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January 2016 Archives

Lower blood alcohol limit may be in our future

Each year, many New York families are torn apart after losing a loved one in a drunk driving accident. The number of car accidents in the United States would likely decrease if fewer drunk drivers took to the roadways. The National Transportation Safety Board recently issued its 2016 "Most Wanted" list, which covers various topics relating to the prevention of fatal car accidents. Improved seating safety inside motor vehicles, improved rail and air safety and cutting down on distracted and impaired driving are all discussed.

Staten Island postman's slip-and-fall case settles

If you suffer an injury on someone else's property, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the owner for damages. A mail carrier in Staten Island did just that after he suffered serious injuries as a result of a slip-and-fall accident in 2012. The man was delivering mail to the residence when he slipped and fell on a wooden path between the tenant's apartment on the side of the house and the front porch. He slipped on moss that had developed on the planks as a result of the moisture and rainfall in the area.

Failure to diagnose can lead to medical malpractice suits

New York is filled with some of the world's finest physicians and surgeons that successfully treat patients every day. However, even the top doctors in the world can make mistakes. Some of the most common mistakes involve failed or erroneous treatments or diagnoses. Such errors can cause further injury or disease progression, which could ultimately lead to a premature death.

Accident deaths in New York City decline in 2015

Nearly two years ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his Vision Zero plan, with the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths in New York City by 2024. While there is still progress to be made, things appear to be heading in the right direction. Traffic deaths in the city have fallen for the second year in a row from 257 in 2014 to 230 in 2015.

Pedestrian deaths more than doubled in Staten Island in 2015

New York City has attempted to make roads safer for walkers and bicyclists in recent years, with some promising results. In the past 30 years, every borough has seen a reduction in pedestrian deaths - with the exception of Staten Island. The fatality rate in Staten Island, per capita, has remained relatively steady for decades.

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