Despite the risks to employees and productivity, many workplaces contain safety hazards. Sometimes a safety hazard arises suddenly, while others may exist for days, weeks or months without an employer taking steps to remedy the issue.
New York drivers might not be aware that a number of studies have linked the usage of headlights during daytime driving to a reduction in accidents. While there are already vehicles on the road with technology that makes this easier for the driver, there is no legislation in the U.S. that requires this.
New York motorists may have heard that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has withdrawn a new rule that would have established sleep apnea screening requirements for truck drivers. The agency issued a notice regarding the withdrawal in early August.
Some New Yorkers may have been involved in one of the 4,311 fatal accidents nationwide in 2015 that involved buses or large trucks. While the number was up 8 percent from the previous year, it is still not as high as the peak of more than 5,200 in 2005. Between 2005 and 2009, the numbers went down, but from 2009 to 2015, they increased again.
Some New York parents may be unaware that a number of children younger than 16 are injured on trampolines each year. According to one study, between 2002 and 2011, playing on trampolines resulted in more than 288,000 fractures. The total cost in emergency room visits as a result of trampoline-related injuries was estimated to be around $1 billion.
On June 5, a ruling that sets training standards for all new truck drivers in New York and across the country effectively became law after the Trump Administration ordered regulatory reviews that delayed it for five months. The ruling gives trainers, carriers and additional stakeholders until February 2020 to act in accordance to the law.
The number of deadly pedestrian accidents around the country increased alarmingly in 2016 according to figures from the Governors Highway Safety Association. A report from the nonprofit organization of state safety offices reveals that 5,997 pedestrians were killed on the nation's roads last year, and many of these accidents took place in New York. The figures mark the continuation of a disturbing trend. Pedestrian fatalities increased by 12 percent from 4,795 to 5,376 between 2006 and 2015, and the 2016 death toll represents an 11 percent year-over-year surge according to the GHSA.
New York patients may be able to get a second medical opinion over the internet if a doctor is struggling to diagnose their illness. Telemedicine is a growing field, and it can allow for virtual consultations as well as for a patient to send information from a monitoring device to their electronic medical records. With a peer-reviewed journal reporting that around 12 million people are misdiagnosed annually, the ability to more easily get a second opinion could be critical in some cases.
New York residents should know that they may be able to pursue financial compensation for post-traumatic stress disorder injuries that occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident caused by another motorist. However, there is a high bar for recovery, as the mental health injury may not be as readily apparent as other injuries, such as bruises or broken bones.
Fatal truck accidents were a more common sight around the country in 2015 according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's annual Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts report. The agency's figures reveal that 4,050 large commercial vehicles were involved in 3,598 fatal crashes in 2015, many of which took place in New York. This represents an 8 percent increase from the previous year in deadly truck accidents, and an increase was also observed in the number of fatal collisions per 100 million miles traveled by trucks weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds.