According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each day approximately 9 people are killed, and 1,000 are injured as the result of distracted driving. Distracted driving is the state of driving your vehicle without devoting 100% of your focus to the task at hand. A distracted driver is trying to do two things at once, driving and, for instance, talking to a passenger, using a cell phone, disciplining children, or engaging with a car’s in-vehicle technology. Since these activities take away at least part of the driver’s focus, it becomes a dangerous situation for everyone. The CDC divides distracted driving into three types: (more…)
Midwives are becoming a popular alternative to an OB/GYN for many pregnant women. Some women believe that midwives bring a more personal approach to the pregnancy and birth process and prefer the relaxing atmosphere of a birth center rather than a hospital. However, just like physicians, midwives can make mistakes, and they should be held responsible for any injuries that result from their negligence. (more…)
A statute of limitations is a law that puts a strict time limit on a victim’s right to file a lawsuit in the civil court system after suffering some type of injury or loss. After the time has expired, the victim loses his or her right to file a lawsuit. There are different deadlines depending on the type of case. The statute of limitations for a medical malpractice suit in New York can be found in New York Civil Practice Law and Rules section 2-14a.
Truck accidents are often far worse than a car accident because trucks are typically ten times the weight of a normal vehicle. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 3,986 people died in large truck accidents in 2016. Because of the high risk of injury trucks pose to other drivers, it makes sense that truck drivers would receive as much training as possible before they get on the road. This is not always the case. Instead, truckers are often underprepared for the long hours on the road and the difficulties of operating a large vehicle. When a trucker is not prepared the results can be deadly. (more…)
Pharmaceutical drugs are designed to help with medical problems, but some of these drugs fail to perform as intended and can cause victims to suffer unnecessary and life-threatening complications. Drug manufacturers owe a duty of care to the consumers of their products to produce drugs that are safe and effective. They are also obligated to test their products to make sure they are free from defects. A consumer may be able to file a product liability claim when a dangerous drug causes an illness or injury. There are three common types of drug-related product liability claims. (more…)
While most accidents are the result of driver error, there are a significant number of auto accidents caused by defective vehicles or parts. A defective vehicle or auto part can cause accidents and injuries despite a driver’s best efforts to reasonably maintain their vehicle. Someone who has been injured in an accident caused by a defective vehicle, may have the right to file a product liability claim against the vehicle’s manufacturer. (more…)