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Study shows August has high frequency of auto accidents

Drivers in Staten Island and throughout New York certainly understand the dangers of being on the road in a city that is so busy. However, the cause of the auto accidents can vary. When there are serious injuries and fatalities, those who have been injured will face many issues that might necessitate legal action if they want to be compensated.

Knowing about studies that examine these crashes and what sparked them can also be integral to the case.

Tire comes loose from garbage truck, hits car and kills driver

Driving in Staten Island and throughout New York City can be treacherous, but there are risks that go beyond a vehicle running a red light, being operated by a drunk driver, or being driven recklessly.

For instance, large vehicles will often have tools and pieces of equipment attached to them. If something comes loose, an accident can occur.

Report: Injury and death when giving birth a problem in the U.S.

New Yorkers who are expecting a child will undoubtedly look forward to the addition to their family and have a positive image of what the future will hold. Unfortunately, despite the perception that a mother giving birth has become routine, there are still risks to the mother and newborn. The dangers for mothers in the United States are worse than previously thought as new research indicates. In that research by USA Today, the U.S. was found to be the riskiest place to give birth among all developed countries.

According to the study, there are 50,000 severe injuries and 700 fatalities annually. It also says that the injuries and fatalities could be avoided in half the cases. The problem is that medical professionals fail to adhere to safety protocol when delivering a baby. In the 25 years from 1990 to 2015, there were 26.4 maternal fatalities for every 100,000 births. This is the worst in the world for developed nations. Bleeding and high blood pressure were declared the most frequent causes of maternal death.

The importance of legal help after medical mistakes cause damage

Staten Islanders and people throughout New York City who seek medical treatment will have the right to expect that they will be given the proper diagnosis, get the medication they need and have the care that is required to improve the injury, illness or condition. However, medical mistakes are all-too common today, and those who make the mistake should be held accountable for what went wrong.

An error can arise due to a misdiagnosis, hospital negligence, anesthesia errors, medication mistakes and more. With the financial and personal costs that accompany a medical mistake, it is critical to have legal assistance to consider a lawsuit. The medical error could be related to any problem the person presented when he or she went for treatment. If there is a symptom of a major disease such as cancer, a mistake in testing and formulating a diagnosis can cost a person his or her life. If it is a broken bone, a cut or other physical damage and the treatment leads to a worsened condition, this too can cost a person greatly. The wrong medication can cause extensive damage.

Slip-and-fall hazards inside a building

When you enter a building in New York, you may expect to feel relatively safe from accidents. After all, many buildings comply with federal standards established for safety and accessibility. Whether it is a place that is new to you, somewhere you have visited before, or your own apartment or office building, you have a right to move about without fear of hurting yourself.

Unfortunately, many people take dangerous tumbles that result in injuries. A property owner has a duty to protect visitors from any known risks, either by repairing the hazard or warning guests that it exists. When a building owner fails to take these precautions, you may suffer the consequences.

Medical mistakes could result from doctors being burned out

When a Staten Island resident is victimized by medical mistakes, it can cause an untold amount of damage personally and financially. When this happens, after trying to make certain the person receives the necessary care after the errors occurred, it is important to understand what sparked the mistake in the first place. Studies are frequently conducted to determine how doctors come to make these mistakes. One recent study says that burnout is a major factor. This can be crucial when considering a legal filing for compensation.

Burned out medical professionals experience cynical feelings, do not believe they are effective at doing their jobs, and are emotionally exhausted. The stressful nature of dealing with other people in an intense atmosphere contributed to the feeling of being burned out. An estimation says that at least 50 percent of doctors have burnout. Forty-five percent are excessively fatigued. Experiencing burnout can negatively affect treatment of patients and result in medical mistakes. Medical errors are believed to lead to as many as 200,000 deaths in the U.S. on an annual basis.

Staten Island woman hit by a car while crossing street dies

Anyone who ventures out of their home in Staten Island and throughout New York City will be aware of the number of vehicles that speed, behave recklessly, are negligent and place others in danger. In some cases, this will lead to a vehicle-pedestrian accident. Because pedestrians do not have the protection of a vehicle, there is a chance they will be injured and even killed in a crash. In many, the driver of the vehicle will choose to flee rather than stay at the scene, turning these crashes into hit-and-run accidents. People who have been injured or lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash should keep in mind that they have the right to seek compensation in a lawsuit.

A woman was killed when she was hit by a car. The accident occurred at shortly before 10 p.m. According to the investigation, the woman, 42, was at a pedestrian cutout located in the center median of the road when she was hit. The vehicle is believed to have been a dark SUV and it was speeding. The vehicle went out of control and hit the woman. After she was hit, she landed under a parked vehicle. She was found with severe injuries and was unconscious. She was rushed to the hospital and declared dead. The search for the vehicle is ongoing.

Despite better safety, infotainment leads to distracted drivers

New Yorkers are keenly aware of the dangers distracted drivers represent. Often, these drivers are thought to be texting and driving or using their smartphones for other purposes behind the wheel. In an effort to make it safer to use modern technology while driving, car companies and outside manufacturers are trying to create new methods and simultaneously improve safety. Infotainment systems that are meant to make driving and using these innovations safer come in different forms. Some tested as safer than others, but they were also shown to require cognitive attention that still places people in danger.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety in combination with the University of Utah examined infotainment systems that were installed by the car manufacturer and those from outside sources Google and Apple. The latter two reduced the level of attention needed and time to complete various tasks. However, there remained a danger for drivers to be distracted. Researchers continue to tell drivers that using devices while behind the wheel is risky.

Bicyclist suffers serious injuries in crash with car

With the warm weather summer brings, there will be more people in Staten Island who are using it to their advantage to walk, jog and ride bicycles rather than use a motor vehicle. While this saves money, helps people to stay fit and is environmentally friendly, bicyclists can still suffer catastrophic injuries when they are hit by a car. Since bicyclists are increasingly vulnerable due to the sheer size disparity between a person on a bike and an automobile and the lack of protection bicycles have, any injuries bicyclists suffer can negatively affected them for an extended period, if not the rest of their lives.

An accident between a car and a bicyclist sent the rider to the hospital. The accident happened in the morning after 9 a.m. Emergency personnel were called to investigate and help the bicyclist, a 32-year-old man who was critically hurt. According to the investigation, the vehicle was a BMW driven by a 30-year-old man. He was making a right turn and went into the path of the bicyclist. The bicyclist hit the vehicle and suffered critical injuries in the crash. The driver stayed at the scene. The bicyclist was hospitalized. The investigation is ongoing.

A monetary judgment might ease the burden after a back injury

Even though auto manufacturers use more and more advanced safety features to protect motorists, many crash victims in Staten Island and elsewhere suffer severe back injuries. Such injuries can vary from minor to severe, and if you were in a car accident, you should undergo a thorough medical examination. It is not uncommon for a seemingly insignificant back injury to turn out to be severe enough to require surgery.

The impact of a collision can damage any of the many parts that make up your back. Your spinal column stretches from the base of your skull to the tip of your tailbone, and along the way it has ligaments, tendons, muscles, disks and vertebrae with nerves and the spinal cord running through it.

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