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Avoiding a fatal construction site fall

New York construction sites are plentiful these days, from Essex Crossing and Manhattan West to Bronx Point and Flushing Commons. Although these projects are huge, construction injuries can affect you, no matter how large or small the site. At Belovin Franzblau & Associates, P.C., we have more than 45 years of experience filing third-party injury claims for negligence, faulty equipment and unsafe workspace.

ConstructConnect, Inc. reports that there are four primary safety hazards responsible for worker fatalities on a construction site, with fall hazards being the most common cause of death. Improper scaffolding construction or ladder use, unprotected openings and edges account for the majority of falls. OSHA requires protection if you are working higher than six feet and when completing tasks above dangerous machinery and equipment.

Anxiety following a motor vehicle collision

While many people realize the physical consequences of traffic crashes, such as broken bones and head injuries, the emotional toll can be extremely difficult as well. To make things worse, the mental hardships that victims may have to face can be difficult to detect and others may be unaware of the challenges that a car accident victim is struggling with. Some people become depressed after a crash and others may develop an anxiety disorder. Sadly, high levels of stress can prevent victims from fully recovering and may interfere with their lives in all sorts of ways.

Accident-related anxiety can prevent victims from driving in the future, and some may even be unable to work for a certain period of time. If someone’s job revolves around driving, they might even need to find a new line of work, which can be even more emotionally upsetting and introduce financial challenges. Other challenges related to anxiety include difficulty in personal relationships, having a hard time sleeping at night and losing interest in activities that one used to enjoy.

How can I avoid being in a car crash with a semitrailer?

Crashes involving semitrailers can be devastating. They can destroy property and cause life-altering injuries or death. Because of the significant size and weight differences between semitrailers and passenger vehicles, most of the deaths in large truck crashes occur to occupants of passenger vehicles. Although truck drivers have strict rules to follow to help keep motorists safe, safety is a responsibility everyone on the road must share.

What causes this type of crash?

How you can prevent dog bites

Dogs can be a joy to their owners and others, but when put in certain uncomfortable situations, some dogs react by barking or even biting. If you live in New York, it is a good idea to know which breeds are more likely to bite and what things you can do to prevent getting bit.

According to the Canine Journal, about one out of 69 people are bit by dogs every year, and around 800,000 of these victims require medical attention. The dog breeds that tend to bite more often include:

  • Bull Terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Australian Shepard
  • German Shepard
  • Pekingese
  • Lhapso Apso
  • Bulldog
  • Jack Russell Terrior
  • Pit Bull
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Papillion

What is a false arrest?

Because law enforcement possesses the power to place individuals under arrest, as citizens, we expect that the police should follow lawful procedures when they take someone into custody. Sometimes this might not be the case. In some instances, a person might be arrested when in reality it was not legally proper to arrest that individual in the first place. When this happens, a person has been the victim of a false arrest. In certain circumstances, a New York police officer may have taken someone into custody unlawfully.

The right to be free from the government unreasonably searching and seizing property or persons is protected by the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution. To undertake a search, a police officer must have a warrant or probable cause to do so. According to FindLaw, if an individual is arrested without probable cause, they may have a remedy under anti-discrimination law passed by the federal government.

Tips for staying safe when walking in ice and snow

Winter weather in New York can bring with it a variety of hazards that can quickly become dangerous, especially if you are unprepared for the elements. Even though snow is beautiful, it can also create treacherous conditions that you must carefully navigate in order to stay safe and healthy. At Belovin Franzblau & Associates, P.C., we are committed to helping people deal with the aftermath of winter accidents. 

Whether you are walking in front of your home while you are shoveling snow or are walking across the icy parking lot at work, refreshing your memory with some important safety practices is valuable in protecting your well-being. At the start of each winter season, look at the shoes that you have and if you need to replace your boots, do so before the first winter storm hits. A sturdy pair of waterproof shoes with good tread are an invaluable part of your winter wardrobe. If you have to walk to school or work each day, it is not a bad idea to wear your designated winter shoes and replace them with your dress or street shoes once you arrive at your destination. 

Taking a look at single-vehicle accidents

When people envision a motor vehicle accident, they likely think of two vehicles colliding on the road. Although many accidents do involve two vehicles, some may involve several vehicles and others may only involve one vehicle. For example, a driver may lose control after going over a patch of ice, veering off of the road and slamming into a tree. Single-vehicle accidents can deadly and there are many factors to consider when it comes to these crashes. In some cases, the accident may be a result of someone else’s negligence, necessitating legal action.

A single-vehicle crash may be caused by someone else’s carelessness in all sorts of ways. For example, a distracted driver may cross over the center line, causing a responsible driver to swerve off of the road in an attempt to avoid the distracted driver. Bad signage is another reason why some of these accidents occur, and in some areas, the roads can be especially dangerous, and cities should have taken steps to address safety concerns. Or, someone may be driving and a passenger in the car may intentionally interfere with their ability to drive properly.

Fatigue at work and traffic collisions

The workplace can be dangerous for countless reasons, from positions that involve the use of a certain type of machinery, heights and hazardous chemicals. It is important for those employed in many industries to be aware of the risk of a traffic collision. Not only do some workers pass away or suffer major injuries while they are driving to or from their place of work, but many are hurt on the job as well. Moreover, fatigue that is caused by overexertion at work or difficulty adjusting to a new schedule is responsible for many of these crashes.

Workers become fatigued for countless reasons. Some may be exhausted because they had a particularly hard day that involved a lot of physically demanding work, while others may have worked for too many hours. Some workers may not even realize that they are suffering from job-related fatigue and that their ability to drive safely has been adversely affected by their condition. Unfortunately, this can result in a motor vehicle collision, such as a crash that takes place during one’s workday. Those employed in certain fields may face a particularly high likelihood of being involved in a work-related traffic collision, such as taxi drivers, delivery truck drivers and other large truck drivers.

Fog, visibility and car crashes

There are a variety of hazards to be mindful of while driving, such as traffic congestion and potentially dangerous parts of the road. However, weather, especially fog, can be incredibly dangerous. Fog can lead to a motor vehicle crash because of poor visibility and there are many drivers who do not show extra caution when driving while it is foggy, thus putting lives at risk. In some parts of the country, and during certain times of the year, fog is especially prevalent, and it is always important to be careful when driving during these conditions.

There are a number of ways in which fog can make a traffic collision more probable. For example, a driver may be unable to see the road well, causing them to collide with another vehicle, cross over the center line or veer off of the road and hit a tree. A driver may also have trouble seeing cars in front of them, causing them to rear-end another vehicle because they did not see it coming.

“Fatal four” construction accidents

The construction industry is a dangerous one for workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), injuries at construction sites account for 21 percent of all workplace injuries in the United States–that’s one in five.

This high rate makes construction one of the highest risk occupations in the country, claiming 630+ lives every year.

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