicle sustained head injuries and was transferred to the hospital in critical condition. 5 other people were also rushed to the hospital and one person was treated at the scene.

Read more in the NY Daily News and CBS New York

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Bronx cyclists and pedestrians will soon have more space to safely walk and bike as a second stretch of the Bronx River Greenway is about to be revamped. A new bike lane and play spaces will be created along the Bronx River from E. 233rd St. to Duncomb Ave in Williamsbridge as part of a $3.25 million project.

Read more in the NY Daily News

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Picture: Bronx River Alliance