Whether people are shopping at a department store or visiting a friend's apartment, property owners have a responsibility to make sure that their property is safe for visitors. While the amount of responsibility may vary based on what type of guest people are, the general rule is that property owners owe visitors some sort of duty to maintain the premises.
Distracted driving is not a new problem in the United States. It is no secret that the use of electronic devices while driving is on the rise, causing serious accidents on the New York roadways.
We hear stories all the time about how drunk drivers and distracted drivers are responsible for many of the accidents that occur in New York City. However, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that every year, 100,000 reported car accidents involve a tired driver. These accidents cause over 70,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths annually. A lack of sleep can negatively affect a driver's mental processing and reaction time, making an accident more likely.
People who are injured in automobile accidents often say they never feel the same. Even years later, they may have a twinge or stiffness when the weather gets colder, or they may suffer chronic, debilitating pain. Some may deal with injuries so serious they can't live a normal life.
Surgeons are held to a high standard of care when treating patients. Patients and their families trust their doctors to adhere to the standard of care of a competent doctor in the same area of specialty. Unfortunately, not all doctors meet this standard at all times. A New York brain surgeon has been sued by three different women with spinal injuries for medical malpractice after multiple alleged surgical errors.