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Staten Island New York Personal Injury Lawyer > Personal Injury News (Page 12)

Far from rest areas, fatigued CMV drivers more liable to crash

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Back in November, researchers published a study in Accident Analysis & Prevention, and their conclusions should be of interest to commercial motor vehicle drivers in New York. Fatigued driving is a hazard of the trucking industry, and researchers have found that fatigue-related CMV crashes are more likely in areas far from any truck stops, rest areas or weigh stations with rest havens. Crashes were discovered to be two-and-a-half times more likely in places that are 20 to 40 miles away from rest areas. The prospect of a crash went up seven times in areas more than...

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Agency develops new measurement of trucking safety

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Truck accidents can be particularly devastating for New York drivers on the road. Due to the size and weight of large semi-trucks, occupants of passenger vehicles are far more likely to be seriously injured or killed in a collision with a tractor-trailer. This means that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, mandate to identify unsafe trucking companies and improve their records is important for the safety of everyone who takes to the roads. The FMCSA released a report that identified its plans to reform the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program to improve trucking...

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Truck crashes pose severe risk to passenger car occupants

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Truck accidents can be catastrophic and even deadly for occupants of other vehicles on New York roadways. Because of the weight and mass of tractor-trailers, a collision with a truck can have especially damaging, long-term effects. In addition, the size disparity means that the people in smaller vehicles bear a much greater risk. Statistics collected by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety show that 69 percent of the victims in accidents involving large trucks were in passenger vehicles, while only 16 percent of injured victims were occupants of the trucks. Despite the fact that many...

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Larger vehicles provide more crash protection for passengers

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Most New York motorists hope they never get into a car accident. Unfortunately, collisions are often inevitable. That's why it's important to have a safe vehicle. According to data from the Highway Loss Data Institute, some cars protect drivers and passengers better than others if that dreaded day ever arrives. According to the laws of physics, larger and heavier vehicles should provide better protection than vehicles that are small and light. HLDI statistics from vehicles manufactured between 2014 and 2016 show that these laws are generally true in real-world conditions. Even though all vehicles are required to...

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Truck driver safety: its highs and lows by state

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law New York residents should know about some analyses made by two fleet management systems providers. In the first, a company analyzed the behavior of drivers from more than 6,200 of its fleets, including small and midsize businesses with anywhere between 2 and 200 work trucks, including commercial motor vehicles, pick-ups and light vans. Using this data, it ranked the 50 states for truck driver safety. The safest states for truck drivers are all on the East Coast, with New York ranking fifth. The top four are Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. The most dangerous states...

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Pedestrians must be careful crossing roads and sharing the street

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Walking remains one of the most popular methods of transportation in New York City. Thanks to heavy traffic and the ready availability of safe sidewalks, most people choose to walk at least some of the places they travel on any given day. Of course, there are many benefits to walking. It provides you with good exercise and ensures good cardiovascular health. It reduces your carbon footprint and expenses associated with commuting. However, walking in New York City can also be incredibly dangerous. Some businesses and homeowners do not maintain their sidewalksproperly, which could leave you at...

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Travelers Institute touches on summertime distracted driving

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Experts have already shown that distracted driving is a major issue in New York, as in every other state, but the issue only gets worse in the summer. This may be because there are more people on the roads who are going on road trips and vacations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that there are 20 percent more miles traveled and 29 percent more road deaths in June, July and August than in the winter months of December, January and February. TrueMotion recently analyzed sensor data from its mobile app, TrueMotion Family, and...

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There may be a place for car insurance in the future

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Drivers in New York may have heard reports saying that insurance companies will experience a sudden decline in revenue once driverless cars become more mainstream. A 2016 report from Morgan Stanley predicted that by 2040, the insurance industry would contract to only 20 percent of what it is now. However, recent accidents involving driverless cars, in addition to new research, point to a potentially different future. Bloomberg New Energy Finance has released a report stating that auto insurance companies will likely experience a gradual shift in the type of insurance products they provide. Future premiums will probably...

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What a slip and fall entails for business owners

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Business owners in New York, even those who run a small business, know how costly it can get to uphold their duty of care to customers and employees. They must ensure that all entrants are safe when on their property, so there is the cost of maintenance and repairs as well as the cost of training employees on how to identify and prevent hazards. Signage will also be required for wet floors and other safety risks. The risks on any given property can be numerous: ice on sidewalks, cracks in the pavement, unsecured carpets, cords and...

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Brake inspection spree for CMV drivers set for September

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law From September 16 to 22, commercial motor vehicles across New York and the rest of the U.S. will be subjected to a brake inspection spree. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts this inspection spree, called Brake Safety Week, once a year as a way to ensure that truckers routinely check their brakes and maintain them according to the manufacturer's guidelines. Good brakes mean more efficient braking, which can prevent rear-end collisions and other accidents. In its effort to keep the public safe on the roads, the CVSA will be conducting mostly Level I inspections, which are...

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