Jet Skis®, WaveRunners® and Other Personal Watercraft (PWC) Have High Accident Rates
Author: David Lewis
Warmer weather and extra daylight hours make summer the perfect time for outdoor sports like boating and personal watercraft recreation. New York State has thousands of freshwater lakes and 70,000 miles of rivers and streams. These statistics do not include access to the Great Lakes or Atlantic Ocean. You are not hard pressed to find a favorite spot in New York for boating or riding your JetSki or WaveRunner.
However, along with this great opportunity for summer fun, comes an equal need to be responsible and act safely. Every year, people in New York die from drowning and water collision accidents.
Statistics Tell the Story
BoatUS reports that people using personal watercrafts (PWCs) experience a higher collision rate than those using any other type of watercraft. PWC collisions are 30 percent of reported boating accidents. PWC collisions also result in more injuries and deaths than any other type of PWC accident. Which is the greater risk for dying in a PWC accident — drowning or blunt force trauma? Blunt force trauma the greater risk.
Why Do PWC Operators Have Higher Accident Rates?
The main reason is inexperience. Most riders involved in PWC accidents lacked instruction or safety education training prior to operating the craft. An estimated 84 percent of PWC accidents involved operators with no training, and 73 percent had ridden for less than an hour when the accident took place.
The age group that is most involved PWC accidents is the 11-20 year old age group. While a parent would never hand the car keys to their 11 year old, nor let them near a car without supervision and a learner’s permit, even when they reached 16, this was not the case with a PWC. In fact, PWC owners were not the ones most involved in accidents. Only 18 percent of PWC owners were in accidents. Owners’ siblings (29 percent) and friends (53 percent) were the most frequent riders involved in PWC accidents.
Inexperience leads to poor judgment and loss of control.
Safety Tips: What to Avoid When Boating or Riding a PWC
Here are some guidelines to avoid when boating or operating a PWC:
- Avoid speeding
- Avoid wake jumping and sudden turns
- Do not loan your PWC to someone who lacks experience and basic boating skills — ensure they’ve taken a safety course first
- Keep beginning PWC operators away from boating traffic
- Do not mix alcohol or drugs with operating a PWC or boat
- Avoid boating without a personal floatation device
- Do not ride or go boating in bad weather (stormy, high winds, or sudden temperature drops)
- If you cannot swim, do not ride a PWC or go out on a boat
When Should You Seek Legal Help for a Boating Accident?
When your injuries are serious and you believe another party was at fault, consult with a lawyer and find out about your legal rights.
The Law Offices of David R. Lewis offers a free consultation to discuss your accident and determine whether grounds exist to sue for damages.
Thanksgiving marked the beginning of the holiday season, which ends after New Years Day. This festive time irations with lots of parties, gift giving, dining out and drinking alcoholic beverages.
However, despite the good cheer, statistics show that binge drinking spikes during the holidays, so much so that it makes the rest of the year pale by comparison. More drunk drivers are on the roads than any other time, which ucreases the risk for accidents.
Drunk Drivers Statistics from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day
Alcohol Monitoring Systems (AMS) , runs a campaign called “Sober Days for the Holidays.” According to AMS, DUI rates and deaths increase during the holiday season.
AMS monitored more than 360,000 drunk drivers who were at high risk for alcohol consumption and discovered that the five-week period between Thanksgiving and New Years had 33% more violations than any other time of the year. The monitoring was for drivers who knew they were subjected to tests every 30 minutes, understood they would be arrested for DUI and could be sure they would face legal consequences, such as jail time. Despite all these deterrents, they could not stop themselves from drinking.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that between Thanksgiving and Christmas 728 people will die or suffer injury, a statistic that is double or triple the rest of the year.
As a way to avoid drunk driving during the holiday season, be sure to designate drivers and put transportation plans in place before drinking alcohol. If you see a car weaving in a lane or other evidence of drunken driving, keep your distance.
Consult with Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers
The attorneys at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP have decades of experienceand success representing clients in vehicle accident cases. When another party appears to be at fault, by investigating the accident, we can often establish liability and help you recover compensation. Contact our firm at (888) 519-6400 to determine whether you have a viable case.
Author: Pyrros & Serres
When you have been hurt on the job and have filed a workers’ compensation claim, it’s pretty common for your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider to require that you submit to a medical examination by a doctor chosen by the insurer. It’s important that you understand that you have a number of rights with respect to that examination and it’s important that you know what your rights are.
When you receive the medical exam letter, it can be intimidating and confusing. The letter, which will make reference to an “independent medical exam,” will typically ask you to appear for the examination and to bring a variety of documents or records. Contrary to what the letter suggests, though, the examination will be conducted by a doctor chosen and paid by the insurer, who has a vested interest in making conclusions and diagnoses that are favorable to the insurance company.
Your Rights at the Medical Examination
The letter you receive will indicate whether the doctor plans to videotape the examination. However, regardless of whether the doctor chooses to do so, you always have the right to videotape the exam—you can also audiotape the doctor’s appointment. In addition, there is no rule that requires you to notify the doctor in advance that you will be taping the proceedings. If the letter says you must, ignore it. If you appear for the examination and the doctor says you cannot videotape the exam, you should politely decline to go through the examination.
Why would you want to videotape a medical examination? Because, as we were able to do in a case we handled recently, you may be able to successfully have the insurance company doctor’s report ruled inadmissible, if it has no bearing on your injury or your claim.
Winter Weather Driving Tips
Driving in winter weather can be a challenge. Treacherous winter driving conditions range from freezing rain, sleet, snow or simply a drop in temperature causing wet surfaces to turn icy. Understanding some basic ideas about how to drive on ice or in snow can help you prevent accidents.
Recommendations for Driving in Snowy Weather
The American Automobile Association (AAA) recommends the following tips for driving in snowy, winter weather.
- Press down on the gas pedal or brake slowly. Fast acceleration can make you skid or spin. Allow enough time to stop slowly.
- Drive slowly. Driving slowly helps you have enough time to maneuver for gradual acceleration and stopping.
- Increase your driving distance between cars. Understand that you should increase the distance for stopping within three to four seconds to eight to ten seconds.
- Apply smooth brake pressure. Rest the heel of your foot on the floor and press the brake pedal with the ball of your foot for gradual braking.
- Avoid stopping. If at all possible, avoid stopping in snowy weather and keep rolling. For example, roll up to a traffic light so slowly that you can keep rolling until the light changes.
- Do not accelerate driving up hills. You can easily go into a spin when accelerating too much as you climb a hill.
- Do not stop when going up a hill. If the hill is icy, it is difficult to keep the car from spinning as you press the gas pedal to start the car moving again.
- Stay home whenever possible. The best way to avoid snowy weather accidents is to avoid driving in snow. Stay at home if at all possible.
Legal Help If You Have You Been Injured Through the Fault of Another Driver
If you have suffered serious injury in a winter driving accident, you may be able to recover compensation for damages. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we offer a free initial consultation to discuss your accident and the prospects of pursuing a case. Call (718) 539-3100 to arrange an appointment.
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Today, if you live or work in New York City or the metro area, you hear alot about diversity in the workplace and how it is good for businesses. At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we take pride in our diversity. We offer legal services in a variety of languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Greek, Bengali, Urdu, Bangladeshi and Hindi. As our diverse staff members work side-by-side, you’ll see various ethnic groups and races, including African American, Asian, Hispanic and Caucasian.
The Advantages of Diversity in Business
Companies with diverse staff members are more innovative, productive, better at solving issues and can reach a wider client base. All of these factors are good for businesses.
According to The New York Times, studies showed that when a diverse group of people interacted with each other, their answers to analytical questions were more accurate than homogenous groups. In fact, diverse groups had a 58 percent greater accuracy.
Another study put people of different races in a group and had them solve murder mysteries. Again, the diverse group performed significantly better.
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“I believe our firm’s diversity is a great asset for clients who choose us to represent them in personal injury claims. They have a notable advantage when we seek to obtain fair and just case awards on their behalves.” Mark H. Sackstein
“Our firm has helped many people in the Korean community and other ethnic groups to overcome the challenges they face when litigating for deserved compensation. Our abilities to overcome language barriers and work together are invaluable for getting results.” Eric B.
Innovation and Production
Researchers compared banks with and without racial diversity. Studies showed that 177 U.S. banks with diversity had greater financial performance. Bank presidents emphasized innovation when the company was diverse.
In another study, Stanford University researchers had groups discuss social issues, such as child labor and the death penalty. The researchers wrote dissenting opinions and had both African American and Caucasian students deliver the opinion to the groups. Even though students delivered the same dissenting perspective, when an African American presented the perspective to a group of Caucasians, the opinion seemed more novel and led to broader consideration of alternatives.
Various studies concluded that people work harder in diverse environments both socially and cognitively. While they may feel challenged when working through barriers, their hard work leads to better outcomes.
Broader Customer Bases
Because our staff at Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP speaks a variety of languages, we can reach a broader client base than firms where language is limited to English.
Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP focuses its practice primarily on personal injury cases.
Welcome to Our New Personal Injury Legal Website
Author: Sackstein Sackstein & Lee
At the law offices of Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we’ve focused our practice on the needs of injured people across Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and the New York City metropolitan area since 1952. We have four offices throughout the greater New York region, in Flushing,Queens, Garden City, Brooklyn and the Bronx. We are proud to offer legal services to clients for whom Korean, Spanish, Chinese,French, Creole, Greek, and Hindi is a primary language.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new website, designed first and foremost to meet the needs of our clients. You’ll find it easy to navigate and filled with clear and comprehensive information about our extensive personal injury practice. As our website indicates, there’s virtually no type of personal injury claim that we can’t handle. In addition, if you want input from individuals who have used our services in the past, please check out our testimonials page.
At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we have a simple philosophy—we treat our clients like we treat our family. That means that we’ll be available and accessible when you need to talk to us, and that we’ll return your calls and e-mails as soon as we can. We understand the impact a personal injury can have on every aspect of your life, from seemingly simple tasks to earning a living. We’ll take the time to get to know you and learn exactly what happened, as well as what you need to recover as fully as possible from your losses. We have the experience and skill to negotiate a settlement that meets your needs, but if those responsible for your injuries are not willing to negotiate in good faith, we are experienced and effective trial attorneys who are always willing and able to take your case to a judge and jury to get the outcome you want and deserve.
We also understand the comfort that comes from understanding where you stand and what your options are. We’ll keep you fully informed and involved at all times, and we’ll regularly post blogs on our website, so that you can have a better understanding of the law, the process and your claim.
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At Sackstein Sackstein & Lee, LLP, we look forward to serving you. If you have questions or concerns or would like to schedule a free initial consultation, please send us an e-mail or call us toll-free at (888)519-6400.