Several organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Consumer Reports, have spoken out about the hidden dangers of children wearing bulky winter coats while in a car seat. In a car crash, a bulky jacket will flatten against the force of the harness, creating extra space between the straps and your child. Additionally, when the straps are too loose, a child can be ejected from their car seat.
Were you recently injured in a car accident in NYC? You may be entitled to benefits above and beyond what the insurance company is offering you. It's important for you to understand your rights.
The seat belt defense is legal in New York and New Jersey, as well as in 13 other states. It is used by a driver who causes an accident and wants to reduce their legal liability and their insurer's financial liability for covering medical costs incurred by the injured party. If the injured party was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident but should have been, the defense attorney will use expert witnesses to assess what the injuries would have been had the injured party been wearing a seatbelt. The injured party may, therefore, only claim compensation for what the injuries would have been not what they actually were.
The crisp Fall air has returned to make for somewhat cooler mornings and beautiful changing colors on the leaves of trees. It also means that school is back in session, and that means seeing those school zone flashing lights turned on once again in areas around town where schools are.
You're headed upstate to visit your parents. It took you longer than expected to get out of the city, and now it's dinner time. You pull over at a drive-through restaurant and order yourself a taco. Moments later, you're back on the freeway. Only now, you're holding a disintegrating tortilla in the air as you try to prevent cheese and salsa from falling on your lap. While you're attempting to juggle driving with the balancing act that is your meal, you drift into the lane beside you crashing into the adjacent vehicle.
New York is a crowded city. In addition to its heavy motor vehicle traffic, it also boasts some of the highest bicyclists and pedestrian densities in the country. This creates a situation in which the likelihood of car-bicycle or car-pedestrian accidents is especially high. And when a two-ton car collides with an individual unprotected by such armor, the results can be disastrous.