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August 2016 Archives

Trucks may have to go slower soon

New York commercial truck drivers may soon be affected by a federal regulation that is being proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The regulation would affect the maximum speeds at which commercial vehicles can be driven.

Determining fault in personal injury cases

In New York, when a person files a personal injury lawsuit, pure comparative negligence comes into play. This means that whatever percentage the defendant is deemed to be responsible for the injury is the amount the defendant will be required to pay. For example, if a court finds that a plaintiff is 90 percent responsible for the injury, then the defendant is only liable for 10 percent of the damages.

The danger of drowsy driving

According to a report issued by the Governors Highway Safety Association, drowsy driving is a grave safety matter. New York drivers should be aware that the lack of sleep can result in dangerous driving. Driving while drowsy was responsible for approximately 5,000 vehicle fatalities in 2015.

Top 4 causes of construction fatalities

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, almost 5,000 workers were killed while at work in 2014. Another three million workers suffered nonfatal illnesses and injuries due to work environments and construction accidents. The vast majority of work fatalities occur in the construction industry.

Safety week ahead for commercial truck drivers

Commercial truck drivers in New York and throughout the country will be the focus of Safe Driver Week that starts on Oct. 16. The Commercial Safety Vehicle Alliance partners with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and sponsors the week with support from law enforcement and industry.

Protecting against premises liability

Employee and customer safety are top priorities for most businesses in New York. Anticipating safety hazards and taking steps to fix them is important as accidents may happen even when steps are taken to make a property as safe as possible. However, when a business owner takes steps to rectify an issue, it may be less likely that an injured customer can claim negligence and win a lawsuit.

Hit-and-run driver kills woman after ignoring stop sign

A car accident that took place in New York City on July 17 resulted in a 40-year-old woman's death. The deceased woman's 9-year-old daughter survived the crash but was taken to the hospital for treatment of critical injuries. A 58-year-old man who is suspected of causing the fatal car crash was arrested and charged for several crimes.

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