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NYPD Chase LawyersIn the early hours of a Thursday morning, chaos unfolded on the Major Deegan Expressway in New York as a police pursuit out of Yonkers took a perilous turn. What began as a routine response to a robbery report at the Cross County Shopping Center quickly escalated into a high-speed chase on the wrong side of the highway. Unfortunately, the pursuit ended in a wrong-way crash that left two innocent people injured, highlighting the inherent risks associated with police chases and the importance of seeking legal representation in such cases.

According to Yonkers police, officers were initially responding to a report of a robbery and identified a suspect at the Cross County Shopping Center. As the officers approached the suspect, he chose to flee in his Jeep Cherokee with Connecticut plates, setting the stage for a dramatic chase.

The suspect’s reckless flight continued as he entered the Major Deegan Expressway, traveling in the wrong direction in the northbound lanes. Recognizing the imminent danger, Yonkers police swiftly notified the New York Police Department (NYPD), and both law enforcement agencies initiated a coordinated effort to locate and apprehend the suspect. As they scoured the southbound lanes for any sign of the fleeing individual, the situation grew increasingly precarious.

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Location of the collision betwen the police car and the cyclist in Long island NYA tragic bicycle accident involving a collision with an emergency vehicle, has brought to light the critical danger that can arise when these vehicles are responding to emergencies.

On Saturday evening, at the intersection of William Floyd Parkway and Adobe Drive In Shirley, Long Island, NY, a 13-year-old boy’s life took an unexpected turn. He was crossing westbound on his bicycle when a police officer, responding to an emergency call for an elderly woman in medical distress, approached the intersection. The officer’s vehicle had its lights and siren activated, indicating an urgent situation. Unfortunately, tragedy struck as the police vehicle collided with the teenage bicyclist, setting off a chain of events that would alter lives forever.

In the line of duty, emergency vehicles play a crucial role in saving lives and providing immediate assistance during critical situations. However, the accident in Shirley underscores the unforeseen consequences that can occur when these vehicles are speeding through traffic, even with lights and sirens on.

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location of the deadly crash in Queens, NYCA grandfather was killed and his wife and two grandchildren were seriously injured in a car accident in New York City after a driver lost control of his vehicle and plowed into their parked car. The driver who remained at the scene has so far not been charged.

67-year-old Sam Amorese and his wife were in the process of getting their two young grandchildren, aged 1 and 5, out of their white Honda SUV. They were near their home on 73rd Avenue.  Their car was parked in a spot well-known to locals as a danger zone. This area had earned a notorious reputation as the “dead man’s curve.” It was notorious for being a high-risk location due to speeding cars, a concern that residents had repeatedly voiced.

A 39-year-old driver of a Nissan Pathfinder, coming around the corner, slammed into the Amorese family’s parked SUV. The impact was devastating. Witnesses describe the horrifying scene: the baby was ejected from the backseat of the SUV, and Mr. Amorese was pinned between his vehicle and another car.

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36th and 6th where the crazy accident occurredThe recent accident involving a driver who plowed into pedestrians in Midtown, leaving several injured, has sent shockwaves through the city. As car accident lawyers, we understand the gravity of such incidents and the legal complexities they entail.

Late on a Sunday night, Imani Lucas allegedly ran a red light, driving onto the sidewalk and striking seven people. She then fled the scene and was later apprehended by the police after crossing the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, driving 10 more miles, and crashing into two other cars. The repercussions of this accident have left victims with various head, leg, and arm injuries, leading to a multitude of charges against Lucas.

After undergoing a psychiatric evaluation at the hospital, Imani Lucas is set to face arraignment at the Manhattan Criminal Court. Her arrest has led to a slew of charges, each carrying its own weight of legal implications. Among the charges levied against her are attempted murder, assault, and leaving the scene of an accident. These charges reflect the severity of the incident and the potential consequences that may follow.

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NYPD Pursuits August 2023An innocent cyclist was critically injured as she found herself caught in the crossfire of a police chase in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, last week. As law enforcement pursued a fleeing suspect, the cyclist—a 54-year-old woman—became an unwitting casualty.

Behind every statistic, every news headline, and every police chase is a real person—a victim whose life has been upended in an instant and this tragic accident underscores the necessity of examining the procedures surrounding police pursuits to ensure the safety of all individuals involved.

The injuries sustained by victims of police chase accidents can be severe and life-altering. From broken bones and internal injuries to head trauma and emotional distress, the physical and emotional toll is significant. These injuries often require extensive medical treatment, rehabilitation, and ongoing care, all of which can strain a victim’s resources and well-being.

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Best Lawyers 2024 a global triumph for our personal injury law firmIn the dynamic and ever-evolving world of law, few accomplishments resonate as profoundly as those that redefine excellence itself. Today marks a significant milestone for all of us at Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf, as we celebrate the exceptional achievements of our Managing Partner, Ben Rubinowitz who was named “Lawyer of the Year” twice by The Best Lawyers in America (2024 Edition) in “Personal Injury Law – Plaintiff in New York City” and “Product Liability Law – Plaintiff in New York City. Ben was also included in the 2024 edition of Best Lawyers® Medical Malpractice Law and Legal Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in New York, New York.

This remarkable recognition for Ben Rubinowitz is a testament to the collective ethos of Gair, Gair, Conason, Rubinowitz, Bloom, Hershenhorn, Steigman & Mackauf. 11 other of our NYC Personal Injury Attorneys have been acknowledged in the Best Lawyers® 2024 list and the “Ones to Watch” list, exemplifying our commitment to excellence and ethical standards.

7 attorneys were named “Best Lawyers” in multiple practices:

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Ben-RubinowitzIf you’ve ever been captivated by courtroom dramas, chances are you’ve wondered about the intricate dance that is cross-examination. It’s the moment when a trial lawyer takes center stage, deftly questioning a witness from the opposing side. It’s a battle of wits, a strategic display of skill, and an art form all its own. And now, an opportunity to unravel the secrets behind a “killer cross” is just around the corner.

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, September 12th, as the renowned trial lawyer, Ben Rubinowitz, steps into the spotlight at the Golden Gate University School of Law’s Litigation Center. With a reputation that precedes him, Rubinowitz is set to share his wisdom, experience, and insights on mastering the art of cross-examination.

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LIRR TrainThirteen people were injured after an LIRR train derailed in Queens, NYC last week. Approximately 100 people were on board an 8-car train when all the cars derailed near Jamaica Station. Thirteen passengers sustained leg and back injuries in the accident.

Although speed was not a factor, an investigation is ongoing to determine the cause of the accident.

Train derailments are complex accidents that can result from a combination of factors. Some of the most common causes of derailment include:

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When the total number of crash fatalities during the first semester of 2023 is lower than the previous years, one category of road users, the cyclists, had a record number of fatalities with 14 deaths. Pedestrian fatalities were lower than usual with 41 fatalities. The NYPD also recorded 31 driver fatalities and 16 passenger fatalities for the first semester of 2023.

After two years of an unusually high number of auto accident fatalities in New York City during the first six months of the year, the total number of crash fatalities for the first six months of 2023 was pretty much similar to the levels observed before the Covid19 crisis, oscillating around 100 for the first six months of the year. In 2023, 102 people died in crashes during the first semester compared to 113, 118, 92, 101, 84, 96, 107, 107, 97, and 121 during the semesters of 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 respectively.

NYC car accident deaths by category June 2023
During the first semester of 2023, 24,535 people were injured in crashes. This number is slightly higher than the two previous years, during which 23,963 and 22,898 people were injured during the first semester of 2022 and 2021, respectively, but still lower than what it was before the pandemic when the number of traffic injuries for the first six months of the year was above 25,000. Among the category of road users, drivers were the most injured with 10,785 injured motor vehicle operators for the first semester, followed by passengers (7,564), pedestrians (4,098), and cyclists (2,088).

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crane accident lawyer nycIn the early hours of this morning, New York City was struck by yet another devastating crane accident. A crane belonging to New York City Crane & Equipment Corp. caught fire and partially collapsed into a neighboring building near Hudson Yards. The crane accident left five people injured, including a firefighter. As dedicated crane accident attorneys, our law firm understands the severity of such incidents and is committed to holding those responsible accountable. In this blog, we’ll examine the details of the recent accident and discuss the crucial role of seeking justice for the victims.

The tragedy unfolded when the crane, situated at 510 10th Avenue, suddenly caught fire around 7:30 a.m. Panic ensued as the top portion of the crane collapsed, striking a nearby building before crashing to the ground. In the chaotic aftermath, pedestrians sought safety, and passing cars sounded their horns in alarm. Though the situation could have been even more dire, six individuals sustained injuries.

New York Crane & Equipment Corp has a history of  safety violations