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Distracted driving more common than many think

Technological advances have changed just about everything in our lives, including driving. Improved safety features allow a car to alert us when there is a vehicle in our blind spot, backup cameras help reduce the risk of backing into a vehicle or a person and even self-driving cars are promising to reduce user error. While these advances may be advantageous to motorists, roadway safety still depends on one thing: paying attention.

The sad reality is that distracted driving is quite common. In 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, 3,450 people were killed in accidents involving distracted driving. Additionally, nearly 400,000 people were injured in 2015 as a direct result of distracted driving. These numbers should be startling because the truth of the matter is that those deaths and injuries were wholly preventable.

5 causes of maternal deaths

Childbirth is supposed to be a beautiful moment. While it may be painful and stressful, you ultimately hope for it to be an awe-inspiring and life-changing moment. Unfortunately, not all births go this way. Some mothers die during pregnancy or childbirth.

According to the CDC, approximately 700 women die every year in the U.S. because of delivery or pregnancy problems. Disturbingly, this rate is higher than other developed nations. Here are some of the most common causes of maternal deaths:

Common defenses to medical malpractice

Pursuing a medical malpractice lawsuit can provide extensive financial relief and a sense of justice to those who are wronged by negligent medical professionals. However, before compensation can be obtained, certain legal elements must be shown. This means gathering and presenting evidence of negligence and causation, which can be challenging in its own right. However, even when one believes that he or she has built a strong case, he or she still has to confront any defenses that are raised. Therefore, it is important for medical malpractice victims to understand the defenses they may face, as it will allow them to build a stronger case.

One common defense to hospital negligence in contributory negligence. Here, a defendant claims that the harm suffered would not have been caused had it not been for the negligence of the patient. This may arise in a situation in which a patient fails to disclose relevant medical history or allergies.

What is placental abruption?

As a New York expectant mother, your growing baby’s health, safety and welfare is your main concern. You do everything possible to see to it that (s)he – and you – have everything you both need to assure a healthy pregnancy and successful delivery. As you move into your third trimester, however, pay particular attention to any signs of placental abruption.

Although a reasonably rare occurrence, placental abruption happens when the placenta separates from the inner wall of your uterus. Since your baby receives his or her oxygen and nutrients from the placenta, he or she faces grave danger of receiving too little of both. You likewise face grave risk of injury.

Speeding car strikes pedestrians, two other vehicles in Brooklyn

It was Friday night in Brooklyn and people were out and about in the unseasonably warm April weather. The shops and sidewalks at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Farragut Road in Flatbush were bustling.

Witnesses later recounted for New York City media that a speeding car slammed into two other vehicles and then struck four people on the sidewalk. Two of the pedestrians were critically injured in the crash, NYPD said, though both are expected to survive.

5 tips for riding a bicycle in rainy New York weather

Spring may mean higher temperatures, but rain falls all year round in New York. Life must go on despite the weather, and for some, this means continuing to cycle for transportation or for fun even when it is raining

Whether you are a tourist using Citi Bike for the first time or a veteran commuter, review these tips for biking in spring rain to reduce the likelihood of an accident and injury.

Medical malpractice claim filed fifteen years later

The birth of a child should be a joyous and happy occasion. For one woman who received a routine epidural to deliver her youngest son via cesarean section, it was the beginning of a long battle with constant pain. Now, fourteen years later, the woman has filed a medical malpractice claim against the hospital where she gave birth. In New York and other states, no one expects to have complications during an epidural procedure.

A woman has been suffering for years with a constant burning pain in her lower back that sometimes radiates down her leg and into her foot. A CT scan in 2017 revealed a broken needle from a routine epidural when her son was born in 2003. The needle that had been left in her spine was the source of her debilitating back pain for all these years.

Ways to avoid common bicyclist car accidents

The warmer weather beckons avid cyclists to dig out their bikes again. As you do so, it is important that you not only don your protective gear, but that you also stay mindful of safe cycling habits.

Though you hope that drivers share the road safely, there are some who do not drive defensively and create dangerous situations, even accidents. To help avoid such situations, there are a few things that you should look out for.

Spring heralds the beginning of bicycle accident season

Now that spring is here, you are probably itching to dust off your bike and go for a ride. Before you wheel your bicycle down the driveway, you should understand some of the hazards you face from other drivers sharing the road. Serious bicycle accidents are disturbingly common, especially in crowded urban areas like New York City.

Ways to avoid common bicyclist car accidents

The warmer weather beckons avid cyclists to dig out their bikes again. As you do so, it is important that you not only don your protective gear, but that you also stay mindful of safe cycling habits.

Though you hope that drivers share the road safely, there are some who do not drive defensively and create dangerous situations, even accidents. To help avoid such situations, there are a few things that you should look out for.

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