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Bill seeks to reduce truck accident fatalities

Many safety advocates in New York are urging increased regulations to lower the risk of a particularly deadly type of trucking accident. Underride crashes occur when a passenger car slides under the carriage of a large commercial truck, often crushing or severing the top of the car. These accidents can occur at the rear, front or side of the truck, and they are very likely to be fatal. Associated with severe head and neck injuries, underride crashes have even resulted in decapitations.

In 2011, there were 260 deaths in underride rear-end trucking accidents, 19 percent of all fatalities linked to two-vehicle accidents between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles. As a result of the number of severe injuries and deaths, underride guards are now mandated on semi-trailers. However, many have criticized the current standard as insufficient to provide proper protection, and no underride guards are mandated on the front or sides of these large trucks.

Will new law improve high rate of construction accidents in NYC?

New York is a city that is always rebuilding itself - literally. There is construction going on in all of the boroughs year-round. The construction industry offers many New York City residents an opportunity to make good money - but at a price.

Everyone knows that construction work can be dangerous, especially in a densely-populated city full of skyscrapers. However, the total number of deaths and injuries at New York City construction sites has been significantly increasing for the past five years.

Chain reaction car accident leaves 1 dead in New York

The 24-year-old man who crossed the center line and caused the crash left his BMW and fled on foot. He later returned and was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

Individuals who are injured in car crashes may be entitled to recover for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering or other damages. In a case where a person is killed in a motor vehicle accident, surviving family members may have a claim for wrongful death. An attorney might be able to help by analyzing the facts of the case and identifying parties who potentially have liability. The attorney might gather evidence or depose witnesses in preparation for trial or attempt to negotiate a settlement with the at-fault parties' insurers. If the case cannot be settled, filing a lawsuit might be the next step.

Source: NBC New York, "1 Dead in Violent Chain-Reaction Hit-Run Crash in the Bronx", Oct. 1, 2018

Push is on to mandate crash avoidance systems in trucks

In 2016, 4,300 Americans were killed in car accidents involving semis and other large trucks, which is a 28 percent increase compared to 2009. Despite this, commercial trucks in New York and across the U.S. aren't required to have collision avoidance technology.

According to a report by The Kansas City Star, the National Transportation Safety Board has repeatedly requested that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration mandate collision avoidance technology in commercial trucks. However, the agency has failed to do so. As a result, only a small portion of large trucks currently traveling U.S. roads have advanced safety technology systems on board.

Hit-and-run driver sentenced in New York

A 23-year-old New York man was sentenced to five years of probation on Sept. 18 for leaving the scene of a traffic accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The Rome resident will spend the first six months of his sentence at the Oneida County Jail according to reports. He was originally charged in May with leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious injury and reckless driving.

The accident took place on the eastbound lanes of the New York State Thruway near the Town of Westmoreland on May 27, 2017. Police reports indicate that a motorcycle carrying two people struck the rear passenger side of a Hyundai sedan that changed lanes directly in front of it. Emergency services personnel arriving at the scene found both the motorcycle's rider and passenger badly injured after being ejected in the crash. The rider was rushed to a nearby trauma center, but he succumbed to his injuries five days later.

Intoxicated chef pleads guilty to manslaughter after crash

New York residents may be interesting in learning the disposition of a legal case involving a popular chef from an Ithaca restaurant. On March 3, the 53-year-old chef was reportedly driving under the influence when his actions caused a collision that killed a young Auburn man.

The defendant was named the 2014 Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation's Syracuse Chapter. After leaving his job in Ithaca, he was traveling north on State Route 34 at approximately 9:30 p.m. when he drove his 2016 Honda Accord across the centerline near the Fleming and Scipio town line. As a result of the man's impaired driving, he reportedly caused a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by a 25-year-old Auburn man with three passengers. The Auburn driver died at the scene from injuries sustained in the collision. The brother of the deceased was one of three passengers in the vehicle, and he suffered serious injuries that continue to cause him problems. The fiancé of the deceased was also passenger in the vehicle, and prosecutors described her injuries as 'less serious." A minor child was the final passenger and sustained no injuries.

Improperly secured equipment blamed for NYC subway crash

If you work in New York City, you may be among the crowds of commuters who use the subway. If so, you are probably accustomed to delays and even the occasional accident.

One of those accidents occurred in the summer of 2017, resulting in injuries to dozens of passengers.

Dirty surgical tools and hospital acquired infections

The practice of medicine has changed and evolved so much throughout the centuries that the last thing anyone expects to learn/hear about is the use of dirty and unclean surgical tools and medical equipment. Though it can take months for doctors/hospitals to notify at-risk patients, many people never find out at all.

In health care settings, medical workers and their employers must follow national, local and institutional guidelines to ensure their surgical instruments and medical equipment are adequately cleaned and sanitized. When there are issues with the cleaning and sterilization process, the risk of infection, injury and adverse outcomes increases significantly for patients. The exposure of patients to dangerous pathogens, staph germs and infectious contaminants can cause them to develop life-threatening illnesses like HIV and Hepatitis B or C that require continuous medical care. They could also develop other hospital-acquired infections from medical negligence that lead to difficulties with underlying and preexisting health concerns.

Investigation of deadly truck and bus crash focuses on tires

Trucking companies in New York and elsewhere must maintain their fleets so that commercial vehicles function within safety standards. As a result, the condition of the front tires on one semi-truck has come under scrutiny after it crashed into a bus and killed eight people Aug. 31 on Interstate 40 in New Mexico.

A preliminary accident investigation indicated that the semi truck hit a Greyhound bus after losing the tread a front tire. A senior investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board said that the tires were going to the agency's headquarters for a thorough inspection. The NTSB also wants to see the truck driver's medical records and toxicology report.

Attorneys say shooting survivors intend to file lawsuit

Some people in New York may have heard that on August 26, there was a deadly shooting at a Florida video game tournament. On Aug. 28, attorneys announced that some survivors would be filing a lawsuit although they did not say who would be targeted in the lawsuit.

At least one of the people filing was shot at the tournament. Others suffered emotional trauma. A total of 10 people were injured and 2 were killed when a 24-year-old man opened fire at the GLHF Game Bar at the entertainment complex known as Jacksonville Landing. The man had bought the handguns legally in his home state of Maryland despite having been treated as a teen in psychiatric facilities. Maryland law does not allow the sale of guns to people who voluntarily spent 30 days or longer in a psychiatric facility or who were involuntarily committed. Since the gunman's treatment happened when he was a teenager, however, it did not fall under those laws.

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