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February 2017 Archives

Commercial truck drivers' health and driving

New York motorists may want to know that results from a study from the University of Utah School of Medicine show that commercial truck drivers with three or more health issues have quadruple the crash risk of drivers in good health. Many truck drivers tend to encounter difficulty with remaining healthy due to poor sleeping and eating habits and having to be in a sitting position for extended periods of time. According to the lead author of the study, the results indicate that declining health increases crash risk.

Oculus fall may reveal design flaw

Friends and family - including the twin sister - of the 29-year-old Kearny woman who plunged three stories to her death at the Oculus transportation hub inside of the World Trade Center are mourning her tragic and sudden passing. The woman did not survive the 34-foot fall to the marble floor below. She was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital.

Dangerous driving habits: age does matter

New Yorkers know that it is very important to be alert and focused as they drive, particularly in an effort to avoid other motorists who are negligent or reckless. Often, younger drivers have been blamed for particularly risky driving behavior, and a report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety seems to confirm that millennials, or drivers in the 19 to 24 age bracket, do engage in more dangerous behavior.

Trump order delays truck driver safety regulations

A 2017 executive order from President Donald Trump delayed the implementation of federal trucking regulations for first-time drivers. The rules, which will be implemented at a later date, establish training requirements for newly certified drivers in New York and across the country.

Lawsuit filed against Apple for distracted driving accidents

New York motorists may be interested in seeing that a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple on Jan. 17 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lead plaintiff is a woman who was rear-ended at a stoplight by another person she claims was using her iPhone. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs ask the court to prohibit Apple from selling new iPhone 6s in California that don't have a safety lock feature installed. Apple reportedly has had the safety feature technology that would prevent drivers from texting since 2008 and obtained a patent for it in 2014. The lawsuit also requests that Apple be required to update phones that have already been purchased with this safety measure.

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