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Motor Vehicle Accident Archives

NYPD cracking down on speeding to curb accidents

The NYPD recently announced that they'll be cracking down on speeding drivers across the five boroughs. The anti-speeding initiative is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio's ongoing "Vision Zero" campaign designed to dramatically reduce the number of injury-causing and fatal auto, pedestrian and bicyclist accidents on the city's roadways. Since the program began three years ago, the NYC Department of Transportation reports that the number of traffic-related fatalities has dropped 20 percent. That being said, the City still has a ways to go toward its ideal goal of zero annual traffic deaths.

Highway Contractor Liability for Motor Vehicle Accidents

Contractors can be liable for motor vehicle accidents caused by dangerous conditions which they create on the highway. Unlike the State or City, which owns the highway, contractors do not have a nondelegable duty of care to the victims of such accidents. The rules governing contractor liability require proof that the contractor "launched an instrument of harm" or undertook all safety obligations.