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Do handheld bans in New York actually prevent fatal crashes?

For years, there have been studies, reports and statistics in the news that illustrate just how dangerous it is to text or use a handheld phone while driving. Distracted driving has been linked to many fatal car accidents, and states across the country have adopted various laws aimed at reducing these dangerous behaviors. However, New York is among the few states that have the most restrictive laws in place. A few states have no laws prohibiting the use of cellphones behind the wheel, while others ban texting while driving but not the use of a handheld phone while driving.

Trucker cited for trucking violations, food safety violations

There are many reasons that a police officer may decide to pull over a truck driver. Often times, it is because a trucker is driving recklessly or there appears to be something wrong with the truck itself. In either case, police may suspect that a trucker is in violation of any number of state or federal trucking regulations. By taking action to pull over a trucker before violations lead to a serious truck accident, police are keeping other New York motorists and residents safe.

Report: Fatal car accidents involving teens are on the rise

One of the most exciting times in a young person's life is getting a driver's license. Being able to drive gives a teen a sense of maturity and freedom. However, the unfortunate reality is that many young drivers are not fully capable of operating a motor vehicle safely because of their inexperience. This lack of experience combined with a tendency to act without considering the consequences is putting a number of New York teens in danger of getting into a serious car accident.

Immigrant construction workers face risks of serious accidents

Construction companies understand that they have a responsibility to provide their workers with proper safety equipment, training and support. Construction sites are dangerous places to work and without the appropriate safety precautions, the result of an accident can be devastating. While many companies comply with state and federal safety regulations, there are also many who choose to put profit over the safety of their workers.

Man files lawsuit citing defect after fall from ladder

Working on a construction job comes with a fair share of hazards and frustration. Whether a person is working on a home project or on a large construction site, the risks of getting injured can be very real. Powerful tools and heights often create dangerous conditions so it is imperative that people are working with safe products free from defects. One of the most common tools that people work with on a jobsite is a ladder. Unfortunately, ladders are also a common cause of serious falls and accidents.

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