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New Yorkers mourn loss of 20 people in limo crash

The news of a rental limousine accident that killed 20 people has shaken New York state and the rest of the nation.

The accident occurred on a recent Saturday afternoon when a group of family members and close friends of a young woman celebrating her upcoming 30th birthday were traveling in the limo in upstate New York, headed for a fun day at a brewery in the scenic town of Cooperstown. They had left nothing to chance, hiring a car and driver so no one would be driving after an afternoon of beer tasting.

Do you know how to tell if a dog is about to attack?

You're out for your nightly run and suddenly are confronted by a large, unfamiliar dog. Is it friend or foe? It can be difficult to tell unless you have a good understanding of canine behavioral cues.

It's generally safest to assume that any unfamiliar dog might bite. However, dogs send signals that can give you a clearer idea of what they may be about to do.

31-year-old man killed in sudden motorcycle collision

A motorcyclist is always at a higher risk of injury than others on the roads because they're more likely to come into direct contact with the road or other vehicles. When they're involved in a crash, they often suffer serious, life-threatening injuries. Many people die.

In this collision that took place on Oct. 8, a motorcyclist was killed when he collided with a car that was making a left-hand turn. This is a common situation for motorcyclists, as drivers pull out in front of them as they're traveling at speed.

How can I prove that another driver was distracted?

Distracted driving is gaining an increasing amount of attention as phones and social media become more central to our lives. The use of phones are not the only types of distractions that can prove to be dangerous in a vehicle, however. Studies have shown that children in the car can be very distracting and potentially more dangerous than the use of a hands-free phone.

If you have been involved in a car accident and you have reason to believe that the other driver was distracted at the time of the incident, it is important that you are able to prove your claim. It might be that you saw the other driver turning around to tend to their children shortly before the incident occurred, or that you saw them talking on the phone. However, claims such as these can become situations where there is no proof and only denial. It is important, therefore, that you understand how to influence the decision-makers when it comes to placing the blame.

Tips for talking to your teen about safe driving

There is nothing more frightening than knowing that your teen has the legal right to take to the road on their own. As scared as you may be, you know that you have to let go at some point.

There are many tips you can follow when it comes time to talk to your teen about safe driving. Here are four things to bring to the forefront:

  • Set an example: Rather than tell your teen what it means to drive safe, show them through your actions. For example, don't text and drive if you don't want your teen to do the same.
  • Be confident: With the right approach, you can influence the way your teen drives. Be confident in everything you say to them.
  • Talk about the facts: For example, share facts related to accidents and injuries associated with texting and driving and driving under the influence of alcohol.
  • Never stop coaching: There is always something more for your teen driver to learn, so don't stop coaching them after a few weeks.

What determines how 'hard' alcohol hits you?

Have you ever been surprised to see someone else acting drunk when you know that you have had the same number of drinks and you barely feel anything? It can be a bit confusing, but the reality is that the alcohol could hit you both in very different ways. Don't automatically assume that they're putting it on or that you need to drink more.

If you're wondering what determines how hard the alcohol hits you after you drink, there are a whole host of factors to consider. They include:

  • How much time has gone by since you took the drink
  • How much you weigh
  • How tall you are
  • How old you are
  • What type of drink you chose
  • What the alcohol percentage is in that drink
  • If you are a man or a woman
  • How much you had to drink
  • What your alcohol tolerance is like and how often you drink

Injuries at stores demand action from the victim

You don't count on getting injured when you run to the grocery store to do some shopping. Unfortunately, there are cases of shopping accidents in which the victim suffers greatly. In these cases, the person involved in the accident might decide that they are going take legal action. Filing a premises liability claim can help you to recover the money that you have to spend as you take care of matters related to the accident.

People will sometimes discount the severity of the injuries that are suffered in these types of cases. While it is true that many slip-and-fall accidents don't have serious injuries, some people have a spinal cord or brain injury, broken bones or other injuries that can impact their ability to live their daily lives.

Alleged drunk driver crashes and kills his passenger

When you think of who is to blame for a deadly accident, you typically assume it is either the driver who died or the driver of another car. However, the blame can also fall on a driver if a passenger in their car passes away. The driver has a duty to be safe and keep their passengers from harm.

An example of one of these accidents recently occurred in Hauppauge on Long Island. A chiropractor from Suffolk County was allegedly intoxicated behind the wheel. Around 3:00 a.m. on Sept. 24, he reportedly left his lane and slammed into a parked car. His vehicle then came to a stop.

Top hazards to construction workers

Workers in the construction industry face many dangers while on the job. Because of this, many individuals are injured or killed at work.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are four main causes for construction industry worker death: falls, stuck by an object, electrocution and compression/crush injuries. The administration calls this the “fatal four.”

47-year-old motorcyclist killed in U-turn crash

No matter where you are, you need to understand the rules of the road. Some standard rules that apply in most states include not being able to cross or pass when there are double yellow lines and not making unsafe U-turns. There are reasons that these laws are in place, as this story below shows.

A driver who made a U-turn illegally in New York caused a crash that resulted in a man's death. Now, the family wants to know why she has not yet faced charges or been arrested.