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Distracted driving accidents in Manhattan: Steps victims can take

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Everybody with common sense knows it's foolish to drive while distracted with a phone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving is thought to kill an average of nine people and injure more than 1,000 people each day in the United States.

Despite tough laws, New York City is not immune to the deadly problem of distracted driving. In Manhattan, one of the world's busiest places, it is crazy to text and drive or even talk on the phone behind the wheel, yet numerous drivers are doing it right now. Throughout the borough -- in Midtown, on the West Side Highway and the FDR, on uptown and downtown streets and avenues -- motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists are put in harm's way by this negligent behavior.  

MTA train delays and injuries: What recourse do riders have?

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As New York City subway riders, we've all experienced MTA train delays that involve waiting endlessly in a station (or even leaving to take a bus or walk home), having to get off a train that goes out of service, or getting stuck on a train in between stops. These time-killing episodes are just an annoying part of life -- usually.

But what about train problems that actually lead to people getting hurt? What can you and your family you do when a subway situation extends beyond inconvenience into actual danger and injuries?

3 killed, more than a dozen injured in early morning bus crash

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A grisly bus crash in Queens killed three people and injured 16 more early this morning. At 6:20 a.m., a private tour bus collided with an MTA bus at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Main Street.

Fatalities include a pedestrian, who was pinned under a bus and died at the scene. The other two - the tour bus driver and an MTA passenger - died at nearby hospitals.

Who’s regulating New York’s amusement rides? (part 2)

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Understanding the complex regulations governing amusement rides

In a recent post, we discussed the inconsistency of thrill ride regulations across the United States. As demonstrated by ongoing injuries and fatalities at amusement parks and carnivals, the inconsistent patchwork of regulations across the United States does not seem to be keeping families as safe as possible.

Who’s regulating New York’s amusement rides?

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When summer thrills lead to deadly spills

Between Coney Island, Six Flags Great Escape and countless other attractions, children all over New York are enjoying high-speed thrill rides this summer. But most of us don’t know exactly how safe those rides are. Do you know when that Tilt-a-Whirl was last inspected, or who is responsible for ensuring amusement rides are safe?

NYC construction fatality highlights critical Scaffold Law

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Contributing to the troubling rise in New York construction fatalities in recent years, another worker has lost his life on a worksite this month. According to an article in the New York Daily News, a 62-year-old surveyor fell 10 stories to his death after a wooden platform gave way underneath him.

Government agencies are still investigating the accident, and a violation has been issued to the contractor for failing to secure the platform. This accident illustrates the importance of New York’s Scaffold Law, an essential safety measure that has long been under attack by insurers and business interests.

NYC’s Citi Bike system sees first fatality

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Dan Hanegby was a 36-year-old investment banker, father, elite tennis player and former staff sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces – until he was killed this week in New York’s first fatal accident involving a Citi Bike,

On Monday morning, Hanegby was riding one of the city’s bike share cycles when he lost control and fell to the ground. Surveillance footage from a nearby business indicated that Hanegby lost his balance while riding near a bus and fell underneath it. 

What an injured brain does to a child

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Most of us are aware of the most telltale symptoms of a concussion or traumatic brain injury (TBI) an adult suffers after an accident. It’s not surprising to think that a child with a developing brain will probably suffer the same symptoms. However, according to the Brain Injury Association of America, many children’s brain injuries often go undetected because the symptoms may be confused with a normal part of the child’s development. This blog post will discuss what to watch for when a child has suffered a head injury that may affect their brain.

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4 ways parents can help teens avoid distracted driving

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Talking to your kids about distracted driving can save lives.

In a recent post, we kicked off Distracted Driving Awareness Month by dispelling some myths about distracted driving. As the month continues, we'll be providing more resources about this dangerous epidemic and helping you protect yourself on the road.

We all know that driving while distracted by a phone call, text message or chatty driver is highly dangerous, yet distracted driving continues to be a major contributor to vehicle accidents all over the country. Because teenagers are often glued to their phones, their age group is at high risk of vehicle accidents involving distracted driving. Fortunately, parents can help foster safe driving behavior and help keep teens accident-free.

Need help talking to your child about distracted driving? Read on.

Accident not your fault? Your insurance rates may still go up

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New York drivers may see their premiums rise after an accident, even if they were not at fault.

Most people know that if you cause a motor vehicle accident, you may see a spike in your insurance premiums. Insurance companies charge you more because they perceive you as higher risk, or more likely to cause another accident in the future.

But if the accident wasn't your fault, your rates should be safe - right? Not necessarily, according to a recent report by the Consumer Federation of America. Read on to learn more about what might happen to your insurance rates after an accident caused by someone else.

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