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Distracted Driving is Taking the Lives of More Pedestrians

11/15/2017 08:44:37 AM

Walking is the oldest and most basic form of transportation. More people are walking to get fit, stay healthy, and even save on transportation. But there's growing evidence that people simply walking on a downtown sidewalk, or crossing a street, ...

Recent Study Shows a Spike in U.S. Fatal, Opioid-Induced Car Crashes

11/13/2017 14:44:20 PM

The indicators of just how dangerous the U.S. opioid epidemic has grown are becoming clearer each day. A recently released report by the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City say there’s ...

New Research Confirms the Perils of Drowsy Driving

11/08/2017 12:55:47 PM

Drowsy (or fatigued) driving is a serious problem in the U.S. One in 25 adults aged 18 and older say they have fallen asleep behind the wheel in the past 30 days, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) Those most at risk of drowsy ...

A Warning for All Seasons: Young Athletes and Concussions

10/30/2017 14:16:09 PM

According to the U.S. Safety Council, a child is treated for a sports-related concussion – or mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) – every three minutes. But this isn’t restricted to the obvious -- young football-playing boys. In sports ...

An App for Heavy Lifting is Now Available for your Mobile Device

10/20/2017 14:41:44 PM

Back injuries are a major concern in workplaces around the world, and with good reason. But the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has recently released a tool to calculate the overall risk index for single and multiple ...

NYC’s New Construction Safety Law: Is it Effective or a Solution in Search of a Problem?

10/17/2017 12:25:47 PM

The City Council finally passed a bill in late September which requires workers on most construction sites to receive at least 40 hours of safety training before being allowed on buildings over nine stories tall. The vote came on the heels of ...

Halloween Safety for ALL Ghosts and Goblins

10/10/2017 10:57:03 AM

Halloween fun doesn’t need an accident to interrupt the revelry. But there are so many opportunities for an accident to happen amidst all the trick-or-treaters as they run from house to house or attend a festive party. As you plan for this ...

Get the Message: New York is Cracking Down on Speeders!

09/29/2017 04:00:52 AM

In several joint safety studies over the past few months, government agencies such as the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) have all ...

New York Communities and Homes Aren’t as Safe as Most of us Hope They Are

09/26/2017 17:48:11 PM

The State of Safety report, released in the spring of 2017 by the National Safety Council (NSC), has some sobering news for New Yorkers who think their homes and communities are safe. The fresh study that addresses unintentional deaths in America ...

Fatigue Makes all of us Accidents Waiting to Happen

09/18/2017 11:41:54 AM

The National Safety Council recently reported that 43 percent of Americans don’t get enough sleep to eliminate the risks of working or driving in a fatigued state. Those surveyed complain of an inability to think clearly, make informed decisions, ...

Dip in the Number of Traffic Accident Deaths is Good, But It Can Be Better

09/11/2017 13:06:07 PM

Even though fatalities and injuries are generally down from a few years ago, an alarming number of drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians continue to be killed or seriously injured by vehicle accidents. And when people are injured or ...

On Average, 12 Amusement Ride Injuries Happen Every Day in U.S.

08/29/2017 09:37:51 AM

For many Americans, amusement rides offer an experience unlike any other. Rides offer the chance to travel at incredibly high speeds, plummet from great heights and pump adrenaline through the body. The excitement offered by amusement rides ...

The Gig Economy Leaves Many Workers Unprotected

08/24/2017 17:21:35 PM

The chances are good that the gig economy has impacted you in one form or another, whether you are a consumer or a worker. Rideshare apps, remote work, contract labor and on-demand services are changing our economy in ways that are still surprising ...

Remote Work and Workplace Safety

08/14/2017 15:13:48 PM

What pops into your mind when you think of workplace safety training? Many of you probably picture an office conference room full of bored employees watching dated instructional videos about keeping work areas clean. The post Remote Work and ...

Back-to-School Safety Tips in New York

08/11/2017 15:01:50 PM

As summer break ends, parents and schoolchildren are preparing for the beginning of another academic year. They take advantage of back to school sales on clothes and school supplies and start adjusting their schedules to meet the daily demands ...

Long Island Cesspool Sinkhole Fiasco

06/06/2017 11:37:58 AM

A cesspool collapse spawned a sinkhole which swallowed and killed one Long Island man last month. This article reviews cesspool safety tips. The post Long Island Cesspool Sinkhole Fiasco appeared first on Kaplan Lawyers PC.

Penn Station Sewage Situation

05/12/2017 10:43:46 AM

A sewage leak at Penn Station last week turned the stomachs of commuters as they made their way home after work. In this article, we'll investigate sewage leaks and provide safeguarding and reactionary tips in case a leak occurs in your home. The ...

Falling Flower Pot Ends in Tragedy

04/30/2017 14:58:03 PM

Last week, an 8-year-old boy was killed when a large flower pot loosed from a window and crushed him as he retrieved a ball he had been playing with. This tragic story illuminates a real concern for home and property owners: the danger of things ...

Natural Gas Leak Leads to Explosion

04/27/2017 11:59:30 AM

Last December, a natural gas leak caused an explosion and a subsequent fire that injured two people in the small Chicago suburb of Homer Glen. In this article, we will take a look at tips which will help you detect, prevent and react properly ...

Mayhem at Penn Station

04/20/2017 09:54:44 AM

An incident involving the tasering of a homeless man caused widespread panic at Penn Station earlier this month; commuters fled the scene, arrests were made and chaos ensued in what turned out to be something of a "false alarm." Click here to ...

Manhattan Elevator Injures Nanny

04/13/2017 20:45:19 PM

Last week, a makeshift elevator malfunctioned and injured a 62-year-old woman who was trapped inside. In this article, we take a look at not only elevator safety, but stairway and ramp safety as well. The post Manhattan Elevator Injures Nanny ...

Stay Safe While Driving in the Rain

03/27/2017 09:33:22 AM

At almost 2:30 in the morning last Monday, on the approach to the George Washington Bridge near Amsterdam Avenue and 180th street, a driver lost control of their vehicle and struck a divider. Unbeknownst to some, rain is actually the deadliest ...

Texas Tragedy & the Importance of Train Safety

03/18/2017 16:10:55 PM

A 19-year-old aspiring model was struck and killed by a train in Texas, shedding light on the wider problem of train and train track safety. In this article, we'll take a look at reasons why you should avoid crossing train tracks in unauthorized ...

Water Main Breaks in Downtown Brooklyn

03/05/2017 12:38:31 PM

Last Thursday afternoon, water began flooding the Court Street subway station in Brooklyn, causing panic and confusion for commuters. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at two types of problems that may result from flooding. The post ...

Exploding Manhole Covers in Queens

02/28/2017 08:42:37 AM

On Monday, February 20th, residents of Forest Hills, Queens reported hearing explosions near Queens Boulevard and 68th Street. Buildings were physically rocked by the force of the blasts, and power went out in the immediate vicinity but, fo ...

Teens Fall Through Frozen Ice

02/25/2017 14:07:16 PM

In a terrifying tale that turned out well, seven teens plunged through the frozen ice of a Central Park pond last Tuesday, but were saved thanks to the quick-thinking of some Good Samaritans. The post Teens Fall Through Frozen Ice appeared first ...

Dirty Bronx Building Spreads Disease

02/19/2017 11:10:39 AM

750 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, a 720-unit apartment complex owned and operated by an infamous New York City slumlord, has tested positive for a rat-borne disease that has killed one resident and sickened two others. The post Dirty Bronx Building ...

Snow & Snow Plows

02/09/2017 10:31:11 AM

Snow plows are a necessary tool in clearing up our roads after a snowfall. However, they must abide by the same rules all drivers must when dealing with icy and snowy conditions. This article features winter driving tips that will keep all motorists ...

Burglary Begets Violence in Brooklyn

01/22/2017 22:32:42 PM

A 42-year-old Queens man broke into the home of an elderly Brooklyn woman this week, in an attempted burglary that ended with the intruder slashing the face and torso of the victim. In this article, we'll review some precautionary measures you ...

Brooklyn Girl Struck by Wayward Cab

01/15/2017 09:44:20 AM

On January 12, 2017, in Borough Park, Brooklyn, the driver behind the wheel of a livery cab had a heart attack, lost control of his vehicle, ran a curb, and struck a pedestrian. Miraculously, the pedestrian, an as-of-yet unidentified 13-year-old ...

Driving Safely in the Snow & Ice

01/08/2017 14:41:30 PM

A spate of deadly car accidents that've occurred over the past few days has re-emphasized for New York motorists the importance of driving safely in snowy months. In this article, we'll examine the causes and costs of these crashes, and then ...

Crane Accident Kills Two in Queens

12/20/2016 14:10:04 PM

Last month, in Queens, a construction crane dropped a 6,500-pound steel I-beam, killing two workers. In this article, we review construction crane safety. The post Crane Accident Kills Two in Queens appeared first on Kaplan Lawyers PC.

Machine Malfunction Kills Brooklyn Construction Worker

11/12/2016 15:09:37 PM

In October, a construction worker was killed at a downtown Brooklyn work site. It was an afternoon like many others, at a job site on Bond Street, when a piece of machinery snapped and struck a construction worker in the head, killing him. In ...

Gas Leak-Related Explosion Rocks New Jersey Neighborhood

10/15/2016 07:31:03 AM

Ten firemen suffered minor injuries in a gas leak explosion that destroyed two New Jersey homes last week. Residents can help prevent these types of accidents by staying alert and by knowing what to look for when it comes to gas leaks. The ...

Disaster at Hoboken Train Station

09/30/2016 20:01:28 PM

Tragedy struck New Jersey transit yesterday, when a packed train crashed into a "bumper block," a barrier at the end of train tracks, sending it airborne and onto the concourse of the Hoboken station. The post Disaster at Hoboken Train Station ...

Major Bus Accident Blocks Lincoln Tunnel

09/28/2016 20:46:41 PM

On Monday morning, two NJ Transit buses collided in an accident that caused many injuries and major traffic delays. This article contains helpful tips which bus riders can employ to keep themselves and others safe when using mass transit. The ...

High-Speed LIE Race Ends in Tragedy

09/17/2016 18:43:53 PM

Three were killed and eleven more were injured as a result of a street race which took place on the Long Island Expressway last month. In this article, we'll take a look at tips you can use to drive both safely and slowly, so as to help avoid ...

Jet Ski Accident in Brosewere Bay

09/04/2016 18:34:51 PM

A grandfather and grandson were injured in a jet ski accident on Long Island on Friday. In this article, we discuss what you can do to keep yourself safe when piloting a jet ski. The post Jet Ski Accident in Brosewere Bay appeared first on Kaplan ...

Long Island Tree Trimmer Electrocuted

08/27/2016 11:35:58 AM

A 39-year-old tree-trimmer from Brentwood, Long Island was electrocuted after coming in contact with PSEG power lines. In this article, we'll take a look at not only how to stay safe when working with electricity, but at what to do in the event ...

Twin Tragedies at American Theme Parks

08/15/2016 21:15:44 PM

Last week, two separate incidents took place in two different theme parks, resulting in one serious injury and one death. In this article, we take a look at what you can do to keep you and your family safe while enjoying amusement parks and ...

Beer Truck Tips In Brooklyn

08/13/2016 09:46:12 AM

A beer truck tipped as it attempted to enter onto the BQE, spilling its cargo across the roadway. Fortunately, no one was killed in the accident. However, this story shines a light on the importance of proper cargo security, for both professionals ...

Tappan Zee Bridge Crane Collapse

07/19/2016 20:43:34 PM

A construction crane on the Tappan Zee Bridge toppled Tuesday afternoon, injuring five and interrupting traffic for hours on end. The post Tappan Zee Bridge Crane Collapse appeared first on Kaplan Lawyers PC.

Summer Subway Safety

06/26/2016 14:11:41 PM

Last Friday, an elderly gentleman collapsed and fell onto the tracks at a 6 train station in New York City. Onlookers believe he may have succumbed to heat stroke. In this article, we'll examine the symptoms of heat stroke and learn what to ...

Brooklyn Deck Collapse Injuries 16

06/19/2016 15:17:33 PM

A deck collapsed during a party in Brooklyn earlier this month. 16 were injured, though none were killed. In this article, we'll take a look at architectural safety and what you can do to keep your home or building up to code. The post Brooklyn ...

Family of Reckless Driving Victim Seeks Justice

06/04/2016 22:25:31 PM

Last December, 30-year-old Victoria Nicodemus was struck and killed by an SUV which hopped a sidewalk curb. Victoria's story is a sad one, which sheds lights on the ever-present problem faced by NYC government officials, that of keeping our ...

NYC Staircase Safety

05/31/2016 09:15:00 AM

Every day, we climb up and down more sets of stairs than we may realize. Most staircases we traverse are safe, sturdy, well-lighted and well-maintained. However, a faulty staircase could lead to catastrophic personal injury. The post NYC Staircase ...

Track Fire in East Harlem

05/29/2016 09:53:49 AM

An explosion at an East Harlem garden center caused a massive fire, which severely damaged the Metro-North tracks located overhead. Miraculously, no injuries were reported in the incident. However, massive commuter delays were caused, and several ...

Tractor-Trailer Accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge

05/15/2016 10:41:26 AM

A tractor-trailer experienced a mechanical failure and overturned on the Tappan Zee bridge last Friday. Fortunately, no one was injured. The post Tractor-Trailer Accident on the Tappan Zee Bridge appeared first on Kaplan Lawyers PC.

Cyclists Fall Victim to Open Car Doors

05/11/2016 09:05:46 AM

In an ideal world, both cyclists and motorists, would be aware of one another at all times. When motorists open their car doors up into bike lanes or other cycling traffic, accidents can happen. Both riders and cyclists can find invaluable safety ...

What to Do When You Get Food Poisoning

05/09/2016 12:05:30 PM

In circumstances of food contamination, the more information available, the better your chances of a favorable outcome will be. As is the case for most legal matters, gathering data and supporting evidence is crucial for securing a win in a ...

Housing Laws Force Residents From Their Home

04/17/2016 15:14:44 PM

Brooklyn residents were in for an unpleasant surprise, when a mysterious wall built in their backyard ultimately forced them from their first-floor housing. The post Housing Laws Force Residents From Their Home appeared first on Kaplan Lawyers ...

How Safe Are We From Water Contamination In New York?

04/13/2016 12:59:38 PM

Soda is bad for our teeth. Alcohol can cause liver and heart damage. Coffee may or may not be good for us, depending on which article you read. But at least we can count on our water to be safe -- or so we thought. The post How Safe Are We From ...

NYC Citizens Bemoan Risky Cycling Habit

04/12/2016 11:04:31 AM

Some NYC cyclists engage in a practice called "shoaling," where they overtake all riders stopped in front of them at red lights. This dangerous cycling behavior is frowned upon by fellow riders, and considered dangerous by city officials. Click ...

Dangerous Intersection May Get Safety Renovation

04/09/2016 15:54:07 PM

A notoriously dangerous intersection on the Brooklyn-Queens border might be getting a major safety uplift in the coming months, according to officials. An unacceptably high number of car and pedestrian accidents have occurred where Myrtle Avenue ...

Focusing on Subway Safety

03/31/2016 21:04:07 PM

Earlier this month, 15-year-old Xinyi Huang was pushed from a subway platform in front of an oncoming train. Thinking quickly, she rolled herself out of the way, saving her life. It's important to always stay alert in order to stay safe on NYC ...

Sewer Leak Causes Unpleasant Subway Smell

03/27/2016 10:47:09 AM

A sewer leak has been determined as the cause of an unpleasant smell in a Brooklyn subway station. Some gas leaks can pose significant danger to your health, while others are completely harmless. Being able to determine the difference can save ...

Scaffolding Falls in Brooklyn

03/19/2016 19:02:48 PM

This week, high winds caused a scaffolding to fall in Brooklyn. Though no one was injured, this incident demonstrates the dangers inherent to scaffolding. The post Scaffolding Falls in Brooklyn appeared first on Kaplan Lawyers PC.

Heads-Up Use of Brakes Saves Lives

03/12/2016 09:02:55 AM

The brakes are the most important safety feature of your car. When brakes are properly maintained, and utilized correctly, they can help save the lives of drivers and their passengers. Click here to learn more about how to use and properly upkeep ...

Distracted Driving Can Be Deadly

02/27/2016 16:26:01 PM

Distracted driving can be deadly. What constitutes distracted driving? What can you do to avoid driving while distracted? Click here to learn how you can drive more carefully- and keep yourself and your family safe in the process. The post ...

1 Killed in Long Island Hit-and-Run Accident

02/20/2016 13:52:08 PM

A 61-year old Medford resident was arrested today, for fleeing the scene of an accident that occurred last night on Granny Road. Three were injured and one man was killed in the hit-and-run incident. The post 1 Killed in Long Island Hit-and-Run ...

Freezing Temperatures to Hit Dangerous Lows

02/13/2016 14:58:30 PM

As the temperatures drop in New York City drop this weekend, residents brace for the effects of the cold. Click here to learn about what you can do to keep you and your loved ones safe this winter. The post Freezing Temperatures to Hit Dangerous ...

Tribeca Crane Collapse Kills One

02/07/2016 13:00:14 PM

As heavy winds and snow descended on New York City Friday morning, a crane fell from a building in Tribeca, killing one Manhattan resident. Despite strong efforts to secure cranes, accidents like these are not wholly uncommon in New York. Click ...

NYC to Experiment with New Subway Design

01/31/2016 16:17:10 PM

In an attempt to decrease congestion, and therefore decrease the likelihood of injuries, NYC may experiment with a brand-new, "open gangway" style of subway car. In this article, we'll explore what this means for riders, and how they can expect ...

Winter Storm: Jonas

01/23/2016 14:45:30 PM

As New Yorkers prepare for Winter Storm Jonas, we at Kaplan Lawyers PC are here to provide information and advice about dealing with emergency snowstorm situations. The post Winter Storm: Jonas appeared first on Kaplan Lawyers PC.

High-Speed Chase Ends in Calamity

01/17/2016 15:17:12 PM

A nail-biting story out of the Bronx- a high-speed chase that ended in a calamitous crash. When you run from the police, you put everyone involved (not to mention innocent bystanders) in grave danger. In this article, we’ll review the steps ...

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