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Staten Island bus company involved in fatal pedestrian accident

Crossing a street in New York can be a frightening experience, especially during the busy spring and summer months, as one tries not to get hit by a car or other vehicle. Sadly, many local families have had to deal with a fatal accident involving a loved one. Just recently, a Spanish tourist in Morningside was killed in a pedestrian accident. The woman was attempting to cross a street near Columbia University; it is believed she was attempting to tour a local church at the time. Thousands of students and their families were in the area as well for a hooding ceremony and graduation that were taking place.

Study says cell phones linked to over 25 percent of car accidents

New Yorkers love their cell phones, and some residents might admit to using their phones in inappropriate situations such as behind the wheel. Over the past few years, driving while using a cell phone has become a major cause of car accidents all across America. Cell phones lead to inattentive driving, which in turn, leads to devastating car accidents. A recent study by the National Safety Council shows the dangers of cell phone use behind the wheel. The non-profit group found that cell phone usage is under-reported in federal crash data and they wanted to give people a better understanding of the effects of driving while distracted.The study found that over 20 percent of all road wrecks can be attributed to the use of a cell phone. Cell phones require attention and cause many to become distracted drivers. In fact, cell phone usage was found to be responsible for approximately 1.2 million crashes out of a total of 5.7 million in 2013. Even just talking on the phone can make a driver four times more likely to be involved in a crash.The report also puts texting and driving in its own separate category. Two studies were used to determine how many accidents were texting related. One study found that texting behind the wheel makes it eight times more likely to be involved in an accident, whereas the other study found it 23 times more likely.

Staten Island woman receives settlement after car accident

Getting injured in a car accident can be a very tumultuous occurrence in a person's life. Dealing with so many expenses on top of having to recover from the injury itself can be overwhelming for an accident victim and their family. Fortunately, victims can recover some of these expenses and receive compensation for their pain and suffering by filing a lawsuit against those responsible for their injuries.

Medical malpractice lawsuits hold physicians accountable

Staten Island residents generally have a lot of faith in doctors, and this faith is usually justified. Physicians are required to undergo years of schooling and training to make sure that they have an acceptable level of skill and judgment. When a patient undergoes a surgical procedure or receives treatment for an ailment or injury, things don't always go according to plan and sometimes the patient suffers. Sometimes this suffering is unavoidable due to the nature of the surgery or treatment. At other times, however, this suffering is a direct result of malpractice by a medical professional.

New York increases efforts to stop distracted driving

The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving has proven to be a big problem in this country. Statistics show that in 2013, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving related accidents. In the same year close to 424,000 people were injured in car accidents involving distracted drivers.

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