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PTSD and lawsuits in motor vehicle accidents

New York residents who injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another motorist may receive a settlement from an insurance company for their losses, or they might file a lawsuit in order to get adequate compensation. It may also be possible to sue for damages related to post-traumatic stress disorder. However, a diagnosis of PTSD related to the accident might be difficult to establish.

Filing lawsuits against big box stores

When New York consumers are injured when shopping at a big box store, they may be able to negotiate a settlement with a store's claims representative if the injuries were caused by another party's negligence. If hazards in the store caused an injury, the customer will need to file a lawsuit.

Rainy spring weather could result in a slip-and-fall injury

As spring increases the overall temperature and brings cool rains to New York, many people are celebrating. Flowers and trees are bursting forth with life, thanks to all those showers. Unfortunately, all the extra water can also lead to puddles and slip-and-fall injuries. When you are on a sidewalk, in a parking lot or entering a business, it is the responsibility of the property owner or manager to ensure that pathways are clear, dry and safe for pedestrians. Sadly, many businesses may be lax about addressing the puddles and accumulated moisture that result from springtime rain storms.

Fatal truck crash rates climb in 2015

New York residents may be aware that traffic fatalities have increased in recent years. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number of trucks involved in such crashes increased from 2014 to 2015 by 8 percent. In 2015, there were 4,050 large trucks, which are defined as those weighing more than 10,000 pounds, involved in 3,598 fatal crashes. Furthermore, the number of trucks involved in such crashes per 100 million miles traveled increased to 1.45 from 1.34.

Distracted driving in New York is all too common

Statistics from AT&T's IT CAN WAIT Campaign reveal that people frequently engage in unsafe driving practices, and this is often due to motorists focusing on their cellphone instead of what's happening on the road in front of them. Along with findings that about seven in 10 drivers use their smartphone while on the road, data also indicates that about 10 percent of drivers use video chat while behind the wheel.

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