The American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Guidance on Water Safety and Drowning Prevention

Summer season unfortunately always comes with reports of drowning accidents in pools and at the beach. This season is starting no differently as this past week marked a bad beginning to the beach season in Long Beach, New York. Two young men drowned on Wednesday in the rip-tided infested surf. Also on Wednesday, a man sitting on a lounge chair … Read the rest

Older Pedestrians Are Far More Likely To Be Killed While Walking Than Younger Ones

Between 2006 and 2008, 290 pedestrians aged 60 years and older were killed in motor vehicle accidents on downstate New York roads. Though comprising just over 17 percent of the area’s population, people aged 60 and older accounted for 42 percent of the total pedestrian fatalities during the three-year period. Those aged 75 years and older represent less than 6 … Read the rest

Accident Injuring 4 Herricks High School Students Underscores Importance of Having Substantial Uninsured Motorists Coverage

New York State mandates that every policy of liability insurance issued to a motor vehicle provide Supplementary Uninsured Motorists (SUM) coverage. This coverage protects policyholders and residents of their household when a negligent party is either uninsured or has a smaller amount of liability coverage than the amount of SUM coverage.

One of the advantages of SUM coverage is that … Read the rest

Texting While Driving Has Its Dangers, But Being Arrested is Usually Not One of Them

Nearly 6,000 people were killed and a half-million were injured in vehicle crashes in 2008 connected to driver distraction, including texting, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Presently, 25 states make it unlawful to text message while driving, with Wisconsin’s law just signed by the governor.

New York is another of the 25 states, pursuant to section 1225-d of … Read the rest

Pedicabs and NYC Bike Month

May is NYC Bike Month. With the great weather earlier this month, it seemed like pedicabs, a tricycle with a 2-seated wagon, are coming out of the woodwork. As I cross the street from my office to Grand Central Station I see happy, relaxed passengers sitting in the back of pedicabs conversing with their driver. This is the first summer … Read the rest

Will New York City Try to Claim Limitation of Liability on Yesterday’s Staten Island Ferry Crash?

On October 15, 2003, the Staten Island Ferry vessel Andrew J. Barberi missed its dock and hit a maintenance pier at full speed. Eleven people were killed and 71 injured, some critically. Yesterday, the same ferry lost some of its engine ability to slow and stop and slammed into a pier. Nearly 40 people of the 252 people on board … Read the rest

Danger on the Tracks: Subway Dead Man’s Switch Avoids Catastrophe

The dead man’s switch is a handle the subway operator must keep depressed while the train is in motion. If the train operator lets go, the train will stop immediately as if an emergency brake was pulled. Every subway train comes equipped with a dead man’s switch.

Last week, a motorman of a G train in Long Island City was … Read the rest

Recall of Infant and Children’s Liquid Tylenol, Motrin, Zyrtec, and Benadryl: FDA Provides Advice to Consumers

Working in consultation with the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), McNeil Consumer Healthcare is implementing a voluntary recall of infant and children’s liquid products due to manufacturing deficiencies which may affect quality, purity or potency. Some of the manufacturing deficiencies include products that may contain a higher concentration of active ingredient than specified; others that contain inactive ingredients … Read the rest