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Study shows collegians downplay danger of being drowsy drivers

There are numerous known dangers on the road in Staten Island and people must be cognizant of them to remain safe and avoid being in collisions. Since auto accidents can cause so many different problems and life changes, it is imperative to know what steps to take after they have happened. One important factor is gathering how and why the accident happened in the first place. If it was due to drowsy drivers, this can be a key issue in a possible legal filing.

Taxi and police car involved in crash

First responders in New York City put their lives on the line every day by placing themselves in dangerous situations for the benefit of others. This is part of their job. While they might understand that they are at risk due to the sheer nature of their duties, they might not realize that they can find themselves in danger even in what might initially appear to be a mundane and rudimentary situation. Even law enforcement officers are not immune to being in car accidents. When they are, accident investigations are just as important for them as they are for civilians as they too have the right to seek compensation in a legal filing.

Woman in parked automobile injured in hit-and-run crash

When a Staten Islander is in a car accident, it is expected that the other driver will stop and render aid if it is necessary. At minimum, all drivers involved should remain at the scene to exchange information and wait for police to arrive to file an accident report. Unfortunately, some people in wrecks decide not to stay at the scene and flee. Hit-and-run accidents are made worse when there are injuries or fatalities. Accident investigations will immediately be undertaken by law enforcement after a hit-and-run. Those who have been injured or lost a loved one in an automobile accident of this kind must remember their rights and have legal assistance to keep on top of the case.

Study shows distracted drivers often stem from work pressures

Staten Islanders and people throughout New York City understand that distracted drivers are a growing danger on the landscape. It is becoming more and more prevalent that car accidents are being caused by texting and driving and other distracting behaviors. For those who have been in car accidents and believe or know it was because of distracted driving, this information can be important to a legal filing.

Hit-and-run auto crash injures woman training to be NYPD

In a city as busy as New York, the amount of traffic can be dangerous. Accidents are often unavoidable, but when they happen, those involved are expected to stay at the scene. Early mornings are particularly dangerous as there are a vast number of garbage trucks and delivery drivers who might not pay strict attention to the law and watch out of pedestrians. When there is an accident between a vehicle and a pedestrian, it can result in serious injuries, even death. What can make these crashes worse is if they turn into hit-and-run accidents.

Fatal auto accidents are the highest in nearly a decade

New Yorkers should keep track of car accident statistics to have an idea of what to watch for when out on the road. Governments and independent agencies are constantly keeping statistics of these accidents to determine how and why they happen as well as to formulate ways to prevent them. Recent research indicates that the problem of fatal auto accidents is worsening. There are three reasons for this: drivers moving at excessive speeds, people failing to wear seat belts and an increase in motorcycle fatalities.

Study shows infotainment systems lead to distracted drivers

Technology is meant to make life easier and increase the safety of people as they go about their daily activities. In a city as bustling as New York with the number of vehicles on the road and people everywhere, this is a beneficial endeavor. When carmakers place "infotainment" systems into their newer vehicles, it is to try and prevent distracted drivers from using their smartphones and to improve navigation. However, a new study from AAA indicates that these systems are causing drivers to look down and away from the road just as smartphones are perceived to do.

Study shows drivers think texting and driving isn't distracting

Drivers in New York and across the nation are acutely aware of the risks that distracted drivers pose. Not a day can goes by when drivers are out on the road, and they see someone who is doing something other than keeping their hands on the wheel and watching what is in front of them. Texting and driving can cause auto accidents with severe injuries and death. Even with the advertising blitz and studies that say how risky this behavior is, there are still people who believe that they can multitask and use devices while behind the wheel. A study from Progressive Insurance shows this.

SUV crash into laundromat shows risks of older drivers

Auto accidents can happen anywhere in Staten Island and can happen without warning. However, there are certain accidents that are more shocking than others, and it is always possible to be in motor vehicle accidents, like crashing into a building. This can cause serious injuries and death, and it is compounded by the reality that those inside were not expecting it, nor were they able to brace themselves in any way. When there are auto accidents of this kind, it is imperative to remember how a legal filing can be beneficial.

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