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Impaired driver causes Queens wrecks

According to the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), three Queens residents were transported to Jamaica Hospital on Sat., Dec. 23, following a wreck.

Police stated that at 9:15 p.m., a driver in a silver Hyundai Santa Fe exited the Van Wyck Expressway at a high rate of speed. He raced through the South Jamaican neighborhood on Linden Blvd. and crashed his vehicle into a red Nissan, flipping it over.

Tips to stay safe when roads turn icy

At the moment, you might be experiencing some beautiful fall weather. The days are not too hot or too cold, the leaves are changing color, and the weekends are just about perfect. Unfortunately, winter is only a few short weeks away, and with it will come rain, ice, sleet, and maybe some snow. The roadways will be much more dangerous, not just in New York City, but the surrounding areas as well.

When weather conditions turn bad, it is important to take some extra precautions when you are on the road. To stay safe this winter, follow the tips below for driving on icy roads.

What happens when insurance doesn't cover your car crash losses?

You pay for New York motor vehicle insurance, and you do so with the expectation that if you get into an accident, you won't have to worry about the financial issues that result. You depend on your insurance to cover the damage to your vehicle, as well as any accident-related medical expenses that your health insurance won't cover, especially if you have a high deductible plan.

Under New York law, everyone who operates a vehicle on public roads should carry a liability insurance policy. Failing to have insurance can result in fines, tickets and even revocation of the registration of the vehicle in question. Unfortunately, it's important to know that even if you have an active insurance policy, it won't always cover your losses after a motor vehicle crash.

A Growing Fight Over Medical Malpractice Compensation

Prodded on by lobbyists for doctors and doctors' insurers, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill that would cap noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases to $250,000. This comes at a time when some states have declared caps on noneconomic damages to be unconstitutional altogether. Noneconomic damages include costs that are not directly related to medical treatment for an injury, and can include payments for pain and suffering and loss of companionship.

The measure now goes to the Senate, where passage will likely be more difficult (The measure passed in the house with a vote of 218-210). So far there have been no public hearings on the legislation.

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