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CVSA schedules Brake Safety Week for mid-September

Many commercial vehicle drivers in New York and across the U.S. are traveling with bad brakes. By doing so, they are violating federal regulations and putting both themselves and others at risk for an accident. To address this issue, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance holds a brake inspection spree every year throughout North America. It is called Brake Safety Week.

For 2019, the event has been scheduled for Sept.15 to 21. As with previous inspection sprees, CMV drivers will be stopped at random. If they fail, they will be taken off the road until the issue that was found to violate federal regulations is fixed. Those who pass will have a CVSA decal on their truck to let others know.

An open fracture means a long road to recovery

Most people hope to get through life without suffering any type of serious injury. Injuries of any type can be difficult to recover from, and in many cases, people can still feel the effects of those injuries years later. If you are in a car accident, you run a serious risk of suffering severe injuries.

In particular, you could suffer an open fracture. You may have also heard of a type of injury called a compound fracture, and it involves a broken bone penetrating the outer layers of skin. This type of injury can cause many complications and poses many risks to your health.

Women more likely to suffer car crash injuries than men

At least since 2011, experts have recognized a certain trend in car crashes: namely, that women are more likely than men to be seriously injured or killed in a car crash. New York motorists should know that scientists from the University of Virginia have measured how much greater women's risk is. It turns out it is 73% higher.

Earlier reports put much of the blame on seat belt designs that do not offer women maximum protection. However, the University of Virginia study reveals another factor, which is that of inadequate crash test safety data.

Most common factors in auto accidents in the U.S.

Every year across the U.S., thousands of people die in auto accidents. Most New York accidents are caused by human error, and there a few common ones. At the top of the list is distracted driving. The rise in smartphones and other in-vehicle technology has turned this into an epidemic, but the reality is that almost anything can become a distraction, even talking with passengers.

Next comes drunk driving. Alcohol intoxication impairs judgment and focus and slows down reaction times. After this comes speeding. Many drivers ignore the posted speed limit, but they only raise their risk for a crash that way because higher speeds mean longer braking distance. Some speeders will simply not have enough time to avoid obstacles.

New York police to conduct Fourth of July DWI checkpoints

Drivers in New York who plan to take road trips during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday period may be wise to appoint a designated driver if they may be tempted to consume alcohol. Independence Day is the deadliest federal holiday of the year for drunk driving accidents, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on June 28 that law enforcement will be stepping up patrols and conducting sobriety checks across the Empire State to reduce the annual DWI death toll.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that drunk driving accidents that took place on July Fourth claimed 1,192 lives between 2010 and 2017. In 2018, the New York State Police arrested 216 motorists for violating the state's DWI laws over the July Fourth weekend and investigated 165 accidents involving an impaired driver. Those accidents left four road users dead and a further 244 injured.

Undertstanding slip and fall cases

New York residents should know that slip and fall personal injury cases pertain to those cases in which one party trips or slips and incurs an injury on another person's property. These cases are typically classified as premises liability claims. Slip and fall accidents often take place on premises maintained or owned by another party, who may be held liable for the resulting injuries.

There are many different types of hazardous conditions that can result in a slip, fall and injury. These conditions can include alterations in flooring, torn carpeting, wet floors, inadequate lighting or narrow stairs. Individuals can also be injured falling or slipping outside due to snow, rain or a concealed hazard. Slip and fall cases can also result from individuals falling down stairs or stumbling on cracked or broken sidewalks. In order to be able to pursue compensation against the owner of the premises, the plaintiff must have incurred some sort of injury.

Signs of a traumatic brain injury after an accident

Car accidents can change lives in an instant. One moment you may be traveling to your vacation destination or just driving to the grocery store, and the next you could find yourself sitting in a wrecked vehicle waiting on New York law enforcement to arrive on the scene. How can you pick up the pieces and move forward from here?

The aftermath of a car accident is overwhelming. In addition to the physical injuries you may have, you could also be facing significant financial loss, damage to your personal property and emotional trauma. Your recovery can be even more complicated and difficult if you also suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident. Brain injuries are complex, and you may need different types of support in the following weeks and months.

Truck accident victims face complex cases

For people in New York, truck accidents may be particularly devastating. Every year, thousands of people lose their lives or are seriously injured in crashes involving large semi-trucks. Car accidents can already be complex as there are a number of parties involved, and victims may face a fight for justice. However, the landscape can be even more complicated when a truck accident is involved.

There are a number of reasons why truck crashes can be more severe, beginning with the greater size and mass of the vehicles involved. Large trucks can do devastating damage; in addition, truck accidents may involve more cars and other vehicles. A truck accident may shut down a highway, leak cargo or block traffic, leading to a cascade of collisions. The more parties are involved, the more complex a case can become.

What to do about drowsy driving

Many drivers in New York and elsewhere head out on the road without getting the minimum seven hours of sleep that the CDC recommends. Others get behind the wheel after extended periods of wakefulness, yet the National Sleep Foundation has said that being awake for 24 hours is like being drunk with a BAC of .10.

Drowsy driving should be of concern to all drivers because it is behind 9.5% of car crashes, according to a 2018 AAA study. In fact, that percentage may be higher since drowsiness can be hard to detect (and easy to lie about) in the wake of a crash.

Memes, other social media may be deadly distractions on the road

Distracted driving can be deadly. Nevertheless, many drivers in New York engage in it on a regular basis. Cellphone use is becoming especially widespread behind the wheel. Wakefield Research has recently conducted an online study regarding distracted driving that involved 2,000 U.S. respondents. Root Insurance, a company offering insurance incentives to motorists who avoid cellphone use, recently shared the results.

Overall, participants used their cellphones while driving for an average of 13 minutes a day. Almost two in five said they do not bother to put down their cellphones when they see law enforcement around. In spite of this, 89% were critical of Uber and Lyft drivers who text and drive, saying they would leave a bad rating on such operators. Another 90% considered themselves superior drivers to ride-hailing employees.

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