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Toledo Zoo volunteer injured by orangutan

New York residents may be interested to learn that a volunteer at the Toledo Zoo was injured on Jan. 26 when she approached the feeding area of a group of orangutans. The injuries were non-life-threatening, but the incident may still give New York zoo-goers pause. Many incidents in zoos are preventable, and injuries might arise because of negligence.

Determining liability in a tour bus accident

When a group charters a bus for transportation around New York or any other state, they expect a safe trip. Unfortunately, some tour buses do get into accidents. If this happens, there are many different parties that could be held liable. The tour company itself is responsible for hiring a bus service that has a clean record. The company that provides the bus is expected to employ safe drivers and maintain reliable vehicles.

Settlements for dog bites average over $30,000

Many New York households include dogs that are often viewed as treasured family members. Despite the affection shown dogs by their owners, they have the potential to impose liability for injuries when they bite people. Roughly one-third of homeowner's liability insurance claims arise from dog bite injuries. The Insurance Information Institute has determined that the average settlement totaled $37,051 in 2017. Dog bit insurance claims went up by 2.2 percent that year and costs rose by over 11 percent.

Wrongful death lawsuit blames resort for lack of Spanish signs

International visitors flock to tourist attractions in New York every day. A recent lawsuit filed by a Guatemalan family highlights the issue of tourist venues providing safety warnings to people in languages other than English. Universal Orlando Resort is the target of a lawsuit that assigns liability for a man's heart attack to the resort operator because it failed to display warning signs in Spanish.

Bus driver charged in fatal crash

A 50-year-old New York bus driver is facing charges of homicide by motor vehicle after the private charter bus he was driving crashed in Northeast Pennsylvania. The man was accused of driving under the influence at the time. The bus was carrying Cornell University alumni and students on a trip from Ithaca to New York City on Oct. 14, 2018. As the bus traveled through Pennsylvania in Lackawanna County, it suddenly veered off the road before crashing in nearby woods.

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