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May 2017 Archives

Child fatality study highlights the importance of seat belts

Research suggests that the lives of more than 200 children under the age of 15 could be saved each year if every state were to pass seat belt laws as strict as those of New York. The Empire State requires children under the age of 16 to be properly restrained at all times and allows children under the age of 8 to ride only when secured in an approved carrier or by an appropriate restraint. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University say that child accident fatalities could be reduced by as much as 40 percent if one in ten more children fastened their safety belts.

Driver fatigue and sleep apnea regulations for truckers

With the high number of traffic accidents involving trucks, New York motorists might be interested in the possible regulations regarding sleep apnea in the trucking industry. The issue of truck drivers who suffer from sleep apnea is concerning because a study by the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health has determined that those who suffer from the condition have a risk five times higher of being involved in a preventable accident than those who do not.

New technology could detect texting while driving

A company has created a prototype of a text alyzer device, and a proposed bill before lawmakers in New York could authorize police to use it to search drivers' phones after car crashes. The technology connects to a phone and enables law enforcement to examine recent activities such as texting, application usage and incoming and outgoing calls. The device could collect evidence indicating that a phone distracted a driver before a crash.

Waging a semitruck crash case takes a bit of effort

On your way home from work, you noticed that there was a semitruck that was driving erratically. You wonder what is going on with the trucker and try to stay out of the way. When you stop at a red light, you notice that the truck is behind you but it isn't stopping. You realize that you are about to be hit but you can't do anything about it.

Are Barnes Dance crossing signals coming back to NYC?

Regardless of where you live, there's no denying that being a pedestrian has become a decidedly more dangerous proposition in recent years. That's because walkers must not only deal with longstanding dangerous driving practices such as speeding and running red lights, but also the emergence of distracted driving.

Employers urged to talk to employees about fall prevention

New York residents who are employed in the construction industry may be interested to learn that OSHA recently launched its annual National Safety Stand-Down Campaign. This campaign, which aims to prevent fatalities caused by falls and raise fall hazard awareness, was scheduled to take place between May 8 and May 12.

Home Depot murder lawsuit to proceed

New York residents may be interested in the latest development in a murder case that involves retailer Home Depot. The company is facing a lawsuit involving the 2012 murder of an employee and was denied its request that an earlier dismissal of the civil case be upheld. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit held to its decision to overturn a lower court's dismissal of the case. The lawsuit alleges that Home Depot is liable for the murder of an employee who was killed by a supervisor away from the store.

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