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February 25, 2017
Last year Tesla made headlines when a man in Florida died in a car accident with a semi-truck while operating one of their vehicles with Autopilot enabled. The subsequent investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently found that the autopilot system was not to blame for the accident. Neither the autopilot system nor the driver saw the white tractor trailer pull out in front off the car. Investigators found that the man had a full seven seconds before the crash to take action, but he failed to do so. The investigative findings point to the larger problem we face on the roadways with more and more partially autonomous vehicles: distracted drivers. Inattentive drivers are increasingly relying on the technology in their cars instead of paying attention to the road and potential hazards around them. Human error is still causing the needless loss of life on our roadways. At the Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, Ira Maurer is an experienced personal injury attorney who is... Continue reading
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February 18, 2017
A recent AAA survey says that they might be. AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety surveyed 2,511 licensed drivers from August 26 to September 6, and the results of the survey may surprise you. Over 88 percent of 19- to 24-year-old drivers willingly reported that they had engaged in driving behaviors that they admitted were dangerous, such as: speeding, running red lights, and texting while driving. The survey found that millennials: Type texts or emails at almost twice the rate of other drivers. Almost half of millennials said they had run a red light even when they had plenty of time to stop. Almost 12 percent of millennials reported that speeding 10 mph over posted limits was acceptable in a school zone. The alarming attitudes uncovered in the survey could explain the recent increase in traffic deaths. In 2015, the death toll rose 7 percent to 35,092 lives lost. At the Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, Ira Maurer is an experienced personal injury attorney who is committed to helping victims of... Continue reading
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January 30, 2017
If you've suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI), you may be left wondering how to care for yourself and your family. In some cases, a brain injury will leave you unable to work, provide for your family, or even interact in the same way that you once did. When your brain injury was the result of another's negligence, you may have legal rights to retribution and financial compensation. Please view this infographic to find out why you might need compensation after a TBI: If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious injury or fatality due to Ambulance Negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced federal and state courts serious personal injury trial lawyer at The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your rights by filling out our free website "Tell Us About Your Case" review form, or phone us directly at 855-391-3727.  Ira Maurer is recognized by Super Lawyers as an outstanding lawyer who has attained a high-degree of... Continue reading
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January 19, 2017
Over 800 people lose their lives each year because of winter weather car accidents. Surprisingly Upstate New York has a higher than average number of deaths caused by winter weather. As the snow and freezing rain continue this winter, it’s a good idea to refresh yourself on winter driving safety. Use light force on the pedals. Don’t slam on the brakes or the acceleration. Either one could cause you to lose control of the car.  Slow down. Even if you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, higher speeds will make it more difficult to bring the car to a stop. Slow down and reduce the risk of losing control of your vehicle. Allow ample space. In normally driving conditions, you should allow about 4 seconds of space behind the car in front of you. In winter weather conditions, you should allow at least 8 to 10 seconds. Don’t panic. Tensing up and gripping the wheel tighter can cause you to over-react and lose control. If you find yourself tensing, try moving to the right lane and slowing down.... Continue reading
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January 05, 2017
Yesterday, a LIRR rush hour passenger train reportedly derailed, injuring at least 100.  The train apparently crashed into the bumper block at the end of the track at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn and came to an abrupt stop.  According to the New York Times, the train was carrying 600 to 700 people from Far Rockaway in Queens, some of whom were standing in the aisles in anticipation of getting off the train, and "were sent tumbling by the jolt.  One rail of Track No. 6, on which the train was traveling, had slid through the floor of a car, officials said." Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Railroad Administration have commenced an investigation to determine the cause of the crash. This LIRR train crash is one of several recent train accidens that have happened in the Metro-New York area in the last 3 years. Although the cause of yesterdays crash is not yet known, the incident once again underscores the need for installation and use of... Continue reading
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December 28, 2016
It may seem like science fiction, but the first driverless truck has already made its first beer run in Colorado. This fall the first commercial shipment using an autonomous-drive truck transported beer 120 miles down a busy interstate. A driver was still needed to navigate to and from the highway, but once the truck was on the interstate, the autonomous features took over. Although the new technology is exciting and promises to make transporting goods more efficient and cost-effective, safety concerns should be the first priority in sharing our roadways with automated trucks. With an estimated 500,000 trucking accidents each year that claim over 3,500 lives, the question is how to make automated trucks safer and save more lives. One proposed solution is to develop an automated trucking lane that would essentially segregate self-driving trucks from the rest of traffic. This obviously requires a huge change in infrastructure and cooperation between states to build and maintain. In the... Continue reading
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December 20, 2016
The merriest time of year is also one of the deadliest times of the year when it comes to traffic accident fatalities. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, accident fatalities involving drunk drivers rise 34% during the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season with over 2,500 people losing their lives. On average, 36 people die each day in the U.S. in automobile crashes with an alcohol impaired driver. During the three days around Christmas, that figure jumps to 45 people each day, and over New Year’s the number jumps even higher to 54 people each day. This holiday season, plan to travel safely to and from your holiday gatherings: Take public transportation. Call a cab. Designate a sober driver. Plan to stay over at your destination. Walk. Be careful if you choose to walk to your destination. New Year’s Day sees more pedestrian deaths than any other day of the year, including Halloween. At the Maurer Law Firm, PLLC, we hope you have a safe and happy... Continue reading
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December 14, 2016
This time of year houses are filled inside and out with festive decorations to celebrate the season, but did you know there are some hidden dangers lurking in those bright lights and holiday trees? According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 150,000 injuries related to holiday decorating were reported in emergency rooms in 2014. Common dangers include: Falling from ladders Overloading electrical circuits, which can lead to burns or house fires Ingesting foreign objects Slipping, tripping, or falling over electrical cords Falling decorations that were improperly secured To prevent injuries in your home this holiday season, take the time to check the safety of your holiday decorations. Use a sturdy base for Christmas trees and give live trees plenty of water to keep them from drying out. Use UL certified and inspected lights for decorating trees and houses. Check your lights for signs of wear and damage. If in doubt, throw them out. It’s better to replace faulty... Continue reading
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December 14, 2016
U.S. DOT advances deployment of Connected Vehicle Technology to prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes         WASHINGTON – Citing an enormous potential to reduce crashes on U.S. roadways, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule today that would advance the deployment of connected vehicle technologies throughout the U.S. light vehicle fleet. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology on all new light-duty vehicles, enabling a multitude of new crash-avoidance applications that, once fully deployed, could prevent hundreds of thousands of crashes every year by helping vehicles “talk” to each other. “We are carrying the ball as far as we can to realize the potential of transportation technology to save lives,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “This long promised V2V rule is the next step in that progression.  Once deployed, V2V will provide 360-degree situational awareness on the road and... Continue reading
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November 22, 2016
Medical malpractice occurs any time that a medical worker or physician doesn't perform their duties to the quality that they should. This can include neglect, abuse, mistakes, and more; all of which can lead to horrible illness, misfigurement, disability, and even wrongful death. Find out more about medical malpracice and how our attorneys can help in this presentation:     If you or a loved one has been the victim of a serious injury or fatality due to Ambulance Negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact an experienced federal and state courts serious personal injury trial lawyer at The Maurer Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your rights by filling out our free website "Tell Us About Your Case" review form, or phone us directly at 845- 896-5295.    Ira Maurer is recognized by Super Lawyers as an outstanding lawyer who has attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and... Continue reading
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