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Ways bicyclists can mitigate their risk of getting hit by a car

New York bicyclists know that getting behind those handlebars puts them at risk for being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. Due to the size of a bicycle and its design, the rider is more likely to suffer severe injury than the motor vehicle driver. For this reason, it’s vital for you as a bicycle rider to mitigate your risk of being involved in an accident with a motor vehicle.
Get a headlight
One of the most dangerous actions you can take as a bicycle rider is to ride your bicycle at night. Without a headlight, it’s very hard for…

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Vehicles, equipment, dangers, and construction jobs

Working on a construction site comes with many challenges. Avoiding injuries ranks high on the list for many seasoned employees. Even those new to the construction industry understand accidents are sometimes unavoidable. A New York construction site remains very active, and workers find themselves in the proximity of many dangers, including moving vehicles and construction equipment.
Vehicles, heavy equipment, and hazards
Collisions could occur when dump trucks and forklifts move around a hectic worksite. Delivery vehicles may cause an accident on or near the job site. Distractions or outright reckless driving might be the reason for the disaster. And there are other…

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Walkability scores don’t really measure pedestrian-friendliness

Residents of New York may want to learn more about what walkability scores really mean and how they affect pedestrian safety and other factors. These scores are mainly based on what destinations surround a neighborhood rather than on how safe and comfortable they are for pedestrians.

Studies done by the Urban Institute of neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., show another need: consideration of who is actually walking. Pedestrian crash ratings are not examined nor is how long it takes to cross the road. There are other things to consider when forming these scores.
Enjoyable walking on these streets
The question of whether people enjoy…

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New York governor signs MTA bike access legislation into law

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law on Dec. 28 that is designed to promote cycling in New York City and make it easier for pedestrians to use bridges operated by the Metropolitan Transit Authority. Senate Bill S4943B was passed unanimously by the Assembly and Senate in June, but it only reached the governor’s desk after New York City lawmakers made a concerted effort. The bill’s passage was likely expedited by the federal $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which allocates $289 billion to improve cycling infrastructure in the city.
No MTA mandates
The new law stops short of…

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Is the Bronx a dangerous place for bicyclists

Bicyclists remain a common sight in the Bronx, as many people commute to work or run errands on their bikes. Dangers exist when riding around the Bronx since numerous intersections come with hazards. Not all drivers are courteous or even aware of where they are going, making things challenging for New York bicyclists. While cyclists should be cautious at all crossroads, some street corners seem more dangerous than others.
Dangerous intersections in the Bronx
Annual statistics reveal frightening news for anyone bicycling in New York City. Ten bicyclists died in vehicle-related accidents in 2018, and 2019 saw that figure nearly double by…

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What are ways to prevent common bicycle injuries?

New York cyclists should use bike lanes and follow the flow of traffic. Fractures, soft tissue injuries and head injuries often occur after bicycle accidents. The most common injuries appear on the limbs, but the face, head, neck and abdomen often have injuries. Many people have soft tissue injuries and musculoskeletal injuries after bicycle accidents, but head injuries are common.
Lower limb injuries
Knees are the most common place to have overuse injuries while riding a bicycle. Quadriceps tendonitis can cause knee pain, which shoe implants or cleat positions can prevent. Foot numbness and tingling after bicycle accidents may be from exertional compartment…

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What new initiative focuses on bicycle safety?

Bicyclists find their active hobby does more than provide exercise sessions. Bicycling presents an alternative to short or long-distance vehicle commuting, which could save money. Unfortunately, New York bicyclists may find themselves traveling close to cars, vans, SUVs, and other vehicles capable of causing them injuries. Emphasizing bicycle safety may reduce dangers when possible.
Improving steps for bicycle safety
The Department of Transportation intends to take beneficial steps to help improve bicycle safety in the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. Significant upgrades on 20th and 21st Streets hope to create a special “Bike Boulevard” that could reduce potential injuries to bicyclists.

The fundamental…

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Non-union workers face construction accident risks

Anyone who works at a New York construction site faces injury risks. Workers could spend years on the job without incident, but heavy equipment, moving vehicles, heights, and other work environment-related dangers present ever-present risks. Both union and non-union workers have to be careful, but statistics show that non-union personnel may face even more hazardous circumstances.
Non-union workers and construction site injuries
If a tool slips out of someone’s hands and falls to ground level, a worker might suffer a head injury. A generally careful professional could get cut with a saw blade, leading to a severe injury. All workers have to…

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What to do after sustaining a head injury in a bicycle accident

New York is one of the most populated places in the nation. While many people prefer to get around New York by driving or taking a taxi, you’ll also see a lot of bicycles on this state’s roads. As is the case with pedestrian drivers, bicyclists also risk being in an accident while on the road. Follow these steps if you suffer a head injury while on your bicycle.
Get a medical evaluation
You likely know to get a medical evaluation after a severe accident occurs. However, in less severe bicycle accidents, someone might think they sustained no injuries when that’s not…

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How dangerous is Staten Island for pedestrians?

All five boroughs in New York City come with challenges for pedestrian safety. The sheer volume of drivers along with people walking about often increases the chances of accidents. However, one particular area may present the most significant risk of dangers, and that is Staten Island, which may surprise many. Yet, one study shows that Staten Island might have the riskiest streets for pedestrians.
Staten Island and pedestrian accidents
An online car insurance site looked over roughly 4 million auto insurance applications to determine what area posed the most dangers in New York City. Sadly, three people lost their lives in pedestrian…

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