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Stats for motor vehicle accidents show rise in truck fatalities

New Yorkers are accustomed to navigating the busy roads of the city. They will be cautious and prepared for what the bustling city roads have in store. However, one issue that they will often overlook is the danger that large trucks present. Although New York is not located in an area of the U.S. where trucks will need to traverse as they go across the country, it is an important shipping location and destination, making it common that there will be these large and ominous vehicles on the road. This creates danger. Research into the number of fatal auto accidents shows that large truck fatalities are on the rise.

Vehicle safety systems can lead to auto accidents if misused

In Staten Island and throughout New York City, there are endless dangers on the road. That includes distracted drivers, drivers under the influence, reckless drivers and negligent drivers. What might come as a surprise is that technologies that are being installed by auto manufacturers to improve safety are also risky and can cause accidents because they are not being used properly. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has examined this issue.

Studies examine age range of distracted drivers

In New York and across the country, it is known how dangerous distracted drivers are. They can cause crashes with other vehicles, hit bicyclists and pedestrians and cause an untold amount of damage with serious injuries and even death. While legislators and law enforcement officials seek to stop the practice, research is always useful as a method to understand the phenomenon to directly target the people who are most prone to distracted driving. One study from Volvo looked at the age of people who are commonly distracted drivers.

Woman suffers leg injury after Staten Island hit-and-run

There are times when car accidents in Staten Island are unavoidable. The best that those involved in these collisions can hope for is to avoid serious injury. However, some accidents do lead to serious injuries and people will need extensive medical care. In some cases, the injuries are catastrophic and people will lose their lives. What can make these accidents worse is when one of those involved decides to flee the scene.

New York teens who are texting and driving is a growing problem

There are many teen drivers in New York and while they are undoubtedly excited to get their driver's license, that does not mean they fully understand the risks involved with being on the road. Many will treat it without the required seriousness, operate their vehicles recklessly and take part in risky activities behind the wheel. Today, some of the most dangerous acts that drivers can indulge in involve texting and driving and other levels of distracted driving. Research has been examining the combination of teen drivers and texting and driving and found that it is a problem in New York.

Boy on bike suffers serious injuries after hit-and-run

Drivers in New York are expected to keep a close eye on everything and everyone on the road to ensure safety. This is especially true in the summer, when there are children out on bicycles and just out and about in the street. When there is an accident, it is important that the driver remain at the scene to make certain that those who were hit are uninjured. If there are injuries, it is crucial to call for emergency assistance. When there are serious injuries, the family must make sure they understand their potential right to pursue compensation in a legal filing.

Study shows August has high frequency of auto accidents

Drivers in Staten Island and throughout New York certainly understand the dangers of being on the road in a city that is so busy. However, the cause of the auto accidents can vary. When there are serious injuries and fatalities, those who have been injured will face many issues that might necessitate legal action if they want to be compensated.

Despite better safety, infotainment leads to distracted drivers

New Yorkers are keenly aware of the dangers distracted drivers represent. Often, these drivers are thought to be texting and driving or using their smartphones for other purposes behind the wheel. In an effort to make it safer to use modern technology while driving, car companies and outside manufacturers are trying to create new methods and simultaneously improve safety. Infotainment systems that are meant to make driving and using these innovations safer come in different forms. Some tested as safer than others, but they were also shown to require cognitive attention that still places people in danger.

Bicyclist suffers serious injuries in crash with car

With the warm weather summer brings, there will be more people in Staten Island who are using it to their advantage to walk, jog and ride bicycles rather than use a motor vehicle. While this saves money, helps people to stay fit and is environmentally friendly, bicyclists can still suffer catastrophic injuries when they are hit by a car. Since bicyclists are increasingly vulnerable due to the sheer size disparity between a person on a bike and an automobile and the lack of protection bicycles have, any injuries bicyclists suffer can negatively affected them for an extended period, if not the rest of their lives.

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