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Vehicle Crash in Queens Involved Fire Truck
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Sep 14, 2017 | 1483 views | 0 0 comments | 128 128 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

A vehicle crash in Queens occurred on Saturday, August 26, when a fire truck on its way to put out a fire in Flushing crashed into a Lexus SUV, which then collided into another vehicle. Ten people suffered injury from the three-vehicle accident.

Vehicle Crash in Queens Details

After the fire truck collided into the Lexus SUV, the SUV crashed into a Mercedes SUV. NBC New Yorkreported the accident occurred at Kissena Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue, near Kissena Park in Flushing.

Out of the 10 injured people, seven were hospitalized. The worst casualties where a child, who was in serious condition and an adult who was in serious condition but then was upgraded to stable condition. A firefighter and two other people suffered from minor injuries, and emergency personnel treated them at the accident scene.

The accident happened around 10:30 a.m., and the truck was only about five minutes from where the fire was, on the ninth floor of a 25 story building, a few blocks away. Firefighters were able to put out the fire within about a half hour.

Legal Implications of the Vehicle Crash in Queens

An accident investigation would determine whether any party was negligent and therefore responsible for causing the accident. What are the possibilities? Did the Lexus SUV driver pull over when hearing the fire truck siren and seeing the flashing lights? Was the fire truck driver reckless when crashing into the SUV?Certainly the Mercedes SUV might have a case if anyone in that vehicle was seriously injured. A neighbor reported that the Mercedes rolled over onto its side and a number of its windows were smashed. If manufacturing defects led to the rollover, the injured party in the Mercedes SUV could hold the manufacturer accountable for damages.

Seek Legal Help to Get an Opinion about Pursuing a Claim

Negligent parties can be sued for injuries that meet the serious injury threshold set by NY law. Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP  has decades of experience representing clients in car accidents cases and can investigate an accident and help you recover compensation to offset medical and other related costs.

 

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Investigation into the Cause of Long Island Train/Car Crash Accident
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Aug 31, 2017 | 4378 views | 0 0 comments | 267 267 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) released its findings in July for the investigation into a train wreck where a Metro-North Railroad train hit an SUV in 2015.

According to The New York Times , the driver of the SUV, Ellen Brody, 49, got out of her vehicle to inspect it after a crossing arm came down. Then she got back inside and suddenly drove her vehicle forward into the path of the oncoming train. The collision killed the driver along with five passengers on the train. It was the worst accident in the history of Metro-North Railroad history.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

The driver’s husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit that alleged the railroad was to blame for inadequate signs and flaws in the signal systems at the railroad crossing. However, the NTSB investigation did not find the signal systems to be faulty or that signs were the reason. They concluded that the driver caused the accident, but they could not discern what she was thinking when she drove the car forward.

Investigators devoted considerable time to trying to discover what the driver’s mindset could have been. They questioned the husband about her sleep habits, state of mind, stress, fatigue and alcohol or drug use. She had no alcohol or drugs in her system when the crash occurred, and phone records indicated she was not using her cell phone. Why she got out of the car and then drove it forward remained a mystery.

The NTSB did evaluate that a third rail was responsible for the train being so badly damaged, however. The rail penetrated the railroad cars during the accident, but they should have broken away and not have remained intact. As a result, more than 650 passengers were trapped aboard the train.

This factor is left for Metro North to further look into so that the current third rail system does not pose a risk for severe damages and injuries when accidents take place at or near grade crossings.

Have You Been Involved in a Serious Train/Car Crash Accident?

Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP  assists families with loved ones who are severly injured or die in train or car crash accidents. We offer a free consultation to discuss your accident and determine whether you have grounds to pursue compensation.

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Grand Central Parkway Car Accident Involves Four Cars, Two Deaths and Seven Injuries
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Aug 16, 2017 | 4765 views | 0 0 comments | 322 322 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
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On Sunday morning, July 17, a Grand Central Parkway car accident took the lives of two people and left seven others injured. The accident occurred near 188th St. in Jamaica Estates around 6:30 a.m.

Grand Central Parkway Car Accident Details

Andrew Shakespeare, age 33, lost control of his 2014 BMW SUV when he tried to speed past another car and sideswiped it. The New York Post http://nypost.com/2017/07/17/cops-arrest-suspected-drunk-driver-in-deadly-queens-wreck/ reported that after losing control, his vehicle cut across three lanes and struck a Nissan SUV. Then both vehicles collided through a metal divider, entering eastbound lanes. A woman driving east in her Mercedes SUV rolled her car after she swerved to miss the two cars. Her car landed on the highway shoulder.

Deaths and Injuries

Two passengers in Andrew Shakespeare’s BMW SUV were ejected, Akeam Grant, age 16, and Layon Campbell, age 24. Both died. Akin Grant was thrown from the backseat and died at the accident scene. Layon Campbell was transported to Elmhurst Hospital Center where he died several hours later.

The other seven people suffered minor injuries and were treated at nearby hospitals. Shakespeare was taken to Long Island Jewish Hospital and only suffered from a minor head injury.

Police arrested Shakespeare after he refused to submit to a sobriety test and charged him with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, DWI and reckless driving.

For Serious Car Accident Injuries and Fatalities, Seek Legal Help Immediately

When a loved one dies in a car accident or is seriously injured and someone else is at fault, consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Our attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee can evaluate the accident, identify liable parties and hold the parties accountable. Seeking compensation for damages can help families recover expenses and help an injured victim pay for medical costs due to serious injury.

Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP primarily focuses its practice on personal injury cases.

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Queens Construction Site Accident Injures Workers in Long Island City
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Jul 26, 2017 | 6277 views | 0 0 comments | 443 443 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

On June 26, when a scaffolding collapsed, six construction workers suffered injury at a Queens construction site accident in Long Island City.

The incident occurred at 42-20 27th Street, between 42nd Road and Queens Plaza South, according to ABC7NY.

Workers were doing construction on the building’s fifth floor and pouring concrete when the scaffolding failed. All injuries were non-life threatening, but some injuries were serious.

NBC New York reported that the Department of Buildings stopped the work and issued the contractor an aggravated violation for failing to maintain a safe site.

High Fatality Rates Due to Construction Site Accidents

In August 2016, CBS News ran an article that reported one in five worker fatalities in 2014 occurred in the construction industry. The top causes of construction worker deaths were falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object and being caught between objects, equipment or material.

What NY Laws Protect Construction Workers?

New York Labor Law Section 240 (1) has provisions to protect workers that use ladders and scaffolding. Building agents and contractors must properly maintain scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes and other devices so workers are not at risk for accidents and injury.

In fact, scaffolding must be constructed to bear four times the maximum weight required when in use.

Violations of NY Labor Law that cause construction site accidents can make contractors and building owners liable for damages.

For Serious Construction Site Accidents, Seek Legal Help Immediately

When a construction worker is seriously injured or dies in a construction site accident and you suspect a contractor or building owner was at fault, consult with a lawyer as soon as possible. Our attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee can evaluate the accident and hold liable parties accountable. Seeking compensation for damages can help a family member recover from a serious injury or help the family deal with the consequences of a tragic fatality.

Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP primarily focuses its practice on personal injury cases.

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Deadly Truck Accident in Long Island City, Queens
by cjleclaire
Jul 12, 2017 | 7904 views | 0 0 comments | 376 376 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
by Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP | Jul 7, 2017

On Saturday, June 24 around 6:00 a.m., a car crashed into a tractor-trailer in Long Island City, Queens.

According to CBS New York , the driver of the car crashed into a tractor-trailer, and the collision sheered off the top of the car as it slid under the truck. The police believe the driver of the car ran a red light and broadsided the big rig while traveling on Queens Boulevard. The driver, 28-year-old Steven Narvaez died at the scene of the accident. Emergency personnel took his passenger, a 17-year-old girl, to Elmhurst Hospital where staff evaluated she was in critical condition.

The truck driver was unharmed and remained at the scene. It appeared that police conducted a sobriety test on the truck driver and officials are investigating the crash, but made no arrest.

Truck Accidents

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) heavily regulates the trucking industry. Truck drivers are subject to regulations that limit the number of hours they are allowed to drive. Most trucks have an electronic control module (ECM), also called a black box. The ECM records data about the truck operation, such as times driven, speed, braking, etc.

Truck Accident Statistics

An estimated 500,000 truck accidents occur annually. However, the US Department of Transportation reports that passenger vehicle drivers are responsible for more than 75% of the accidents.

In 2015, 16 percent of the deaths in truck accidents were truck drivers, 69 percent were occupants of passenger vehicles and 15 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

For Serious or Fatal Truck Accidents Seek Legal Help

When another driver causes a serious accident, you should seek legal help as soon as possible. Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP  has extensive experience dealing with truck accidents and other vehicle accident cases and can help you protect your rights to recover compensation.

 

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Long Island Car Crash Kills Teenager and Seriously Injures Two Others
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Jun 12, 2017 | 14272 views | 0 0 comments | 279 279 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

According to Suffolk County police, a deadly car crash occurred on May 20, just before 9:00 p.m. The driver lost control of his 1995 Mitsubishi and crashed into a tree on North Street, near the South street intersection in Manorville, Long Island.

The NY Post reported that 17-year passenger old Isaiah Perez, who was sitting beside the driver in the front seat, was rushed to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital where doctors pronounced his death. The driver, Edenilson Trejo, 17 and his backseat passenger Tyrese Rammer, also 17, were transported to Stony Brook University Hospital. Their medical conditions were serious. Police authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.

Car Crash Risks for Teenage Drivers

  • Teenage drivers are more at risk for injury and death in car crashes than any other age group. Here are the facts that show how great the risk is:
  • About 33 percent of 2010 deaths in the age group of 13—19 were due to motor vehicle crashes.
  • The age with the highest crash rate is 16.
  • An estimated 56 percent of teenagers admit they talk on the phone while driving.
  • Each additional passenger added to a car with a teenage driver increases the death rate for a 16 and 17-year old driver.
  • More than 40 out of 100 teen deaths occur between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
  • Twenty percent of 16-year old drivers are involved an accident during their first year of driving.

DoSomething.org provided the above statistics. It is a global movement to make positive change in teens’ lives. They address serious issues that teenagers face all over the world and organize campaigns. Examples include campaigns to socialize teenagers living in isolation, to reduce bullying and to provide clothing for youth living in homeless shelters. Reducing driving risks for teenagers is also one of their major focuses.

Was Your Teenager the Victim of a Car Accident?

Get legal help from Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP. We offer a free consultation to discuss your accident and determine your legal rights to pursue compensation.

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The Use of Social Media in Personal Injury Litigation in New York
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Mar 16, 2017 | 20529 views | 0 0 comments | 293 293 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Attorneys Using Social Media as Evidence in Personal Injury Claims

For many, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are as much a part of their lives as a phone, computer or even a car. Most don’t think twice about posting pictures, messages and other information for the world to see. But if you have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, especially in New York, you may want to give some serious thought to how actively you post to social media sites. Here’s why.

The phase of a trial during which the parties gather evidence is known as “discovery.” The state of New York has long had liberal discovery rules, requiring “full disclosure or all matter material and necessary in prosecution or defense of an action.” Under a 2011 ruling, a party in a civil lawsuit has a right to obtain evidence by any legal method that will “lead to the disclosure of relevant evidence or…reasonably…lead to the discovery of information that bears on the claim.”

So how does this relate to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram? Well, if you are a regular user of those social media sites, you know that you can set your own level of privacy, so that posts are only visible to certain people. Accordingly, you might believe that you retain that right of privacy with respect to attempts to gather trial evidence from your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. But that is not necessarily the case in New York.

In a 2011 appellate court opinion in New York, the court held that a Facebook post was akin to a diary, and found that posting could be discoverable, regardless of the privacy settings the user had. That’s not to say that anything you post on a social medial site will be broadcast to a jury. Typically, the judge will review all proposed evidence, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media posts, to determine if they are relevant. If not, they typically won’t be allowed into evidence. But if they are, the user’s privacy settings will generally not preclude their introduction into evidence.

Contact Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP

At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we have more than 60 years of experience protecting the rights of personal injury victims. For a free initial consultation,

contact our office online or call us toll free at 888-519-6400.

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Texting While Driving in New York
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Mar 09, 2017 | 15916 views | 0 0 comments | 772 772 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Have You Been Texting and Driving?

Texting while driving in New York is against the law. In fact, 46 states ban texting while driving and two more states have a partial ban on it. The reason for the ban is that distracted driving can result in serious accidents and tragic deaths.

National Public Radio (npr.com) reported about texting and driving in a 2016 article called “New York Wants to Know: Have You Been Texting and Driving?. A bill in the NY legislature, referred to as Evan’s Law, proposed that police officers should be allowed to check drivers’ cell phones at accident scenes.

Details Behind the Bill for Evan’s Law

Ben Lieberman’s 19 year-old son Evan died from serious injuries a month after a serious car accident that occurred in Hudson Valley, north of New York City. He was a passenger wearing a seat belt and sitting in the backseat of the car. The driver claimed he had fallen asleep at the wheel, which resulted in a head-on collision with an oncoming car. When the police failed to investigate the driver’s cell phone, six months later, Ben Lieberman requested a subpoena as part of a civil lawsuit.  Phone records revealed the driver had been texting throughout the time driving, including near where the accident occurred.

Lieberman wants to build an electronic device that a police officer could plug into a cellphone to see whether the phone was in use at the time of a crash. The device would not reveal personal communications but instead would be a textalyzer, used to help determine whether a driver was texting.

Law enforcement has the right to subpoena records from a phone company or request a search warrant from a judge to search a phone. However, it takes time and money to do so.

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Drivers Often Hide the Fact They Were Texting and Driving

The Director of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute believes the percentage of distracted drivers is much higher than seen in police accident reports. Researchers put cameras in cars for a study at Virginia Tech and discovered that distracted driving caused about 70 percent of vehicle accidents. The reported statistic is only 20 percent.

Get Legal Help for distracted driving

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious car accident, get legal help to discuss your rights and whether you can seek compensation.

Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP focuses its practice primarily on personal injury cases.

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Why We Favor Diversity in the Workplace
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Feb 28, 2017 | 13938 views | 0 0 comments | 188 188 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

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Today, if you live or work in New York City or the metro area, you hear alot about diversity in the workplace and how it is good for businesses. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we take pride in our diversity. We offer legal services in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Greek, Bengali, Urdu, Bangladeshi and Hindi. As our diverse staff members work side-by-side, you’ll see various ethnic groups and races, including African American, Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian.

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The Advantages of Diversity in Business

Companies with diverse staff members are more innovative, productive, better at solving issues and can reach a wider client base. All of these factors are good for businesses.

Resolving Issues

According to The New York Times, studies showed that when a diverse group of people interacted with each other, their answers to analytical questions were more accurate than homogenous groups. In fact, diverse groups had a 58 percent greater accuracy.

Another study put people of different races in a group and had them solve murder mysteries. Again, the diverse group performed significantly better.

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“I believe our firm’s diversity is a great asset for clients who choose us to represent them in personal injury claims. They have a notable advantage when we seek to obtain fair and just case awards on their behalves.”  Mark H. Sackstein

 

 

eric-b-lee-partner“Our firm has helped many people in the Korean community and other ethnic groups to overcome the challenges they face when litigating for deserved compensation. Our abilities to overcome language barriers and work together are invaluable for getting results.” Eric B.

 

 

Innovation and Production

Researchers compared banks with and without racial diversity. Studies showed that 177 U.S. banks with diversity had greater financial performance. Bank presidents emphasized innovation when the company was diverse.

In another study, Stanford University researchers had groups discuss social issues, such as child labor and the death penalty. The researchers wrote dissenting opinions and had both African American and Caucasian students deliver the opinion to the groups. Even though students delivered the same dissenting perspective, when an African American presented the perspective to a group of Caucasians, the opinion seemed more novel and led to broader consideration of alternatives.

Various studies concluded that people work harder in diverse environments both socially and cognitively. While they may feel challenged when working through barriers, their hard work leads to better outcomes.

Broader Customer Bases

Because our staff at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP speaks a variety of languages, we can reach a broader client base than firms where language is limited to English.

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Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP focuses its practice primarily on personal injury cases.

 

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Welcome to Our New Personal Injury Website!
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Feb 23, 2017 | 13030 views | 0 0 comments | 516 516 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP

At the law offices of Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we’ve focused our practice on the needs of injured people across Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and the New York City metropolitan area since 1952. We have four offices throughout the greater New York region, in Flushing,Queens, Garden City, Brooklyn and the Bronx. We are proud to offer legal services to clients for whom Korean, Spanish, Chinese,French, Creole, Greek, and Hindi is a primary language.

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website, designed first and foremost to meet the needs of our clients. You’ll find it easy to navigate and filled with clear and comprehensive information about our extensive personal injury practice. As our website indicates, there’s virtually no type of personal injury claim that we can’t handle. In addition, if you want  input from individuals who have used our services in the past, please check out our testimonials page.

At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we have a simple philosophy—we treat our clients like we treat our family. That means that we’ll be available and accessible when you need to talk to us, and that we’ll return your calls and e-mails as soon as we can. We understand the impact a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life, from seemingly simple tasks to earning a living. We’ll take the time to get to know you and learn exactly what happened, as well as what you need to recover as fully as possible from your losses. We have the experience and skill to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs, but if those responsible for your injuries are not willing to negotiate in good faith, we are experienced and effective trial attorneys who are always willing and able to take your case to a judge and jury to get the outcome you want and deserve.

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We also understand the comfort that comes from understanding where you stand and what your options are. We’ll keep you fully informed and involved at all times, and we’ll regularly post blogs on our website, so that you can have a better understanding of the law, the process and your claim.

Contact Our Office

At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we look forward to serving you. If you have questions or concerns or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please send us an e-mail or call us toll-free at (888)519-6400.

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