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Determining fault in motorcycle vs car accidents challenging

The risks of severe injuries or death on New York roads are significantly higher for motorcycle riders. The lack of protection makes them more vulnerable if they should be involved in car accidents. Many such crashes occur when motorists fail to yield for bikers.

Researchers find growing risk of football-related brain injury

Parents have been warned about the dangers their children risk on the football field. New research at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York and the Carnegie Mellon University revealed that playing football is even more dangerous than previously believed. Those big hits during tackles are not the only brain injury risks, and the studies show that all the minor hits throughout the season could cause long-term damage to a player's brain.

Contesting a will could be challenging for those who were left ou

Losing a loved one is naturally a traumatic experience. When a person discovers that he or she was left out of the will, the trauma is often magnified. However, challenging a will is a complicated process and best handled with legal guidance. Under New York laws, a testator has the final say over whom to name as beneficiaries in a will.

Premises liability: Can you sue for schoolyard injuries?

Children of all ages can suffer injuries on the playground or other areas at their schools. New York schools typically require parents to sign liability waivers at the start of each school year to avoid facing premises liability lawsuits. However, not all waivers are enforceable, and a court may deem waivers invalid if specific criteria are not met. Waivers must be explicit and unambiguous and printed clearly instead of in small print in inconspicuous places on the documents.

Car accidents: Running a red light is negligence per se

The AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety recently noted an alarming increase in fatalities due to crashes involving drivers who ignore red lights. Reportedly, 939 people lost their lives in 2017 in these kinds of car accidents. New York drivers who ignore traffic lights might be deemed negligent per se.

Well-drafted wills can protect children with disabilities

When most New York parents deal with estate planning, they make sure their minor children will be protected and cared for if they should die or become incapacitated. This concern is heightened for parents of children with disabilities. For them, their wills might need to include plans for lifelong care of their children -- but where should they start?

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