Each year, thousands of pedestrians are struck by motorists as they attempt to walk to work, school, in parking lots or in other public spaces. Many suffer catastrophic injuries when a car crashes into them. Some die. Many could have avoided getting hurt had motorists been a bit safer.
Look at the front of any New York City newspaper and you're bound to see a story about another construction worker or passerby who has been struck by some type of heavy equipment, debris or tool near a job site. Whether you're in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan or any of the any of the boroughs, there's construction everywhere. Safety violations are being handed out left and right. Innocent people often get hurt in the mix.
As minors, our parents retain the decision-making power over choices regarding our health, but as soon as most of us turn 18, this ability goes out of the window. As adults, the decision becomes ours alone to decide whether we pursue certain treatment options and what ones those are unless we have a health care power of attorney (H-POA) drafted for us.
A study published late last month by researchers at Harvard Business School suggests that prospective medical device manufacturers may have their innovative inclinations slowed because of a fear of being sued if it doesn't work as intended. At the same time, the researchers found that the rush to patent new ideas continues to be a popular choice of many design firms.
As a pedestrian, you never want to think the worst but you must prepare for anything that could go wrong. While you have control over every step you take, you don't know what other people will do. For example, a driver could make a mistake that puts you, among other pedestrians, in a bad situation.
If you live in or around a big city like New York, there's a good chance you've come to realize the benefits of commuting on a bicycle. From the gas savings to the exercise to reducing your carbon footprint, it's safe to assume you enjoy every minute you spend on your bike.
A motorist and a bicyclist collided, killing the 22-year-old rider at the intersection of 23rd Avenue and 35th Street in Astoria. The fatal collision occurred on July 23 at around 11 p.m.