If you've ever seen videos of crash test dummies in vehicles colliding with cement barriers, you know that the human body was not designed for high-speed impacts. Along that idea, the Australian government's Transport Accident Commission had Melbourne-based artist Patricia Piccinini create a likeness of someone whose body could survive car crashes. She affectionately calls him Graham. The artist's rendition doesn't look anything like a human. His head and neck are seamless and thick. He has a protruding forehead, virtually no ears and a rib cage that resembles prison bars.
Because of their age and their inability to fully care for themselves, the elderly are susceptible to many forms of elder abuse in nursing homes. They can be subjected to physical abuse, neglect, emotional abuse and more. Although it is impossible to always be by their side, there are some precautions you can take to ensure that your loved one is safe and properly cared for at all times.
There were two fatal police shootings last week when a Minnesota officer fatally shot Philando Castile and two Baton Rouge officers shot Alton Sterling.
Castile was driving through a suburb of St. Paul with his girlfriend and her four-year old daughter when he was pulled over for a broken tail light. Castile had a license to carry, and his girlfriend says he informed the officers of this before he went for his license. Officer Jeronimo Yanez felt that Castile was reaching for his gun. Castile's girlfriend live-streamed the incident on Facebook. He was shot four times and later died at Hennepin County Medical Center.
The fact that distracted driving is dangerous is not news. Media outlets and government agencies are broadcasting the dangers of using your phone while driving with commercials and public service announcements. As a result, many drivers are taking steps to reduce the distractions associated with using their phones while driving, but are these steps really decreasing their risk of a crash?
According to a recent study, depending on the type of step you are taking the answer is likely no.
Dogs are supposed to be man's best friend. In many cases, this saying holds true. Many families have dogs that are loving and kind, but not all dogs are well behaved. Unfortunately, even a well behaved dog can snap if put into the wrong situation.
Just how often does this happen and how often does the attack result in an injury severe enough to lead to an insurance claim?
A recent study dug into this question. Researchers with the study found that dog bites in New York resulted in $39 million in claims. That translates to an approximate $44,230 per claim. Researchers with the study also note that New York was third in the nation for the number of dog bite claims in 2015.
A recent viral video has drawn attention to the New York Police Department's use of mesh restraining bags to prevent people who are mentally ill or under the influence of drugs from violently acting out when they are being taken into police custody. The ventilated bags contain several carrying handles for police to manually lift the constrained body to transport into custody. Once in the bag, suspects cannot move until they are removed from the restraining device.
It may surprise you to learn that it is not a violation to park in front of a pedestrian ramp in New York City unless that ramp is in front of a crosswalk or at a T-shaped intersection. This may surprise you because you may well have received a ticket for parking in front of a pedestrian ramp, whether it was in violation of city rules or not.
In 2009, NYC amended traffic rules to allow parked cars in front of pedestrian ramps that essentially lead nowhere. While the rule was adopted by the city council without a vote, the information was apparently not well distributed to police officers, who continued to ticket motorists who parked in front of all pedestrian ramps.
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 1,800 people that live in nursing homes die every year from injuries suffered due to a fall. A variety of causes can contribute to these accidents, but the agency reports that three most common causes are:
- Weakness. The most common cause of falls is muscle weakness or problems walking. This accounts for 24 percent of all reported falls within nursing home facilities.
- Environmental hazards. Things like wet floors, poor lighting or improperly maintained wheelchairs are classified as environmental hazards, the second most common cause of falls in nursing homes. This hazard accounts for anywhere between 16 to 27 percent of all reported falls.
- Medications. The third most common factor involves a change in medications. Prescriptions can have a number of side effects, some of which include an impact on the central nervous system. This can impact the patient's balance and increase the risk of a fall.
New York lawmakers are considering a new bill that would allow enforcement officers to check a phone for use prior to involvement in a car accident. If approved, officers could use the information to help explain the cause of the accident.
How is the proposal different from current law?
Although it is currently possible to determine if a driver was using his or her cellphone prior to a car crash, doing so generally requires a warrant. This is to ensure that privacy rights are not violated. The current proposal, referred to as Evan's law, would allow officers to get basic information without infringing on privacy rights. This is because the device simply allows the officer to determine if the phone was used. It does not show specifics like the details of a text or the Tweet that was posted on Twitter.
We have heard a lot of very troubling stories about police brutality on the streets of New York City as well as across the country. Unfortunately, these are not the only incidences that have become concerning to the citizens of New York. A recent news article pointed out the increase in personal injury claims that are coming from New York City correctional facilities such as Rikers.
It may seem easy to disregard these incidences because of the individuals who are involved - convicted criminals. But the main issue at hand is that these individuals, regardless of their conviction, have every right to feel safe.