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Are older cars a safety hazard on the road?

Not everyone can afford to buy a new vehicle every few years. Unfortunately, this means that many people are driving around in cars that are more unsafe than the ones that have recently been released. If you are driving an older model car, you should take steps to try to shore up your safety. Understanding what issues these vehicles have might help you to remain a bit safer.

One of the biggest problems is that these older cars don't have the standard safety features of newer ones. These include things like side airbags and stability control. While these might not seem like a huge deal, there are some huge benefits.

Police aim to reduce motor vehicle accidents

New Yorkers may have noticed an increased police presence recently on streets and highways throughout the state. That is because the New York State Police has been running an initiative in which checkpoints and patrols are increased to identify drivers who are reckless, drunk or distracted.

The Fourth of July holiday is a popular time for travel, and the authorities hope that such checkpoints and patrols canl reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents during that time of the year.

What are the Fatal Four construction site accidents?

Especially now that summer is here in New York, residents of the state may see more orange barrels indicating roadwork is being done and they may see more buildings being erected or refurbished. Construction work is necessary, but it is also dangerous, and it is not unusual for construction site accidents to occur. In fact, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has labeled what it has coined the "Fatal Four" most common types of construction accidents.

OSHA reports that in 2017, one-fifth of worker deaths in the private industry in the nation, excluding highway traffic accidents, were construction deaths. Of those deaths, falls, being struck by an object, being electrocuted and being caught-in/between objects were the four primary causes of construction worker deaths, accounting for nearly 60 percent of fatalities in the industry. If these "Fatal Four" causes of construction worker deaths were eliminated, 582 lives could be saved annually.

Worker dies after falling at construction site

It may seem like construction projects are constantly ongoing in New York, especially now that warmer weather is here. Most people in New York appreciate how dangerous construction work can be. Unfortunately, construction site accidents occur all-too frequently, sometimes leading to fatalities.

A construction site accident recently occurred in New York by Grand Central Station. The project reportedly involved the renovation of a building, which was to become a tech hub. According to the New York Police Department, a worker, age 49, was working on the fifth story of the structure when he fell 30 feet to the second story of the structure. The man was rushed to an area hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead.

Whiplash common after car accidents

You know how this story goes: You’re stopped at a traffic light and the person behind you fails to notice your brake lights and rams into you. The damage to your car is extensive and your neck is sore from the forceful jostling the accident caused. Hundreds of accidents like this happen across the United States every day.

But what you may not know is that you could be suffering from whiplash, a soft-tissue injury common after car accidents.

What should you do after a car accident?

No one expects a car crash. You might just be driving down the highway, listening to some music and thinking about the coming weekend. Suddenly you hear screeching and feel a sharp jolt as the airbag hits your face.

A car accident can be shocking, and you may have no idea what to do. There are steps you need to take after a car accident to ensure the best outcome for yourself.

Getting answers and help in the wake of a serious personal injury

It happens.

Sometimes, and despite your conscientious behavior, a less careful third party acts in a negligent manner toward you. Many times each day across New York, that careless conduct causes serious personal injuries to individuals and families.

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