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Injury rate for pedestrian-cyclist crashes drops

When a bicyclist crashes into a pedestrian, the hapless pedestrian can suffer devastating injuries. Even if they are initially able to walk away from the collision relatively unscathed — often due to the surge of adrenaline that people have in emergency situations — the pedestrians may experience pain and other adverse complications in the days and weeks following their dust-up with the bicyclist.

Dual-state study indicates decline

Construction accidents can hurt people in cars and on the street

Construction is often the sign of a thriving local economy. It means that businesses and builders want to invest in the area. It can also mean that previously poorly maintained areas can soon become a source of beauty, rather than a blight, for the local community. Construction provides new housing opportunities for people in densely populated areas in New York, and it creates a host of jobs.

Unfortunately, construction is also a source of risk for both debilitating injuries and death. Construction workers have some of the highest injury and fatality rates of any professionals. The risk doesn't end with those wearing hard hats to work, however. Other people nearby can also be at risk in the event of serious construction issues.

Who is liable for your child's head injury from soccer?

As a parent, you are aware of how much your young son or daughter wants to join the school soccer team. In fact, it's all you've heard from your child all summer long.

You don't want to be an overprotective parent rearing a little snowflake. Still, you hesitate, because you've heard that head shots in soccer can lead to irreversible brain damage.

Construction workers face risks caused by employer choices

Certain risks are inherent in construction work jobs. Many times, especially in New York, this kind of work involves heights, supplies and machinery moving rapidly at great heights and electricity.

The potential for severe accidents exists around every proverbial corner on the job site, leaving workers at constant risk for an injury that could leave them unable to work or even dead. A recent accident in New York City highlights the risk construction workers face on the job each day.

Commercial trucks can cause devastating injuries or death

If you've driven or ridden as a passenger in any vehicle in recent years, you've likely noticed the increasing presence of massive commercial trucks. These so-called big rigs take up a lot of space on the road and travel across the country. There's no doubt that companies depend on commercial trucks to get supplies and products from one place to another. There's also no question that these vehicles create a massive amount of risk for everyone else on the road.

Like other drivers, truck drivers can make bad decisions. They can get behind the wheel while under the influence of illegal or prescription drugs. They can choose to drink and drive. They may decide to text while driving or otherwise indulge in distraction. They choose to drive when they know they are tired. These actions are risky enough when someone driving a passenger vehicle does them. When the person making these questionable decisions is behind the wheel of a massive commercial truck, the consequences can be tragic.

Do you have coverage for collisions with uninsured drivers?

Carrying motor vehicle liability insurance protects you in the event that you make a mistake and cause a collision with another vehicle. It's also a requirement under the law. New York mandates that every person registering a motor vehicle must have at least $10,000 in property damage coverage and at least $25,000 for bodily injury or death of one person, or $50,000 for injury or death to two or more people.

Another form of coverage which is optional is uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. At first glance, that may seem unnecessary. Why do you need protection against someone else's lack of insurance if you pay your own policy? The answer is simple. If the uninsured driver causes the crash, your insurance company may not cover your losses. Adding uninsured driver coverage helps ensure you won't end up holding the bill in a crash because of someone else's negligence.

How to drive safely in the rain this spring

As one of our New York readers, you are probably enthusiastically awaiting the spring weather to arrive. Unfortunately, as warmer temperatures move into the area it's common for the rain to begin to fall.

If you find yourself on the road during a rainstorm, it's imperative that you adjust your approach to improve your safety. Neglecting to do so can increase the likelihood of an accident, and that's not a situation you want to find yourself in.

Bitten by a dog? Take action now

Dog owners love a good cuddle with their best buddies after a stressful day. But researchers conducted a study that showed dogs are able to sense when people are anxious, which makes them more susceptible to biting.

Scientists across the pond in the United Kingdom published their findings in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. They reviewed data from 694 individuals in a total of 385 households. Included in the study were demographics, the dogs' ownership, bite history, personality types and overall health.

Cold winter weather brings increased risk of a slip-and-fall

Contrary to what you've seen in comedies or on sitcom television shows and cartoons, slipping and falling can be quite a serious issue. Although some people may walk away with nothing more than a bruised bottom, other people are not so lucky. In some cases, in fact, the injuries associated with a slip-and-fall incident can prove permanently debilitating or even fatal.

Winter weather conditions increase the potential risk for a slip-and-fall, although this kind of accident can happen any time of the year. Snow and ice can make sidewalks and parking lots incredibly dangerous. Snow melt can also result in wet surfaces inside businesses. Unless employees are diligent about keeping floors dry and safe, anyone who visits in the winter could end up getting seriously hurt.

Don't let the winter blues impact your driving

The winter months are hard on many people because of the cold and the darkness. Many people don't stop to think about how much they enjoy the warmer months and the sunshine that comes with them. The fact is that the human body needs vitamin D, which is received from the sunlight, to thrive. When the winter months hit and people are indoors and go days without actual sunshine, there is a chance that the winter blues might set in.

When you drive, you need to be fully alert and ready to react to anything that comes up. This isn't possible if you are too drowsy. Drivers who are fatigued or drowsy pose a risk on the roads in New York and around the country.

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