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Effects of distraction may last longer than thought

New Yorkers know, or at least should know, that distracted driving is dangerous. Looking at a cell phone, changing the radio station, eating and even talking to passengers can take one's attention off the road, creating a dangerous situation. After all, it only takes a split second of inattentiveness for a driver to cross the center line into oncoming traffic, blow through a stop sign or fail to yield to a pedestrian. As information about these dangers has disseminated, many motorists have made an active attempt to avoid distractions while moving.

But a recent study found that even those who are distracted while stopped can experience a "hangover" effect of several seconds. This means that those who check their cell phone at a stop light may still be distracted when they start to drive when the light turns green, even if their eyes are on the road. The study found that this hangover effect can last for as long as 27 seconds, which, depending on one's speed, could account for a significant distance during which the driver is not fully paying attention. Some have called this effect "inattentive blindness."

When an Employer Cuts Corners, It Often Results in Construction Accidents

Construction professionals know that workplace safety is critical to their livelihood. Every year, far too many workers across all construction trades suffer serious injuries and accidents that may have been prevented if proper safety precautions had been taken by their employers and other contractors working on the job site. 

While New York City Council members are trying to curb the recent increase in construction accidents with new laws, construction companies currently breaking the law will probably continue, no matter what new regulations are put in place.  

New York construction accidents far too common

Just about every job in New York poses a risk of harm to those who perform it. But some professions are inherently more dangerous than others. Police officers and firefighters can face hazardous conditions, but one common profession that can be just as treacherous is that of a construction worker. These men and women, who often work near swift moving vehicles, at extreme heights and near massive machinery, can be seriously injured or killed when workplace safety has been compromised.

Tragically, a recent report seems to indicate that construction sites are becoming more dangerous for construction workers. The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health discovered construction worker fatalities are rising in conjunction with rising rates of safety violations on the behalf of construction employers. In the past two years, 30 construction workers have been killed on the job, which increases the number of construction worker deaths close to 500 over the last 10 years. This number is shocking, but so, too, is the fact that the study found that more than 90 percent of construction sites where a fatality occurred were in violation of safety regulations.

Fighting for the rights of New York motorcycle accident victims

Spring is on the horizon, and so, too, is motorcycle riding season. As fun as riding a motorcycle can be, though, it can also be dangerous. This is especially true when drivers of automobiles or other large vehicles act negligently. For example, they may fail to yield to a motorcyclist who has the right away, they may run a red light or they may change lanes into a motorcyclist. When these circumstances exist, a tragic motorcycle accident can occur.

Motorcycle crash victims who suffer a catastrophic injury in a car accident often face significant hardship in the wreck's aftermath. Most obviously, their physical well-being can be jeopardized, and the pain they may experience may be excruciating. Medical expenses can ruin an individual's financial livelihood. In addition, many motorcycle accident victims are unable to work for a given period of time, meaning that they will likely face lost wages.

Hospital floors: A major infection hazard?

Infection prevention is incredibly important at hospitals. When a person who is already dealing with a medical issue develops an infection during a hospital stay, their health can suffer greatly. The ramifications of this can stay with a patient for a very long time.

So, one would hope all hospitals would be taking proper steps to address infection risks on their property. When a patient gets sick because a hospital was negligent in relation to infection prevention, legal recourse may be available to the patient. Medical malpractice lawyers can help victims of hospital infections here in New York state look into whether there would be grounds for pursuing legal action over the infection and the harms it caused.

These are the top causes of teenage car crashes

Teenagers are just learning to drive, and for some, this means making mistakes that cause accidents. The reasons often vary from vary from being distracted to speeding or simply not recognizing a dangerous situation on the road. If a teen strikes your vehicle, it's important to know that you do still have the right to pursue a claim. This driver was younger than you, but that doesn't mean he or she should not have to take responsibility.

Aftermath of spinal cord injury can last a lifetime

A motor vehicle accident can happen in a fraction of a second, but its effects can haunt victims for the rest of their lives. Some of the most serious permanent injuries that can result from car, truck, bus and subway accidents are spinal cord injuries. These can render people paralyzed or otherwise disabled, requiring extensive and expensive treatment, and perhaps costing them the ability to earn a living.

According to statistics from 2012 there were about 270,000 people living with spinal cord injury in the United States. Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of spinal cord injuries in the nation, accounting for 39 percent of all such injuries. Sporting accidents and falls are other major sources of spinal cord injuries. Other significant causes include gunshot wounds and other acts of violence.

Help for injured workers in a high-risk industry

Many people in Glen Cove and Forest Hills have found the construction industry to be a pathway to success. Unfortunately, it can also be a pathway to injury. It will probably come as no surprise to people in the construction business that there are many career-threatening injuries suffered by workers on building sites each year.

As we discussed a few weeks ago, a full 34 percent of workplace fatalities occur in the construction industry. This is alarming because only 3 percent of all workers work in the construction industry. Construction workplace injuries have increased in number in recent years, and injuries from falls are much more common in New York than the rest of the country.

Can I sue for car accident injuries even if I'm partially liable?

Many car accidents are not the result of only one party making an error. This can be particularly troubling when injuries result from the accident - after all, if you are partially liable in the accident, doesn't that disqualify you from pursuing damages in a personal injury claim?

Fortunately for drivers in New York, partial liability in an accident does not completely disqualify one from pursuing or receiving damages.

Car accident injures pedestrians when vehicle jumps curb

Since New York is so busy and there are a great many motor vehicles on the road at all hours, it is inevitable that there will be crashes. With any car accident, there is a chance for injury and fatality. This is particularly true with pedestrian and bicycle accidents. Since pedestrians and bicyclists are not provided the same protection as a person in a vehicle, there is a greater chance that there will be significant injuries. This can include a brain injury, a spinal cord injury and worse. When there is an accident of any kind, it is imperative to have legal help to consider pursuing litigation.

A car ran off the road and hit three pedestrians outside of a shopping center. The accident happened in the mid-afternoon at around 2:45 p.m. when an 82-year-old woman driving a 2016 Toyota Corolla lost control of her vehicle. It ran onto the curb and three females. The pedestrians were 37, 42 and 58. The 58-year-old had head trauma and was hospitalized, reportedly in serious condition. The other two women had leg injuries and were also taken to the hospital. The driver was injured and hospitalized. Law enforcement does not believe there was any criminal behavior involved with the driver. The investigation is ongoing.

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