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Construction worker severs both legs in Roslyn Heights

Officers with the Nassau County Police Department were dispatched to aid an injured construction worker at a worksite near the intersection of Locust and Corncrib lanes in Roslyn Heights just after 8:00 a.m. on Feb. 13.When they arrived on the scene, they found a 39-year-old construction worker in a 10-feet-deep manhole.

In speaking with witnesses to the incident, they learned that a large steel plate had struck him, causing him to fall into the hole. They also learned that the metal had apparently amputated both of his legs around his calves when it made contact with his body.

Drivers might not watch for bikers at the start of the season

While most motorcyclists won't be riding right now, the nicer weather that is perfect for drives is coming up quick. You should make sure that your motorcycle is ready for the open road now so that you are prepared when the weather improves. On those first rides of the year, remember that motorists might not be as vigilant about watching for bikers as what they are later in the year when they see them more often.

We know that you just want to get your ride in and make it back home safely. Unfortunately, that might be thwarted by a driver who isn't paying attention. In these cases, you might decide that you are going to seek compensation from the driver for the damages that you face because of the injuries.

Not all domestic violence charges are legitimate: Fight back

When you left your partner, you knew that they weren't happy about it. What you didn't know is that they would seek revenge on you by filing a report with the police claiming that you abused them.

You don't think the accusation will stand, and you know you didn't do anything to hurt them. Still, there is a restraining order against you, and you have been arrested. What should you do?

Elderly couple killed in accident with teen in stolen car

Three people are dead in an accident with a teen driver in New York. The entire tragic accident could have been avoided, but the driver allegedly stole the vehicle and then ran from the police.

According to reports, the police first spotted the car when it ran a stop sign. An officer then tried to pull the Nissan over for that infraction. A 17-year-old boy was behind the wheel.

Car accidents and the psychological impact on children

When you get into a car accident with your children in the car, it can have a massive impact on them psychologically even if they do not suffer any physical injuries. It is still an emotionally traumatic experience, probably the most traumatic one of their lives.

This issue is only made worse if they do get hurt or if they witness serious injuries or even fatalities. Children may experience issues like depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the crash. This can last for months or years.

Violations, misdemeanors and felonies in New York

The criminal justice system varies significantly from state to state. Therefore, when you are accused of a crime, it is important that you understand the legal consequences based on the state that you are in so that you can successfully defend yourself.

There are three types of criminal charges in New York, and these three types vary in severity. They can also be split into subcategories, which denote varying degrees of seriousness. Often, a successful defense will be able to lower the seriousness of a conviction, so that it is further down on the scale, and therefore, carries less severe consequences.

An alleged East Meadow drug dealer is arrested for heroin deaths

The Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) arrested a suspected Long Island drug dealer at the Extended Stay Hotel, located along South Oyster Bay Road in Bethpage on Jan. 26.

A spokesperson for NCPD notes that they suspect that the East Meadow resident sold a lethal amount of heroin that was used by two victims they before they died from fatal overdoses during the past few months. The most recent death that he's been connected to occurred on Jan. 26 in Oceanside. The earlier one happened on Oct. 4, 2018, in Plainview.

Tips for walking on snow and ice this winter

Now that winter is upon the New York area, everyone who is going to go anywhere needs to know how to walk on the snow and ice. This isn't as easy as it sounds, so make sure that you aren't trying to rush about when you are on this type of surface. Remember that sometimes, ice can blend in with the pavement, so you might not realize how slick it is until you step on it.

One of the first things that you need to do is to wear sticky shoes. Try to find shoes that have thick tread on the bottom. Ideally, these will be made of neoprene or rubber to give a bit more traction on the slippery surface. You might even benefit from ice grippers that slide on over your shoes.

Can the police ever search your home without a warrant?

If you get a knock on your door only to find out you are confronted by police officers, there is no reason to be intimidated or stressed. In this situation you have rights to protect you from an unauthorized search of your home.

Do the officers have a search warrant?

How do vehicle recalls work?

Imagine you purchased a brand-new vehicle from a reputable auto manufacturer. You expected it to be one of the safest cars on the road, but in reality, it had a serious defect that put your life at risk. Fortunately, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) mandated a recall on your vehicle before you or a family member got hurt. Now, the vehicle manufacturer has to fix or replace your car free of charge.

When the NHTSA issues a vehicle recall, the manufacturer has a legal obligation to reach out to the owners of affected cars. Here's what the manufacturer's notification needs to state:

  • A complete description of the vehicle defect
  • A discussion of the risks caused by the defect and what owners need to watch out for
  • A description of how the manufacturer will fix the problem with instructions about how and when the car owner can get the vehicle fixed