You Have the Right of Way

The “New York City Right of Way Law” was designed to help protect pedestrians on New York City streets. According to the law if a driver fails to yield and hurts or kills a pedestrian within a crosswalk with the right of way the act is considered a misdemeanor.

It’s hard to imagine that New Yorkers would have objections to a law designed to increase street safety but when six MTA bus drivers were arrested and charged after failing to adhere to the new law their union quickly took action, resulting in an addendum to the law. NYC bus drivers are more or less exempt to the law provided they act with “due care.”

On Tuesday, November 3rd an MTA bus hit and killed a 70-year-old woman while she was attempting to cross the street in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn.

According to authorities the driver of the bus continued driving, supposedly unaware that he had struck a pedestrian.

The driver is currently suspended without pay and has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield and other offences.

If you or a loved one has been struck by a bus contact an experienced personal injury attorney today. New Yorkers should feel safe on city streets. To read more about safely commuting in New York City click here.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP