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Pedestrian deaths in New York City

When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Vision Zero program in 2014, he said the goal of the initiative was to eliminate all traffic accident deaths and serious injuries within 10 years. De Blasio now admits that the program is facing a crisis, but he insists that its ultimate objective remains achievable. Total traffic fatalities in the city are up by 15% in 2019, and the pedestrian death toll is even more worrying. Pedestrian deaths in New York City increased alarmingly in 2018, and they are on pace to rise even further in 2019.

Three pedestrians were recently killed in New York in just two days. On July 7, a 72-year-old man succumbed to injuries he suffered when he was struck by driver on the Horace Harding Expressway in Queens. Just a few hours later, a 65-year-old woman was struck and killed by a wrong-way driver in Harlem. The livery driver responsible has been charged with reckless endangerment and vehicular manslaughter.

The use of power in sexual harassment cases

Many instances of sexual harassment occur through the abuse of power. This is why it is important to recognize situations in which coworkers and managers abuse their power for personal gain. If any reference to sex is involved in this abuse of power, it may be possible to make a complaint of sexual harassment.

Victims of sexual harassment have the right to choose whether they want to make a complaint. Many victims decide not to make a complaint because they are fearful of repercussions in their career, or because they do not want to relive the traumatic event.

Flagger safety: an essential for roadway work zones

Flagger safety is sometimes overlooked in roadway work zones across New York. Flaggers are the ones who control traffic flow in these zones, so it's important that they are seen by drivers and know what to do in case of emergencies. Otherwise, they risk being injured or dying. WorkZoneSafety.org states that there were 132 car crash fatalities in roadway work zones in 2017. The culprit in most of these cases was a speeding or aggressive driver.

Fortunately, flaggers and their employers can follow the safety tips offered by the Center for Construction Research and Training. It all begins with having high-visibility clothing. At night, flaggers should put on a reflective vest. For adverse weather, they should wear long pants, long sleeves and hard hats.

How does workplace sexual harassment affect victims?

Sexual harassment is, unfortunately, surprisingly prevalent in the workplace. In recent years, more attention has been drawn to the issue, and, as a result, victims are feeling more empowered to assert their rights. However, the way that sexual harassment in the workplace can affect the lives of victims is not usually fully addressed.

Sexual harassment in the workplace usually falls under two categories: sexual harassment through the abuse of power, or sexual harassment through the creation of a hostile environment. An example of power abuse could be a boss asking an employee for sexual favors in return for a pay rise or promotion. The creation of a hostile environment could be invoked by an employee telling inappropriate sexual jokes or making sexual statements.

Common slip-and-fall injuries that occur in summer

In the summer months of New York, we are more likely to spend time in outdoor spaces, enjoying the summer. We may, for example, take our children to playgrounds and outdoor adventure and theme parks. While these types of activities can be great fun for all the family, they also invite some level of danger.

If you or your family member was injured this summer, they may have suffered significantly. In addition to the initial pain caused by the accident, they may also have to pay for medical treatment. Also, wages may have been lost as a result of needing to stay at home to recover. The following are some of the most common injuries that occur on premises during the summer months.

Women face a higher risk for injury in front-end crashes

Drivers in New York may be surprised to hear that women run a higher risk for car accident injuries than men. For a study published in July's edition of Traffic Injury Prevention, researchers looked at some 22,000 front-end crashes. They found that women were 73% more likely to be hurt in these types of collisions. Not only that, females were also twice as likely to suffer spine, abdomen and leg injuries.

It should be noted that researchers excluded any female vehicle occupants who were more than three months pregnant or did not wear a three-point seatbelt. To get more precise data, they divided the cases into those involving newer vehicles (from 2009 upward) and older vehicles. They discovered that newer vehicle models saw 55% fewer injuries and were especially good at preventing spine, abdomen and lower-body injuries.

Motorcyclists: Beware of the influx of traffic in the summer

Summer is here, and with it comes the rush of tourism and the traffic. As someone who loves to be on your motorcycle, you know that the influx of traffic can be dangerous. It's always hazardous to be on a vehicle that is so much smaller than those around you, but with the addition of drivers who aren't familiar with the area, you're at an even higher risk of getting hit.

Among motorcycle crashes, one of the most common causes is a driver who pulls out in front of you to make a left-hand turn. Due to physics, it's possible that your vehicle may appear to be moving more slowly than it is. This, then, leads to others pulling out, thinking that they have enough time to stop.

More black women face harassment on the job

While sexual harassment cases in New York and across the country may be declining, African-American women are continuing to face escalated amounts of harassment on the job. According to one study, white women and younger women have benefited primarily from campaigns against sexual harassment in the workplace. Instead, researchers say, workplace harassers are targeting women of color and specifically black women. The study gathered data from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) stretching from 1997 to 2016.

The study's results highlight concerns that many worker advocates and legal scholars have brought to the fore: The particular type of discrimination experienced by black women. Black women may experience workplace harassment that is tinged both with sex and race discrimination, leading to a different experience than that of black men or white women. Analysts emphasized the importance of including anti-racist and race-aware curricula as part of sexual harassment education and training programs on the workplace. When training classes do not focus on the increased risks to African-American women in the workplace, they may be ineffective in creating a management culture that responds specifically to the problems suffered by black women. Some experts recommended training on implicit biases as a way to promote a more inclusive approach.

Historical patterns of police brutality

Law enforcement officials in the United States have certain rights in regard to making decisions relating to arrests, restraint and the use of force. While the vast majority of decisions that law enforcement officials make are responsible and just, occasionally errors in judgment occur.

If you have had an experience with law enforcement that you believe was violent, unfair or unjust, it is important that you understand the legal definition of police brutality as well as the historical significance. By understanding the laws in New York, you will be able to take action to defend your rights adequately.

Experts say ADAS prevent vehicle damage and injuries

Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are preventing crashes, especially ones with other vehicles and with pedestrians. A 2018 study from J.D. Power shows that new car owners are largely satisfied with the performance of these devices. New York motorists should know that more than half of the respondents said that ADAS helped prevent a crash for them within the first 90 days of having their vehicle.

Blind spot alert, which warns drivers when the sensors pick up vehicles in the blind spot, helped prevent a crash for 49% of respondents. For 42%, the backup cameras and parking sensors were what helped, while 35% gave a nod to their forward collision warning system or their automatic braking.

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