One key ingredient of the push to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries in New York City is the use of video cameras installed at certain red light locations. The city has about 150 red lights with cameras installed. The city makes the point that generally this technique is a factor in reducing car accident numbers.
New York drivers are typically experienced with snow and icy conditions. Probably the most important factor for driving in bad weather is to drive very defensively. One should reduce speed immediately when slippery conditions appear. To avoid a car accident, it is wise to drive as though each car on the road is a potential danger, and to be ready to maneuver one's vehicle away from perceived trouble spots.
It is not uncommon for drivers in New York to think that car accidents only happen to other people. When they find themselves involved in a collision, they are often unsure of what is expected of them and what to do next. Drivers often think that they have to sit back and wait for their insurance company to pay the medical expenses, not realizing that the insurers will likely do whatever they can to minimize the payout. Accident victims usually benefit from consulting with a motor vehicle accident attorney to guide them through the legalities after a car accident.
A New York driver who reportedly had her license suspended on 23 previous occasions allegedly admitted to police that she had smoked crack cocaine prior to running down a bicyclist and then driving off. She is now facing multiple charges and is being held on bail of $100,000 while she awaits a scheduled preliminary hearing. The 32-year-old mother of a baby that is only a week old was arrested several days after the car accident when she attempted to admit herself to a hospital.
Two individuals recently died in New York, leaving surviving family members and friends grieving over the loss of their loved ones. The car accident took place along Interstate 90 on July 4, shortly prior to midnight. The two people who died were both passengers in a vehicle that police said was traveling at a high rate of speed.
Under New York law, when a car leaves the roadway and hits a telephone pole, that will almost always be ruled negligence on the part of the driver. Under extremely unusual facts, such as a massive breakdown of the car's systems, the driver may be exonerated from a finding of negligence in causing the car accident. Even in that situation, however, the driver may be found responsible for not maintaining the vehicle and thus liable to any injured parties for that carelessness. Another point often discussed in these blogs is that the driver is virtually always going to be found liable to pay compensation for injuries suffered by any passengers in the vehicle.
One important rule of the road is that the driver must have sufficient control of his vehicle to avoid hitting other vehicles or persons on the road ahead. He must be focused on what lies ahead and react accordingly. He must be going at a speed that allows him to slow down within an assured clear distance of anything ahead. These are fairly universal principles of vehicular negligence applicable in New York elsewhere. One who fails to follow these basic operating principles and causes a car accident will likely be found liable for the damage caused.
Weather conditions and driver distractions are among the leading causes of automobile accidents in the United States. While most drivers take necessary precautions when traveling in severe weather, not everyone on the road exercises the same good judgement. Road conditions appear to be at least one of the factors contributing to a recent multi-car accident in New York.
The thought of losing a child is unbearable for any parent. What many would consider their greatest fear has tragically become reality for one New York family. A recent truck accident has claimed the life of a young boy and left two people grieving the loss of their only son. Criminal charges have been filed, but the family may also have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit.
Millions of people take to the streets of New York City every day. Heavy traffic is often the result of so much movement in such a concentrated area. New York traffic enforcement agents play a critical role in ensuring the safety of these travelers. For one public servant, a truck accident on a busy midtown street tragically cost him his life.