9/11 Facts that Still Matter Today

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Some events can change the world. In modern history, that belongs to the 9/11 attacks. On that fateful day in 2001, more than 2,000 people died, and as you will learn, later on, death never actually stopped. How did it change society and people’s lives? Here are three facts:

It Altered the Design of Buildings

There’s no doubt that the 9/11 attacks changed the way people fly. For one, they gave birth to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It is under the jurisdiction of Homeland Security and has the responsibility of protecting the safety of U.S. travelers.

They also modified flying protocols. For example, pilots now have to lock their doors at all times except when they need to take bathroom breaks. Some airplane manufacturers are also thinking of using double cockpit doors.

The event, though, also changed the way people now design buildings. One of the reasons for the high mortality was a progressive collapse as the high temperature inside the Towers caused the steel to lose strength.

After 9/11, engineers start looking for ways to prevent progressive collapse. This includes using reinforced concrete. This material doesn’t change mechanical properties even when exposed to extremely high temperatures. The redundancy also provides extra support to the structure.

Many Respiratory Diseases and Forms of Cancer Might Be Due to the Event

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The number of fatalities due to 9/11 continues to increase over the years mainly due to the associated diseases such as cancer. In fact, after 2018, there will be more people who will die from these conditions than those who died at the scene.

For this reason, the government set up the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which became active from 2011 to 2004. Then-president Obama extended it twice through the Zadroga Act in 2010 and in 2015, which provides coverage until 2020.

People who were near the scene during the tragic day, as well as during the cleanup and disposal process and have been sick of a respiratory illness or cancer can approach lawyers in New York. These experts can help you evaluate your case, get the proper documentation, and start processing your claim.

Those who might have lost their families because of an illness that can be attributed to 9/11 attacks can also do the same.

Crimes, Intimidation, and Discrimination against Muslims Increased

In a 2017 Pew Research Center study, about 75% of surveyed Muslims said that they are facing a lot of discrimination because of their religion in the United States. Assaults against them, meanwhile, had never fallen within the pre-9/11 levels. Back in 2000, there were only 12 reported cases. In 2001, it surged to 93. About five years later, it increased to 127.

Data from PRI also tends to corroborate the growing anti-Muslim sentiments in the country. According to it, the number of reported hate crimes followed a downward trend from 2002 to 2014. Those committed against the Muslims didn’t.

Traumatic events such as 9/11 change people in many different ways. Some are good, and others are bad. What is clear is that people are trying their best to learn from it in the hopes that the future generation won’t have to suffer the same fate.