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Number of fatal pedestrian accidents continues to increase

The New York area certainly has its fair share of pedestrians. After all, considering the traffic and parking conditions in our area sometimes walking is the fastest way to get where you're going. The sad reality, though, is that these pedestrians are seemingly in a constant state of danger. Negligent drivers, including those who are distracted, intoxicated or tired, fail to yield to them, veer onto sidewalks and neglect to share the road, all of which can lead to an injurious or fatal accident.

Sadly, a recently released report by the Governors Highway Safety Association indicates that the occurrence of fatal pedestrian accidents is only increasing. The organization found that, in 2018, more than 6,200 individuals were killed in pedestrian accidents. That figure stands as the highest rate of pedestrian deaths since 1990. Over the last 10 years pedestrian fatalities have increased by more than one-third.

Egregious nursing home neglect draws national headlines

Nursing homes are entrusted with one of the most important responsibilities in life: caring for vulnerable and elderly loved ones. Being tasked with this duty means that nursing homes need to ensure that they are abiding by state and federal regulations and laws, including those pertaining to staffing, training, resident supervision and nutrition. Negligence or recklessness in any of these areas, even for a short period of time, can result in tragic consequences.

To see just how devastating nursing home neglect can be, just look at a recent case that is garnering national attention. There, seven people are facing criminal charges related to their mistreatment of two nursing home residents, one of whom died. The egregious acts and inactions of these nursing home staff led to extensive bedsores that developed to gangrene, which caused one of the residents to die from septic shock. The second patient suffered physical harm linked to improper care at the nursing home.

Distracted driving: cell phone use becoming more dangerous

Distracted driving continues to be a problem across our country. A seemingly countless number of drivers take their eyes and minds off the road in order to engage in conversation with others, change the radio, eat and even groom themselves. The biggest culprit of distracted driving, though, is cell phone usage. Whether texting and driving, checking email while behind the wheel, or surfing the Internet while operating a vehicle, cell phone usage can prove extremely dangerous. A recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows just how dangerous of a problem this can be.

That study found that although overall cell phone usage amongst drivers is down, the way in which those devices are used is becoming riskier. According to the study, drivers have been found to be manipulating their phones, which includes any cell phone use other than talking on the phone, 57 percent more frequently than just four years ago. This is a stunning statistic considering this type of device usage can increase the risk of a car accident by 66 percent.

Poor truck maintenance can result in a serious truck accident

Semi-trucks are a constant sight throughout New York and across America. These giant vehicles can be daunting, especially to individuals who have heard news stories about deadly truck accidents. The scary reality is that these trucks and their drivers cause accidents all the time, leaving victims and their families with extensive losses. While most people assume that these accidents are caused by negligence caused while driving these big rigs, and that certainly does account for a fair share of these wrecks, improper truck maintenance can also result in a devastating crash.

This is why the federal government has regulations in place to better ensure that trucks are routinely inspected and repaired. Truck companies are required to systematically inspect their fleets and make appropriate repairs. Additionally, truckers must complete a post-trip inspection report at the end of each day that is spent on the road. These reports must identify any defects, each of which must be rectified by the truck company before resumption of operations.

Nursing home neglect and bedsores

Nursing homes and their staff carry a heavy responsibility. After all, they are entrusted with the safety and well-being of some of the most vulnerable amongst us. When negligence occurs in nursing homes, the results can be nothing short of tragic. Victims can be left seriously injured, and in the worst cases they die as a result of the injuries they have suffered.

One common sign of nursing home neglect is the existence of bedsores. These ulcers that are found on the skin typically develop on the bony parts of the body when pressure is applied to them for an extended period of time. In the nursing home context, these wounds are often found when nursing home staff neglect to turn patients in a timely manner.

When do I have to call the police after an accident?

If you’re caught in a minor fender-bender accident, you may be tempted to ask the other driver not to bother involving the police in it. However, under certain circumstance, it’s illegal not to contact local law enforcement immediately after a car accident.

Use these factors to determine whether contacting the police is necessary in your situation.

Law firm holding negligent drivers accountable

Far too many drivers continue to take to the streets while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. These motorists' suffer from diminished driving capacity, including slowed reaction time, poor judgment, and an inability to multitask. They usually have trouble maintaining their lane and a consistent speed. One or any combination of these impairments can lead to a serious car accident. Sadly, many innocent individuals suffer serious injuries as a result of these avoidable crashes.

Fortunately, victims of these wrecks may be able to recover compensation for their damages. However, in order to succeed on their claim they must prove certain legal elements. To meet the legal burden placed upon car accident victims, a lot of know-how and legal legwork is required. Merely gathering evidence can be challenging, especially when parties are hesitant to provide it. Utilizing that evidence to craft compelling legal arguments that are persuasive is another matter.

The basics of a premises liability lawsuit

Merely stepping onto the property of another should not be a frightening event. This is especially true when an individual has been invited onto the property in question, such as when he or she is a customer in a store or he or she is invited to someone's house for a social gathering. Yet, far too often, property owners fail to adequately maintain the safety of their premises. This failure can result in serious injuries and deaths to unsuspecting individuals.

Fortunately, those who are harmed by dangerous property conditions may be able to recover compensation for damages suffered. In order to do so though, they must prove certain legal elements. The first step in these lawsuits is to prove the injured individual's status at the time the injury was suffered. If an individual truly was invited onto the property, then a higher standard of care is imposed upon the property owner. In these situations, the property owner would be expected to act with a reasonable standard of care.

Negligence can increase truck stopping distance

Semi-trucks play an important role in our society. They move goods from place-to-place, allowing consumers to have access to the goods and services they desire. Yet, despite these benefits posed by the trucking industry, these massive vehicles, their drivers and truck companies also pose significant risks to innocent motorists. This is because the sheer size of these vehicles can leave a wake of devastation and death when driven negligently.

One reason for truck accidents is the fact that they need a significantly greater distance in order to come to a safe stop. An average passenger vehicle may be 12 to 18 feet in length and weigh up to 4,000 pounds, but a big rig can be as long as 53 feet and weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. So, when these vehicles need to come to a safe stop, a passenger vehicle is going to be able to so with much more ease. In fact, when traveling at 65 miles per hour, a semi-truck will require more than 200 additional feet to come to a safe stop.

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