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Yearly Archives: 2012

  • Texting While Driving Poses Serious Dangers

    Posted By David Hernandez || December 17, 2012

    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 of us continue to do it. ...
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  • Brain Injuries and Children

    Posted By David Hernandez || November 19, 2012

    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 the playground or when involved in ...
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  • Spinal Cord Injury Innovation May Lead to Cure for Paralysis

    Posted By David Hernandez || October 15, 2012

    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 cells are one of the most ...
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  • Hours of Service Regulations Aim to Reduce Trucker Fatigue

    Posted By David Hernandez || September 17, 2012

    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 truck drivers to help ensure that ...
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  • Basic Facts about Spinal Cord Injuries

    Posted By David Hernandez || August 20, 2012

    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 Are the Common Causes of Spinal ...
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  • NHTSA Proposes Brake-Override System Requirement

    Posted By David Hernandez || July 23, 2012

    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 driver could not stop his Lexus ...
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  • Turn Signal Misuse Is a Deadly Problem

    Posted By David Hernandez || June 25, 2012

    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 also considered to be a major ...
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  • New York Senate Passes Three Insurance Fraud Bills

    Posted By David Hernandez || May 21, 2012

    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 in a motor vehicle accident to ...
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  • Fatal New York Crane Accident Prompts New Safety Requirements

    Posted By David Hernandez || April 20, 2012

    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 yesterday that crane operators must now ...
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  • Speed Limiters May Prevent Fatal Truck Accidents

    Posted By David Hernandez || March 30, 2012

    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 semis. These devices govern the top ...
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  • Surge in New York Texting While Driving Tickets

    Posted By David Hernandez || February 22, 2012

    Data released last week showed a significant increase in tickets issued for texting while driving in New York. Since a stricter law was passed this summer, 7,495 tickets have been issued by law enforcement. This is up significantly from the 3,248 tickets given out during all of 2010. Under the new law, texting while driving in New York is considered ...
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  • Fatal New York Auto Accidents Prompt Action by Lawmakers

    Posted By David Hernandez || January 31, 2012

    Two New York City area collisions last month resulted in the tragic deaths of two young boys, ages four and five. Prescription drug abuse is currently being investigated in connection with both crashes. According to New York Sen. Charles Schumer, theseNew York car accidents sparked in part his proposal to use federal funds, within a pending transportation bill, for research ...
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