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November 2018 Archives

Multiple people hit by a car in New York, one dies

Since New York is so busy, there will be frequent car accidents. Many will simply result in damage to the vehicle and no one will be injured. Those who are in these accidents and who avoid serious injuries are lucky. However, some of the worst kinds of car accidents in a large city involve pedestrians. As vulnerable as they are, there can be broken bones, head injuries, long-term damage and even death. Compounding a pedestrian being hit by a car is when it is totally unexpected. People in this type of crash should know their rights to a lawsuit after injuries and the loss of a loved one.

Crash between bus and fire truck injures several people

Hearing the sound of sirens from emergency vehicles is a part of living in New York City. Since it is such a busy municipality, it is unavoidable that there will be accidents and incidents that require emergency services. That can include an ambulance to help those who are injured, law enforcement vehicles heading to a scene and fire department vehicles rushing to assist others. Coming across these vehicles generally leads to people moving their vehicles to the side to let them pass. However, there are instances when two vehicles are in the wrong place at the wrong time and are unable to react quickly enough to avoid an accident. This is when there can be injuries and fatalities.

Did a cognitive, visual or manual distraction cause your injury?

When you get behind the wheel of a car to drive on New York roadways, you are legally obligated to adhere to traffic and safety laws. Doing so not only keeps you in good standing with the state, it also helps improve your chances of safely arriving to your destination. Your own driving skill, caution and alertness, however, may not be enough to keep you out of harm's way if another driver is cognitively, manually or visually distracted while driving.

Statistics show distracted drivers are a common cause of crashes

In New York and across the nation, distracted drivers are a growing problem that legislators and law enforcement are seeking to stop. The risks accompanying texting and driving, using the internet and performing other activities on a device are obvious, but people still tend to do it under the misplaced belief that they can multi-task and do so safely. Statistically, the numbers indicate how truly dangerous it is for distracted drivers to be on the road in New York. For those who have suffered serious injuries or lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident, this can be critical to a legal filing for compensation.

Daylight savings time can spark a rise in car accidents

In New York and across the nation, opinions will inevitably vary as to the usefulness of daylight savings time. Moving the clocks forward in the spring and back in the fall might seem like it is simply a part of life, but there are certain issues that can arise because of it. Safety on the roads is one. Legislators and law enforcement are making sure to let people know about the dangers that accompany the sudden differences that go along with moving the clocks back. For those who are in auto accidents during or right after the clocks have been changed, it is important to know what research says about crashes related to the time adjustment.

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