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Pedestrian Knockdowns

Phone Down, Head Up 

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, but walking while texting can be just as unsafe. “Pedextrians,” a word used to describe someone who walks with their head buried in their smartphone, has become a big problem and has caused many injuries, especially in New York City.

According to Injury Facts, distracted walking incidents involving cell phones accounted for more than 11,100 injuries between 2000 and 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the highest percentage of pedestrian deaths relative to all traffic fatalities occurs in New York City (51%), Los Angeles (42%) and Chicago (30%).

Just like distracted driving, distracted walking is quickly emerging as a source of serious personal injury. Distracted walking injuries are so common that the National Safety Council added them to its annual injury statistics report for the first time in 2015 (http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-pedestrian-safety.aspx).

Statistics show while cell phone distracted walking injuries were most common among women and those ages 40 and younger, studies found the issue is impacting all age groups. The problem is particularly common among teens. Nearly 40 percent of teens in the U.S. have been hit or nearly hit by a car, motorcycle or bike because they believe it’s okay to cross the street while texting or tweeting. Nearly 80 percent of the injuries were due to a fall. Injuries were also due to crossing roads unsafely, walking into motionless objects such as street signs, doors and walls. The most common injuries were found to be dislocations, fractures, sprains, strains and concussions.

If you simply cannot wait to check your email, one way to avoid a potential accident associated with using your cell phone while walking is to hold the phone up higher in your visual field so that you can see any potential risks as they come. Another solution for avoiding accidents is to take frequent breaks while you are using your cell phone while walking. Looking up every few seconds to assess your surroundings will help increase your safety. Using softwares that read out messages and have voice recognition so that you can give commands with your voice instead of having to constantly look at your screen can also help.

It is just as important to walk cell free as it is to drive cell free. Pedestrians and drivers using cell phones are both impaired and mentally distracted to fully focus on their surroundings. Researchers have said distracted walkers take longer to cross the street and are more likely to ignore traffic lights or neglect to look both ways.

Whether in the car or on foot, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, even if they are familiar. Stay safe while walking by putting the phone to the side. No email, text or tweet is worth getting run over because you didn’t look both ways when crossing the street.

Phone Down, Head Up

We all know that texting while driving is dangerous, but walking while texting can be just as unsafe. “Pedextrians,” a word used to describe someone who walks with their head buried in their smartphone, has become a big problem and has caused many injuries, especially in New York City.

According to Injury Facts, distracted walking incidents involving cell phones accounted for more than 11,100 injuries between 2000 and 2011. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the highest percentage of pedestrian deaths relative to all traffic fatalities occurs in New York City (51%), Los Angeles (42%) and Chicago (30%).

Just like distracted driving, now distracted walking is quickly emerging as a source of serious personal injury. Distracted walking injuries are so common that the National Safety Council added them to its annual injury statistics report for the first time in 2015 (http://www.nsc.org/learn/safety-knowledge/Pages/news-and-resources-pedestrian-safety.aspx).

Statistics show while cell phone distracted walking injuries were most common among women and those ages 40 and younger, studies found the issue is impacting all age groups. The problem is particularly common among teens. Nearly 40 percent of teens in the U.S. have been hit or nearly hit by a car, motorcycle or bike because they believe it’s okay to cross the street while texting or tweeting. Nearly 80 percent of the injuries were due to a fall. Injuries were also due to crossing roads unsafely, walking into motionless objects such as street signs, doors and walls. The most common injuries were found to be dislocations, fractures, sprains, strains and concussions.

If you simply cannot wait to check your email, one way to avoid a potential accident associated with using your cell phone while walking is to hold the phone up higher in your visual field so that you can see any potential risks as they come. Another solution for avoiding accidents is to take frequent breaks while you are using your cell phone while walking. Looking up every few seconds to assess your surroundings will help increase your safety. Using softwares that read out messages and have voice recognition so that you can give commands with your voice instead of having to constantly look at your screen can also help.

It is just as important to walk cell free as it is to drive cell free. Pedestrians and drivers using cell phones are both impaired and mentally distracted to fully focus on their surroundings. Researchers have said distracted walkers take longer to cross the street and are more likely to ignore traffic lights or neglect to look both ways.

Whether in the car or on foot, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, even if they are familiar. Stay safe while walking by putting the phone to the side. No email, text or tweet is worth getting run over because you didn’t look both ways when crossing the street.

Ride Sharing

RIDE SHARING LAW

Ride sharing became effective in New York State on June 29th, 2017. After many years of uncertainty, ride sharing became a reality and legal in New York State. The State Legislature answered many questions of how to regulate individuals and companies that provide ride sharing. Companies like Uber and Lyft have been operating in the State without any guidance. For example, before the new law went into effective an Uber driver who operated their own private vehicle would not be covered for livery services they provided by their own insurance company. Their own insurance company specifically excluded coverages for private auto that is operated for hired.

The legislature seems to solve this problem by requiring the ride sharing company to maintain insurance liability limits of a minimum coverage of $75,000 per person and $150,000 for anyone injured as result of injuries caused by a ride sharing company, such as Uber when they were engaged or enroute to a job.

Moreover, the coverages increase to a total of $1,250,000 when the driver picks up a passenger and while enroute he causes injury to either his passengers or another party.

This relief comes as the summer travel season is upon us. Passengers in Upstate New York have been without options since there has been no taxi or livery in rural areas. The Legislature also made it a requirement that the driver of a ride sharing company has photo identification and that his/her vehicle indicate the name of the company, e.g. LYFT. The driver must also be over 19 years old and must pass a criminal background check. The driver must also indicate the make, model and plate number of their vehicle to potential passengers.

The Governor empowered the Department of Motor Vehicle to enforce the law.

 

 

Stay Focused & Don’t Get Distracted While Driving

One of the most dangerous activities that nearly all of us have participated in is distracted driving. This is a very broad term, and refers to any time a driver’s attention is drawn away from the task of driving in a safe and defensive manner. This includes everything from tuning the radio, using a navigation system, reaching for objects or even looking at a beautiful sunset. It also includes using a cell phone while driving. Smart phones are amazing; they improve our lives in so many ways, but they become deadly when being used while driving.

It is so important to always concentrate on the road and stay 100 percent focused while driving, especially sincethere is so much out of our control while operating a motor vehicle, such as bad weather conditions and dangerous potholes.

Texting while driving has become a major problem nationwide, especially in New York, and is one of the leading causes of car accidents. A study from the University of Utah found that college students showed an eight fold greater crash risk when texting while driving. Statistics show that texting while driving requires a person to take his/her attention away from the road for approximately five seconds, making a driver 23 times more likely to crash. So, if traveling at 55 miles per hour, it equals driving the length of a football field without looking at the road. Pretty scary, right?

In 2009, New York enacted Section 1225-d of the Vehicle and Traffic laws of the State of New York which governs texting while driving. Under the law, no person shall operate a motor vehicle while using any portable electronic device while such vehicle is in motion. Seventeen states have passed laws banning texting while driving, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, and New Jersey. This prohibition will make our roads safer.

Government agencies realize that texting while driving has become a huge problem; therefore, Governor Cuomo has created special “Texting Zones” along New York highways. Texting Zones are simply designated parking areas where motorists can pull over to check and send text messages. These signs should make drivers think twice before reaching for their phone to text.

Keep yourself safe and don’t get distracted while driving. The text messages, phone calls, emails, games and apps will all be waiting for you when you get home

Auto Accident Attorney Long Island

No one ever expects to have an auto accident. Most people think that their auto insurance is all they will need in the event they have an auto accident and do not think to call an auto accident attorney. In addition, we dare not think about the possible long-term ramifications of an auto accident. Wasserman Law firm sees this train of thought all the time.  With that in mind, it sometimes becomes necessary to enlist the services of a good auto accident attorney here in Long Island. With the 1,000s of roads on Long Island and the even larger number of cars on those roads daily, the odds of any of us being involved in an auto accident are high.

According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, car accidents happen every minute of the day. Statistics show that each year, 43,000 or more of the United States’ population die due to vehicular accidents and around 2.9 + million people end up suffering light or severe injuries. Long Island is no different. These numbers grow daily and severe injuries can and do usually have a long-term negative impact. Wasserman Law wants you to know that we have a reputation for honesty, reliability, highly capable representation and therefore successful settlements in auto accident cases. All this makes a call to Wasserman Law of Long Island to hire an auto accident attorney, a very wise decision. We are here for you in this difficult time and for the long-term.

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