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Keeping your loved ones safe from amusement park accidents

School is out, the temperatures are up and you made it your business to take the kids to a few carnivals and amusement parks this season. Though there are rides, games and a variety of attractions to keep you and your children busy, you may want to keep in mind that it is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Amusement parks may seem like the perfect environment for family fun, but they are also full of hazards that could prove dangerous to you and your loved ones. 

Ride malfunctions, operator error and other incidents can happen that can cause you or your kids to suffer injuries or worse. As a parent, it is your task to protect your children from any foreseeable dangers, but how can you do that when it is not possible to predict which amusement park rides or attractions are safe? 

'Smart' semi-autonomous cars lack intelligence

The tech and automotive worlds were abuzz in 2015 when revolutionary electric automaker Tesla publicly released its "Autopilot" feature. A first-of-its-kind technology, it allowed cars to drive and park semi-autonomously. In the three and a half years since its launch, software and hardware updates have added more features like lane changes, freeway navigation, parallel parking and others.

But Tesla's Autopilot feature may not be all it's cracked up to be. Consumer reports recently tested the newly updated "Navigate on Autopilot" driving system. It found "it doesn't work very well and could create safety risks for drivers."

Understanding a medical malpractice lawsuit

When you go to see your New York physician or enter a New York hospital to undergo medical treatment for an illness or injury, the last thing you expect is that your doctor or a hospital staff member or employee will make a mistake that causes you further injury or illness. Unfortunately, however, medical errors now constitute the third leading cause of death in the United States.

In New York, medical malpractice can consist of many things, including the following:

  • Failing to properly diagnose or treat your injury or illness
  • Making an emergency room or surgical mistake
  • Prescribing or administering the wrong prescription medication(s)
  • Failing to inform you about the inherent risk(s) of a recommended procedure or course of treatment
  • Causing injury to a mother or baby during the birthing process
  • Failing to sufficiently monitor your progress throughout the course of your injury or illness

Are your child's toys safe?

As the holiday season has ended, now is an excellent time to take a look at some of the new toys your children received and see if any appear on a recall list. This year's list includes a children's book and trike, among others.

Keeping your child safe while providing stimulating and fun entertainment may prove difficult. However, there are some steps you can take before adding an item to your cart to help ensure your child will not get hurt.

Motorcycle accident? 6 steps to take now

In a bustling state like New York, there are a lot of people who choose to make their motorcycle a daily driver or just take it out for a leisurely spin. However, being a motorcyclist on a busy road can be a risk to your safety.

According to the National Highway Safety Association, New York is a dangerous state to be a biker. From 2014 to 2015, there was a staggering 14 percent increase in motorcycle fatalities. 

Three tips to avoid fatal boating accidents

Summer is a time to enjoy the weather and to get outdoors with friends and family. One common activity in New York is to hit the lakes for a relaxing boat getaway. Unfortunately, despite our advances in boating and safety technology, there has been an increase in boating fatalities in the last two years.

What makes this especially frustrating is that most of these accidents were easily preventable. Driving a boat may feel different than driving a car, but that does not mean you should put less effort towards your safety. Here are three tips to keep in mind when you pilot a boat.

Common problems with medical implants

Today, patients can enjoy a wealth of medical options and technology that have developed over the course of the digital age. Many treatments have become safer and successful more frequently. However, many procedures, including implants, still carry a high risk of complications.

Regardless of the kind of implant you need or choose, any external object has the potential to create problems inside the body. In fact, the FDA classifies implanted parts and devices in the Class III category, which is reserved for medical tools that present the highest risk. Although implants need premarket approval, some patients still experience serious issues.

How safe is your vehicle’s infotainment system?

Over the past few years, vehicles have been catching up with the latest technology. It’s now common for Buffalo residents to drive cars that come with digital devices, called infotainment systems, built into the center console.

Although these systems include helpful features, they might not be as safe as manufacturers claim. In the digital age, you may feel pressured to be “always on,” or constantly accessible through phone calls, texts and email. For this reason, texting and driving has remained a major issue on New York roadways, but infotainment systems might soon replace phones as the top cause of distracted driving.

Bad signs can cause serious accidents

Highway departments place signs by the roadside in order to clarify what happens just ahead. People depend on signs, especially when they are in area they are not familiar with.

But unless the sign is carefully worded and placed, the sign itself can lead to serious accidents.

How important is auto accident investigation?

Whenever there is a serious accident on our roads, some kind of investigation should be conducted. Police conduct their own investigations, and so do insurance companies. Since this is the case, it is wise to conduct your own, through an experienced attorney or private investigator.

Professional investigators often come from other professions: police work, automotive design or engineering. To be effective they must be skilled at logic, physics, data analysis and detective work.

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