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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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Alarming Upward Trend of Worker Deaths in U.S.

The week before Christmas, 2017, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its annual report on fatal work injuries for 2016.  According to the BLS, there were 5,190 workplace fatalities in 2016, a seven percent increase over 2015 and, sadly, the highest level over the previous 10-year period. Fatal work injuries also rose from 3.4 per 100,000 (full-time) workers in 2015 to 3.6 in 2016. Causing 40 percent of worker deaths (2,083), transportation accidents were the leading cause of 2016 workplace fatalities, just like they were in 2015. Violence on the job came in as the second most prevalent cause of workplace deaths (866 – up 23 percent from 2015). The third most common workplace fatality was from injuries due to slips, trips, or falls — 849, a six percent rise over ‘15.  Fatal slips, trips and falls have consistently finished in the top five for the past decade and have experienced an overall increase every year since 2011. Another alarming trend is not all that surprising now that the war on opioids is in full bloom. The number of overdoses on the job increased by 32 percent in 2016, and the number of drug-related workplace fatalities has increased by at least 25 percent every year since 2012. In her statement accompanying the BLS report, OSHA’s Deputy Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt said that it is no longer possible to ignore the fact that the nation’s opioid crisis is “a deadly and growing workplace issue” that has invaded the workplace and is “impacting Americans every day at home and, as this data demonstrates, increasingly on the job.” One other workplace injury that saw a drastic uptick in fatalities between 2015 and 2016 was the number of people exposed to harmful substances or environment — a 22 percent increase. “Today’s occupational fatality data show a tragic trend with the third consecutive increase in worker fatalities in 2016,” says OSHA’s Sweatt about the overall report, “and the highest since 2008. America’s workers deserve better.” “[OSHA] is committed to finding new and innovative ways of working with employers and employees to improve workplace safety and health,” Sweatt continued. “[We] will work to address these trends through enforcement, compliance assistance, education and training, and outreach.” But Peg Seminario, director of occupational safety and health for the AFL-CIO, says the new BLS report exposes disturbing trends in the workplace. “The [latest] increase in job fatalities shows that for many…work is becoming more dangerous and deadly,” says Seminario. When noting that the 5,190 total workplace deaths translates to 14 workers each day, she points out that it is “the highest total number since 2008 and the highest daily average rate since 2010.” Seminario added that job fatalities are increasing in growing sectors of the economy, such as healthcare and food services, which historically receive little attention and oversight...

Can the U.S. Do Better When it Comes to Driver Safety?

Gradually, over the past 40 years, American roads have become some of the most dangerous in the industrialized world. It wasn’t always so. At one time, driving in the U.S. was much safer. The number of traffic-related deaths in 1990 was about 10 percent lower than those in Canada and Australia, two other similarly industrialized countries with a comparable number of highway miles which have now passed us safety-wise. And other countries have established aggressive campaigns to reduce vehicle crashes while we here in the U.S. have not. Even though traffic fatalities have fallen here, the lion’s share of the credit goes to safer vehicles. And our drop in fatalities has been much shallower than that of any other industrialized nation. As a result, this country has turned into a disturbing outlier according to the International Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The U.S. vehicle fatality rate is about 40 percent higher than Canada’s or Australia’s. The comparison with tiny Slovenia is pitiful. In 1990, its death rate was more than five times as high as ours. Today, on a pro-rated basis, Slovenia has safer roads. A curious conclusion when looking at the numbers reveals that had the U.S. kept pace with the rest of the world in reducing traffic fatalities, about 10,000 fewer Americans each year – or about 30 each day – would still be alive. And those 30 fatalities per day make our roads more dangerous when compared to the number of deaths from another tragic American plague – gun violence. Reasons Why American Drivers Lag When it Comes to Road Safety “The overwhelming factor is speed,” says Leonard Evans, an automotive researcher when asked why we Americans seem determined to kill ourselves on the road. “Small differences in speed cause large differences in harm,” he adds, noting that other countries post lower speed limits and have more cameras devoted to catching speeders. But speed is only one explanation — there’s more. Seatbelt use is also more prevalent elsewhere. Even though we have aggressive campaigns to get Americans to “buckle up,” one out of every seven American drivers (and passengers) still doesn’t use one according to safety researchers. Other reasons for heightened driver safety in other countries is that in some, 16-year-olds aren’t allowed to drive, and buzzed driving viewed as drunk driving and is punished that way. In the U.S., only the heavily Mormon Utah prosecutes buzzed drivers like a DWI. The Problem is the Choices We Make The political problem with all of these steps, of course, is that they restrict freedom, and we Americans like our freedom. Though many people remain skeptical of driverless cars, especially when they’re being tested on our streets, side by side with us, the thought of trusting our lives to a computer as we hurtle down a...

Navigating Black Ice in New York

Winter navigation of our busy streets and highways is tough enough when the roads are snowy. But learning how to detect, then navigate, through black ice on the streets is a safety prerequisite to driving (and walking) outdoors during our cold winter months. So we want to share some information you can use, including a few tips to deal safely with black ice this cold winter. First, let’s dispel the idea that black ice is really black. It isn’t. It’s very clear, and probably gets its name because you can see the asphalt underneath it so easily.  Black ice is sneaky because it sometimes can be mistaken for a wet street. Black ice is a thin, smooth surface that can form quickly, making it even more difficult to detect. Because it looks like a relatively harmless wet street, you might naturally approach it the same way you would if you had perfect traction. Don’t! It is caused by light precipitation – usually a fine mist – rather than snow or slush and can build up in less visually obvious places. When this fine precipitation hits pavement that is beginning to freeze (32 degrees Fahrenheit/0 degrees Celsius), a thin, glassy layer of ice is the product. There are a few warning signs that suggest black ice is beginning to form. When it’s freezing and there is wet precipitation, rain and sleet will begin to freeze on the highway upon impact. This smooth icy surface can also appear on busy highways in much cooler temperatures because the friction of the tires on the road melts the snow or slush and brings the pavement to the perfect black ice freezing point. Watch your vehicle’s outside temperature gauge when the outside ambient temperature begins to approach freezing: Encountering black ice is possible. Be especially cautious on bridges, viaducts and overpasses, because they are exposed on the top and bottom, which cools faster and creates conditions conducive to black ice. It can also form at the bottoms of hills and in areas that are heavily shaded. A good tip is to drive like you have a raw egg between your foot and both the brake and accelerator pedals. The secret is, “gentle does it.” If you’re anticipating possible black ice: Turn your lights on. Drive slowly and don’t tailgate. If the roads look wet or dark, watch the vehicle in front of you. If the wheels aren’t leaving tracks or spraying water, it is likely black ice. Do not use cruise control. And learn to “feel” the road with your feet that cruise control cannot do. If you drive a manual transmission, shift to a lower gear for more control. Do not be lulled into a false sense of security if your car has anti-lock brakes. Antilocks are most useful in correcting skids on rainy, wet roads...