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Some progress seen with New York's Vision Zero plan

Residents in New York City certainly have much to be proud of. Their city is nationally recognized for many reasons and now the effort to not only reduce but to eliminate vehicular deaths on city streets might just be another feather in the big apple's cap. It was five years ago that the Mayor launched what is called Vision Zero, a plan designed to eradicate all deaths in motor vehicle accidents in New York City by the year 2024.

Drunk driver kills designated driver

People in New York should be well aware of the dangers associated with driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol or using drugs. So many awareness campaigns have been initiated over the years and there are always additional warnings about this behavior during the holiday season. Unfortunately, some people simply refuse to pay attention to the facts and instead focus on whatever they want to do even if that means drinking and driving. For this reason, there continue to be innocent people injured or killed completely unnecessarily.

Holiday DUI realities

People who live in New York have for many decades now been witness to numerous public awareness and education campaigns about the dangers associated with driving a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. While there is a defined blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent that determines whether or not a person is considered legally intoxicated, the reality is that a person's ability to drive safely may be inhibited even with a BAC below that threshold.

What is negligent entrustment?

A car accident in Brooklyn can result in you having to deal with a mountain of unanticipated expenses. The prospects of being able to successfully manage such costs may seem to go down if the driver that hit you reveals that they were not using their own vehicle. Oftentimes, when one is not in their own car, it signifies that they may lack the purchasing power to buy one. If that is the case, the chances of you recovering any compensation from them may be slim. The next inevitable question then is whether you can hold the vehicle's owner liable? 

New York sees drop in vehicular fatalities

If you are like many people in New York, you have at times been very concerned about the number of people killed in automobile accidents, especially when these accidents could easily have been avoided if another driver had made a more responsible choice. Good examples include crashes caused by drugged or drunk drivers, wrecks that happen when a driver is distracted by a phone or other device and even those that occur when a driver maneuvers their vehicle in a reckless fashion.

The trends related to motor vehicle accident fatalities

Back in 1900 when there were only 76 million people in the United States, there were 36 deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Of course, there were barely any vehicles out on the roads back then anyway -- but it is an amazing statistic that shows just how far we have come in more than a century.

Are drunk driving fatalities common in New York?

Laws across the country consider a person who has a blood alcohol concentration of .08 percent or higher to be legally drunk. Fatal accidents that are caused by drunk drivers are all accidents that could be prevented if the drunk driver didn't choose to get behind the wheel of the motor vehicle. While the fact that New York's death rate for fatal drunk driving accidents is lower than the national death rate, that isn't going to bring much comfort to people who have had to deal with a loved one being killed by a drunk driver.

Brooklyn motorcyclists: This advice could save your life

Motorcyclists operating their bikes in and around Brooklyn need to be very careful about their surroundings. Bikers just aren't equipped with the same kind of protection that automobile drivers automatically have. Indeed, the slightest misstep -- or not paying close attention to the other vehicles on the road -- could spell disaster for any motorcyclist in a heartbeat.

NYC pedestrians face danger and peril every day

According to the nonprofit Transportation Alternatives, every year more than 15,000 bicyclists and pedestrians are injured in traffic accidents involving motor vehicles. As one can imagine, injuries suffered in these types of accidents tend to be serious in nature and often result in victims suffering permanent disabilities or succumbing to fatal injuries.

City officials attribute 12 percent decrease in traffic deaths to Vision Zero

According to New York City traffic accident records, somewhere in the city roughly every two hours, a pedestrian is injured or killed. From speeding vehicles that blow through traffic lights to drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians who are attempting to cross the street, it's dangerous to be a pedestrian in New York City.

Why aggressive drivers are so dangerous

When driving in New York City, being timid or indecisive can be a serious handicap. In fact, when it comes to navigating rush-hour traffic, New York City drivers are known for being bold and aggressive. There are, however, times when certain driving behaviors that are readily associated with aggressive driving can pose serious safety dangers to other drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Can I recover compensation for car accident injuries even if I was partially at fault?

Most New York City residents likely know that it’s possible to recover compensation related to injuries suffered in a car accident. Many, however, may not be aware of the actual laws related to fault and how determinations about fault can impact the amount of compensation an individual may be awarded.

Painful and slow to heal, whiplash injuries frequently suffered in car accidents

Injuries to the neck and spine are among the most difficult to treat and slow to heal of all physical injuries. They are also extremely common injuries that are frequently suffered by individuals who are involved in motor vehicle accidents. For individuals who are personally or who have a loved one dealing with a neck or back injury after a car accident, it's important to understand how such injuries occur and why they are so slow to heal.

The dangerous driving violation that nearly 10 percent of New York City drivers commit

Anyone who drives in New York City has likely experienced a fair amount of frustration while attempting to navigate the city's congested streets. Traffic jams in the city are a common occurrence, especially during the morning and evening rush hours as city residents and commuters attempt to get to and from work.

At the scene of a car accident, what should you do?

In our last post, we talked about what your options are if you are at fault for a car accident. Motor vehicle collisions are scary, yet complex, matters and those who are involved in them need to consider all of their options carefully. Building off of what we wrote two weeks ago, let's take a look at what someone -- anyone -- should do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident.

What are my options if a car accident is my fault?

Perhaps you were texting while you were driving. Perhaps you were drowsy, intoxicated or emotionally agitated. Or perhaps you were simply driving in rough conditions. Whatever state you were in when you unintentionally caused a motor vehicle accident, it is important for you to understand that you likely still have legal options available to you.

Contemplating ways to lower teen crash rates

It is widely understood that teens face a greater risk of dying in a crash during the first year they are licensed drivers than at any other point in their careers as motorists. As a result, auto manufacturers, safety organizations and lawmakers at both the federal and state levels are consistently searching for new ways to protect novice drivers.

Before you sign your child's camp liability waiver

Many New Yorkers opt to send their children to camp for part or all of the summer. This decision is quite understandable. Not only is the city intensely hot during the summer, but summer affords children the opportunity to get outside and play as much as possible. It is far easier to play in a camp setting than it is in many parts of the city. If your child is headed off to camp in the coming days and weeks, don’t forget to pack sunscreen, to update your contact information with the camp and to look over the camp’s liability waiver carefully.

Driving safely this spring

All across the nation, spring has sprung completely. Spring road conditions are often far safer than winter road conditions tend to be. However, it is important not to get lazy or distracted behind the wheel this spring, as certain seasonal road conditions may leave you and your loved ones vulnerable to accidents.

Teens need to be aware of the dangers of distracted driving

Do teen drivers really understand the dangers of texting while driving? Based on safety campaign commercials, it appears teenagers still don't understand the risks. Safety groups and many other organizations continue to raise awareness to the dangers of texting while driving, and many of their advertisements are targeted towards teens.

How long do I have to file a motor vehicle accident claim?

The experience of being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be truly disorienting. Whether you have suffered an injury, property damage or both of these kinds of harm, the experience of being “fine” one moment and becoming the victim of an accident in the next can cause mental and emotional whiplash. As a result of the disorienting nature of accidents, days or even weeks can go by before you think to file an accident claim.

What is really distracting teen drivers?

The fact that many American teens tend to drive while distracted is common knowledge. What is less understood is exactly what teens are distracted by when they are behind the wheel. Certainly, many teens are distracted by phones and other portable electronic devices. Others are distracted by technology built into the dashboards of the vehicles they drive. However, electronic technology is not the only influence distracting inexperienced motorists on American roads.

Car-truck crash injures 8, shakes Bed-Stuy neighborhood

The source of support for a family that reaches from Brooklyn to Yemen is now in question after a serious vehicle accident. Police say the crash also left eight people injured. None of the victims are said to have suffered life-threatening injuries, but all required hospitalization. Their current conditions are unknown as this is written.

The causes of pedestrian accidents in the New York City area

The large number of car accidents on New York City's streets that result in pedestrians being injured or killed could be due to a number of factors. While it is certainly true that bicyclists ride where they shouldn't ride and walkers cross the street where they shouldn't be crossing, a disproportionate share of the fault lies with negligent drivers. Also, the design of our city's roadways have not always kept up with the increasing number of individuals that would prefer to walk or ride rather than drive through our city.

Young people die in Astoria after car plunges into a creek

Law enforcement authorities believe that weather and speed may have been contributing factors in an accident that took the lives of four individuals.  The accident occurred at Steinway Creek in Astoria.  It is thought that the driver attempted to make a U-turn while approaching the end of a roadway, lost control of his 2009 Honda Accord and went into the water after the car turned over.  The police appeared to have ruled out alcohol as a factor in this accident and no criminal charges were expected to be brought against the driver.  

Car accidents in New York outdone by 30-car pile-up

The winter weather can be a relentless foe to some drivers. For dozens of New York motorists recently involved in a pile-up, this may have never been truer for them. While many car accidents might consist of only two or three vehicles, a whopping 30 cars were involved in this New York accident.

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