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Study shows distracted drivers often stem from work pressures

Staten Islanders and people throughout New York City understand that distracted drivers are a growing danger on the landscape. It is becoming more and more prevalent that car accidents are being caused by texting and driving and other distracting behaviors. For those who have been in car accidents and believe or know it was because of distracted driving, this information can be important to a legal filing.

A survey conducted by Travelers Insurance shows that an estimated four out of 10 drivers say that they use their phone when behind the wheel and it is often due to work pressures and the need for availability. Younger people are the group with the highest rate of using their phones while driving. In the study, 43 percent of the participants were using their phone for work matters. Of that number, 38 percent were talking on the phone, 17 percent were texting, and 10 percent were using email. As for the ages, more than half - 54 percent - were between the ages of 18 and 44. More than 25 percent of drivers said that when their employer contacted them, they knew that the recipient of the call was driving.

Crash prevention technology misses the mark for motorcycles

Whether you love motorcycles for their connotations of freedom or you enjoy the ability to quickly travel without loading up a whole car, it's obvious just how important these vehicles are to you. Many people in New York also enjoy the sensation that is distinctly different than that of a passenger vehicle.

However, there is also a significant size difference between motorcycles and other vehicles on the road. Motorcyclists tend to be at a distinct disadvantage when they are involved in accidents, and usually suffer much more serious injuries than those behind the wheel of passenger vehicles.

Rising New York chef dies in hit and run pedestrian crash

Since New York City is so busy and loaded with vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians, it is inevitable that there will be accidents. However, when these accidents occur, those involved are supposed to remain at the scene, provide help and call for emergency assistance. Unfortunately, many choose not to do that. Hit and run accidents are especially dangerous when they involve pedestrians. When there is a pedestrian accident and it leads to injuries or, worse, a fatality, it is vital that the victim and their family discuss the case with an experienced legal professional.

A chef who worked at a trendy Manhattan restaurant was killed when he was crossing the street in Union Square; an SUV turned the corner and hit him as he was in the crosswalk. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. and the chef, a 34-year-old man, was killed.

Motorcyclists in danger of crashes with greater costs

People in New York are accustomed to seeing motorcyclists on the road. Since a vast number of people enjoy riding motorcycles, there is always a chance that there will be a crash. Riders can take certain steps to protect themselves, such as wearing motorcycle helmets and protective gear. However, given their vulnerability, there is a chance that a motorcycle rider will suffer serious injuries and even death in a crash. After these accidents, it is essential to have a full investigation into the case and consider filing a lawsuit to recover compensation.

A motorcycle accident is different from a car accident because riders are so inherently vulnerable. Drivers will see motorcyclists, but they might not adhere to the rules of the road and common courtesy by yielding, watching their side view mirrors to ensure that it is safe to turn, and taking care not to cross into the lane where there is a motorcycle. Given these factors, it is no surprise that people who are in a motorcycle crash can have broken bones, lacerations, head injuries, and neck injuries.

Risk to motorcyclists evident after fatal crash with truck

In New York City, motorcyclists and other vehicles must share take steps to share the road and ensure everyone's safety. The reality, however, is that the number of vehicles on the road make it difficult to maintain safety. This is especially true when there are large trucks and motorcycles in the same space. There are numerous ways in which motorcycle accidents can occur. When there is a crash, there is a good chance that there will be injuries and fatalities to the motorcycle rider. After the accident, the person and his or her family must remember their rights and consider a legal filing to be compensated.

A 28-year-old motorcyclist died after he was hit by a large truck. The accident occurred at around 7 a.m. According to law enforcement, the truck was heading north and tried to make a right turn when it hit the motorcycle. Emergency personnel were called and the motorcyclist was found in the street with head and body trauma. He was unconscious and unresponsive. He was taken to the hospital and declared dead. The trucker, 50, remained at the scene. No charges have been filed yet, but the investigation is ongoing.

On-duty police detective hit by a car suffers serious injuries

Speeding vehicles on Staten Island and throughout New York City do not discriminate in a crash. This is especially true in pedestrian accidents as the person hit has no protection from injury. This can happen to anyone at any time and cause severe injuries and death. And, a legal case is crucial to getting compensation for their injuries, damages and lost wages.

A pedestrian accident involving a detective for the New York City Police Department sent the officer, 50, to the hospital with head trauma and other injuries. The accident occurred at shortly before 9 p.m. The detective was working in plainclothes. She was crossing the street with her partner at the time of the accident. Witnesses stated that the vehicle was driving at excessive speed when it hit the detective. She was flipped in the air and hit the pavement. The officers were in the area investigating a stabbing at a local establishment. The 31-year-old driver stayed at the scene. No charges have been filed yet. The detective is expected to survive.

Hit-and-run auto crash injures woman training to be NYPD

In a city as busy as New York, the amount of traffic can be dangerous. Accidents are often unavoidable, but when they happen, those involved are expected to stay at the scene. Early mornings are particularly dangerous as there are a vast number of garbage trucks and delivery drivers who might not pay strict attention to the law and watch out of pedestrians. When there is an accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian, it can result in serious injuries, even death. What can make these crashes worse is if they turn into hit-and-run accidents.

A 35-year-old woman who is training to become a member of the New York Police Department (NYPD) was hit by a garbage truck approximately one block from the police academy. The accident occurred as she was crossing the street at around 6 a.m. The woman was dragged by the truck before finally being left in the street. The driver of the truck went on its way without stopping. Law enforcement was searching for the truck and the driver. It is not known whether the driver was aware of the accident. The woman was taken to the hospital where she was said to be in stable condition.

Ensuring your safety as a motorcycle rider

Are you one of the Staten Island residents who finds pleasure in the freedom of riding your motorcycle on the open road? Then you will likely be aware of the risks and the threats that other motorists pose. Respect for your bike and ongoing improvement of your skills are critical aspects of accident prevention.

When collisions between motorcycles and automobiles occur, it is typically the occupants of the bikes who suffer catastrophic injuries or worse. This is because they have none of the protection that is available in cars such as seat belts, airbags and more.

Study finds that some hospital food has MRSA and VRE

When Staten Island residents go to the hospital, they expect to receive the best care available and, if possible, their conditions rectified. At the very least, they do not expect to be made ill. Unfortunately, hospitals are known incubators for various illnesses, and people frequently become sicker while hospitalized. In some cases, they are infected with diseases that had nothing to do with their initial problem.

One particularly dangerous problem is MRSA. The term might be relatively familiar to laypersons, but it is often not realized how serious and prevalent it is in hospitals. A recent study determined that MRSA and VRE are commonly in hospital food.

Fatal auto accidents are the highest in nearly a decade

New Yorkers should keep track of car accident statistics to have an idea of what to watch for when out on the road. Governments and independent agencies are constantly keeping statistics of these accidents to determine how and why they happen as well as to formulate ways to prevent them. Recent research indicates that the problem of fatal auto accidents is worsening. There are three reasons for this: drivers moving at excessive speeds, people failing to wear seat belts and an increase in motorcycle fatalities.

In 2016, there were nearly 37,500 deaths. That was a rise of 5.6 percent from the previous year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) accrued this information. From 2007 to 2014, the number of deaths fell in six of those years.

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