For nearly a decade, it looked like the number of motor vehicle-related deaths in the United States was decreasing and would steadily continue. That isn't bearing out.
"This is an epidemic that must end now." That declaration comes from a leader in New York's construction trades after two workers plunged to their deaths at separate sites in Manhattan in recent days.
Everybody knows that distracted driving is a significant problem nationwide, despite the obvious dangers this activity entails and efforts to educate the public the risks. Texting and driving, like other forms of addiction, is a hard habit to break, even if the potential harm is clear.
In any personal injury case, gathering as much and as accurate information as possible about the accident is important for a couple reasons. For one thing, it allows accident victims to get a sense of what specific factors or causes are behind the accident and to determine who may be responsible for causing or contributing to the accident. Thorough and accurate information about a crash also helps accident victims determine the extent to which each party contributed to the accident for purposes of comparative liability.
As a pedestrian, there are times when you slip and fall without any external cause. For example, this may be the result of your clumsiness or an untied shoelace.
Readers may remember that it was over two years ago that actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was involved in a serious truck accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. That crash proved fatal to fellow comedian James McNair, and seriously injurious for Morgan. It was, according to reports, over a year after the accident before Morgan was able to return to work.
In a previous post, we looked briefly at the issue of fall protection on construction sites, nothing that employers are required under federal regulations to take certain steps to protect their workers from falls on construction sites. For construction workers who do become injured, of course, the big question is: what are my options for compensation?
New York City can be a hazardous place to walk. Uneven sidewalks, slippery pavement, spills on floors, poor lighting and other hazards can make a slip-and-fall fairly easy for anyone walking our city's streets. However, many of these types of injuries are preventable, and you can take action against negligent property owners when you are injured on their property.
Fall protection is a big issue in the construction industry, both in terms of the risk for workers and the liability companies can face for failing to abide by safety rules. An example of this is a case involving a roofing contractor based in Syracuse which reportedly owes $96,000 in fines to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration for multiple safety violations.
Previously, we began looking at several issues at play in a lawsuit filed by a New York woman who was injured on an outdoor glass tower slide and who accused the managers and operators of the slide of negligence. As we noted, whether the managers and owners had control of the property on which the woman was hurt, and whether they had notice of the dangerous condition, are two issues at play in the case.