Parents are concerned about the safety of their children in every environment imaginable. One environment that has been historically out of their control, however, is school - and all of its ancillary components. From playground bullying to school bus accidents, parents have worried about the health and well-being of their children.
New York residents who have ever taken a trip to Seattle may remember seeing the Ride the Ducks tours. The amphibious vehicles provide tours of the city by land and water. On Sept. 24, a duck tour vehicle was involved in a crash that left four people dead and 15 people in critical condition. In addition to the duck tour vehicle, the fatal accident involved a charter bus and two cars.
On any given day in New York City, the streets and sidewalks are teaming with taxi cabs, cars, delivery trucks, bicycles and pedestrians. When the paths of motor vehicles intersect with those of pedestrians, to ensure for everyone's safety, all involved parties must abide by traffic laws. Yet, many drivers continually fail to yield the right of way to pedestrians and annually an estimated 4,500 pedestrians are injured or killed as a result.
In the United States we depend heavily on the trucking industry to move merchandise across the country. Day and night, 365 days a year, tractor-trailers can be seen moving supplies along the nation's highways and byways. For anyone sharing the roadway with a semi-trailer the odds of being involved in a serious injury accident increase due to the sheer size and weight of these vehicles. For a motorist who has been injured in a trucking accident some obvious questions come to mind. For example, are trucking companies regulated by the federal government? If so, does a violation of those regulations mean the truck was at fault in the accident? How does a victim prove a violation of a federal regulation?
Premises liability is one possible basis for a personal injury lawsuit. If someone is injured or killed because of an accident that occurred on the property of a third party, the third party property owner (or in some cases the occupier of the property) can potentially be held liable. Lawsuits based on premises liability can be based on a wide range of "accidents" or incidents; however, indoor and outdoor slips, trips and falls, as well as "attractive" nuisances, are a few of the more common types. This post will cover the nature of these types of premises liability accidents in Queens, New York.
A motor vehicle accident involving passenger vehicles can cause serious injuries to the occupants of the involved vehicles. If a large truck is involved in the collision the risk of serious, even fatal, injuries increases dramatically. If the truck was at-fault in the collision a victim, or surviving family member, may be entitled to compensation from the trucking company. Knowing how to negotiate with a trucking company after an accident in order to secure that compensation, however, is something else altogether.
We all know the feeling: that uncomfortable tightening of the chest we get when we look into our rear view mirror and see an 80,000-pound 18-wheeler truck barreling down on our back bumper. This feeling is not entirely irrational. According to federal statistics, such trucks cause thousands of collisions each year. Given a truck's size and weight, common sense tells us that a collision between a big rig and a car--or even an SUV--is likely to turn out badly for the car or SUV.
For many years, the government has regulated the number of hours that truckers are allowed to drive, in an effort to keep tired truckers from being behind the wheel of large trucks. Recently, these rules were changed to let truckers drive up to 11 hours straight, without a rest, and up to a maximum of 80 hours per week.
In a recent victory for safety advocates, the family of a man killed by a tired trucker was awarded $58.5 million by a jury.
In the United States we rely heavily on tractor-trailers to move goods and materials across the city, state or country. Though we rely on these giants of the roadway we are also fearful of them -- and with good reason. A collision with a semi-truck can be catastrophic for the occupants of a passenger vehicle. Although each accident is unique, there are some common causes of trucking accidents.