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Who is responsible when a self-driving car causes a car accident?

Self-driving cars are slowly but surely making their way into the hands of consumers in New York and elsewhere. There is no doubting that the technology is fascinating, but it is far from perfect. A recent car accident in another state is proof that even these vehicles fail to prevent injury or death.

It was recently reported that a self-driving Uber car struck and killed a 49-year-old woman who was walking her bicycle across a four-lane street. She was not in a crosswalk at the time of the crash. The local police are still investigating the incident, but they do believe that this accident would have been difficult for any driver to avoid for a number of reasons.

A drowsy driver is a dangerous motorist

All New York area motorists can probably recall a time when they felt like nodding off behind the wheel. Though many manage to remain awake and make it safely to their destination, some drowsy drivers are not as fortunate. 

Drowsy motorists are a very big danger on the roads. Their actions often lead to catastrophic car accidents, life-threatening injuries and death. To better understand the dangers of drowsy driving, drivers should review the following information. 

Can I sue the drunk driver who hit me?

It does not matter how many safety campaigns the state of New York runs; drunk driving is still very much a big issue here. Drunk driving has led to numerous deaths and injuries over the years. Anyone who has been hit and injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a drunk driver may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

When motor vehicle accidents are the result of negligent actions, victims may take legal actions against the party deemed responsible. Driving under the influence of alcohol certainly qualifies as a negligent action. The problem then comes with proving it in court.

Actress, friend and their kids all hit while crossing a crosswalk

Ruthie Anne Blumenstein is a Tony-award winning actress, known for her work in the "King and I." Recently, Mrs. Blumenstein, one of her friends and their children were involved in a pedestrian accident in New York. They are all said to have been hit while crossing a crosswalk in Brooklyn.

According to news reports, the victims had all just exited a bus and were crossing the street when a car, whose driver was allegedly trying to make it through a light, sped up and hit them. The two children -- a 4-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy -- suffered fatal injuries. The two adults were also injured and transported to a hospital for treatment. Mrs. Blumenstein is said to be pregnant. The status of her unborn child was not reported.

New York pedestrian accident statistics

The New York State Department of Health gathers statistics on a number of things that affect the health and well-being of residents of the state -- including injuries and deaths related to motor vehicle accidents. Right now, the department's website only lists the statistics for the years 2012 to 2014. While these numbers may be a few years old, they are still pretty eye opening. This week, this column will focus specifically on the pedestrian accident statistics.

Between the years 2012 and 2014, auto-pedestrian fatalities averaged 312 per year. The individuals most affected were those aged 65 or older. During those same years, the average number of hospitalizations per year related to auto-pedestrian accidents was a little over 3,000. Males and those 65 or older were most commonly affected. As far as hospital visits for auto-pedestrian accidents, there was an average of 12,500 per year -- mostly males and those between the ages of 15 and 24.

3 apps to help you keep your eyes on the road

Distracted driving, most often a result of drivers looking at their smartphones, is a leading cause of traffic collisions on New York roadways. When you operate an automobile, your eyes need to remain on the road at all times. Unfortunately, far too many people do not see the harm in responding to a text really quick. It only takes a few seconds for an accident to occur.

One recent incident happened in February when a trucker tried to online shop while behind the wheel, and it resulted in the death of a woman. If you have problems keeping your phone in your pocket, then here are some apps to consider downloading so that you can become a safer driver.

A distracted driver is a negligent driver

Injured in a car accident? Was the other driver distracted when the collision occurred? According to the laws of New York and general common law, a distracted driver is a negligent driver. Victims may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses experienced in a crash with a negligent driver.

When it comes to auto accidents, fault comes in a variety of forms. According to common law, there are actually four different types of fault. These are:

  • Intentional: A driver meant to commit a dangerous act or intended to harm another individual.
  • Recklessness: This refers to the purposeful disregard for the safety of others.
  • Strict liability: This refers to accidents caused due to hazardous activities or product defects. Fault does not matter in such cases.
  • Negligence: A driver was simply careless in his or her actions.

Alleged drunk driver causes wrong-way crash

Police in New York are in the process of investigating a crash that injured seven people. This incident occurred in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 9. Authorities believe a drunk driver is responsible for the incident.

According to a recent report, at approximately 3:10 a.m. in Yonkers, a car was traveling northbound on the Bronx River Parkway when it was struck by a vehicle heading in the wrong direction. Six people in the car suffered injuries, and all were transported to a hospital for treatment. Their current conditions have not been reported. All three lanes of traffic were blocked for some time as investigators and cleanup crews worked the scene.

Driver responsible for truck accident had a suspended license

A young boy in New York recently lost his life after being struck by an oil truck. This incident occurred in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area on Jan. 26. The driver believed responsible for this truck accident is said to have been operating his vehicle on a suspended license.

According to a recent news report, a 13-year-old Queens boy was out for a bike ride on Lewis Avenue when he was hit by the truck. The truck driver was in the process of making a right-hand turn when he struck the child. The driver kept going, but witnesses to the event eventually were able to get him to stop and remain at the scene.

5 things never to do after a car accident

New York has been incredibly proactive at reducing the number of traffic-related fatalities. The number of deaths as a result of a car accident has decreased over the last couple of years. However, the number of pedestrian deaths has gone up. 

If you ever find yourself involved in a traffic collision, the last thing you want to do is flee the scene before the police have arrived. Someone could easily jot down your license plate number, or there could be a camera in the vicinity. There are a number of other actions to avoid at all costs following an incident. 

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