Motorists on Staten Island roads are well aware of the dangers that come with driving on the crowded city streets of New York. Motorcycles can be especially dangerous. The small size of the motorcycle can make it more difficult for other drivers to spot them on the road, causing fatal motorcycle accidents. While car and truck drivers have barriers surrounding them to protect them, motorcyclists are uncovered and, as a result, can face more serious injury in an accident than other drivers. In fact, motorcyclists are about 26 times more likely to die in an accident than those in passenger vehicles.
Accidents on the streets of New York City have become a serious issue that affects the lives of many. Governor Andrew Cuomo has been deeply concerned with the number of tragic car accidents that have taken so many innocent lives. Recently, one accident in particular captured nationwide attention. A group of high school students was riding in a car in Long Island when their vehicle crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle. Several of the teenagers were killed. Police believe that speeding, racing, drinking and texting may have played a role in the tragic collision.
Physicians and other health care professionals owe a duty of care to the patients that they treat. Those who do not abide by the standard of care may be liable for injuries or deaths that occur as a result of their medical negligence. One New York doctor recently pled guilty after one of his patients died shortly after a surgery he performed.
When a person behaves negligently behind the wheel, they will be held liable for any damages they cause in New York car accidents, including injuries and property damage. In some cases, negligence while driving can lead to the untimely death of a child. The parents of a 9-year-old Brooklyn girl are mourning the loss of their daughter after she was killed in a car accident earlier this month.
Drivers are aware that they must uphold a certain standard of care when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle. Failure to uphold these standards could mean risking the life of the driver as well as other on the roadway.