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Staten Island NY Personal Injury Lawyer > Personal Injury News (Page 16)

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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July Fourth, the deadliest holiday for car crashes

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Fourth of July is the deadliest day of the year for motorists in New York and throughout the country. The IIHS studied the five most recent years that have accurate fatal car crash data (2010 to 2014), finding that an average of 118.4 people die each year on July Fourth. This is 28 more deaths than the average daily toll. The second highest is New Year's Day, which has an average of 118.2 deaths on the roads. New Year's Day also happens to be the most...

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Roller coaster crash in Florida now under investigation

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law Residents of New York may have heard about the roller coaster accident that occurred at an amusement park down in Daytona Beach. The incident is still under investigation, so the details are still few. On the night of Thursday, June 14, the Sand Blaster ride derailed and caused two of its 10 riders to fall about 34 feet to the ground. The riders suffered traumatic injuries. The ride also left two riders dangling in midair. In a time-sensitive operation, the city's fire department, which has a tech rescue team that specializes in high-rise rescues, successfully...

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Increased drug use documented among drivers killed in crashes

On behalf of Orin Cohen of Orin J. Cohen Law People in New York generally associate alcohol use with impairment that makes driving dangerous. A report from the Governors Highway Safety Association has documented a rise in the presence of opioids and marijuana in drivers who perished in car accidents in 2016 compared to 10 years earlier. Although the data used in the report is incomplete because not all victims undergo drug testing, the authors of the report maintain that the evidence clearly supports the conclusion that drug use has increased. In 2016, 44 percent of tested victims had drugs in their systems compared to 2006 when...

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