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Speed is often a contributing factor in fatal car accidents

Speeding, a lot of people do it without a second thought. No one wants to believe that their actions behind the wheel will cause harm to anyone else. Sadly, speeding, something some would regard as a harmless act, is the cause of numerous fatal car accidents every year in New York and across the country.

According to a recently published article, 22% of all fatal car accidents in the United States result from speeding. Out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia, New York ranks 16th highest for the number of speed-related fatal auto collisions. Data collected from local resources and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 20.9% of all deadly accidents here are caused by those who drive faster than the posted limits.

How to minimize injuries in a motorcycle accident

No one plans on getting into a motorcycle accident. It is possible, however, to prepare for one. Wearing a helmet and other safety gear is a great way to protect the body during a collision. You could also do other things to minimize your risk of sustaining a serious injury in a crash.

According to the State Department of Health, every year, an average of 141 motorcyclists die in New York. Hundreds of others suffer life-changing injuries. Learning how to crash a motorcycle safely could save your life.

Fatal accident leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

New York police recently responded to an auto-pedestrian accident in Harlem. When they arrived, they found an older man on the ground who had been hit by a car. Sadly, he had already succumbed to his injuries. The driver responsible and the driver of another vehicle that was also impacted in the fatal accident both suffered injuries and were transported to an area hospital for care.

Witnesses to this event called it horrifying. They say that it happened at West 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard -- an intersection that is known by locals to be dangerous. At approximately 1 p.m., on July 7, a 71-year-old male driving a cab is said to have struck the victim -- a 64-year-old male -- as he was crossing the street. The taxi then struck another vehicle before coming to a stop. The driver of the second car was only described as a 27-year-old.

Should you expect to be involved in a rear-end collision?

You may have experienced a rear-end collision at some point in your life. If not, should you expect this kind of accident to happen to you?

Millions of people across the U.S. find themselves in rear-end collisions every year. If you drive in the New York City area, you probably know that they are a common occurrence here.

The physical and emotional effects of a pedestrian accident

New York is home to a lot of people who choose to walk or ride bikes around the city rather than spend the money on automobiles. With so many pedestrians out and about regularly, one would think that drivers would already be hyperaware of their presence. Unfortunately, auto versus pedestrian accidents happen all too often. When a pedestrian accident does occur, the victim, if he or she survives, is left with physical and emotional scars that can affect various aspects of his or her life.

When hit by a car, physical injuries are expected. The human body simply is not built to withstand a hit from a 3,000 plus pound automobile fully. Some victims may recover from their injuries, while others may find their bodies will never be what they once were.

Fatal accident in Long Island claims 2 lives

Police in New York are in the process of investigating a car crash that claimed two lives. The fatal accident reportedly occurred in Long Island in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23. If driver negligence is believed to have contributed to this event, the victim's surviving family members may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.

At approximately 12:50 a.m., two vehicles were traveling northbound on Wantagh State Parkway near exit W2 when one of them struck the rear end of the other. The impacted car left the roadway and hit a tree, causing the vehicle to catch fire. Two people in the automobile reportedly died at the scene. Their identities have not been released to the public.

When driving under the influence of THC causes an accident

Impaired driving is a big issue in the state of New York. When someone is said to have been driving under the influence, most people automatically contribute such an action to alcohol use. However, there are quite a few other substances out there that can affect a driver's ability to operate his or her vehicle safely -- such as marijuana.

More states are legalizing marijuana, which has increased the number of drivers police have found operating vehicles while under the influence of THC -- the main active ingredient in the drug. Of course, many police officers have yet to be trained on how to identify a person who is high on marijuana. Right now, a blood test is necessary to prove an individual is driving while THC impaired.

Alleged drunk driver causes accident resulting in 3 deaths

Memorial Day weekend is typically a time for family get-togethers as the traditional start to summer kicks off. For one family in upstate New York the weekend took a tragic turn due to an accident that was caused by an alleged drunk driver. The accident took the life of three family members. A four-year-old girl remains in the hospital fighting for her life.

The accident occurred on Sunday morning as a van carrying as many as seven family members was traveling on Route 20A near Sheldon. The van was reportedly struck by a pickup truck that failed to stop at a stop sign. The force of the impact ejected several occupants of the van. Two women and a child were pronounced dead at the scene and four other people were injured and transported to an area hospital where three of them were treated and released. The 4-year-old-girl remains in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

What can pedestrians do to protect themselves?

Every year in New York and across the country, thousands of people die in auto-pedestrian accidents. Many more suffer injuries in such events. Sadly, some victims will find themselves being blamed for these incidents. There are things pedestrians can do to protect themselves from being hit by cars and being held accountable for their own losses.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has a list of basic walking safety tips it believes everyone should know. Will following these tips prevent all auto-pedestrian accidents? No, but they can certainly help reduce one's chances of being hit by an automobile. Some of these tips are:

  • Wear visible/light colored clothing -- particularly if walking at night
  • Avoid being distracted by electronic devices
  • Always use crosswalks when they are available
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Avoid using impairing substances
  • Never assume drivers will see or stop for pedestrians
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