Albany Legal Blog

How to document the scene following a car crash

A New York car crash may leave you reeling, but the actions you take right afterward may have a big impact on the outcome of your case, should it go to court. The more you do to document the crash scene and gather evidence that supports your side, the better.

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Statistics on teens and auto accident injuries

If you are the parent of a teen driver or a young driver, it is crucial to understand how frequent motor vehicle crashes involving teens are and the consequences of these wrecks. Every year, many young lives are turned on end because of motor vehicle crashes and the consequences of

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What are the different types of paralysis?

Paralysis typically happens due to spinal cord injuries and nerve damage. Damage to the nerves that control muscle movement can prevent you from feeling and moving certain parts of your body.  The Cleveland Clinic explains there are a few different ways to categorize and explain the different types of paralysis.  Local

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Recognizing signs of TBI after a car crash

In the immediate aftermath of a car crash, you may find yourself in shock. You may, too, experience an uncharacteristic rush of adrenaline that may make it more difficult for you to tell if you suffered an injury. Traumatic brain injuries often occur in high-impact car crashes, and while some

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How does alcohol affect driving ability?

The holiday season is right around the corner, which means you will be attending gatherings with friends and family. It is common to serve alcohol at holiday gatherings, and guests must take the proper precautions to avoid drunk driving. Unfortunately, not everyone is responsible when it comes to drinking and

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What steps should you take after a car crash?

Immediately following a car accident, it is understandable if you feel dazed, confused and even angry at the driver who crashed into you. However, it is important that you do not let these emotions get the better of you, as maintaining a calm demeanor can help you work through the

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Looking at the real cost of a car crash

After a serious auto accident, the insurance company will offer the injured party a settlement for medical bills, property damage and other expenses. Unfortunately, this offer rarely covers the full extent of costs that arise from this type of debilitating injury.  Families affected by a motor vehicle accident should understand

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What is distracted driving and what are the dangers of it?

Many drivers may not think twice about checking their cell phones or typing out a quick text while driving, but distractions on the road can lead to serious accidents. Texting and driving causes deadly crashes and other catastrophic injuries, as well as loss of property and the possible destruction of

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Injury after a rideshare accident

You may struggle with medical expenses or experience disability after a serious auto accident in an Uber or Lyft. Regardless of who caused the accident, you can file a lawsuit or insurance claim to cover the costs associated with your injuries.  Review the answers to common questions about rideshare accident liability. 

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Who is liable for the injuries caused by a dangerous dog?

New York State laws hold owners of dangerous dogs liable for any harm or damage caused by their pets, including bites, attacks and knockdowns. To classify a dog as “dangerous,” however, requires an owner’s prior knowledge of his or her canine’s tendency to cause injury.  If an unprovoked dog previously

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Pedestrians can help protect themselves from an accident

As New York pedestrians and motorists cross paths, pedestrians cannot rely on drivers to avoid a crash. Walkers and individuals in wheelchairs are pedestrians under state law, and they must follow rules and practices designed for safety. Pedestrians must follow traffic rules The state lays out rules that help pedestrians

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How serious is drunk driving in New York?

Over the past several decades, advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving in conjunction with law enforcement agencies and legislators have worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk driving.  Unfortunately, many residents in New York still refuse to put away their keys when they make the choice

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