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Steps to take after an auto accident

New York City car accidents can happen at any time. Even when motorists are driving responsibly, they could be hit by another car in any number of circumstances. There are a number of things for people who are in a car crash to keep in mind in order to protect their interests.

Child mortality rates due to auto crashes

New York parents should know that the highest rate of child motor vehicle deaths is found inthe South, while the Northeast has the lowest rate. The study conducted by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University also found that the occurrences of the fatalities are often linked to the incorrect use of seat belts.

Medical evidence in car accident lawsuits

Car accident victims in New York and around the country are generally required to prove two key elements when they pursue civil remedies. They must establish that the accident was the fault of the defendant, and they must also prove that they suffered injury, loss or damage as a result. The damages awarded in car accident lawsuits are largely based on the severity of the injuries suffered by the plaintiff, and detailed records of expenses like medical bills and lost wages are often used to help juries better understand the financial costs of these injuries.

How autonomous cars may change the type of claims filed

New York motorists who have been following news regarding autonomous vehicles likely know that several prototypes have already hit the roadways. While the technology in these vehicles may make them more safe by taking human drivers out of the equation and reducing the number of traffic accidents, it could also have an impact on the different types of claims that may arise.

Recovering from a serious car accident injury?

Anyone who has ever navigated busy New York roadways understands how stressful it can be with horns honking, taxis flitting this way and that, and hundreds of pedestrians crossing the street, many times against traffic signals! A motorist always needs to be alert and prepared to react to unexpected situations. When reckless or distracted drivers join the mix, an uneventful trip to the grocery store or your favorite restaurant can become a tragic situation.

Survey finds young drivers take risks on the road

Younger drivers in New York and elsewhere may be more likely to take risks on the road than other age groups. This was according to a survey by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. It found that 88.4 percent of drivers between the ages of 19-24 engaged in dangerous behavior while behind the wheel in the last 30 days. In 2015, there were 35,092 traffic fatalities, which was a 7 percent increase from 2014, and it was the largest percentage increase in 50 years.

Spike in traffic deaths alarm safety advocates

The daily commute for many people in New York could be getting more dangerous according to a report from the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Motivated by a 7.2 percent year-over-year increase in roadway deaths in 2015 and a jump of approximately 8 percent during the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015, the safety group has urged legislatures throughout the country to adopt tougher laws to enforce the use of seat belts and motorcycle helmets.

Car accident victims sue Apple over smartphone safety feature

Distracted driving accidents have become far more common on New York roadways as smartphones have become increasingly ubiquitous. A U.S. Department of Transportation study indicates that as many as 1.5 million American drivers are looking at cellphone screens at any given moment during the day, and NHTSA researchers have concluded that motorists who text are about six times more dangerous to other road users than those who drive after drinking.

1 dead, 4 injured, in fatal chain-reaction crash

On Dec. 26, a deadly four-car collision in New York left one person dead, four people injured and one vehicle impounded for a safety check, according to media sources. A pizza restaurant was also reportedly involved in the incident, which occurred in a hamlet on Long Island at approximately 9:50 p.m.

Making videos with Snapchat speed filter can turn deadly

Many safety experts have questioned the role Snapchat's speed filter plays in persuading drivers to break speed limits. A recent news report revealed how deadly snapping can be when drivers decide to use the app recklessly while driving in New York or anywhere else in the U.S.

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