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Safe Driving Tips for Senior Citizens

52400058_S_Older couple_Happy_driving_accident_Women_Men_Old Man_Old woman (002).jpgIn general, senior citizens as a group are safe drivers when compared to others. Most obey the speed limit, wear seat belts and avoid drinking and driving.

But this age group is especially vulnerable to death or injury in car accidents due to age-related conditions. Fragile bones, heart disease and diabetes can make it more difficult to recover from crash-related injuries.

As we age, it may become difficult to operate a motor vehicle safely due to physical challenges. But older drivers can limit the chance of an accident on the road with these tips:

Important Steps To Take If You Are Hurt at Work

22225577_M_Workers Compensation_Fall_injury_Knee_Construction Worker (002).jpgWorkplace injuries are very common - in fact, almost 3% of full-time workers sustained a non-fatal injury at work. Construction is a particularly dangerous occupation, and 87 workers died in New York City construction accidents in 2017.

Do you know what to do if you are hurt at work? Below are our top actions to take:

Long Island Woman Dies in Hit-and-Run Accident

12332078_L_Car.jpgA fatal hit-and-run accident happens almost six times every day in the U.S. A 38-year older woman in North Babylon became the latest New York victim when an AutoZone delivery van struck two pedestrians and just kept going.

The van had pulled out of a company lot onto Deer Park Avenue when the accident occurred. The woman became caught under the vehicle and was dragged about a half-mile before rolling to the side of the road. The victim died at a nearby hospital, while the second victim was released after receiving treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.

The driver finished his route and was arrested by police after he returned to the AutoZone business. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death.

Rockland County Father Charged in Twins Hot Car Deaths

16115680_M_Car_Seat_Prevent_Accident (002).jpgIt's a repeated tragedy that seems to be happening every summer - children left alone in cars that get progressively hotter until the environment is life-threatening.

A Rockland County father recently left his one-year-old twins in his car while he worked an 8-hour shift as a social worker at a Bronx hospital. The weather was sunny and 80 degrees plus, and during the day the interior of the car possibly reached 130 degrees or more.

Could Crash Test Dummies Be to Blame For the Wide Discrepancy between Male and Female Accident Deaths?

7674996_M_Crash_Test_Dummy_Air_Bag.jpgWomen have a higher probability of dying or being seriously injured in a vehicle accident than men, and part of the reason may lie in the outdated crash test dummies used by car manufacturers.

The problem is real and it is significant. Researchers from the University of Virginia have reported that the chance of a female dying or suffering a serious injury in a car accident is 73% higher than for a male.

Emergency Room Errors May Cause Serious Injury or Death

31021850_S_doctors_patient_emergency_room_nurses (002).jpgIf you have been in an emergency room for your own or a loved one's injury, you know that it can be a chaotic place. Emergency room doctors must be able to handle any type of injury or illness and quickly switch from one patient to another.

Because of the challenges of emergency rooms, ER physicians may have more breathing space when it comes to medical mistakes because they don't usually have the luxury of time to make treatment decisions. But they can still be held responsible for any harm that may result from low-quality care.

What Are Emergency Room Errors?

What Happens to Your Body in a Car Accident?

8249948_M_Auto_Accident_Injuries_Car_Crash_wreak (002).jpgIt's not a pleasant thought, but do you know what happens to your body if you are involved in an auto accident?

You are in motion along with your vehicle, and suddenly that motion is suddenly - and dramatically - altered or stopped. Your car has hit another vehicle or a stationary object.

Your car may have stopped, but your body hasn't, so in the next split second you will strain against the seat belt and potentially hit the steering wheel, windshield or side of the car. The airbags may have deployed, which can cause their own injuries, including whiplash, neck and spine damage and, traumatic brain injury (TBI).

It's Hurricane Season - How To Get Ready

79887279_M_Hurricane_Eye_Map_View_Weather (002).jpgThe last few years have brought relatively calm hurricane seasons to the metropolitan New York City area. We have experienced some extra rain and minor flooding from storms like Maria, Gordon, and Michael, but nothing like our neighbors to the south have faced.

But now is not the time to get complacent about serious storms. It has been only 7 years since Hurricane Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City and devastated Manhattan and Long Island, as well as low-lying areas of New Jersey and New York. Less than 10 months earlier, tropical storm Irene landed on Coney Island, flooding the island, Long Beach and the Hudson River. Irene also had a major impact on upstate New York where authorities issued a tropical storm warning for the very first time.

NYC Bicyclist Fatalities Climbing Dramatically This Year

67256955_S_messenger_bike_city_man_cars_traffic (002).jpgIn all of 2018, there were 10 cyclists killed in traffic accidents in New York City. This year - and we are just halfway through 2019 - there have already been 10 bicyclist deaths.

In just one recent week, there were 3 cyclist deaths in Brooklyn alone. In fact, 8 of the total 10 2019 New York City fatalities occurred in Brooklyn. A 16-year old bicyclist was killed when he was "doored" by someone in a parked car. This dangerous behavior occurs when a driver or passenger in a parked car opens the door on the traffic side just before a biker travels past. "Dooring" is illegal in New York, but it takes vigilance on our busy streets to check carefully for an approaching bicyclist.

Tanker Trailer Accidents Involving Hazardous Cargo Are Particularly Dangerous

24421552_S_truck_accident.jpg24/7, 365 days a year, tanker trailers are carrying materials on America's highways - 3 billion tons each year!

The materials transported by tanker trucks can be as harmless as pool water and milk. However, these trucks also carry toxic and dangerous fluids, including oil and gas, corrosive chemicals, biohazards, and radioactive substances.

Liquid cargo is often less stable than other products. Liquids can shift during transport, altering the truck's center of gravity. This type of cargo may make it difficult for the driver to maintain control while tackling a steep curving highway on and off ramps and while maneuvering through traffic.

  • $2.05 Million Settlement Mother of Two Struck and Killed by Motorist

    StolzenbergCortelli LLP recently resolved a heart breaking wrongful death action. The mother of two was struck and killed, while she crossed a roadway.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Trip Over Nail Case

    Terrence and Howard settled a trip and fall case for $1,100,000. In this case, our client (a resident of Brooklyn) was a cleaning lady who was hired to clean the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.

  • $750,000 Verdict Jane and John Doe v. Defendant Driver

    The names are redacted for privacy reasons. In this automobile accident case, the female plaintiff was injured and suffered seriously debilitating injuries.

  • $525,000 Settlement Injured When the Trailer upon which He was Standing Collapsed

    Our client was a teamster, working at a concrete plant in Westchester, when he was seriously injured. At the time, he was standing on a trailer, which is colloquially known as a "low boy", when the wooden slats upon which he was standing, collapsed.

  • $457,500 Settlement Car Accident Victim With Pre-Existing Neck Injury

    Settled a client's case for $457,500. The client suffered a significant cervical spine injury requiring a fusion surgery.He was t-boned by a car exiting Purdy's farmer and the Fish in Somers, New York.

  • $450,000 Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Construction Accident Case

    Howard Stolzenberg settled a case for $450,000 where a construction worker was forced to use an exterior fire escape ladder to access the top of the building all while carrying a one gallon bucket of paint. The worker fell and fractured his ankle.

  • $100,000 Settlement Teenager Hit From Behind

    We just settled a case for a young girl who was injured when she was struck from behind while waiting at a red light at an intersection near the entrance to the Saw Mill in Yonkers. She had hip and shoulder surgery.

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