May 2018 Archives

How do I know if I have a medical malpractice claim?

Not all medical mistakes have catastrophic outcomes. Medical malpractice/negligence is an issue that many people do not know much about. No one likes the thought of the professionals they rely on for life-sustaining care and treatment causing them more harm instead of good. That is precisely what happens every day in medical facilities and outpatient treatment centers across New York and the country.

Fatal truck crashes rose in 2016 according to FMCSA report

In New York and across the U.S., commercial truck accidents are all too common. Though the past two decades have seen a decrease in accident rates, with many crashes being prevented by new safety measures and technology, every increase can be a cause for concern. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration just published a report revealing a 3 percent increase in fatal truck crashes from 2015 to 2016.

Tesla CEO unhappy about coverage of self-driving car crashes

Residents of New York who are having doubts about the safety of semi-autonomous vehicles should know that they're not alone. The recent occurrence of accidents involving these vehicles has raised many concerns, and each accident receives considerable media coverage. For example, a driver in Utah crashed her Tesla Model S into a fire truck on May 11 because even though the Autopilot program was on, she let her phone distract her from the road.

Truckers may become less distracted with new tech

According to data analytics firm Zendrive, an estimated 69 million drivers in New York and across the U.S. use their phones every day while behind the wheel. At any given hour, approximately 40 percent of the nation's drivers are using their phones at least once. This is especially bad because cellphone use is behind 26 percent of all collisions.

New York man who caused accident charged with homicide

A 37-year-old New York man who is accused of being under the influence of drugs when he caused a fatal accident on the Long Island Expressway in March has been charged with vehicular homicide. The Suffolk County district attorney announced that the charges against the man had been upgraded on May 4. The man faces a total of 20 felony and misdemeanor counts including charges of manslaughter in the second degree, vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, aggravated vehicular assault and driving while impaired by drugs.

Road to Zero Coalition takes aim at road fatalities

Motor vehicle accidents claimed the lives of more than 37,000 road uses in New York and around the country in 2017 according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, but a group of road safety experts believe that this figure could be reduced to zero by 2050. A report released on April 22 by the Road to Zero Coalition, which is managed by the National Safety Council, suggests that this goal could be accomplished by encouraging vehicle occupants to fasten their safety belts, supporting new safety technology such as autonomous accident avoidance systems and creating a culture of safety that frowns on reckless behavior behind the wheel.

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