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Dangerous curbs and drunk driving: A perilous combination

Do you drive home from work the same way every evening? Perhaps there's a particularly dangerous curb you have to navigate, and every time, you notice a bouquet of flowers -- or multiple bouquets of flowers -- on the corner in remembrance of the people who died.

It's clear to you why it happened. The curb is a sharp one, and if someone isn't paying attention, they could drive right off the road. In a lot of cases, the people who cause these accidents are drunk. When you combine a dangerous curb with drinking and driving, the effects are often disastrous.

Are you being careful when you ride on an escalator?

Escalators are found throughout New York, but how many people -- aside from first-time riders -- consider the dangers, for a second before climbing on board?

Remember the first time you rode an escalator when you were a child? You were hesitant, excited and maybe a little nervous before taking your first step, and for good reason.

This spring, warm up to idea of pedestrian safety

Though some clinging vestiges of winter remain, springtime is officially upon us now. Everywhere you look around Albany, you'll see signs of new life, with birds beginning to nest again, flowers starting to sprout and grass steadfastly starting to get greener. After a brutal winter like those we endure annually, people tend to flock outside once the weather warms.

Unfortunately, as the throngs head outside en masse to enjoy the warmer weather, something else tends to happen: pedestrian and bicyclist accidents. The New York State Department of Health reports that an average of 312 New York pedestrians are killed each year and thousands more are injured. Taking safety precautions, both as a pedestrian/bicyclist and as a driver, however, can go a long way toward keeping everyone safe to enjoy the weather another day.

This spring, warm up to idea of pedestrian safety

Though some clinging vestiges of winter remain, springtime is officially upon us now. Everywhere you look around Albany, you'll see signs of new life, with birds beginning to nest again, flowers starting to sprout and grass steadfastly starting to get greener. After a brutal winter like those we endure annually, people tend to flock outside once the weather warms.

Unfortunately, as the throngs head outside en masse to enjoy the warmer weather, something else tends to happen: pedestrian and bicyclist accidents. The New York State Department of Health reports that an average of 312 New York pedestrians are killed each year and thousands more are injured. Taking safety precautions, both as a pedestrian/bicyclist and as a driver, however, can go a long way toward keeping everyone safe to enjoy the weather another day.

How do I know if I should accept an insurance settlement?

If you've been injured, whether in a car accident, slip-and-fall, by a defective product, because of negligent maintenance, in an attack by a vicious dog or by some other means, the most important thing is your recovery. You need the right medical treatment, rest, rehabilitation and time in order to get your health back. Unfortunately, your injury could affect more than your physical health; the stress of missing work, piling up medical bills and financing your treatment could actually be setting you behind in your recovery.

With those worries at the forefront of your mind, you could be tempted to accept the first settlement offer that an insurance company presents to you. You should think very, very carefully about doing that, though, because accepting a settlement could mean that you are jeopardizing valuable future legal rights.

Should my teenager accept a traffic ticket?

We all make mistakes in every area of our daily lives, and driving is no different. Very few people who drive on a regular basis never experience getting pulled over for a traffic violation.

The issue here is not whether your child did or didn't violate a law. It is about protecting his or her future from far-reaching consequences that greatly outweigh the seriousness of making a mistake while driving.

How much compensation are you owed after a car accident?

A car crash can change your life in a moment, leaving you saddled with medical bills, vehicle repair costs and other expenses that can quickly drain your savings. If your accident was caused by the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you may be able to recover these losses by filing a civil claim against the liable party.

The amount that your New York accident claim may be worth is based on the unique factors of your individual case. No attorney can guarantee that you will get a certain amount, but it could be possible to estimate the potential value of your claim after a careful evaluation.