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Five Road Dangers to Watch Out For During the Holidays

Five Road Dangers to Watch Out For During the Holidays

The holiday season is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be driving on the road. In addition to the dangers caused by the cold winter weather, drivers are often more reckless as well, endangering themselves and everyone else on the road. Here are five road dangers you should watch out for during the holidays: 

Slippery roads: The biggest danger that every driver must deal with during the winter is the weather, or more specifically, what the weather does to the road. Snow, sleet, and freezing rain can all make the ground incredibly icy, making it difficult to maintain traction and increasing the likelihood that a driver will lose control of their vehicle. It can also make it much harder to stop or maneuver out of the way of other vehicles or pedestrians, making accidents much more likely.

Low visibility: The holidays are also the time of year when more people are driving when it is dark outside, thanks to the diminished hours of daylight. This means that drivers will have a harder time seeing pedestrians and other vehicles, and may not notice them in time to stop them. This can be compounded by snowstorms, fog, and other issues that impair visibility and increase the risks of an accident.

Poorly maintained vehicle: When motor vehicles are well-maintained, they have a much better chance of being able to handle the winter than they otherwise would. Worn-down tires can be problematic at the best of times, much less when they hit an icy patch on the road, and a poorly maintained engine is more likely to stall from the cold. In addition, cold weather can cause tires to become underinflated and drain a car battery more quickly than most people realize, increasing the risk of sudden mechanical failures.

Exhausted drivers: People are also more likely to drive while sleep-deprived during the winter, thanks in part to the change from Daylight Savings Time. This shift in people’s schedules, combined with the pressures many people feel during the holidays, means they are often more exhausted behind the wheel than they would normally be. When people drive tired, they are slower to react than normal and more likely to drive recklessly, increasing the risk of an accident

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Why a Slip and Fall is No Joke

Why a Slip and Fall is No Joke

When most people think about slipping and falling, they think about silly accidents that can be easily laughed off, or pratfalls in comedies. At worst, they may get concerned about the elderly or people with certain medical conditions falling. However, slipping and falling can cause severe injuries to people of any age or health, and if you are inj...

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The Perils of Slipping and Falling

The Perils of Slipping and Falling

Every year, millions of Americans are sent to the hospital after slipping and falling, whether in their home, at work, out shopping, or elsewhere. While often seen as comical in TV shows and movies, slipping and falling is no laughing matter. It can result in serious injuries, especially for the elderly or people with certain medical conditions. It...

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Falling Injuries in NYC Construction Industry Increase in 2021

Falling Injuries in NYC Construction Industry Increase in 2021

Falling injuries have always been one of the greatest dangers that construction workers face on the job. Statistically speaking, falls account for more construction injuries than any other, with only a handful of other causes even coming close. Unfortunately, this year has proven to be worse than last year, as the number of fall injuries has alread...

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Seven Signs of Potential Negligence by Construction Contractors

Seven Signs of Potential Negligence by Construction Contractors

In construction, a contractor typically refers to a company that is hired to build, remodel, repair, restore, or demolish a building. Along with the people who own the construction site, they are the ones primarily responsible for ensuring that it is safe to go forward with construction. Thus, they are also often one of the primary culprits when so...

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Five Common Consequences of Medical Malpractice

Five Common Consequences of Medical Malpractice

 When you seek medical treatment for some ailment or injury, you expect to be treated with utmost care by your doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. However, sometimes those medical professionals fail to perform their duties as they are intended to, resulting in harm to the patients they are treating, and possible medical malpracti...

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A Car Accident Can Cost You Much More Than Your Car

A Car Accident Can Cost You Much More Than Your Car

A car accident can happen at nearly any time, and for a variety of unpredictable reasons. You may get hit by a distracted or fatigued driver who simply loses focus for a moment or be unfortunate enough to come across an intoxicated driver who lacks the faculties to control their vehicle. You might collide with another vehicle on an icy or slippery ...

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One Killed, Three Injured in NYC Construction Accident

One Killed, Three Injured in NYC Construction Accident

A construction worker was killed, and three others were injured, in an accident at a construction site in New York City over the weekend. The accident occurred on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at a building on E 36th Street near Lexington Avenue in Manhattan. The building was being renovated by the workers at the time of their unfortunate accident. The a...

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The Importance of Informed Consent

The Importance of Informed Consent

A medical professional is not supposed to perform any medical procedure, prescribe any medication, or administer any other treatment without the informed consent of a patient or their legal representative. Doing otherwise may not only be unethical, but also illegal, and can risk major harm to the patient. But what is informed consent and why is it ...

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Scaffold Injuries in New York City

Scaffold Injuries in New York City

When people think of New York City, a few images come to mind: skyscrapers, hot dog carts, and sidewalks crowded with pedestrians. In recent years, scaffolding has also become synonymous with the Big Apple. Scaffolds, also known as "sidewalk sheds," are temporary structures on the outside of buildings, usually made of wood or metal poles, that are ...

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Hit and Run Car Accidents

Hit and Run Car Accidents

According AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety, hit-and-run collisions are increasing over the last couple of years. The current statistics show that a hit-and-run crash happens somewhere in the U.S. just about every 43 seconds. Unfortunately, when dealing with a hit-and-run collision, it may be more difficult to recover through the use of legal rem...

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Construction Accidents due to Defective Hard Hats

Construction Accidents due to Defective Hard Hats

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) contributes to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the CDCP, one of the leading causes of TBIs is being stuck in the head...

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Construction Accident from Retaining Wall

Construction Accident from Retaining Wall

Rescue workers recovered the body of a construction worker who died after being trapped in a trench when a retaining wall collapsed at a worksite. The New York Times reported that the accident happened on September 12 at approximately 1:30 p.m. A group of construction workers was digging a trench 30 feet below street level at the site, located at 3...

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Auto Mechanic Negligence May Cause A Crash

Auto Mechanic Negligence May Cause A Crash

Under certain circumstances, an auto mechanic and repair shop may be held liable for a crash when an improper repair causes an accident. Auto mechanic negligence can lead to a serious accident that results in life-threatening injuries. In New York State, a person may file a claim against an auto mechanic under the theory of negligence. Under a negl...

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Avoid Falling a Victim of a Pathology Misdiagnosis

Avoid Falling a Victim of a Pathology Misdiagnosis

A pathologist is a medical professional responsible for examining bodily fluids and tissue in order to assist in diagnosing a patient that is experiencing certain signs and symptoms of a medical condition. A pathologist will use laboratory tests and equipment to assist with the process of diagnosing serious or sometimes life-threatening illnesses. ...

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Landlord’s Hoarding Creates Health Problems for Tenants

Landlord’s Hoarding Creates Health Problems for Tenants

QNS.com reported that residents of an apartment complex in Glendale, Queens have complained of odors emanating from the unoccupied units as a result of their landlord's extreme hoarding.An empty first-floor apartment was covered in waste and the basement has been packed with garbage and debris "from floor to ceiling," a resident told QNS.com, addin...

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Don’t be the Victim of a Head-on Collision

Don’t be the Victim of a Head-on Collision

Head-on collisions result in some of the most serious and deadly accidents. A head-on collision occurs when one vehicle directly impacts the front of another vehicle. Oftentimes, these accidents result in death or serious injuries to the vehicle occupants, as well as significant damage to the vehicles. Most often, these accidents happen due to one ...

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Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis & Errors

Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis & Errors

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. In the United States, there are more than 3 million people diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Skin cancer is the mutation of cells beneath the skin that is often highly aggressive. These highly aggressive mutations grow out of control and form cancerous cells. If left untreated, skin ca...

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Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents

Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the odds of getting into a collision are two times more likely when a person takes his or her eyes off of the road for just two seconds. Recently, the University of Utah conducted a study which found that a motor vehicle's navigation system is extremely distracting to a driver. Accord...

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Injuries

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries contribute to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the CDC, the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries are ...

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