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Stay safe as you drive on New York roads in winter

Most people can't avoid driving for the entire winter, so it is imperative that everyone be ready for snow and other wintry precipitation when it comes. There are a few ways that drivers can prepare for these conditions.

First, if you know that it is supposed to snow or sleet, check on the road conditions before you leave. If travel advisories have been issued, it is best to remain home until those get lifted. Of course, there might be vital errands you need to run, so plan for some extra time on the road if you need to head out. Consider these tips to help you remain safer on the roads:

  • Make sure you have at least half a tank of gas in your vehicle. This helps prevent the gas lines from freezing. It can also allow you to stay warm if you end up getting stranded.
  • Check your tires. They need to have appropriate tread to be able to grip the road. They should also all be one type as you shouldn't mix radials with other types.
  • Don't try to drive the speed limit. These limits are set for ideal conditions. You will need to drive slower in the snow and ice.
  • Remember that four-wheel-drive helps with acceleration but it doesn't impact stopping distance. You shouldn't try to stop suddenly when the roads are slick.
  • Never use cruise control when the weather and roads aren't clear. Cruise control can't account for the upcoming road conditions and could contribute to a crash.
  • Try not to accelerate on snowy hills. You might find that your car's tires start to spin if you hit the gas when you are going up an incline.
  • Ensure the windshield wipers are in good shape and that the windshield is clear. Trying to see through windshield grime that is often present in winter can make safe driving impossible. You need good wipers to brush off anything that sprays up on your vehicle as you drive.

Construction workers at high risk of spinal injuries

Workers can incur spinal injuries in many professions. Office workers, mechanics, janitors and nurses are just a few professions that face the risk of spinal injury. But by far, the most hazardous job for spinal injuries is construction work.

Construction work is physically demanding and comes with many hazards. As a result, construction workers face an unusually high likelihood of incurring traumatic spinal injuries.

Do you have a concussion? Possible symptoms to be aware of

Take every concussion seriously. It's a brain injury. Repeated concussions can lead to lasting cognitive issues. Even one concussion can impact your life for weeks or even months. This isn't something you should shake off without thinking about it.

Think about how a concussion happens. Your brain itself impacts the inside of your skull. It's a violent impact. Getting into a car accident can cause it, for instance, or getting thrown off of a motorcycle and hitting your head -- helmet or not -- on the pavement. Your brain still takes that impact. You could lose consciousness. It's that bad.

What to do after a workplace accident

Imagine falling off a ladder at work and hitting your head. You’d likely be dazed, and may even have a concussion. You may have a broken bone. In that moment, it’s hard to think straight, let alone plan ahead to recover your losses from the accident.

The first and most immediate concern is to seek medical attention, but what happens next? You may have a long physical recovery ahead of you that will leave out of work and looking to claim workers’ compensation benefits or file a personal injury lawsuit. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself.

What is an attractive nuisance?

An attractive nuisance is something that draws the curiosity and attention of a child but can present a danger or harm to them.

When it comes to the law there are some known attractive nuisances. These can be items on private or public property and can even include company vehicles. Attractive nuisances are typically man-made, so lakes and trees do not qualify. Some common attractive nuisances include:

3 important things to do after a car crash

Imagine heading home to the Bronx after work on a Friday. You are looking forward to a nice relaxing weekend after a hard week at work. Unfortunately, not far from your home, the start of your weekend makes an unexpected turn. As you enter an intersection on a green light, you get hit on the passenger side by another driver. Now, you have a very damaged car and some aches and pains that might be more than simple bruising from the impact.

You probably already know what to do immediately after a car wreck, such as calling the police, exchanging information and talking to witnesses. But, what about when you get home and in the days following the collision? Keep the following post-car accident tips in mind when it comes time take the next steps.

Electricity is a dangerous element at construction sites

There are many risks involved in construction. It often involves moving through unfinished buildings, which creates the risk for a fall. There are many moving pieces of machinery, as well as heavy materials, which can cause crushing accidents. However, one of the most dangerous things at a construction site isn't something you can see.

Electricity is a necessary utility when using machinery and power tools to build an edifice. It will also end up installed via wiring into just about every new building constructed. Construction workers have constant potential exposure to electricity. Unfortunately for some of them, that can turn out to be a deadly risk.

You should always follow these ladder safety tips

Are you a construction worker? Do you ever wonder about the things you can do to better prevent an accident in the future?

There's a good chance you spend many hours of your week climbing up and down ladders on the job site. While this may be second nature to you, it's important to remember one thing: A simple mishap can lead to a serious accident.

Workers' compensation protects surviving family members, too

Those who work in construction take risks every day as part of their job. They work at great heights, which present the risk of a potential fall. They deal with large, dangerous machines and equipment. There's always the potential for mechanical issues or other accidents, as well as the presence of electricity on many job sites. All of these risk factors and more make construction work one of the most dangerous jobs.

Most people understand that workers' compensation offers coverage to workers who suffer injuries on the job. Fewer people realize that surviving family members may receive benefits after a loved one dies as the result of a work injury.

Distracted drivers could cause a crash and serious injuries

Distracted driving is one of the biggest risks on the modern roadway. Situational issues, like inclement weather, can cause crashes. So can the decision to get behind the wheel after drinking or while exhausted. Distracted driving, however, is a more common risk factor. There are likely many more people driving distracted than you even realize.

There are many kinds of distraction. Some people get lost in thought. Others try to eat a meal during a commute. There are even drivers who put on clothing or makeup while operating a vehicle. However, distractions caused by smartphones are a serious risk factor as well. Reading a text or taking a picture with a phone while driving all too often results in a serious crash.

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