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November 2018 Archives

The dangers of smartphones in the operating room

Smartphones can put a wealth of critical information at a doctor's fingertips. However, they can also present a temptation to check emails, read texts and find out how many likes their latest Twitter post got. That's why the presence of smartphones in the operating room has become a safety concern.

A Flushing bus company has safety issues after a fatal crash

Three people died, 17 were injured and the facade of a restaurant was destroyed when a private tour bus ran a red light at the intersection of Main Street and Northern Blvd., crashing into a city bus in Flushing during September of last year. While you'd think that it would only take a single crash to motivate the bus owner to clean up their act, a recent review of federal records shows that little has changed for them.

Are you at risk of a Black Friday shopping injury?

There's a certain irony that Black Friday -- a day of unbridled greed -- falls right after the holiday we celebrate by giving thanks for what we have. Nevertheless, New Yorkers will be out in force soon queuing up outside of department stores to snap up discounted bargains.

How should I handle sentimental items in my estate plan?

Coming up with a plan to divide up assets such as jewelry, artwork, or family heirlooms in your will can be hard if you don't know what something is or what it's worth. What you may hold near and dear may be starkly different from the items someone else values. One way to ensure that your wishes for these items are honored is for you to address them in your estate plan.

Are you ready to drive in dangerous New York winter weather?

New England winters are notorious for heavy amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain, as well as sudden shifts in weather. It may have seemed like a relatively calm winter day when you left for work. When you head home in the afternoon, you might end up facing blizzard-like conditions that make driving a dangerous endeavor.

There are many reasons why truck accidents rose in 2017

In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published data from its Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS.) It showed that in 2017, most types of fatal motor vehicle accidents decreased. This includes speed-related and drunk-driving crashes. Sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and large trucks crashes went up as did crash rates in urban areas. Researchers have attempted to make sense of these increases.