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Yearly Archives: 2012

Texting While Driving Poses Serious Dangers

By David J. Hernandez |

It’s not an uncommon sight. We’ve all driven down the road only to look out our window into the next lane and notice a driver texting while operating their vehicle. In fact, many of us have done it ourselves. Although we know using a cell phone to send texts while driving is dangerous, many… Read More »

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Brain Injuries and Children

By David J. Hernandez |

Parents face a difficult balance everyday: encouraging their kids to be active and play while ensuring that they don’t suffer from serious injuries. Recently, the media has spotlighted children who have suffered from traumatic brain injuries while playing football or hockey. These injuries are not uncommon, and can be experienced while playing sports, enjoying… Read More »

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Spinal Cord Injury Innovation May Lead to Cure for Paralysis

By David J. Hernandez |

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a clinical trial to evaluate the safety of Schwann cells to treat paralysis in humans. The trial will use cells from the patient’s own body to help repair the spinal injury and may provide the key to eventual cures. According to the National Institute of Health, Schwann… Read More »

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Hours of Service Regulations Aim to Reduce Trucker Fatigue

By David J. Hernandez |

One of the most common causes of large commercial truck accidents is truck driver fatigue. Truck drivers are under a great deal of pressure from trucking companies and suppliers to meet unrealistic delivery schedules and, unfortunately, safety suffers. For this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) has imposed hours-of-service (HOS) requirements on… Read More »

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Basic Facts about Spinal Cord Injuries

By David J. Hernandez |

Each year, approximately 10,000 people suffer severe spinal cord injuries (SCIs) in the United States. This is in addition to the nearly half a million people in the U.S. who currently live with SCIs. These injuries can change the lives not only of those who suffer them, but also their families and friends. What… Read More »

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NHTSA Proposes Brake-Override System Requirement

By David J. Hernandez |

In light of Toyota’s recalls stemming from unintended acceleration problems, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a regulation making brake-override systems mandatory in all new vehicles. Overall, Toyota’s recall affected approximately 10 million vehicles. One of the most well known incidents occurred in 2009 when four people were killed after a… Read More »

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Turn Signal Misuse Is a Deadly Problem

By David J. Hernandez |

A study recently published by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) indicates that failing to use turn signals when changing lanes or making turns is a deadly problem on America’s roads. On average, the failure to properly use turn signals causes approximately two million accidents each year. By comparison, distracted driving – which is… Read More »

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New York Senate Passes Three Insurance Fraud Bills

By David J. Hernandez |

In late March, the New York State Senate passed a trio of bills targeting stage-and-fraud automobile accidents that cost insurance companies hundreds of millions of dollars What is a Stage-and-Fraud Auto Accident? New York state law requires that automobile insurance companies offer personal injury protection, or PIP, insurance coverage. PIP coverage allows parties injured… Read More »

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Fatal New York Crane Accident Prompts New Safety Requirements

By David J. Hernandez |

Earlier this month a crane in New York City, doing work on the No. 7 subway line extension, collapsed. One worker lost his life as a result of the accident. The tragedy has now prompted officials to tighten crane operator safety regulations. In hopes of preventing similarNew York City crane accidents, it was announced… Read More »

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Speed Limiters May Prevent Fatal Truck Accidents

By David J. Hernandez |

Commercial trucks barreling down the highway can pose a significant danger to motorists. The sheer size and weight of 18-wheelers, compared to average passenger vehicles, makes them much more likely to cause fatal motor vehicle accidents. In an effort to help prevent truck accidents, devices called speed limiters are now being installed on many… Read More »

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