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September 2015 Archives

How drivers should deal with construction zones

The summer driving season in central New York may be over as fall as officially begun. However, there are still a number of road construction projects going on in our region. With that, accidents in or near construction zones are still a danger to drivers. Because of this, it is important for drivers (both of cars and trucks) to keep the following safety tips in mind.

Medical malpractice comes in different forms

A physician who practices in Baldwinsville who has been accused of sexually assaulting a patient will reportedly not fight the state’s efforts to rescind his medical license. The doctor recently signed a consent agreement with the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct that calls for him to turn in his license to practice.

Diagnostic problems affect more patients than once thought

The old business adage “if you are in business long enough, you are likely to be sued” may have some truth to it. Depending on the industry and complexity of the business, mistakes can and will be made. At the same time, the health industry has some of the same risks; especially when it comes to diagnosing ailments and conditions. According to a recent report, because of the sheer number diagnoses and the complexity of delivering care within the current system, it is only a matter of time before a critical mistake is made.

VW deception could result in recalls

With ABC’s hit drama “Scandal” returning this week, it would be appropriate to discuss the latest automaker’s scandal. And if you know anything about scandals, it is not the deception or act; it is the cover-up that gets people in trouble. Because of this, it is probably best to admit when you have done something wrong before it morphs into a full fledged scandal.

Why patients should consider medical malpractice lawsuits

The decision to bring a medical malpractice lawsuit is not always an easy one. For those who have been continually in and out of hospitals for various illnesses, the prospect of confronting doctors is something that they may not want to deal with. Others may feel as if no one will believe them, because doctors have such a seemingly impenetrable reputation in the field. Because of this, there are some people who have been mistreated by physicians who believe that a medical malpractice suit will not make any difference.

Toyota scores two awards for safety excellence

Last year, it seemed uncertain if Toyota Motor Corporation would survive all of the controversy stemming from the Takata airbag recall after the highly publicized sudden acceleration problems that plagued Camrys and Lexus ES models years before. Fast forward to September 2015, and Toyota has scored two major victories.

Helpful tips to remember after a car accident

The Labor Day weekend holiday has come and gone. Unfortunately, it was marred by tragedy in the lower Hudson Valley. The accidents and the lives lost are sobering reminders that drivers must use reasonable care when on the road in central New York. This is especially true with more young people on the road as school returns for another year.

New motorcycle riders could be at risk

Despite the warm weather in central New York, the end of the summer is drawing near. As a matter of fact, the official first day of fall is next week. With that, the weather is expected to get cooler and people will start putting their motorcycles away for the winter. Experienced riders may know when to say when, but younger riders may test their limits.

Brake Safety Week focuses on trucks and buses

We have noted in a number of our posts that semi trucks are the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Their size may be helpful in transporting large quantities of goods from region to region across New York and the northeast, but they also post a danger to common motorists. For instance, the average size of a semi truck is 20,000 tons (i.e. 40,000 pounds), where a car may weigh in at 3,000 pounds.

Drivers may be unaware of the latest safety features

With automakers bringing their newest offerings to dealerships this month, performance is likely going to be one of the things automakers will use to entice car buyers. Some will also tout the latest safety features; while others will flaunt new designs. While performance and design will cater to buyers who want the newest toy, a recent study suggests that few drivers understand the latest safety offerings.

Could sovereign immunity hamper your negligence case?

The concept of sovereign immunity is likely something that most people who are not lawyers will ever have to know about or deal with. However, if you are even in an accident with a vehicle controlled by a municipality (i.e. a garbage truck, public works vehicle, or fire truck) or want to hold a state agency accountable for poor road design or maintenance, this term may be used against you in order to limit or prohibit your claim.

Why you should go to the doctor after a car accident

We hope our readers had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. As we have noted in a prior post, the last holiday weekend of the summer would be known for one last getaway. This would mean that a high number of people would be on the roads in central New York, and the possibility of accidents would increase as well.

What to know about buying a new car, Part II

As Labor Day draws near, many of our readers will be focused on having one last summer party or getaway before we unofficially turn to fall. (The actual start of fall is not for a few weeks). But for car salespeople and car buyers alike, this weekend in Syracuse, New York is going to be a banner event. Many people are going to be looking for markdowns on 2015 model year cars, and dealers will likely oblige so that they can make room for 2016 models.

Typical documents your attorney may ask for

For as much as you do to make sure that you are safe while you are on the road, you certainly don’t expect to be in an accident. And why should you? After all, looking in your mirrors before making lane changes and turns is second nature to you; you don’t text or use your phone while behind the wheel, and most importantly, you don’t drive drunk.

Could your medical device be hacked?

In a prior post, we highlighted how some vehicles could be vulnerable to unauthorized users hacking into the car’s system to cause it to lose power, to have the braking systems operate (or cease to operate) without the driver’s knowledge. A user also described how his Jeep Cherokee was driven into a ditch by hackers.

Three things that won't come out in insurance commercials

As we get closer to the start of the new college football season, it will be only a matter of time until you begin seeing commercials regarding insurance. Whether it is for automotive coverage, motorcycle coverage or renter’s insurance, companies will be vying for consumer dollars when the games kick off because so many more eyes will be on them…the games, that is.

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