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New York City is an exciting place to live, work, and play. The streets and sidewalks are full of people who may or may not call our City home. But while folks from out of town take in the sights and stand on sidewalks gazing up in wonder at our skyscrapers, New Yorkers rush about the business of getting safely to their jobs and back home to provide for their families.

With the sheer numbers of people moving through the streets of our City, on foot or in motor vehicles, it’s inevitable that an accident will happen. Something as simple as tripping over a mop bucket left outside a restaurant, being clipped by a taxi that went through the pedestrian crosswalk too quickly, or getting rear-ended by a driver who’s not paying attention to the stop-and-go traffic — any imaginable type of accident could change your life in the blink of an eye. The accident may not have been your fault, but it could put you deeply in debt, unable to pay your bills or provide for your family. If this applies to your situation, call a New York City injury lawyer at Kaplan Lawyers PC and take the next step toward financial recovery.

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Why Are There 57 Million Recalled Vehicles Still on Our Roads … Unrepaired?

It’s hard to believe it, but in this era of the vehicle recall, there are over 57 million U.S. automobiles on our roads that have been recalled for at least one defect, according to this year’s study on the matter by Carfax. The owners of these defective vehicle owners, for whatever reason, have not had them fixed. The repair is free and usually done in a couple of hours. Go figure. The latest Carfax numbers also tell us that New York, California, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania have the most vehicles with open recalls. The massive recall of airbag inflators made by Takata, for example, is well known. But according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 60,000 people still drive around with deadly airbags, oblivious to the efforts of automakers and the NHTSA to hook them up with dealerships which are anxious to replace the defective devices. In some areas, dealerships are even calling and knocking on people’s doors – literally – trying to get them to bring their vehicles in. Why are So Many Cars Still Unrepaired? Carfax’s data suggests that busy Americans’ work/life balance may be one reason that some vehicle owners don’t know about a recall, or don’t get it promptly fixed. Light trucks and minivans – vehicles often used by businesses and busy families – are most likely to have unfixed recalls. Another reason is that when older vehicles are targeted for recalls, the repair rate tends to be lower, partly because it can be harder to contact owners. The older the vehicle, the more likely that it has been sold – usually more than once — so mailed recall notices fail to reach the current owner. This brings to mind another problem when it comes to used cars with unresolved recalls. Federal law prohibits the sale of a new car if it has been recalled. But there are no state or federal laws requiring a dealer to fix a recalled used car before selling it. New York City is the only major municipality in the U.S. which requires used car dealers to even alert buyers to recalls! A dozen groups – including Consumers Union and the Consumers Federation of America – are now petitioning the FTC to require dealers to at least inform buyers of unrepaired recalled vehicles. It’s unlikely that Capitol Hill will mount any real initiatives to address the used car recall question anytime soon. Is There an Open Recall on Your Vehicle? It could be worse, though.  Last year, Carfax reported 63 million active vehicles with open safety recalls – or one in four vehicles on the road in 2016. This year’s count – 57 million – finds that percentage down to about one in every five vehicles with an open recall. If keeping up with defective GM ignition...

Preventing Falls in Construction

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), along with the National Safety Council and other similar NGOs, are among the entities encouraging construction employers to stop work to discuss fall hazards and prevention with their workers during the fifth annual National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, the week of May 7. Falls are the leading cause of death among construction workers, according to NIOSH; and account for fully one-third of construction industry fatalities. S­ince the campaign began, according to OSHA, millions of construction workers have participated in stand-downs. Individual events have taken place in all 50 states and internationally. Last year (2017) virtually half (49 percent) of U.S. companies which held these stand-down events were small construction firms with less than 25 employees. A new CPWR cumulative database encompassing the years 1982-2015 revealed that falls accounted for nearly half (42 percent) of all construction worker deaths, and more than half of the workers killed in a fall did not have fall protection safety equipment. Other information found in the CPWR study showed that: One-third of all fatal falls were from 30 feet or higher. 20 percent of all recorded fall-related deaths occurred to victims who had been on the job for two months or less. The Meaning Behind Fatal Fall Statistics OSHA regulations require employers to provide appropriate safety equipment and other necessary materials to prevent accidental falls. A general industry standard is to provide fall protection equipment (harnesses/lanyards, etc.) every four feet of elevation. In shipyards, fall protection must be provided at five-foot elevations. On construction sites, the minimum required distance between fall protection elevations is six feet; and yet, in some cases, fall protection on scaffolding has minimum distances of 10 feet, a shortcoming that all of the above government agencies and NGOs are working to remedy. In addition to providing safety equipment to their workers, contractors and other construction employers are also required to guard holes in the floor to protect workers from inadvertently walking into or falling through them.  Preventative measures include installing railings, floor hole covers, or toe-boards. Guardrails and toe-boards must also be installed around runways, elevated open-sided platforms, elevated floors, and dangerous machines or equipment. Contractors must also keep floors clean and dry, train workers about job hazards in languages they understand, and provide personal fall protection equipment at no cost to workers. However, it’s a commonly known fact that when initially estimating the cost of a job, some employers fail to fully account for all hazards, including holes and edges. Some also fail to include adequate fall protection in their budgets. Sometimes workers are not adequately trained in using protective equipment, and it’s these workers who don’t understand the appropriate...

Showing Bikers Respect on Our Roads

The National Safety Council has designated May as National Motorcycle Safety Month.  And though its goal is – in-part – an effort to encourage motorists to be more aware of motorcyclists and to drive with their safely in mind, we’re going to take a few moments to again remind bikers how to avoid crashes with larger vehicles. On a per-capita basis, motorcycle accidents occur 27 times more frequently than other vehicle accidents, and bikers are six times more likely to be injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA also tells us that 5,286 motorcyclist accident fatalities occurred in 2016. Of that number, 4,603 riders of traditional “street bikes” and 319 of their passengers were killed on roads and highways in the U.S. (total 4,922). You motorcycle riders know riding is so much fun. But you also know it can be dangerous. It takes balance, coordination, good judgment and total awareness of your surroundings. So we’re sharing some ways to raise the odds that you’ll be around to enjoy riding for many years to come. Learn How to Ride your Bike and be Properly Licensed Riding a motorcycle requires different skills and knowledge than driving a car. New York State residents must have a Class M or Class MJ license or a learner’s permit to ride a motorcycle on the street. You must complete a DMV-approved pre-licensing course with your motorcycle learner’s permit, before getting your Class M license. Completing a motorcycle rider education course is a good way to ensure you have the correct instruction and experience it takes to ride a motorcycle. To find a motorcycle rider training course nearest you, contact the New York Department of Motor Vehicles or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation at (800) 446-9227. Become Familiar with your Motorcycle Take time to get acquainted to the “feel” of a new or unfamiliar motorcycle by riding it in a controlled area. Once accomplished, cautiously ride it in traffic: less-congested streets at first, NOT the LIE or the Van Wyck at 60 mph.  Get comfortable handling your bike in all conditions: inclement weather, slick roads, potholes, and encountering road debris. Familiarize yourself with carrying a passenger; but only after completely comfortable with your motorbike. Proper Protection First – New York State has a “helmet law.” Meaning all riders and passengers must wear an approved safety helmet. Even if you don’t like them, helmets save lives! You would be smart to have one with a plastic face shield to protect you from wind, rain, insects, dust, and stones thrown up from cars. If not, a durable pair of goggles will do nicely. Arms and legs should be completely covered with leather or heavy denim. Boots or shoes should be high enough to cover your ankles, and gloves offer better grip and protect your hands...