New York Personal Injury Law Blog

GM recalls nearly 700,000 pickup trucks

New York City motorists should be aware that General Motors is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles over a power steering issue. The recall affects 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks.

According to a safety recall report issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a software problem can cause the pickup trucks to suddenly lose and regain electric power steering assistance while the vehicles are in motion. This could cause a driver to lose control of the vehicle and have an accident. The agency reports that the problem is most likely to occur when the vehicle is engaged in a low-speed turn.

Sirukumab shows increased death rates in clinical trials

Dangerous drugs cause deaths and serious injuries to New York patients each year. An experimental drug for rheumatoid arthritis called sirukumab was reported by reviewers at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as causing an increased number of deaths when compared to a placebo.

Participants in the clinical trials showed higher rates of death caused by heart conditions, malignancies and infection. The drug also showed similar issues with immune response suppression that other similar drugs also have, but those other drugs do not demonstrate the increased rates of mortality demonstrated by sirukumab. The drug, originally under development by Johnson & Johnson together with GlaxoSmithKline, is now solely under development by Johnson & Johnson after GSK returned its rights to the drug.

Preliminary reports after ride disaster yield few answers

Although it lies far from the New York City area, the Ohio State Fair has made news headlines in a manner that may give local carnival goers as well as enthusiasts across the country cause for concern. On July 26, an 18-year-old man was killed when a ride on the fairgrounds malfunctioned. Seven additional people were injured during the incident.

Eyewitnesses gave immediate accounts of the fatal accident to the press. Some people reported being traumatized by the event while others expressed disbelief. A video posted on YouTube shows a number of bodies in the air and a section of seats separating from the ride. According to a physician at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, the video demonstrates multiple riders thrown from the ride at high speed, with high energy and from a height of approximately 20 to 30 feet.

Increased speed limits lead to more fatalities

Speed limits in New York and around the country have been rising since 1995. However, according to research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this caused an estimated 33,000 road fatalities between 1993 and 2013. The increase resulted in an additional 1,900 deaths in 2013 alone.

For many years, Congress required states to cap speed limits at 55 mph due to a concern over dwindling fuel resources. Once fuel availability increased, Congress released many of the speed restrictions in 1987, allowing states to set their own limits. Some argue that raising the speed limits was only accepting the reality of how fast drivers actually drive. Others believe that raising speed limits only encourages drivers to go faster since many routinely drive faster than the posted speed limit.

What to do when a sold good does you more harm than good

When you purchase a product from a store shelf, you naturally expect the product to function correctly and serve its purpose. The last thing you would likely expect the product to do is injure you. Unfortunately, sometimes the very products created to help you end up harming you instead.

Dangerous products lead to thousands of injuries in the United States each year, including in New York. If you have suffered an injury due to a defective sold good, you have the right to seek justice through the legal system.

More vehicles recalled due to defective airbag inflators

New York drivers should note that a new type of air bag inflator has been added to the largest automotive recall to hit the country. An additional 2.7 million vehicles are now being recalled as they have an inflator that has proven to be unsafe. The manufacturers involved are Ford, Mazda and Nissan.

Some of the inflators for the vehicle air bag safety devices, meant to provide protection for drivers and passengers in a crash, can explode too forcefully. This means that shrapnel can be released, injuring vehicle occupants.

How airbags work and what happens when they fail

New York drivers may be aware that many vehicles of all makes and models have been recalled due to problematic airbags. Because airbags are instrumental in keeping drivers and passengers safe when accidents occur, there are some things about these devices that vehicle owners may wish to know.

An airbag is a safety device that is installed under the steering wheel, along the dashboards and on the sides of the vehicle. As a collision occurs, the airbags deploy at high speeds and inflate when a sensor detects that a vehicle has suddenly stopped. They must inflate at speeds of over 200 mph faster than the speed the vehicle was traveling. When inflated, they create a softer cushion that can reduce the potential injuries a person may suffer. The inflation is caused by a controlled explosion and a chemical reaction, which results in a large amount of harmless gas.

Trampoline risks and injuries

Parents in New York may have cause to be wary of allowing their children to use trampolines. According to a study conducted by Indiana University, trampolines were responsible for an estimated 288,876 fractures between 2002 and 2011. Overall, injuries sustained on trampolines resulted in over $1 billion being spent for emergency room visits.

Children under the age of 16 typically incur the most fractures and dislocations related to the use of trampolines. Fractures caused by trampolines are typically sustained in the wrists, ankles, legs, forearms and elbows. The American Academy of Pediatrics states trampolines at personal residences were the cause of 95 percent of trampoline injuries. Bruises, injuries to soft tissues and sprains were the most common types of trampoline injuries. However, at least 10 percent of visits to the emergency room were due to injuries of the head and neck.

Steps to take after an auto accident

New York City car accidents can happen at any time. Even when motorists are driving responsibly, they could be hit by another car in any number of circumstances. There are a number of things for people who are in a car crash to keep in mind in order to protect their interests.

For a driver who is not at fault in a car accident, it can be very important to take certain steps, especially in case the other party does not report the accident, leaves the scene or denies what took place. This means that information gathering, like collecting the name and contact information of the other driver, insurance information, photographs and witness information should be a priority.

Types of ankle injuries in slip-and-fall accidents

Some individuals in the New York City metro area might suffer from an ankle injury after a slip-and-fall accident. Ankle injuries can occur when a person trips over an object or tries to break a fall after a slip. In doing so, they twist the ankle. This could result in a sprain, a fracture, or torn tendons or ligaments.

A sprain or strain also involves the ligaments. If they are torn or injured in some way, a person could have a limited range of motion for several months. A fracture or break might include the lower leg bones. This type of injury could lead to a permanent loss of function. In other injuries, the cartilage or tendons could be torn. This generally has a similar recovery trajectory to a sprain or strain.

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