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Car accidents: Fatal crash follows disregard of stop sign

The New York State Police is investigating a recent crash that occurred in Genesee County. Negligent driving is one of the most frequent causes of car accidents. According to a preliminary report, a witness called 911 shortly after 6:15 p.m. to report a collision at an intersection on State Route 33.

Premises liability claims can follow assault and theft

Property owners in New York must ensure safe premises for visitors. Owners of accommodation and hospitality facilities, shopping malls and other places that welcome public access must take reasonable steps to protect visitors from harm. Along with eliminating slip-and-fall hazards and making sure stairwells are brightly lit, security to prevent assaults and thefts is also the responsibility of property owners -- that is if they want to avoid facing premises liability lawsuits.

Wills: How to avoid heirs challenging your last wishes

When it comes to the last wishes of New York residents, those wishes might not always be honored, or they may be challenged. Advisers suggest people take steps to draft bulletproof wills. They say because people live longer and second or third marriages are prevalent, many branches get added to the family tree -- some of which might expect to feature in a will. There might even be some of those who are prepared to fight for a piece of the estate.

Medical malpractice claims can follow anesthesia errors

Patients in New York and every other state expect to leave a hospital in better health than when they were admitted. However, the potential for errors is present in any medical process. A significant number of medical malpractice lawsuits follow mistakes made during anesthesia. One of those involves incorrect dosing of medication, which has been found to result from inexperience, unfamiliarity to devices or equipment, inattention, carelessness or haste.

Living trusts require revisions to keep them current

New York residents who have established estate plans might find comfort knowing that their living trusts are in place to manage their estates while they are alive and after they die. However, with passing time comes life's changes and events, some of which might affect a living trust. For this reason, occasional reviews of trusts are crucial.

Premises liability lawsuit follows painter's fall

When stepping onto someone else's property in New York or elsewhere, whether for shopping, working or another purpose, one would expect it to be free of hazards that could cause personal injury. However, judging by the many premises liability lawsuits that are filed every year, not all property owners take proper care. A painter in a neighboring state recently filed such a claim against five individuals and entities deemed responsible.

Fatality caused by flying tire might lead to wrongful death claim

For the second time in a month, a New York motorist was killed by a tire that flew off another vehicle. About a month ago, a man was struck by a tire as he was driving in East Babylon on Sunrise Highway. Then, on a recent Wednesday, another driver died in a similar manner while he was driving on Gowanus Expressway, and a wrongful death claim might follow.

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