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Staten Island New York Personal Injury Lawyer > Personal Injury News (Page 10)

Uneven sidewalks could be risky for bikers, joggers and others

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law When people think about sidewalk injuries, they probably think about pedestrian accidents with motor vehicles or perhaps a snow-related slip-and-fall incident. However, the potential risks of sidewalks are not limited to only the winter months. The sidewalks themselves can cause injuries and even deaths to unsuspecting people who are just going about their daily lives. Uneven sidewalks can be caused by crumbling cement, encroaching roots, frost heave or ground settling. Property owners and business managers should pay close attention to the condition of their sidewalks and make repairs when necessary. Failing to do so result...

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Tennis player achieves settlement after slip-and-fall accident

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Several years after a slip-and-fall accident at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City caused her a serious head injury, a Canadian tennis player has settled a premises liability lawsuit with the United States Tennis Association. Eugenie Bouchard, once ranked as one of the five top female tennis players around the world, slipped and fell at the 2015 U.S. Open tennis tournament. A wet locker room floor led to the incident, which caused a head injury that prevented her from playing out the remainder of the tennis season. Following the settlement,...

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Keeping highways safe with state governors’ participation

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law America's roads are becoming less and less safe. In 2016, 39 states reported an increase in the number of traffic fatalities. Nationwide, the fatalities rose by 5.6 percent. A total of 37,461 drivers died in New York and across the U.S. that year. It is known that road safety conditions in America are inferior compared to those of other developed countries. Drivers may be wondering who can lead the way in pushing and implementing improvements. This is where a new report from the National Governors Association comes in. The organization states that state governors have a key...

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OOIDA seeks rule change regarding hours of service

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law The advocacy group for tractor-trailer owner-operators, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), has recently filed a petition with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration seeking changes to so-called 'hours of service" regulations. The FMCSA is responsible for issuing regulations on the number of hours a day a tractor-trailer driver can be on the road. These changes could affect the safety of all New York drivers. The OOIDA claims the current regulations are convoluted and lead to fatigued driving. Drivers are provided with a 14-hour window each day to drive, and the clock begins running as soon as...

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Safety technology reduces car accidents, injuries

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law New York motorists who follow automotive technology may be interested in learning that safety warning systems work. A new study indicates that collision avoidance systems significantly reduced certain types of accidents. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied 5,000 car accidents that happened in 2015. These car accidents included one-car, head-on collisions and sideswipes in lane departure and blind spots the technology features are designed to prevent. The accident rate decreased to 11 percent in vehicles that had the warning systems. The injury rate also dropped by 21 percent. The study determined that 55,000 fewer people would...

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Delayed abdominal pain after a car accident is serious

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Many of the injuries that a person might suffer in a car accident do not cause pain immediately. In some instances, these injuries may go undiscovered for some time, until they worsen and become painful. In some cases, this leaves victims with very little time to seek treatment. While not all delayed pain injuries are serious, those that produce pain in a victim's abdomen may indicate something life threatening. If you or someone you love recently experienced a car accident and now feel pain in your abdomen, please seek medical attention as soon as you can. You...

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NTSB proposes ways to discourage speeding

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Many New York motorists are aware that over the past few years, traffic-related deaths have been on the rise. Though some claim that distractions, especially smartphone-using pedestrians, are causing it, the National Transportation Safety Board has released a study saying that the main factor is speeding. About 31 percent of traffic deaths between 2005 and 2014 were caused by speeding, roughly the same as fatalities related to driving under the influence. Therein lies one of the issues, according to the NTSB. No national campaigns have created a cultural stigma around speeding, and there is no...

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NHTSA to hold summit on drugged driving

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Car accidents caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs are on the rise in New York and across the United States, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to do something about it. On March 15, the federal agency will host a summit designed to raise awareness about drug-impaired driving and develop solutions to solve the issue. Two of the reasons behind the increase in drugged driving crashes are America's opioid crisis and the legalization or decriminalization of marijuana in many cities and states. In fact, federal statistics show that the...

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Senate bill would mandate side guards on tractor-trailers

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Each year, more than 200 Americans die when their vehicle slides beneath the side of a tractor-trailer truck. These types of accidents, called "side underride" collisions, are especially deadly because they can shear off the top of the car, causing severe head trauma to the driver and passengers. To address the issue, Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida have proposed a bipartisan bill that could prevent such accidents. Introduced in December, the Stop Underrides Act of 2017 would mandate the installation of guards on the sides of...

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The dangers of overloaded tractor trailers

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Truck accidents in New York and around the country often involve overloaded semi-tractor trailers or commercial vehicle drivers who failed to adequately control their fully laden vehicles. Loaded tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds without violating state or federal safety laws, and that amount of weight traveling at highway speeds can cause catastrophic damage to passenger vehicles. Many truck accidents involving fully laden or overloaded tractor-trailers occur when commercial vehicle drivers face an emergency situation and are forced to take evasive action. Heavy loads can shift dangerously in these situations and cause trucks...

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