When Staten Islanders and people throughout New York are taught to drive, they are told that the most important aspect of being safe behind the wheel is to watch the road. This is fundamental. However, with the number of people who have smartphones reaching 77 percent in the U.S., it is unavoidable that many drivers will behave as distracted drivers through texting and driving, surfing the web and making calls among other activities. Smartphone manufacturers and carmakers are seeking to mitigate the risk by devising ways to improve safety and let drivers maintain their focus on the road. Even with that, there are still dangers. Knowing how these devices can simultaneously augment safety and be a detriment to safety is important, especially after a crash.
With the number of pedestrians on the road in Staten Island and throughout New York, it is no surprise there are pedestrian accidents with injuries and fatalities. These incidents occur often and there are many reasons for them. Researchers assess and analyze statistics to determine the cause and try to find ways to prevent them, saving people from injury and death. Unfortunately, there are ancillary factors in every issue and with pedestrian accidents, a new study from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) says that SUVs are a major cause for the rise in these crashes. People who have been hurt or lost a loved one in a pedestrian crash should be cognizant of the potential cause if they would like to file a lawsuit for compensation.