Dogs might be man’s best friend, but that doesn’t always mean they are safe to be around. As such, it’s important to know what breeds of dogs may be considered dangerous and what you should do after a dog bites you or a loved one.
According to a 2019 study, the most reported bites were from pit bulls and mixed breed dogs. Further, larger dogs and dogs with heads that are wider than they are long tend to cause the most severe injuries. German shepherds, terriers, and rottweilers also ranked among the top dog breeds to be cautious about. That said, every dog is capable of biting and causing injuries.
What should I do if a dog bites me?
It can be scary to receive a dog bite, no matter your age. Be aware of the steps you should take so you can ensure your safety.
- Get medical help at once. No matter how small or large, it’s essential you seek medical attention after a dog bite. Dog bites can cause bleeding, infections, and other more serious conditions such as rabies if the dog in question has not received vaccinations.
- Exchange contact information. Get the dog’s owner’s name, address, phone number and record other relevant details about the dog and the bite. It’s important to have this information in case you choose to pursue legal action.
- File a report. You should report the incident with the police or animal control within 24 hours so they can conduct their own investigation and determine the dangerous nature of the dog in question. If you choose to pursue legal action, you have three years to file a case under New York law.
While dog bites may not sound like a daily cause for concern, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that over 4.5 million dog bites occur per year. Being aware of the kinds of dogs that cause the most harm and remembering the steps to take after a dog bite can help you stay safe and prepared.
New York prosecutors assert that a pickup truck driver was likely legally intoxicated when his vehicle collided with a limousine and have charged him accordingly. However, the accident may be more complicated than claims of a drunk driver causing a car accident. The preliminary evidence regarding the crash implies that the driver of the limousine may have contributed to it.
Reportedly, the limo was attempting to make a U-turn when the pickup slammed into it. According to a witness, when the limo began its turn, it did so directly into the path of the pickup. The limo driver reportedly said that he did not see the pickup truck when he initiated the turn.
At the time of the crash, police did not suspect the limo driver of being impaired, and tests apparently confirmed that fact. A U-turn was not illegal at that location, but since limousines need extra space in order to turn, they can block more than one lane of travel to complete the turn. Limo drivers have been cited for making improper U-turns under these circumstances. Four of the eight women in the limo died in the accident, and the others suffered unknown injuries.
Even though drunk driving might be a factor in this car accident, the limo driver may also bear some responsibility for the accident. Any wrongful death or personal injury claims filed in the aftermath of this tragedy would most likely include the limo driver and the company for which he works. If it is established that one or more parties caused or contributed to the deaths and other injuries suffered, a New York court may award damages to the families of the deceased victims and the surviving victims.
The word “accident” implies that an event was unforeseen or unexpected. We use the term to describe a crash in which the New York resident responsible was engaged in drunk driving. In reality, though, few crashes are more preventable. When a person drinks and then gets behind the wheel of a car, the probability of a crash is far from unforeseen or unexpected.
Certainly, the intoxicated driver should be held responsible for his or her actions, but others may be liable for the wreck as well. A bar, restaurant or some other public establishment that serves alcohol is required to stop serving patrons who are obviously intoxicated under New York’s dram shop laws. If it is proved that the establishment continued to serve the patron even when it became apparent that he or she was intoxicated, the business can face claims for financial liability in civil court in the aftermath of a drunk driving crash.
Your recovery could take a significant amount of time during which you are amassing medical expenses, losing income and sustaining other financial losses. If you lost a loved one in a crash involving a drunk driver, funeral expenses and other damages can also add up quickly. Looking only to the driver and his or her insurance may not provide enough money to compensate you for those losses. If you suffered serious injuries at the hands of a person who was driving under the influence, an attorney can review your case and determine the party or parties from which you may be able to pursue claims for restitution.
Despite the multitude of information regarding the dangers of drunk driving, people continue to do it and put the lives of others at risk. If this type of tragedy has touched you or your family, you may be entitled to monetary damages. No amount of money can heal your wounds or replace a loved one, but it can help alleviate the inevitable financial consequences of such a tragedy.
According to the World Health Organization, as many as half a million people suffer a spinal cord injury each year around the world. The organization has reported that many of these injuries are incurred as a result of motor vehicle accidents, although falls and violence play a part as well. Teenage girls, young adult males and elderly individuals continue to be most at risk of suffering a spinal cord injury, with a male adult being twice as likely to suffer a spinal cord injury than a female adult.
A spinal cord injury may result in the temporary or permanent loss of sensation or motor control. In many cases, a spinal cord injury leads to even more serious conditions, such as loss of bladder and bowel control, respiratory conditions and cardiovascular conditions. The mortality rate for victims is very high, and people with spinal cord injuries have a significantly greater chance of premature death than the general population. The mortality rate is often closely related to the ability to access appropriate medical care on a timely basis.
Spinal cord injuries may result in other conditions as well. Many spinal cord injury victims develop clinical depression, generally resulting from their dependence on caregivers. The depression makes treatment even less productive and can have a negative affect on the overall health of the patient.
Those who have suffered spinal cord injuries in a car accident that was caused by the negligence of another driver may be entitled to claim reimbursement for their medical expenses as well as compensation for the resulting loss of income due to an inability to work for a prolonged period. An attorney can assist in the preparation and filing of a personal injury lawsuit that would seek these and other damages that may have been incurred.
It is likely that, at some point, a New York driver will become involved in a car accident. If the accident is serious enough, there is the potential that the impact from the crash could cause the vehicle to roll. While a rollover only occurs in approximately 3 percent of car accidents, approximately 30 percent of the people involved in such crashes die.
Rollovers generally only occur under certain circumstances. While any vehicle can potentially rollover, vehicles that have a higher center of gravity, such as SUVs, vans and pickup trucks, are more likely to roll. Rollovers can occur when the driver of a vehicle that has a higher center of gravity takes a curve too fast or overcorrects when driving on a straight road. In other cases, a rollover may be caused by the vehicle tripping over on object in the roadway, such as a pothole, a curb or a soft shoulder.
There are certain precautions that drivers and their passengers can take to reduce being involved in a rollover accident or surviving a rollover accident. One of the most important things that vehicle occupants can do is to wear seat belts. Those who fail to wear their seat belts risk being thrown from the vehicle should an accident occur. Drivers should ensure that the tires are in good condition and that they remain properly inflated. Finally, drivers should watch their speed, especially if the road is particularly curvy.
If someone is injured in a rollover car wreck, they may be eligible to seek compensation if they can prove that they were not liable for causing the accident. They may be eligible even if they were a passenger in the vehicle that caused the crash. Depending upon the circumstances, the injured person can potentially recover the cost of their medical bills and other financial damages they sustained.
Residents of New York may be interested in the statistics about large truck accidents provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety division. A large truck is defined as one that weighs more than 10,000 pounds, and accidents with a vehicle this size can cause catastrophic injuries or fatalities. Often, large truck accidents involve more than one vehicle as opposed to a single vehicle collision. For the most part, operators of large trucks are skilled drivers, but in some cases, certain factors could make them responsible for causing a collision.
Some companies pay their drivers more money if they make a delivery quicker than anticipated; this can result in a truck operator driving faster or for longer periods of time than is considered safe. In some cases, a driver has not received sufficient training in areas of important safety operations or driving techniques. Sometimes the driver experiences fatigue due to long work hours and may become easily distracted.
Statistics have indicated that large truck operators who have been involved in an accident that killed another driver are 18 percent more likely to have a former speed-related charge. The death rates associated with collisions that involved a large truck increased by 5 percent between the 2011 to 2012 period. During the same time, the percentage of related injuries increased by 9 percent. Non-truck drivers may not realize that a truck driver may have a larger blind spot area than a typical passenger car.
The increase of truck accidents on American roadways can be alarming, especially when considering how much more significant the related injuries can be. Recovery times could be extensive, and additional treatments may be necessary. An individual recovering from an accident involving a large truck might hire an attorney to assist in building a case against either the driver or the company the driver works for.