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April 2019 Archives

Construction’s “Fatal Four” cause majority of worker deaths

When you work on a New York construction site, or, conversely, if you are married to someone who works on a New York construction site, you may have legitimate concerns about just how dangerous these types of work environments often are. When you make your living in construction, you do so within one of the nation’s most dangerous industries; numerous hazards on most construction sites can cause serious injuries and death.

Volvo to use cameras and sensors to combat drunk driving

Brooklyn residents know that drunk driving is a serious and widespread issue. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,874 people in this country died in drunk driving crashes in 2017. Every day, an average of 30 people die in such accidents in the United States. Volvo Cars has announced a plan to use new vehicle safety technology as part of the effort to reduce these crashes.

Survey looks at cell phone use while driving

Some Brooklyn drivers may be among the 47 percent who report distracted driving is their primary concern in a survey by Root Insurance. However, many of those same drivers engage in distracted driving behaviors themselves. Root Insurance offers discounts to drivers who do not use their cell phones while they are behind the wheel.

Self-driving cars still have a lot to learn

Drivers in New York may be eagerly anticipating the release of fully autonomous vehicles. However, there are questions as to when that will actually happen and if it should happen in the next few years. One of the big problems has to do with whether or not people will want to give up being in control of their vehicles. There is also the question of what will happen when autonomous vehicles share the road with cars controlled by humans.

Drivers distracted by emergency vehicles imperil first responders

First responders in New York are always in danger of being struck by vehicles when helping others on the side of the road. Already, 16 first responders have been struck and killed in the first four months of 2019. This is because drivers tend to become distracted around emergency vehicles. A new survey shows that driver distraction is more common than some might think.

Driving while distracted is a tough habit to break

Many motor vehicle accidents in New York are caused by distracted drivers. Whether one is texting or flipping through radio stations, distracted driving falls under the legal category known as "negligence." According to The Travelers Companies, this type of negligence is tough for some people to avoid. The insurance group recently released the results of a survey on the topic.

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