New York City Personal Injury Blog

What you know about broken bones, fractures and car accidents

Car accidents in the NYC area often lead to injuries. The force of impact and the way the body is thrown about during an accident can lead to some serious mental and physical trauma. Not all injuries require medical care. However, many motor vehicle incidents that cause broken bones and fractures do. Some motor vehicle accident victims may need surgery to repair their bones and improve their prognosis. 

Broken bones and fractures often cause a lot of pain and suffering for accident victims. They also lead to high medical bills, lost income and other complications for individuals and their immediate relatives until their injuries are completely healed.

Construction accidents kill 2 men on same day

On September 21, two fatal construction accidents occurred just hours apart in New York, prompting local officials to think of new ways to keep its workers safe. The City Council is considering a bill requiring construction workers to attend safety training and apprenticeship programs.

Atop a luxury waterfront condo development in the Financial District, a 43-year-old man was building concrete molds when he lost his balance and fell 29 stories onto a scaffold bridge. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

5 common causes of car fires

Your car catching on fire is probably one of the scariest things that can happen to you. Car fires happen for a variety reasons, from manufacturing flaws to electrical malfunctions. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), automobile fires resulted in 764 injuries and 209 deaths between 2006 and 2010. 

But how exactly do cars catch on fire? Learn more about some of the most prominent causes of motor vehicle fires and explosions. 

Impact of car size on vehicle collisions

New Yorkers who have small cars may enjoy better gas mileage, but they also have higher risks of being seriously injured or killed when they are involved in collisions. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway safety, people who are in small cars have twice the risk of being killed in accidents when they are compared with people who are in larger, heavier vehicles such as trucks or SUVs.

Small cars have smaller front ends than do larger vehicles. When they have front-end collisions, there is less of the vehicle available to absorb the collisions' forces. This means that more of those physical forces will be transferred into the interiors and absorbed by the occupants' bodies.

Motor vehicle crash deaths increase threefold at night

There are several reasons why driving during the evening and nighttime hours is more dangerous in New York and around the country. Municipalities eager to avoid rush hour traffic congestion often schedule road construction and repair crews to work at night, and drunk drivers are a persistent danger in the late night and early morning hours. Government accident data shows that the chances of being killed in a car accident are three times higher at night, but there are steps that motorists can take to reduce these risks.

The primary danger associated with nighttime driving is decreased visibility, which makes it more difficult for motorists to see other road users, gauge how far away they are and determine how fast they are moving. However, safety experts say that drivers can greatly mitigate these dangers by reducing their speeds, maintaining safe distances from the vehicles ahead, avoiding distractions and remaining vigilant and driving defensively.

Seat belt use is up in New York

Seat belt use has climbed steadily in New York, an unequivocal win for traffic safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belt use can reduce the risk of fatality in a car accident by 45 percent, and reduce the likelihood of a moderate to severe injury by half. The increase in seatbelt use over the last several decades has undoubtedly saved lives.

Two non-profit groups are now attempting to do more, prompting the NHTSA to require vehicles to issue seatbelt warnings for rear passengers by filing a lawsuit against the federal agency. 

Common causes of workplace fires and prevention tips

Fire is one of the most common hazards in the workplace. Prevention of fire injuries starts with identifying the common causes of burn injuries. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it is also the responsibility of your employer to train you about fire safety.

In order for you to avoid fires and understand how to handle a fire emergency, you should know about industries with unique risks and common causes of fires. Below is a quick guide to fire risks at many workplaces.

Record number of convictions overturned in 2016

Little is said about attorneys or organizations that work to free people falsely accused of (and convicted of) crimes that they did not commit. People only seem to know about them when a person is freed from death row or are released from prison after decades of incarceration. While these stories are still more of the exception than the rule, more people are being exonerated after being found innocent despite being prosecuted.

In fact, the number of people set free after being falsely convicted reached yet another record last year.   According to a report produced by the National Registry of Exonerations and the Center on Wrongful Convictions, 166 people were exonerated in 2016, including 52 for murder. A large majority of these convictions were based on guilty pleas. While the reasons the pleas were varied, intimidation from police detectives likely played a role.  

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