School is back – and the hazards remain – How to protect your child from the dangers that lurk in schools

We are always concerned when we leave our children in the care and custody of bus drivers, teachers, lunch attendants, principals, etc.  Life has its uncertainties (but we cannot be consumed with the unknown and potential dangers of schooling our children; we would live in a state of constant anxiety … [+]

We should all exercise defensive driving (and defense walking, cycling, etc)

Accidents occur despite people following the Rules of the Road.  That is why we should all exercise defensive driving (and defense walking, cycling, etc). Look carefully at intersections as you are turning into crosswalks – there are blind spots that could obscure pedestrians (especially children).  There is no need to … [+]

If you are involved in an accident in another state, there are a few things that you should be made aware of

Traveling in other states, especially on interstate highways, can add stress to your vacation plans.  Federal highways permit drivers to operate their vehicles up to 75 miles per hour (and many vehicles travel above those already high speed limits). If you are involved in an accident in another state, there … [+]

Invest in maintaining your home – it can save you from liability exposure

The simplest maintenance of your property could save you from being sued for negligence. Carpets (especially on steps) should be immediately repaired as they present a trip hazard. Sidewalk cracks, fissures, etc. are clearly an accident waiting to occur.  Bear in mind that members of the public use your sidewalk … [+]

Preserve all evidence following an accident – e.g., photos, videos, clothing, etc

After having been involved in an accident, preserving evidence of the accident may be the last thing on the mind of an injured person.  The injured person is focusing on their pain, not a lawsuit. However, you should be aware that ocular proof best satisfies the burden of proof that … [+]

Tenant Insurance protects renters in many ways

I often recommend that renters should purchase a Tenant Liability policy to protect their property and lives. This type of coverage is is not prohibitively expensive and the benefits are, by far, very substantial.  Your local insurance agent will be able to sell you the insurance product that suits your … [+]

Exercise caution as you walk in a delineated crosswalk

Mayor DeBlasio has pushed his “Vision Zero” initiative to help prevent pedestrian deaths and injuries. The most dangerous place for pedestrians can be in a crosswalk since drivers often do not see pedestrians due to sun glare, driver distraction, etc.  Once defensive driving was the norm.  Now, due to the … [+]

An accident in which both parties claim to have a “green light” requires an aggressive investigation

Barring an incredible software glitch, a traffic signal can display a green light for only one set of drivers at a time.  However, it is common that following an intersection accident, both parties will (strangely enough) claim that they proceeded on a light in their favor. Chaulk it up to … [+]

Jury Selection – An important civic duty

  Most people cringe when they receive a notice to appear at Jury Duty.  It is a civic duty that interrupts our work and family activities, hence it invokes anxiety. However, when we appear at the courthouse to answer ready for duty, it becomes clear that being a part of … [+]