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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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Will Protected Crosstown Bike Lanes Reduce Cyclist Injuries in NYC?

New York City transportation officials are creating a pair of protected Manhattan crosstown bike lanes on streets that have a sidewalk curb on one side, and a row of parked cars on the other. They would be the first such lanes in Manhattan that stretch almost completely from the East River to the Hudson. Currently, protected bike lanes in Manhattan only run north–south. One of the protected lanes will be on 26th Street (eastbound) where there is no bike lane. The other is one-way westbound on 29th Street. It replaces an existing – unprotected – lane which is marked by paint. Both are approximately 1.8 miles and should be complete by the end of 2018, according to city transportation officials. In December 2017, the city also announced plans for new crosstown protected bike lanes running in both directions on a 1.5-mile stretch of 13th Street. City officials say the program to build protected bike lanes in Midtown Manhattan is in response to the 2017 death of five cyclists in crashes between 14th and 59th Streets, including the first fatality involving the bike share program. Throughout the city, 2017’s 23 bicyclist fatalities marked an increase from 18 in 2016, while pedestrian and vehicle-related fatalities noticeably declined over that same year. Cycling is becoming an integral part of New York City’s transportation infrastructure, and officials are committed to building 50 miles of new bike lanes every year, 10 miles of which they say would be protected lanes. In 2017, a record 25 miles of protected lanes were added to the city’s 1,100+ miles of bike lanes, with 451 miles of them being protected. But will they make a difference in bike riding fatalities? Granted, part of the uptick in cycling fatalities includes the deaths from the Halloween terror attack. But there are also indications that maybe bike riding enforcement needs more study. It also seems that putting more teeth into enforcing those laws – not limited to increased fines – could help. Criticism from residents and some elected officials about cyclist behavior continues to grow.  Opposing complaints that cyclists speed, run red lights, travel in the wrong direction on one-way streets and pose a danger to themselves and pedestrians arise every time the city proposes to add bike lanes in Manhattan and Queens. And others complain that the laws which govern bicycle traffic are ambiguous at best, especially those that apply to violations of bike lane ordinances. On social media, one cyclist complained of unmarked NYPD cars pulling cyclists over (and hanging out in the bike lane while writing tickets, thus forcing other cyclists out of the protected lane and subjecting them to being “pulled over”). So maybe building protected lanes is part of the answer; the rest of it could involve organic planning and enforcement which makes bicycling a safer...

Science Panel Urges Lowering BAC Intoxication Level from .08 to .05 Percent

All 50 states use a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of .08 to legally determine whether someone is too intoxicated to drive. And many states lower minor (underage) BAC. Recently, Utah passed a measure to lower its adult BAC threshold to .05. And The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine have published a report recommending – some say demanding – that all states lower the .08 threshold to .05. The authors of the report strongly urge the federal government to support the new BAC limit and call for strong federal and state enforcement. The study was commissioned by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) in hopes of finding a solution to what is arguably the deadliest danger on the road today: drunk drivers. The report, issued on January 17, 2018, suggests some rather radical remedies to the plague of intoxication-based driving offenses and deaths. The most aggressive of these include: Making alcohol more expensive by raising, even doubling, alcohol taxes in retail liquor outlets. The report suggests that doubling alcohol taxes could, by itself, reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths by as much as 11 percent. Reducing the number of days and/or hours during the day that retail alcohol outlets are open for business. While few can legitimately dispute the progress made in recent decades to curb drunk driving deaths, more than 10,000 people still die in alcohol-related vehicle accidents each year in the United States. The report’s authors cite NHTSA’s assertion that since 1982 drunk driving has caused one-third of all traffic deaths, on average. Of the total number of DWI fatalities over the same period, four in ten fatalities were passengers or people in other vehicles, not the intoxicated driver. And In 2010, the total economic cost of DWI crashes in the U.S. was $121.5 billion, which encompasses medical bills, lost earnings, other costs and total property damage. The National Academies’ panel suggests there is strong evidence that higher alcohol taxes reduce binge drinking and drunk-driving deaths. And it lamented that alcohol taxes across the nation have declined in inflation-adjusted terms, at both federal and state levels. The panel further noted that those taxes don’t cover the costs of alcohol-fueled harm. And in the tax bill passed in December, 2017, Congress lowered federal alcohol excise taxes by about 16 percent, the report authors said. Despite their laudable intentions for the good of the general public, all of these proposals from the Academies are drawing a groundswell of opposition from the alcohol and restaurant industries. The Distilled Spirits Council, a group representing the nation’s alcoholic beverage makers, quickly weighed in. It said in a statement shortly after the report was released that it “strongly support[s] the strict enforcement of the 0.08 BAC level. Reducing the BAC limit to .05 will do nothing to deter the behavior of repeat and...