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Why not to decline medical examination after car accident

Even collisions that seem insignificant can cause injuries with long-term consequences. For that reason, it is always a good idea to have a medical examination after any car accident in New York or elsewhere. Injuries could remain hidden for days, and left untreated, some may be life-threatening.

Whiplash could lead to headaches and neck stiffness that could blow over soon, but it could also indicate something serious like a concussion, swelling or bleeding on the brain. Whiplash injuries could happen even at speeds as low as 14 miles per hour. Any rapid movement of the head and neck can cause the brain to smash into the inner skull, causing damage to brain cells.

Car accident involving 2 motor vehicles leads to 2 injuries

Two people have suffered injuries in a collision in New York. The car accident took place on a recent Tuesday night. Sometimes, these types of motor vehicle collisions occur due to the carelessness of a driver, in which case, the driver may be held liable for any injuries resulting from the crash.

According to authorities, the recent New York accident occurred when two motor vehicles collided. As a result of the collision, a truck ended up overturning. The driver of the truck was then trapped in the wreckage.

Construction work and heavy equipment are a dangerous mix

If you work in construction here in New York, falling may be one of your primary concerns when it comes to the risks you take on the job. You may take as many safety precautions as you can, but the statistics say that often isn't enough.

To make your job even more dangerous, you face other risks that you can't avoid, such as working with and around heavy equipment. While you rightly focus on fall injuries, you must give at least some of your attention to keeping yourself safe around the heavy equipment on the job site. Unfortunately, your fellow construction workers may present the biggest hazard to when it comes to this particular risk.

Lose a loved one in a pedestrian accident?

Every year, far too many New York residents lose their lives in auto-pedestrian accidents. These events tend to leave the victims' loved ones devastated in more ways than one. If you recently lost a loved one in a pedestrian accident, know that you may not have to bear the burden of your losses alone. You may be entitled to seek compensation through legal means.

With so many pedestrians in New York, you would think that drivers would be more aware of their presence and take extra care when operating their vehicles. Unfortunately, no matter how many auto-pedestrian accidents occur, driver behavior does not seem to change. Too many people continue to drive recklessly, drive while distracted, or operate their cars while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. As a result, they fail to see pedestrians that are in plain sight or cause collisions that injure or kill pedestrians who happen to be near the accident scene.

Man charged for fatal accident involving impaired driving

Car crashes seem to be an unavoidable aspect of life for many drivers. When one happens for a reason that is completely preventable, such as impaired driving, it can be difficult for the victims and their families to come to terms with. A man was recently charged for his alleged role in a crash that killed two people that New York that police say was due to drunk driving. This kind of accident should never happen, but does all too often.

According to police, the crash happened earlier this year when a man drove the wrong way on the I-287. His car allegedly struck another head-on. Authorities say that the second car was carrying a man and three passengers to a nearby basketball game. Though everyone involved was rushed to a nearby hospital, the driver of the second car and a 17-year-old passenger died due to their injuries.

Speeding is behind numerous car accidents in New York

The streets of New York, particularly in the Manhattan area, are usually full of automobiles with drivers who are in too big a hurry to care about who they may hurt along the way. Now that these same streets are relatively empty, speeding has become an even bigger problem than usual. Several people have recently been killed in car accidents caused by individuals failing to obey the posted speed limits.

According to an article printed in early April, in the month of March, speed cameras issued over 180,000 citations, while police stopped and issued speeding tickets to several hundred more drivers. This is roughly a 12% increase from just two months before, even though traffic volume has drastically decreased. Authorities believe it is the lack of traffic that is causing people to feel free to drive faster than they should.

Biggest teen driving distractions and why it matters

A teenager getting his or her driver's license could still constitute a rite of passage in many New York households. The ability to get around independently is a big step toward adulthood. Teens may be excited, and parents may be reticent, but no matter what, a new driver is on the roadways.

Teen drivers present two major dangers to you as you share the road with them. The first is inexperience behind the wheel. It takes years to be truly comfortable behind the wheel. At this point, a new driver only has the mechanics of driving down, but not the instincts and experience that only time will provide. The second is distraction, and this article explores distractions as they pertain to teens.

Injured in a squeeze play truck accident?

The streets of New York are often occupied by large commercial haulers that are difficult for their drivers to maneuver. When turning, the drivers of these big trucks are known to take up more than one lane to get the clearance that they need. Unfortunately, not all of them are good at signaling their turns. This can lead to what experts call a squeeze play truck accident. Were you or a loved one injured -- or worse -- in such an event?

A squeeze play accident happens when a truck driver swings wide to make a right turn, and other drivers, not knowing the truck driver's intent, move forward in the right lane, only to have their vehicles hit when the truck turns. The passing vehicle is literally squeezed between the truck and side of the road. When a typical passenger car takes a hit like this, it can be crushed in a matter of seconds.

Does your employer have your back on the construction site?

Construction company owners in New York and across the nation must provide safe work environments and protect the health and safety of employees. However, deadlines and the bottom line are the focus of many employers. If this is the case on the construction site where you work, you may put your life on the line every day.

However, if you are aware of the risks, you could take your own precautions. Furthermore, you have the right to refuse tasks that pose severe construction injury hazards.

2 injured, 1 killed in multi-vehicle car accident

Law enforcement authorities in New York are currently in the process of investigating a multi-vehicle crash that left two people injured and the driver believed responsible dead. This event occurred on Thursday, April 2, in Queens. The surviving victims of this car accident may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through legal means.

According to reports, at approximately 5:35 a.m., the driver of a Lexus sedan -- a 45-year-old male -- was allegedly speeding westbound on Jamaica Avenue when he hit a car traveling through the intersection at Van Wyck Expressway Service Road. After colliding with this vehicle, he kept going, hit a van and then crashed into a storefront located on 134th St. This individual suffered critical injuries and was transported for medical care, but he ultimately died.

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