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Are driver assist features really safe?

If you are like most people in New York, you have no doubt seen ads for new cars, trucks or sport utility vehicles that tout the inclusion of advanced safety features. Many of these features rely on technologies that in some way shape or form take over some of the responsibility of driving from the driver. While said to be focused on improving safety, some believe that these technologies might have the opposite effect.

As explained by ABC News, one concern being brought to light is that drivers might end up relying so much on the technologies in their vehicles that they feel they can abdicate some of their responsibilities when behind the wheel. A study conducted by Esurance actually found that one in four drivers have chosen to turn off some driver assist features in their vehicles. One reason for this may be due to the distracting nature of the alerts produced by these systems. One in ten drivers believe that driver assist features made them worse drivers.

What are the FDA's recall categories?

News that you may be using a recalled product might immediately cause you to panic. The common school of thought amongst many in New York may be that products are only recalled if they are extremely dangerous. Thus, using one automatically puts you and your family in great danger, too. While this may be the case with certain products, oftentimes an item may be recalled for a relatively mundane or minor issue. When it comes to the potential of facing liability due to the use of their products, manufacturers will often err on the side of caution in order to reduce the possibility of facing litigation

So how are you to know how dangerous the recalled product in your possession truly is? If it is a food or drug product, you can consult the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's product recall classifications. These indicate the risk that recalled products pose. Their breakdown is as follows: 

  • Class I: The recalled product has been identified as defective and/or dangerous, and its continued use could result in serious health complications or even death
  • Class II: The recalled product presents a risk of minor illness or injury whose effects are likely to be temporary (cases involving serious complications would be rare)
  • Class III: The recalled product violates FDA labeling or manufacturing laws

Are truck drivers encouraged to speed?

The pressure to perform well at work is very real. Yet while you might feel it in your job, you may not automatically assign it to other professions in New York. Yet practitioners in all fields (including jobs that impact you both directly and indirectly) often feel compelled to do all that they can to please their employers (even pushing themselves and their resources beyond reasonable safety limits). 

Take truck drivers, for example. Their performance is gauged on their ability to be reliable in the completion of their routes. Part of that is making deliveries in a timely manner. Sometimes speeding may be required to do that. Yet when a speeding truck driver hits you, then you may justly want to know why they would engage in such an action. Semi-trucks are already difficult enough to control due to their massive size; throwing excessive speed into the mix may only make them more dangerous. 

Widely bought holiday toys that come with choking hazards

It is no secret to parents that many toys can pose major choking hazards to young children. In the coming days and weeks after holiday festivities, toddler-age children are likely to find any potentially dangerous parts on their new playthings. As you begin to transition back to normal, daily life again, keep an extra eye on your little ones if they received any of these toys over the holidays.

In the unfortunate instance that your child is harmed by one of their new toys, be sure to seek medical attention right away, and don’t hesitate to speak to a legal professional. Manufacturers are held to high standards when it comes to product safety. A dangerous or defective product is unacceptable – hold the makers accountable.

NYC introduces new bills to fight harassment in nightclubs

You and a few girlfriends decide to go out for a night of food, dancing and a few drinks. However, throughout the night, other patrons will not stop sexually harassing you.

Many women have experienced sexual harassment in New York City’s bars and nightclubs. You may feel that you are powerless against it, even if you are in an otherwise safe venue that you trust. To combat sexual harassment in New York City’s nightlife, the City Council is considering a new measure that would put the impetus on venues to prevent sexual harassment.

Pedestrian Deaths Are Down, But Is The Problem Solved?

Fatal pedestrian accidents are at a 100-year low in New York City. In 2017, 101 pedestrians died after being hit by motor vehicles. That number is almost half of what it was in 2013, when the city instituted its Vision Zero plan to keep pedestrians safe. However, the number of pedestrian deaths that have been in the news recently, including a high profile limo accident case, raises cause for concern that the problem is still a long way from solved.

An increase in preventable accidents a concern for bus drivers

School bus drivers in New York have a pressing responsibility to protect the children they are in charge of getting to and from school each day. While each is required to undergo a background check and considerable training to guarantee that they understand their responsibilities, other motorists must also be paying attention to make sure that the children aboard the bus stay safe. 

A recent increase in accidents involving the school bus fleet in Sussex County, Delaware is beginning to concern bus drivers who feel that distracted or reckless motorists are inhibiting their ability to safely transport the children who they are responsible for. Statistical results from a survey conducted in May of this year has corroborated the drivers' concerns by showing that of 1,108 drivers who were observed driving around a school bus, there were a disturbing 572 incidents where a vehicle illegally passed a school bus. One concerned driver said that he knew of eight buses that were recently involved in accidents, of which other drivers caused six. 

Can sick truck drivers be made to work?

There is often an added degree of courage and commitment assigned to those who are willing to come into work when they are sick. While their dedication to their jobs may be admirable, in many cases, the best course of action may just be for them to stay home in bed. That is not only for their own benefit, but also yours and the others in New York that they may come in contact with. Not only do you not want to contract whatever illness they may have, but you also do not want to be subjected to any potential risks that them doing their jobs while sick may pose. 

Sitting at a desk is very different than being behind the wheel of a semi-truck. Truck drivers need to be in constant control of their faculties that all times, and being sick can certainly hinder that. A migraine headache may make it difficult for them to focus on the road. A need to vomit might cause to repeatedly stop to find a bathroom. Even something as seemingly simple as a severe coughing fit could cause them to lose control while on the road. If you happen to be involved in an accident caused by a truck driver whose current health status would cause most to question why they were behind the wheel, then you may wonder who is ultimately liable. 

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