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The SUM Bill and Insurance Law

Posted on October 19th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

In June 2012, the New York State Legislature passed an amendment to the Insurance Law that would protect car insurance policyholders and their loved ones from injuries caused by uninsured and underinsured drivers. The SUM bill requires that a driver’s SUM insurance limit match their liability coverage — unless the driver chooses to decline the […]

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Pedestrians & Bicyclists Injured by East Village Driver

Posted on June 19th, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Manhattan’s East Village was the scene of an auto accident in front of a Bodega that caused severe personal injuries and the driver of the vehicle in police custody. According to a New York Times article eight people were injured, three of them with life-threatening injuries. The accident also caused property damage to the storefront  and street.

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Alcohol-Related Accidents, Injuries & Fatalities

Posted on May 31st, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Few errors in judgment affect others so detrimentally as drunk driving. When an individual makes the decision to drink and drive, they put everyone on the road in danger including other drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians. In New York State, a driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle can be considered legally impaired if their […]

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Motor Vehicles Injuries Are The Leading Cause of Injury Related Death in New York State

Posted on January 21st, 2013 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

The New York State Department of Health website states that Motor vehicles traffic injuries are “the leading cause of injury related death, second leading cause of injury related hospitalizations and third leading cause for injury related emergency department visits in New York State.” Studies available on the website and through links provided there indicate specific incidence, risk […]

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Roadway Conditions and Auto Accidents

Posted on November 29th, 2012 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

Automobile accidents are caused by a number of circumstances ranging from driver neglect, impairment or recklessness, to roadway conditions involving weather, construction, obstructions or other circumstances. Unfortunately, automobile accidents happen every day and regardless of the circumstances, and even if you are only mildly injured, it is important that you call the police from the […]

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House Committee Approves Auto Safety Bill

Posted on June 2nd, 2012 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved an auto safety bill where “automakers would be required to meet new safety standards to prevent unintended acceleration in vehicles” as well as “new rules for brake override systems and vehicle black boxes and tougher penalties for slowing down a recall. ”AP(5/26, Thomas).” The Washington Post (5/27, Whoriskey) […]

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Compromise in Auto Safety Bill

Posted on June 12th, 2010 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

The Washington Post (6/8, Kindy) reports that a “series of compromises” between Congress and the auto industry over the auto safety bill that will force the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) “to set and enforce stricter standards,” citing “weaknesses” in NHTSA’s oversight of automakers. The bill, which could see action in both the House […]

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