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What's so dangerous about driving in the summer?

The summer is a time for many to get out and enjoy the nice, warm weather and experience fun times with friends and family. It can be a dangerous time of the year to be a motorist though.

It's in places like New York that have extreme winters that the summer becomes a construction season. Road closures and detours are common during this time of the year. You have to be on the lookout for construction crews working. You also have to be vigilant for any debris left out on the road. You may end up in an accident if you don't notice these.

Keeping the zero pedestrian fatality streak going

With the uncertainty the last few months have brought, there has been much to concern New Yorkers. There is a bright side to the chaos, though. Recently, the city experienced a stretch of 58 days without a pedestrian fatality. Is it possible to keep the streak going?

While motorists clearly have a role to play in keeping pedestrians safe, walkers also must work diligently to avoid a serious accident. After all, because motor vehicles outweigh pedestrians by a considerable margin, a collision with one may leave you with life-limiting injuries. By practicing some important safety techniques, you boost your chances of reaching your destination without sustaining a serious injury.

More than cellphones distract drivers in this country

Distracted driving is a huge issue in this country. Whether you're driving on the busy city streets or heading out toward the countryside, you need to ensure that you're giving your full attention to driving. Unfortunately, your ability to remain safe while you're on the roads also depends on others who are on the roads.

More than 2,800 people died in distracted driving incidents in 2018. The issue with this is that every death could have been prevented if the driver who caused the crash had just avoided all distractions. Some people don't realize just how many things can distract them when they drive.

Third-party claims for defective equipment issues

Construction workers don't deserve to have to work in an unsafe environment. Unfortunately, this is sometimes the situation they're placed in. While there are times when the construction company is liable for the injuries the worker suffers, this isn't always the case. There are instances in which the worker suffers harm because of defective equipment.

When you're injured by a piece of defective equipment, you can turn to a third-party lawsuit against the manufacturer to seek compensation for the damages. This is often preferable to filing for workers' compensation, so be sure to explore your options thoroughly before you make any decisions.

Does crash-avoidance technology really reduce accident rates?

There have been a lot of improvements that have been made when it comes to vehicle safety technology in recent years. Even still, data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that car crash fatalities remain a serious concern. The federal agency's statistics show that nearly 40,000 Americans die in auto accidents each year. Many of these crashes aren't attributed to equipment malfunction, but instead driver error. NHTSA data shows that 10% of all automobile deaths can be blamed on distracted drivers.

Several new safety features have recently come out on the market aimed at making driving safer for both drivers and pedestrians. Some of the standout safety products include a forward collision warning indicator, automatic emergency braking systems and adaptive lighting.

Construction accident cases require careful evaluation

Construction accidents can often lead to serious injuries that have a negative impact on the worker for a long time. In some cases, they may suffer a lifelong disability that prevents them from working again. This means they have to deal with the physical limitations, but they'll also have to work out the financial impacts.

One thing that makes some construction worker injury cases complex is that the worker might not be limited to only filling for workers' compensation to cover the damages of their case. Instead, there are also times when they might be able to file a lawsuit against a third party.

4 reasons ladder injuries occur on construction sites

New York has thousands of construction sites at any given time. Most of these, of course, have at least one ladder. Accordingly, it is not surprising that when an accident happens at a construction site, there is a good chance a ladder played some role.

A ladder-related accident may leave you with a life-altering injury. Fortunately, if your injury occurred at work, you may be eligible for financial compensation. Still, to avoid an injury altogether, you should understand why ladder injuries tend to happen at construction sites. Here are four common reasons.

Important safety tips for driving in a traffic jam

Being stuck in a traffic jam isn't a pleasant experience, but it is one that you should plan for before you're involved in one. On average, a person in the United States spends about 54 hours extra in their vehicles each year because of congestion on the road. If you're in this position, remember that you can take steps to help keep yourself safe.

One of the most important things to remember is to avoid becoming distracted. You don't know how traffic is going to vary so you need to watch what's going on around you. This isn't the time to catch up on texts or emails.

How dangerous is the heavy machinery that you use?

When people think about what people in the construction industry need to perform their jobs, many often mention a ladder, hammer and nails. Some construction workers have to use heavy equipment to perform their roles though. This type of machinery can endanger their lives.

Data compiled by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) shows that vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among construction workers. Heavy equipment or machinery failure take second and third place.

Know how the scaffold aw impacts New York workers

New York Labor Law 240 helps to protect construction workers from having to fight for benefits when they suffer an injury based on a fall from a height. The law provides absolute liability when a worker is injured. It includes general contractors and property owners as those who can be held responsible for the damages associated with these falls.

A construction worker who suffers a fall off a ladder, scaffold or anything else at an above-ground height may qualify for workers' compensation, but they will also have the ability to file a third-party claim. Many choose to utilize this law because they can recover a bigger portion of their damages than what's possible under workers' compensation coverage.

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