Motorcycle Safety Tips

Motorcycle Safety Tips on all Roadways The importance of safety cannot be emphasized enough when riding a motorcycle. Consumer Reports points out that you are 30 times more at risk for dying in a crash on a motorcycle than when driving a car. Even so, some people ride their whole lives and never get injured. Here are some safety tips that Consumer Reports lists as the top precautions to take when motorcycle riding: Buy a bike that is suited for you. Today’s motorcycles are high-powered compared to bikes on the road several decades ago. Many are quite heavy and you should choose a bike that feels easy to handle. Get a bike with antilock brakes. When brakes lock you lose steering control. IIHS reports that motorcycles with antilock brakes are 37 times less likely to be involved in fatal crashes than bikes without antilock brakes. Drive skillfully. Take a motorcycle course that teaches the basic and advanced riding techniques. Learn maneuvers to evade and survive emergency situations and become a skilled rider. Wear a helmet. Statistics show you are 40 percent less likely to experience either brain injury or header injury fatality when wearing a helmet. Wear proper gear. Proper gear includes goggles or a helmet visor for eye protection, leather or reinforced jacket and bright colors so you are visible to other motorists. Drive defensively. Watch out for vehicles pulling out in front of you, suddenly changing lanes or coming out of side streets. Never tailgate and avoid objects in the road that could make you lose control. Do not drive in bad weather. Slick roads, rain, snow,...

Playground Injuries on the Rise: How You Can Protect Your Child

Kids love to play outdoors and physical exercise is good for them. The fact that playground injuries are on the rise may be frightening to some parents. Even so, there are precautions you can take, but first, here are the facts: According to a Romper article, the CDC did a study on emergency room visits of children who were age 14 and younger during the period of 2001 and 2013. 10 percent or 21,000 children a year have a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) Between 2005 and 2013, the statistic increased from 23 out of 100, 000 to 48 out of 100,000 children being treated for TBI Boys between the ages of five to nine were more likely to sustain a brain injury The increase could be attributed to the fact more children were actually using play equipment Most children were injured on monkey bars and swings (The study could not determine whether more injuries occurred because they were the favorite equipment or they were more dangerous.) The study also indicated that most children recover completely from TBI injuries, and their discomfort only lasted a few hours to a few days. What Can You Do? Knowing what to do to keep your child safe is important for parents. Here are some actions you can take: If your child gets injured, be aware of concussion symptoms, which include headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea and vomiting (AllGov). Pick playgrounds with equipment that are right for your child’s age. Go to playgrounds with sand or wood chip surfaces, which are safer than concrete. Have your kids play with kids their age, not...

Hauppauge Personal Injury Lawyers talk about Banana Peel Challenge

Banana Peel Challenge Goes Viral Retail stores and other businesses are diligent about wiping up spills and removing other hazards that could result in slip and fall accidents. You often see signs that caution about wet floors. Certainly enough people have slipped on banana peels that scenes of slipping and falling on one are staples of cartoons and comedy shows. Recently, TIME magazine published an article about You Tube videos of young people taking the “banana peel challenge.” Are banana peels slippery? Can you fall on them? Absolutely, and you see any number of teenagers flying up in the air in videos as they slip on a banana peel. Furthermore, the banana peel challenge has gone viral. The irony of self-inflicted banana peel injuries is now another documented fact on the internet. No need for further proof. We do not recommend you try it. What are your rights regarding injuries caused by property hazards? It’s one thing to self-inflict injury and quite another to become an injured victim due to a hazard on someone else’s property. In fact, under New York State laws: Property owners have an obligation to repair hazards and keep property safe so people do not suffer injury. If a hazard is present, you often see signs to warn you about the fact. When property owners fail to take responsibility for hazards within a reasonable amount of time, and someone suffers injury, the injured party has the right to file a lawsuit to recover damages. Accident victims should seek legal counsel to find out about recourse whenever their injuries or a loved one’s are...

East Islip Accident Kills Young Mother Walking Her Dog

East Islip,Long Island Accident Tuesday morning, April 12, an out-of-control car jumped the curb and struck a young mother who was walking her dog. According to ABC 7 News Skye Brunetti, age 25, had just dropped her five-year-old son off at the school bus stop and was on the sidewalk returning home when the car struck, killing her and her dog. Police surmise that Skye had her back to traffic and did not see the car coming. The car also struck a utility pole and severed it. Forty-five customers lost service and the road was closed off for investigation and electrical repairs. The car, driven by Barbara Cottone, age 50, hit one utility pole and came to a stop after hitting a second utility pole. Police did not bring charges against the driver. Her car has been impounded for safety check and is pending investigation.  Speeding Drivers Speeding is a traffic issue in many areas of New York. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reported that speeding accident statistics in 2014 were: 28,571 crashes 280 fatal crashes  425 pedestrian/motor vehicle crashes Newsday also covered the incident of Skye Brunetti’s death from a speeding accident perspective. This stretch of Union Boulevard is laden with speeding drivers. A tow truck operator, Steven Vogel, who lives close to the Brunetti home, said cars routinely speed along at 60 miles per hour or more in this 35 mph zone. For the past month, a Suffolk County police officer has been issuing speeding tickets, but these efforts have not been enough to stop the speeding. In fact, Vogel said he got officials...

Ronkonkoma DWI Accident Takes the Lives of a Couple

Ronkomkoma DWI Accident According to NY CBS Local News, neighbors say the couple still had their house decorated with Easter eggs and angels as they came to pay their respects. Tragically, on April 4, a speeding vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver struck the Chevrolet pickup truck of William Kear, age 67, and his wife Joanne, age 66, as they were turning left in Ronkonkoma. The impact T-boned and flipped their truck. Suffolk County police have statements indicating that the light was green for the Kears and red for the other oncoming vehicle. A witness reported the speed of the driver running the light was 80 or 90 miles per hour. The 23 year-old driver of other vehicle, Kyle Glinka of Bohemia, admitted to the police that he had been drinking. He underwent surgery for non-life treating injuries.  Police charged him with DWI. However, both cars have been impounded and further investigation is underway. T-Bone Accidents In a T-bone accident, one vehicle hits the side of the other vehicle. An article published in Nolo emphasizes that: T-bone accidents are particularly dangerous because your car has no bumper to absorb the impact. The door and window of a vehicle do not offer much protection. For this reason, anywhere from 8,500 to 10,000 Americans die every year in side impact collisions. Drunk Driving Accidents Drunk driving leads to many accidents in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every day 28 people die in traffic accidents that involve a drunk driver. In other words, every 53 minutes, someone dies in a drunk driving accident. Sometimes...

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