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The dangers of texting and driving are well-known. Texting significantly increases chances of a fatal collision, and yet it is a very common behavior. New York injury attorneys can provide help to victims who are hurt in texting accidents so these victims can pursue claims for compensation. In many cases, the claims being made will actually be made against young drivers who made the choice to text and drive. As NBC explains, young people are the demographic group who is most likely to engage in this high-risk driving behavior.

Young Adults are More Likely to Text and Drive

NBC's info on texting teens came from a study conducted by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. AAA Foundation surveyed more than 2,500 Americans about their driving behaviors and found some troubling statistics. According to AAA Foundation, a total of 88.4 percent of survey respondents between the ages of 19 and 24 indicated they had engaged in “dangerous behaviors like texting, speeding, and red-light running.” By comparison, 69.3 percent of drivers ages 16 to 18 admitted to these behaviors and 79.2 percent of people ages 25 to 39 said they did these dangerous activities while driving. These results could suggest that it is not brand new drivers who are the biggest menace behind the wheel, but instead older teens and young adults. These older drivers may have grown comfortable enough behind the wheel to feel that taking these risks is OK... but it isn't. Many teens also wait until older ages to get a driver's license now, which means they won't be subject to the same graduated licensing restrictions as a younger person would when first starting to drive and they may be less likely to take full driver's education courses which can emphasize the dangers of behaviors like distracted driving. Phone use has become one of the major causes of motor vehicle accidents and texting drivers are a big part of the reason why almost 100 Americans die every day as a result of car accidents. Drinking and driving is also a persistent problem, with one in eight respondents to the AAA Survey admitting to having a drink before driving, despite the fact that everyone knows how high risk it is to drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Car accident death rates are rising, with 7.2 percent more fatalities in 2015 than the year prior, so it is more important than ever for drivers of all ages- including older teens and young adults- to make smart and safe choices to protect their own life and the lives of others. If you get into a collision with a young adult driver who is texting, you should contact New York injury attorneys right away. Young adults, like all drivers, have to be insured and it is the insurance company who will be paying for serious losses or fatalities that occur due to a car accident.  Call an attorney at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff for help dealing with the insurer to fight for the compensation you deserve if a texting accident left you seriously injured.

Riding a bike seems fairly safe. Your rate of speed is relatively slow compared to motor vehicles. You always wear a helmet and brightly colored gear so that you are visible and you follow the traffic laws. However, you have had enough close calls to know that a serious accident is only inches away most of the time. While no cyclist ever wants to be involved in a collision with a car, it is important to know what to do in case it ever happens.

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New York City motor vehicle accident attorneys help victims every day who are injured in motor vehicle collisions. Drivers, passengers, bicycle riders and pedestrians could all sustain injury as a result of auto accidents, and those injuries can change lives forever. Prevention of motor vehicle accidents, including those involving walkers and bicycle riders, is vitally important and Mayor de Blasio has been taking steps to try to prevent injuries through his Vision Zero campaign. Now, Mayor de Blasio has announced a series of new efforts that are aimed at improving traffic safety and saving lives. Projects will be undertaken throughout the city in order to try tor reduce car accidents and to try to reduce fatalities that occur in collisions. Hopefully, some of these new safety initiatives will help bring the city closer to the goal of zero auto accident fatalities.

New Efforts to Reduce Traffic Accidents Are Ongoing

According to Curbed, there is a $1.6 billion initiative underway in New York that is aimed at reducing auto accidents and resulting fatalities.  This is part of a Vision Zero campaign that Mayor de Blasio began when he took office. The idea behind Vision Zero is to implement policies and changes to road conditions to ensure all fatal car accidents are avoided. The next phase of Vision Zero improvements that are part of this initiative has been announced. Some of the new projects include widening sidewalks, installing new crosswalks, installing new bicycle lanes that are protected, and installing pedestrian refugee medians. These changes will be occurring throughout all five boroughs of the city.  Protected bicycle lanes are being added to parts of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan; the city of Brooklyn is improving bicycle and pedestrian access to the Williamsburg Bridge; new bus services are being added to Queens; pedestrian access is being made available on the Madison Avenue Bridge in the Bronx, and the city’s first traffic circles are being installed in Staten Island. Mayor de Blasio believes that these new changes will help to correct problems with dangerous streets where pedestrians are suffering harm as a result of auto accidents. Earlier phases of Vision Zero have already been implemented, as the initiative first began in 2014. Since progress has been made on making the streets safer, there has been a major decline in motor vehicle accident fatalities. Traffic fatalities have declined 23 percent from 2013, before Mayor de Blasio took office. There were just 230 traffic accident deaths last year, which is the lowest number of traffic fatalities in the history of the city.  These new projects could improve conditions further; however, there are concerns about the ability to make ongoing improvements due to proposed budget cuts to the Department of Transportation that have been suggested by the Trump administration. Still, the next phase of projects will be starting soon, and should help to achieve a further reduction in fatalities in New York City. Unfortunately, accidents are still likely to occur, though, and victims who get hurt in motor vehicle collisions need to know what their rights are. The accident attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff can help victims of collisions to pursue a claim for compensation after an accident happens that causes them harm.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is vested with the responsibility of conducting routine worksite inspections, as well as investigating a worksite after an accident occurs that causes injury or death. OSHA's goal in both routine inspections and post-accident investigations is to determine if all safety rules and regulations have been followed. If rules were broken, OSHA can fine the employer who is not living up to his duties to keep workers safe. OSHA is entirely separate from New York workers' compensation law. Regardless of whether OSHA finds any violations or not, an employee who was hurt (or the family of an employee who was killed) can talk with New York City injury attorneys for help making a workers' comp claim for benefits.  Still while OSHA violations may not impact a workers' comp case, a violation can impact an employer in major ways because OSHA can cite and fine a company who fails to follow safety rules. OSHA fines increased on January 13, 2017, so companies will now face bigger potential penalties for safety rule violations.  The increase is not as substantial as the one that occurred last year.

OSHA Fine Increase Went Into Effect January 2017

OSHA fines rose by 1.64 percent starting January 13, which the increase in fines equal to the annual rate of inflation in the United States, as was calculated in October of 2016. The reason for this 1.64 percent increase was a ruled passed by the U.S. Congress in a budget bill that allowed fines to increase for the first time since 1990. Since fines had not increased for such a long time, the rise in fines that happened in August 2016 as a result of the budget bill was dramatic. Fines went up 78% in August of 2016 to make up for the fact that there were no increases in fines for almost 20 years.   To make sure such a long delay did not occur again, the budget bill also made it easier for fines to increase. A provision in the bill allowed OSHA to, at its discretion, increase the fines based on the amount of annual inflation. With the inflationary increase, the new maximum fine for a repeat and willful violation is up to $126,749 from $124,709.  The new maximum fine for a serious and other-than-serious violation is $12,675, up from $12,471. The new maximum fine for a willful violation is $9,054, up from $8,908. Although this may still seem like a pretty small amount of money for many of the different kinds of violations, the fines can add up substantially if a company is found to have multiple serious violations. OSHA has already imposed large fines in significant enforcement cases since the start of the 2017 fiscal year and some of the cases involve penalties exceeding $500,000. Although these high fines can often act as an effective deterrent, many worksites continue to cut corners on safety.  Even if a worksite is safe, however, employees injured on-the-job should talk with New York City injury attorneys at Rosenberg, Minc, Falkoff & Wolff as soon as possible after an accident because an employee does not have to prove an OSHA violation to get workers' comp benefits for an injury caused by job duties.
ACCIDENT FALL AT WORLD TRADE CENTER KILLS WOMAN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK (March 12, 2017) - A tragic accident killed a substitute teacher after she fell down an escalator while reaching for her hat, according to the New York Post. Authorities are saying that the accident took place at the World Trade Center. The Oculus escalator accident appears to have taken place when a woman was reaching for the hat dropped by her twin sister. It remains unclear what caused the woman to fall. Escalators can be extremely dangerous. Authorities will continue to investigate what happened in order to determine liability.

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