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Naming the City Of New York as a Defendant in Bicycle Accident

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In New York City, biking has become a widespread activity as well as a common method of transportation. Every day, approximately 450,000 bike trips are made in New York City. In 2016, there were 14 million rides taken on Citi Bikes by both tourists and locals.  With bike usage increasing across the city, many argue that the city has not taken proper measures to protect cyclists.  

 

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New York City Construction Worker Suffers Fall at Construction Site with Inadequate Fall Protection

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New York City is no stranger to the habitual construction worker injury. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest number of work-related personal injury accidents happen to construction workers. When looking at the Fatal Occupational Injuries by Industry in New York City for 2014-2015, construction workers made up 34% of all fatal occupational injuries. This is the highest percentage out of all other industries.

 

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Panelists Discuss Fixing New York City’s Housing Problem

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With New York City’s population expected to grow to 9 million people in the next 25 years, panelists at a recent Crain’s panel discussion strategized over ways to improve the number of housing options for city residents. In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented the “Housing New York” plan which set forth regulations to improve New York City’s affordable housing market.

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New York City Taxi Cab Jumps Curb and Injures Three

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On March 10, 2016 a New York City taxi cab jumped a curb and slammed into a building after driving at a high rate of speed. According to CBS New York, the taxi cab ran a red light at the intersection of First Avenue and 33rd Street at about 8:45 a.m. The taxi driver hit and injured two pedestrians, as well as suffering injuries himself. Witnesses say that there were many more people in the area that narrowly escaped being hit, especially since the incident occurred during rush hour.

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Aggregation of Residential Condominium Units Affects Mortgage Recording Tax Rate

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The New York City Register’s Office collects a mortgage recording tax whenever a mortgage is recorded in any of the five boroughs except for Staten Island.  The tax rate combines New York State and New York City Mortgage Recording Tax into one amount, which is based on the amount of the mortgage.  The New York City Department of Finance has a tax calculator to help you estimate how much the recording tax will be.

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Liability Limitations in Ride-Sharing Accidents

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Popular app-based car services like Uber and Lyft are premised on a concept called ride-sharing, which allows nearly anyone to use their own car to make money transporting passengers. In New York City, such services have become nearly as common as the yellow cab. Because some drivers have little experience with passenger transportation, they rely on Uber or Lyft to direct them on critical work-related issues.  In particular problems may arise around insurance needs and determining liability in the event of an accident.

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Stranded Subway Passengers Earn Settlement from MTA

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In December 2010, nearly 500 passengers were left to their own devices in a stalled A-train car for over 10 hours.  To make matters worse, the incident occurred during the middle of a massive snowstorm which shut down the city with two feet of snow.  Recently a small number of passengers were paid $2,500 each for compensatory damages. According to the Metro Transit Authority (MTA), the settlement was "fair" for all parties involved.

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New Plan Regulates Personal Injury Claims against New York City

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In what is hailed as an effort to improve the safety of facilities maintain by New York State or local municipalities, New York City’s Office of the City Comptroller issued a report which included a proposed method for quickly identifying potential problem spots. In the past decade, the city has experienced a significant increase in monies paid to victims of personal injury suits.

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