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January 2024 Newsletter

January Newsletter

Happy New Year!
Welcome to our January 2024 Newsletter

Jim Appears on Motorcycle Podcast 12/11/2023

What’s new with Leonick Law for 2024?

In case you didn’t know, Jim rides a Motorcycle in his spare time. Our office is now a sponsor of the Motorcycle Mayhem Internet Radio Show. The show is for the everyday rider with a twist of comedy and a lot of info on motorcycle events and fundraisers. You can watch on Monday nights (see above) and listen to their other broadcast on LI News Radio, Wednesday nights at 6:00pm on 103.9 FM.

Governor Hochul Vetoes the Grieving Families Act

In our August 2023 Newsletter we discussed the Grieving Families Act. New York’s Wrongful Death Law, codified in 1847, which limits the recovery of damages for those who die as a result of the negligence or malpractice of others to financial losses. Limiting damages to these losses adversely impacts the families of those who are very young, the elderly and those whose incomes are suppressed by socio-economic factors.
Most would agree that no one person’s life is worth less to their families than another’s due to gender or race, however the harsh reality is that our current law forces this inequity upon us. The Grieving Families Act would allow family members to be compensated for emotional loss resulting from malpractice or negligence. 41 other states have wrongful death laws that enables recovery for emotional loss of a loved one, New York is an exception.
This bill passed both the New York State Assembly and Senate with Bipartisan support. However at the end of the 2023 Legislative session, Governor Hochul vetoed the bill, despite extensive negotiation and widespread support for the bill. Why? Perhaps the Insurance company lobbyists won again…
If you or someone you know was involved in any types of accident and suffered injuries or died as a result of the negligence or malpractice of another, please contact us regarding your right to damages for pain and suffering or wrongful death.

Remember How to Drive in the Snow?

We represent victims of motor vehicle accidents on a regular basis.

It always takes at least one snowfall for our winter driving “muscle memory” or “spidey-senses” to kick in. According to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation, “Over 70 percent of the nation’s roads are located in snowy regions, which receive more than five inches (or 13 cm) average snowfall annually. Nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in these snowy regions. Snow and ice reduce pavement friction and vehicle maneuverability, causing slower speeds, reduced roadway capacity, and increased crash risk. Average arterial speeds decline by 30 to 40 percent on snowy or slushy pavement. Freeway speeds are reduced by 3 to 13 percent in light snow and by 5 to 40 percent in heavy snow. Heavy snow and sleet can also reduce visibility. Lanes and roads are obstructed by snow accumulation, which reduces capacity and increases travel time delay.”
Additionally, “Each year, 24 percent of weather-related vehicle crashes occur on snowy, slushy or icy pavement and 15 percent happen during snowfall or sleet. Over 1,300 people are killed and more than 116,800 people are injured in vehicle crashes on snowy, slushy or icy pavement annually. Every year, nearly 900 people are killed and nearly 76,000 people are injured in vehicle crashes during snowfall or sleet. Snow and ice increase road maintenance costs. Winter road maintenance accounts for roughly 20 percent of state DOT maintenance budgets. State and local agencies spend more than 2.3 billion dollars on snow and ice control operations annually. Each year, these road agencies also spend millions of dollars to repair infrastructure damage caused by snow and ice.”
If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident due in part to someone else’s negligence, call us for a no obligation consultation. The call is complimentary, the information we provide will be priceless.

Winter Driving Tips From The National Highway Traffic Service Administration

1) It is more difficult to stop or slow down your vehicle when there is ice or snow on the ground.
2) Don’t drive close to snow plows, as they make wide turns and stop often
3) Make sure your tires are properly inflated, air pressure decreases when it is cold
4) Inspect your tires at least once a month (Tread, pressure, condition)
5) Ensure children’s car seats are secure
6) Have a mechanic check your battery, in the cold it take more power to start your vehicle
7) Have durable floor mats for slushy conditions
8) Ensure that all headlight, brake lights, signals, etc, are functioning
9) Make sure you have windshield washer fluid meant for winter temperatures
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