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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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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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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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How to Calculate Pain and Suffering

How to Calculate Pain and Suffering

In a personal injury lawsuit, several matters will be considered so as to determine the amount that you should be compensated. One of the factors that will be considered is pain and suffering. There is no actual way to place a number on the pain and/or trauma you have experienced due to an injury or life event. No amount of money can erase the past...

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Recovering Compensation for Burn Injuries

Recovering Compensation for Burn Injuries

Burn injuries are a serious matter that can cause devastating effects such as long-term health issues, disfigurement and even death. According to the American Burn Association, each year 3,400 individuals die due to burn injuries. The majority of these deaths occur due to residential fires. Other causes included motor vehicle accidents, flames, smo...

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Burn Injuries in the Workplace

Burn Injuries in the Workplace

Work-related burns are a leading cause of occupational injuries in the United States. As many as 20 to 30 percent of all burn-related hospitalizations are due to workplace injuries, according to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries. Those who suffer from on-the-job burn injuries can be subjected to serious, debilitating effects. ...

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What is Pain and Suffering?

What is Pain and Suffering?

Pain and suffering is an essential part of many personal injury cases. Pain and suffering is a legal term that refers to a variety of injuries that may occur as a result of an accident. Not only does pain and suffering cover the physical pain of an injury, but also the emotional and mental injuries, such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and...

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Car Accident Burns Can Be Life Threatening

Car Accident Burns Can Be Life Threatening

Any time there is a motor vehicle accident, there is a possibility that the fuel tank may explode or a cracked fuel tank will leak, resulting in a fire. A car accident fire is often started due to a hot engine, spark, or exhaust pipe igniting gas that has leaked from the fuel tank. Many automobile accidents occur as a result of a reckless, careless...

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Suing the State or a Municipality for Your Personal Injury

Suing the State or a Municipality for Your Personal Injury

Sometimes your personal injury may be caused by the negligence of the State of New York or a municipality. But suing the government is not is not the same as suing other defendants. Because there are strict notice requirements, time is of the essence. Here are some things you need to know about suing the government in New York. • If you are suing t...

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A New Problem Sounding the Alarms

A New Problem Sounding the Alarms

If you have ever been to a hospital, you know that there are many noises associated with the institution. The beeps of a monitor, the buzzing of a machine, and the other sounds of the instruments are all just a part of a busy hospital unit. However, as nurses and doctors become accustomed to hearing the every-day sounds of their workplace, a very s...

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A Famous NHL Player’s Death…Was it Wrongful?

A Famous NHL Player’s Death…Was it Wrongful?

No matter the circumstance, losing a loved one is one of the hardest situations to go through in life and can be traumatic to say the least. However, if the death was caused by the negligence of another party, the grief can be exceptionally harder. Wrongful deaths in New York often involve fatal car accidents, but may involve many other types of de...

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A Store's Responsibility to the Safety of its Customers

A Store's Responsibility to the Safety of its Customers

As the holiday season approaches, the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping will also commence, leaving many stores, malls, shopping centers, and outlets in a state of organized chaos. But have you ever wondered what responsibilities the store owners have to protect its store patrons from harm? Well, you should. Unfortunately, the family of 10-year...

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Reckless Driver Jumps Curb and Ends the Lives of Two Pedestrians in Queens, NY

Reckless Driver Jumps Curb and Ends the Lives of Two Pedestrians in Queens, NY

 It is a well-known fact that drivers should be on alert when driving, since the road is a dangerous place, but now the same may be true when individuals simply walk down a side walk. Police are investigating after a 22-year-old driver lost control of his car and crashed into a phone booth, lamp post and parked cars before jumping the curb and...

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CT Man Sues New York City and Citi Bike

CT Man Sues New York City and Citi Bike

It is likely that anyone who has traveled through New York City in the last year has noticed an increase in cyclists throughout one of the busiest cities in the world. This increase is the direct result of New York City's public bike-sharing program named Citi Bike. The program, which sparked controversy in 2013 for its potential dangers and hazard...

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New York’s Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases

New York’s Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases

It is devastating to have a medical condition that is made worse at the hands of an incompetent doctor. If such a case arises, a patient can bring a suit against the doctor for malpractice for the injuries they caused. However, patients must be aware that New York imposes strict time limits on medical malpractice cases called statutes of limitation...

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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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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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From the Day it Happens….NOT From the Day you Know

From the Day it Happens….NOT From the Day you Know

Imagine you are given the horrific news that you have cancer, or any other life threatening disease or diagnosis. Your world as you know it is coming tumbling down and you're looking for help and a way to make it better. Now imagine that that diagnosis could have come sooner and action could have been taken earlier but for the negligence of a docto...

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What is informed consent?

What is informed consent?

 While medical issues can sometimes be complex, it is the doctor's job to explain things in a way that patients understand. Therefore, the requirement of being able to dispel a patient's confusion is at the heart of informed consent laws. What is informed consent? In order to meet the requirements of the law, informed consent mandates that pat...

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Does Your Medicine Make You Sick?

Does Your Medicine Make You Sick?

The word medicine goes hand in hand with feeling better, or better yet, a cure. But what if the precise thing that is meant to improve your health is actually affecting it in a bad way? Events such as prescription errors may be viewed as the exception not the rule, but research has shown that they are all too common. A study by the Institute of Med...

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