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Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf 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 3 year old girl who broke free from her grandmother while crossing the street was struck by a car and died on her way to the hospital. The accident happened as they were crossing Main Street at Cherry Ave in Flushing, Queens, New York.

It is very difficult for motorists to see young children if they run in front of their car. Parents, grandparents and caregivers should always make sure to safely hold the hand of young children when crossing the street or walking near a road. They should not let them run ahead. Additionally if young children are not strapped in a pushchair, the use of a rein may be a good idea, especially in the city where there is so much traffic.

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Car accidents are the leading cause of teens death. Every year more than 5000 of them die on the road. The risk of being involved in a deadly accident is four times higher for a teen than for an adult.

To create awareness on the risks of teen driving, the National Teen Driver Safety Week was created in October 2007. The NTDSW is a time designated by Congress annually to raise awareness of teen driver safety topics and to encourage safe teen driver and passenger behavior. It is well supported by state and local governments as well as the media and celebrities.

The subject this year “It Takes Two: Shared Expectations for Teens and Parents for Driving” looks at how parents and teens should interact to develop safe driving habits.

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Mazda-6.jpgMazda just recalled 161,400 defective cars in the US because loose screws can cause the side doors to come open while the car is being driven. All Mazda6 produced during 2009 to 2013 at a plant in Flat Rock Michigan are affected. Mazda will apply a thread-locking adhesive to the screws and re-tighten them free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by October 18

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10 Lawyers from Gair Gair Conason Steigman Mackauf Bloom&Rubinowitz were recently selected by their peers as New York Super Lawyers for 2013. Our primary practice area is personal injury. We handle all types of personal injury cases including medical malpractice, car accident, product liability, construction accident and wrongful death cases. Those selected are Jeffrey B. Bloom, Seymour Boyers, Anthony H. Gair, Howard S. Hershenhorn(Top 100) ,Jerome I. Katz, Stephen H. Mackauf, Ben B. Rubinowitz(Top100), Christopher L. Sallay, Ernest R. Steigman and Richard M. Steigman.

The sum of the verdicts and settlements our attorneys have obtained approaches $1 billion dollars. We believe the key to achieving these results is to limit our case intake to approximately 80-100 cases per year so that extensive personal attention and meticulous trial preparation are afforded to each of our clients on all matters. Because we are selective in the cases we accept, we are able to immerse ourselves in our cases and as a result, we are able to resolve our clients’ cases more quickly than other plaintiff’s personal injury firms.

We operate what some might call a “boutique firm”-which means we limit our practice to a select group of serious and substantial tort cases, but our results speak for themselves. As a personal injury firm, we spend a significant amount of time deciding whether we will accept a case, and, because we only accept a select few cases, we are able to spend more resources than other firms to secure the most knowledgeable experts and to get the best results for our clients.

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This weekend in New York, two motorcyclists, one teen driver and one pedestrian died in traffic accidents.

In Queens two people died in a motorcycle accident on Saturday. The two motorcyclists were knocked off the bike they were riding after they clipped a SUV and crashed into the back of another car.

Source: Daily News

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Traffic fatalities recorded during the last five years are at the lowest level ever recorded in New York City according to the recently released 2012 edition of “Sustainable Streets Index“.

In 2008, The New York City Department of Transportation launched a strategic plan called “Sustainable Streets” with the objective of improving traffic condtitions and increasing street safety with a special focus on pedestrians. The yearly publication of the Sustainable Street Index provides an overview of the efforts undertaken by The New York City DOT over the last year and measures their effect on traffic conditions and street safety.

Some of the projects completed in 2013 significantly reduced personal injuries related to crashes and improved traffic conditions. Among them it is worth mentioning:

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Four young people died in a car accident at 5:00 am Saturday morning on a highway in Westchester, New York. The 19 year old driver Bruno Vaccarezza, a fast car enthusiast, was driving a Volkswagen Golf that his dad rented for him after Bruno crashed his Mini Cooper three weeks ago.

According to the police, the car was traveling at a high rate of speed when the driver lost control of the car and slammed into the pillar of an overpass The impact was so severe that the vehicle was completely destroyed and caught fire. The occupants were burned beyond recognition.

Vacarezza’s hobby was to soup up cars and his facebook profile shows pictures and video of such cars. One of the Youtube videos he posted was titled Craziest Car Wreck EVER.

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A woman was struck and killed by a hit and run driver in the Bronx, New York, yesterday night after a a club bouncer asked everybody to exit the club because someone had a gun. Over a hundred patrons started to run out of the club and poured across the street in a panic. As she was running away, a young woman was struck and killed by a car who sped away without even slowing down.

Nightclub owners are responsible for providing adequate safety for their patrons. This includes the responsibility to hire an adequate number of properly trained security employees who can monitor the crowd in any type of situation and are able to act effectively when problems arise. In this particular case, the security staff seems to have been completely overwhelmed by the situation. Therefore the club owner may be liable for negligent security.

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After a woman was struck by a truck causing her death at the Ocean Parkway Intersection in Brooklyn last June (see our previous blog), the New York Sate Department of Transportation finally approved a $200,000 crosswalk makeover that had been delayed since 2012.

A pedestrian island and other enhancements that will improve safety for all users will be installed on Ocean Parkway near Church Ave where cars funnel onto the expressway.

The construction is expected to start this fall.

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4 people suffered injury including one in serious condition after a truck hit a car driving in the same direction on Bushwick Ave in Brooklyn, New York. The shock was so violent that it propelled the car across the sidewalk into a light pole. The truck crashed into 3 cars for sale at a nearby auto dealer before it stopped. Firefighters had to cut the top of the car to rescue the driver.
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