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Police misbehavior includes unlawful arrest and excessive force

In many situations, people are glad to see police. When you call for help because of a motor vehicle collision or an intruder in your home, those flashing lights can provide a sense of security or relief. For other people, however, the presence of law enforcement can mean imminent danger.

Police officers, after all, are only human, just like the people they swear to protect and serve. Mistakes happen, as do emotional overreactions. Unfortunately, when police officers make mistakes, innocent citizens often end up paying the price. Those who have experienced the use of excessive force during a law enforcement encounter or those who were wrongfully arrested may need to take legal action to stand up for their rights and prevent future abuses.

The many types of treatment for a traumatic brain injury

Suffering a traumatic brain injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident or slip and fall, is every bit as complex as it sounds.

While it's possible to recover from such an injury, there's also a good chance that it could change your life forever.

The risks associated with autonomous vehicles

If you could teach a computer to drive a car just as well as a human being -- then require the computer to follow driving laws -- traffic accidents and their associated injuries and deaths would decrease dramatically across the United States.

The problem is, no matter how safe this technology appears, there are some risks that Americans need to know about the technology.

How Long Do Property Owners Have To Clear Snowy Sidewalks?

New Yorkers are walkers. We walk to the subway or bus, we walk to work, we walk to the gym-we walk pretty much everywhere we go. But when winter weather hits, walking can turn dangerous if property owners fail to clear their sidewalks of snow and ice. Some property owners take care if it right away. But then there are others who do it halfway, or maybe don't even do it at all. So how long do property owners typically have to clear snow and ice before the mess becomes an official liability in the case of a slip-and-fall accident?

Wait until the snow stops falling

According to the City of New York, as long as snow is still falling, private property owners don't yet have an obligation to clear their sidewalks. But once the snow stops falling, that's when the clock starts. When the clock stops depends on what time the snow stopped falling.

Know these 3 taxi safety tips in New York City

You take the taxi to work often, but you also know that there is an inherent risk each time you do. The driver isn't always the same, and depending on his or her skills, he or she could put you in danger. You rely on this service to get where you need to go, but how can you be sure you'll get there safely?

There is nothing certain in life, but there are some taxi safety tips that can help you protect yourself. By verifying the driver's credentials and even checking reviews ahead of time, you can be more confident in the driver and your safety while in his or her care.

9 injured in New York -- personal injury lawsuits possible

Most people who use New York roadways likely know that there is always a potential of an accident. However, while an accident due to a driver error, for example, may be anticipated, a drugged driver who slams into multiple vehicles is difficult to predict. Unfortunately, police believe that such a scenario occurred in an accident that resulted in personal injury to nine people.

The incident happened one afternoon on a day in October. Witnesses claim that a truck -- whose driver is unidentified -- struck seven vehicles near Time Square. The driver reportedly allegedly exited the rental truck afterward and informed witnesses that he was being followed. A witness was able to detain the man until rescue workers arrived.

Children suffer personal injury in New York accident

Most people realize and accept that accidents happen. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a motor vehicle collision, however, all parties involved are required to remain at the scene. However, police in New York claim that one of the drivers involved in a recent crash that caused two children to suffer personal injury fled the scene.

Police report that they receive a called about an accident one afternoon on a day in mid-October. At the scene, they discovered a vehicle that had turned over. Two children in the vehicle were transported to the hospital where they are said to be in stable condition.

New York car accident results in personal injury, fatalities

Passengers in a vehicle place their trust in the driver. They expect that the driver will take measures to ensure their safety, including abstaining from drugs and alcohol, taking proper measures to avoid becoming fatigued and avoiding distracting actions such as texting while driving. Unfortunately, accidents in New York can often have drastic consequences, leaving a victim suffering from a personal injury or a family grieving an unexpected loss.

Unfortunately, the details of a recent accident in New York that left two people in the hospital and two people dead remains under investigation. According to reports, the incident occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m. on a day in October. Reports indicate that a car driven by a 17-year-old male struck a fire hydrant and a tree.

New York personal injury claim results in $71 million award

Anyone who has been involved in a car accident likely knows that even a relatively minor incident can create serious aches and pains. Unfortunately, victims of major crashes in New York often suffer for the rest of their lives. A jury in New York has recently awarded the victim of a car crash over $70 million in a personal injury lawsuit.

The incident that led to the woman's injuries happened in an accident that occurred in Aug. 2012. According to reports, a man was driving a sports utility vehicle when he fell asleep. As a result, the vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic, striking a van. A 94-year-old woman in the van passed away, while the driver and a second passenger were transported the hospital.

What is a common carrier?

A common carrier is a business that focuses on carrying people or goods from one place to another. Vehicles like buses, trains and taxicabs are common carrier vehicles. In some places, even roller coasters are common carrier vehicles. Businesses that run these carriers are responsible for keeping their fleets in good condition and for getting people to their destinations safely.

Common carriers are liable for any injuries passengers suffer if the injured party can show that the carrier was negligent. For example, all carriers are required to uphold the standards of safety required by the industry. Failing to warn passengers about potential hazards or dangerous conditions could lead to liability lawsuits.