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Don't underestimate the effects of trauma after a crash

Being involved in a mass transit crash can be a traumatizing event. Even if you didn't suffer serious physical injuries, the memories of the accident can stay with you for a long time.

Any vehicle crash can cause lasting psychological trauma. However, train, subway, bus and other crashes that involve many injuries, and possibly deaths, can be especially difficult. Sometimes, passengers are trapped in their seats, unable to be extracted for hours. The things they witness during their entrapment can cause anxiety, depression and other issues that require therapy.

Making a personal injury claim after a tour bus accident

Taking a tour bus is a great way to see a new or familiar city. These tour buses should be accessible for those with disabilities, making it possible for everyone to have a safe and entertaining journey. However, not all tour bus journeys end happily. Bus accidents are surprisingly common, and they can sometimes lead to serious injuries or even death.

If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident when riding on a tour bus, you may be entitled to damages for the medical bills, additional expenses, and for the pain and suffering caused. Therefore, it is important that you understand your legal rights so that you get the compensation that you are entitled to.

Who's responsible if you're injured at an Airbnb?

You decided that you wanted to experience New York City like a local rather than stay in one of the city's many fine hotels. You booked a loft in SoHo or maybe a little apartment in Williamsburg.

The vacation was going beautifully until you had an accident in the home and suffered an injury. Is the Airbnb host liable?

How safe are New York City fire escapes?

Fire escapes have been part of the landscape of New York City since the mid-19th century. Even people who've never been to New York have seen them playing memorable "roles" in classic films including West Side Story and Breakfast at Tiffany's.

The structural soundness of these fire escapes, however, can vary greatly. One longtime New York architect says, "I do everything I can to not stand out on a fire escape. I will look out at it from the window. But you would really have to talk me into it…." That's not an irrational fear. People have been injured and fallen to their deaths when a fire escape broke while they were on it.

Road construction vehicles can cause serious injuries

Those of us who live and/or work in New York City often feel like construction goes on day and night. Sometimes, it seems like we don't get any reprieve from that on the roads – whether it's on the streets of Manhattan or as we get out of the city.

Drivers are subject to stricter speed limits, detours, narrowed roads, uneven pavement and other inconveniences -- not to mention heavy fines and stricter traffic laws -- when they're near a work zone. That's for everyone's safety. Too many construction workers and motorists are injured or killed in work zone crashes.

Which factors make entryways unsafe?

It doesn't matter whether one is talking about a home or a storefront. There's one common concern that applies no matter what building it is: how to make an entryway safer.

Stairs leading up to a home's porch or a storefront can be quite dangerous, especially if the individual steps are too narrow, thick or spaced too far apart. It's particularly difficult for elderly or disabled individuals to navigate stairs that lack handrails or ones that house debris on them, such as ice or leaves. All of these factors can lead to visitors to someone's home or business getting hurt.

Two common backyard dangers: trampolines and treehouses

Does your child make a beeline for a friend's house down the street after school every day because they have a trampoline in the backyard or a treehouse built in one of their enormous oak trees? Even if you've inspected a neighbor's backyard play equipment, it appears safe and they've assured you that they never let the kids play unsupervised, there are no guarantees when your child is at someone else's home.

What if your child falls and breaks an arm or gets a knock to the head and is diagnosed with a concussion? Chances are that your neighbors can be held liable for the medical bills and other damages.

School bus safety: Keeping kids safe

This is a good time of year to talk to children about school bus safety. Helping children understand how buses are set up and what to do if a driver is not acting safely can help you keep them safer.

Every year, children hop onto the school bus to get to their classes safely. Unfortunately, some drivers speed, drive recklessly or simply make mistakes that put these students' lives at risk. As a parent, one thing you should do is talk to your child about taking care of themselves on the bus and taking actions to avoid an injury if they are involved in a crash.

Seat choice may affect your chances of getting out of an accident

It's fun to stand at the front of the subway. After all, it's one of the only places with a view. You can watch the stations whipping towards you and the lights fly ahead. But it may not be the safest move for your commute.

It turns out that the front and the rear of subways and other trains are often the most dangerous in the case of derailments or head-on collisions with other trains or obstacles on the tracks. The middle cars are often the least affected and you may be lowering the risk of injury in an incident by using one.

New vehicles come to New York with new risks

Have you ever noticed how many advertisements there are for new vehicles? Whenever you are looking for a new car or truck, there seem to be dozens of options for every use and every part of your personality.

Governments get the same ads all the time. They are often encouraged to innovate ways to save money, keep their cities clean and own or manage better equipment on behalf of their citizens. New York, for example, owned one of the largest original fleets of hybrid electric vehicles when they first hit the consumer market in the mid-2000s.

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