Worker fatigue has steadily become a major concern across multiple industries as health professionals, researchers, and government officials acknowledge the serious ramifications of a lack of sleep on the human body. There is no doubt that we need regular and consistent sleep to function properly, but it is becoming more apparent that fatigue contributes heavily to slower response times, failures of high-level cognitive functions, and poor decision-making. Like choosing to forego sleep.
Across the state of New York, over 130 bridges see millions of travelers every year. While our state’s infrastructure needs continuous repairs and renovations to deal with high volumes of traffic, education is also extremely important to keeping our roads safe.
So, let’s talk about bridge strikes, which occur when truck drivers ignore height requirements and recklessly collide with bridges, putting everyone on the road in danger.
As part of an initiative to increase roadway safety and reduce serious auto accidents in New York construction zones, state officials launched Operation Hardhat in 2019. This program was a collaborative effort between State Police, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), and the New York State Thruway Authority. Once again, this program went into effect in 2020 starting last July and resulted in a massive increase in traffic tickets being issued when compared to other parts of the year.
At Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, we are devoted to helping hardworking individuals achieve a brighter future. Whether by representing a disabled construction worker in a settlement negotiation or an injured pedestrian in a court trial, we dedicate all of our resources to ensuring they can move forward with their lives. But we do not just believe in fighting for people in the courtroom; we also believe in supporting today’s students in achieving higher education.
When a loved one slips into a coma, family members are forced to make heart-wrenching decisions about their future. They may worry that their loved one may never wake up and be resigned to a vegetative state. On top of that, they may also be left with years of medical bills and expenses just to keep their loved one alive.
Nothing is more distressing than discovering your newborn has suffered a birth injury, especially if it occurred at the hands of a doctor. While the birthing process can be confusing and complicated, doctors should be fully prepared for every situation. During a difficult birth, doctors may use several tools and methods to help your child enter the world, but it is also important to observe your child afterward. This is especially true if your child suffers from a cephalohematoma.
Construction sites can be messy, chaotic, and noisy, making it difficult for workers to perform their duties safely. Even if workers are following every safety procedure and using their equipment correctly, they always run the risk of suffering a serious injury, especially if someone else is not taking the same precautions. The most dangerous injuries include some form of head trauma. While you may think a minor blow to the head is nothing to worry about, you should still see a doctor, especially if you are experiencing the following symptoms.
Independent research from multiple organizations has shed light on the dangers of distracted driving – specifically, due to cell phones. Based on this research and the growing issue of distracted driving accidents among truckers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has outright banned commercial truck drivers from holding a cell phone in their hands at any time while driving. In addition, several states, including New York, have their own strict laws on cell phone use. Despite these regulations and the ever-present danger of distracted driving, truck drivers can still skirt the rules and put everyone on the road at risk.
Say you were injured in a hospital. The staff may rush to rectify the issue promptly. While you definitely deserve quick and efficient medical treatment, you may also find yourself receiving calls or visits from the hospital’s attorneys. This is because the hospital wants to determine how much liability they hold for your injuries. If possible, they may immediately offer you a settlement to keep you from filing a lawsuit. While this may seem like a godsend, you should always consider speaking to a lawyer first.
New York is a no-fault state, meaning each driver must file against their own insurance company after an accident, no matter who was at fault. However, Article 51 of New York’s Insurance Laws, which defines no-fault insurance in New York, has extremely specific language. Under this law, motorcycles are treated as separate vehicles altogether when compared to cars, trucks, and buses. As a result of this categorization, New York’s no-fault insurance laws do not apply to motorcyclists, which can drastically impact your ability to receive compensation after a motorcycle accident.