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4 common types of premises liability accidents

Premises liability law covers a wide array of injuries. These include slip-and-fall accidents, physical attacks on another party's property, dog bites, swimming pool accidents and more. In order to give you a better sense of this legal topic, here are two examples of premises liability accidents that New York personal injury lawyers commonly encounter:

Elevator and escalator accidents

People think distracted driving is bad unless they do it

In recent years, there has been a surge of public awareness campaigns helping to warn people about the risks of distracted driving. Distracted driving often involves people engaging with a smartphone or mobile device instead of focusing on the road in front of them. This takes their eyes off of the road, as well as their hands off the wheel. More importantly, their brain is distracted from the task at hand.

Anyone can fall prey to the temptation posed by the ping of an incoming email or text message. In a culture that demands people be constantly available, waiting to read and respond to a message can feel stressful. That stress is minor compared to the weight of knowing you caused a crash. Unfortunately, while people do understand that there are risks involved with looking at a screen instead of through the windshield, far too many still decide to do that exact thing.

MTA bus crashes into building causing 6 injuries

At approximately 10:15 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, an MTA bus crashed into a building in Brooklyn. The incident happened at Ralph Avenue and St. Mark's Avenue and resulted in six injuries.

Bus B45 was traveling through Brooklyn without any customers inside when the driver lost control of the bus while attempting to make a right turn. Police say that the driver was trying to navigate around some ongoing construction in the area when he lost control and drove the bus directly into a building.

6 scaffold safety tips for construction workers

Scaffolds are integral parts of most construction sites, but just because workers use them day in and day out does not mean that they're using them safely. In fact, even workers who have been thoroughly trained on scaffold safety may become complacent over time and forget to pay attention to the most important details that will keep them safe and prevent them from getting hurt.

For this reason, it's always a good time for construction supervisors and construction workers to review their scaffold safety plans. When doing so, you should also remind yourself and any workers who are using a scaffold of the following six safety tips:

What is a jackknifing crash and how do drivers avoid it?

It's common to hear the term "jackknifing" in reference to automobile accidents in the news. For example, perhaps you've heard this before: "A semitruck jackknifed along the interstate." But do you really know what it means to "jackknife" a car, and how do we avoid getting hurt in an accident like this?

Jackknifing crashes happen more frequently to larger vehicles, like 18-wheelers and big rigs, but they can happen to smaller trucks and cars too. These incidents happen in slippery road conditions, or when a vehicle has to stop or turn more quickly than the car and the road conditions can handle.

Nursing home neglect and abuse come in many forms

Nursing home abuse is a huge problem that no senior citizen should have to worry about, but it is a daily occurrence in this country. It is imperative that anyone who is in a nursing home, and those who have a loved one in such a setting, take steps to ensure they are safe.

Not all nursing home abuse and neglect are blatantly obvious. Many of the issues that occur are subtle and difficult to spot. You should familiarize yourself with the signs of different types of abuse.

How to live through a potentially fatal rollover vehicle accident

A rollover vehicle accident usually happens in an instant. When the rollover begins to occur, the drivers and passengers in the vehicle don't have a lot of time to react. However, there may be a few things you can do to survive such an incident.

There are five vital tips to learn that could help you live through a rollover crash.

What you do after a car accident is important: take these steps

If you are part of a car accident, it's easy to lose track of what you're doing. Even with the best intentions, it's possible you could make a mistake that ends up costing you in the long run.

To protect against this, it's important to fully understand what you should do in the event of a car accident. This way, if you're put in this position, you'll be more able to make confident and timely decisions despite the shock you might be feeling.

How do whiplash injuries usually happen?

Every reader of this blog has either seen someone they know, someone on the street or someone in a movie wearing a puffy, white neck brace while complaining of having whiplash. Maybe you're wearing such a neck brace yourself, right now. If you are, you might be interested to know that whiplash is a very common injury that happens to people when their necks and heads get violently jerked in an accident resulting in bruised, torn and aggravated neck muscles.

Here are a few examples of how whiplash can happen to a New York resident:

What are the top 2 construction site dangers?

Anyone who has spent time working on a New York construction site knows how dangerous they are. They also know that their employers must -- by law -- take specific action to limit the risks associated with working at a construction job site. According to the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), here are two of the top hazards that workers encounter on a daily basis while navigating a typical construction site:

1. Falling from heights or tripping

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