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How can drowsy driving lead to a truck accident?

Semi-trucks and other large commercial vehicles are an essential part of commerce in New York and across the nation. However, it takes care, training and a special license to operate a commercial vehicle. Because of the size and weight of these vehicles, if a truck accident occurs, it could result in serious injuries and fatalities. Thus, it is important for semi-truck drivers to operate their vehicles with due care.

Operating a semi-truck with due care means not driving while fatigued. There are federal regulations addressing how long a semi-truck driver can be on the road before they must take a rest break. Unfortunately, these regulations are not always followed and, sometimes, truck drivers engage in drowsy driving, which could lead to crash.

20 killed in motor vehicle accident involving a limo

A birthday is always a reason for a celebration, and many in New York choose to hire a limousine to transport them to their party destinations. They may do so assuming their trip will go without a hitch, and in general should not have to worry about their safety while in the vehicle. Unfortunately, as one recent incident shows, even limos can be involved in a deadly crash.

In a recent, tragic accident, a modified limousine carrying 17 people on their way to a brewery for a birthday celebration ran a stop sign and collided with a parked vehicle. Twenty people were killed in the incident, including all 17 occupants of the limo, the driver of the modified vehicle and two pedestrians. At least one victim sent a text message before the crash questioning the safety of the limo.

Audit points to equipment issues at New York nursing homes

There are many different types of medical equipment used at nursing homes. The condition of such devices can have major implications for resident health and safety. So, one would hope New York nursing homes would be vigilant about keeping such equipment properly maintained. Unfortunately, a recent audit suggests this doesn’t always happen.

The audit was by the Office of the State Comptroller. It looked at 36 different nursing homes in the state.

Subway stairwell slip-and-fall accidents are common

New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) employs around 65,000 people to maintain a total of 842 miles of subway track. Yet, MTA’s new president, Andy Byford, has admitted that subway conditions are a disaster.

Subway stairwells can be hazardous if they are dirty, uneven, slippery or distracting. If you’ve slipped and fallen down a subway stairwell — you’re not alone. Here are a few examples of high-profile stairwell slip-and-fall accidents that have happened in New York City subway stations.

Social media can sabotage a personal injury claim

Many people use social media as an outlet to vent their feelings and express opinions. In fact, 77 percent of people in the U.S. have at least one social media profile. Around the world, user engagement is growing. While the Internet is a sure-fire way to connect with others, insurance companies love to poke around when a claim is involved. And they’re not the ones you want to be interacting with.

ELDER ABUSE and ESTATE PLANNING

According to the Center for Disease Control's (CDC's) 2013 report, the life expectancy in the United States was up to an average of 78.8 years. We are living longer lives, and with the "Baby Boomer" generation growing ever closer to the age of retirement, our elderly population is growing by the minute. Diseases like heart disease and respiratory disease as still leading causes in death in the US, however, diseases like stroke and Alzheimer's are striking more frequently. With our population living longer and these incapacitating diseases affecting more people every year, we are witnessing a rise in elderly loved ones who are in need of tender love and care.

The New York Short Form POWER OF ATTORNEY with STATUTORY GIFT RIDER - That DANGEROUS and POWERFUL Document

While the star performer in your Estate Plan is usually the Trust Agreement or the Will that you make in order pass on your hard earned wealth, there is a document we include in all of our Estate Planning packages that, as a supporting player, is incredibly important when it comes to preparing for your possible incapacity. 

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