Why longer car rides result in drowsier drivers

New York is one of the most populous states in the country – and also has some of the heaviest traffic. Consequently, chances are high that New York residents will spend a lot of time behind the wheel. Whether it’s rush-hour traffic or just a casual drive, being on the road for extended stretches makes drivers more likely to fall asleep. Drowsy driving is a form of distracted driving. Approximately 10% of all motor vehicle crashes involve driver drowsiness. While some of these crashes are the result of the driver not getting enough sleep...

Tips for protecting your teen driver this summer

Summer is a perilous time for teenage drivers to be on the road. In fact, the weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day are called the "100 deadly days of summer". If you have a teen driver in your family, now can be a crucial time to talk to them about safe driving and how to protect themselves when they are on the road. Buckle up Wearing a seatbelt is a fast, free way to save a life. Unfortunately, teens have lower seat belt use rates, which contributes to a higher risk of severe injury or death in a crash. Talk to your teen and remind them...

Studies reveal troubling trends in pedestrian crashes

Walking is supposed to be a healthy, inexpensive way to get around. Unfortunately, pedestrians can be in great danger when they are sharing the roadways with reckless, negligent drivers. And this is proving to be more common than people might realize.  What the numbers say According to reports, the number of pedestrians killed by a car in 2021 increased a whopping 11.5 percent. This translates to roughly 20 people per day, for an estimated total of about 7,485.  Reasons for the increase There is no one reason behind the increase we are...

Evidence to collect after a crash

Figuring out what happened after a serious motor vehicle crash typically requires more than collecting statements from the people involved. There is a range of evidence that can prove what happened, who is to blame and how bad the damage is. What kind of information is relevant? Any information that can point to the cause of a crash can be crucial. Having all the puzzle pieces makes it easier to get treatment and pursue damages, if appropriate. Some of the most commonly collected pieces of information after a car crash include: Photographs -...

Who should you tell if you’ve been hurt in a crash?

Victims can be scared and disoriented in the minutes and hours after a crash. And many are not sure who to call or who needs to know about the accident. Below is a quick guide on who you may want to tell about a crash. Emergency responders Getting medical assistance right away is crucial, even if injuries seem minor or are not immediately evident. This is one reason why there are laws requiring parties to remain on a crash scene - to ensure people can call for help. However, in cases where parties flee the scene, or no one else can call for...

4 tips for driving, riding and walking safely in the winter

Whether this is your first Winter in New York or your twentieth, it can take some time to adjust to conditions. Not only is it cold, but it can also be icy and messy, making all forms of travel more difficult and less safe. As such, now is a good time to review some tips for staying safe when you walk, bike or drive on New York roads. Stay alert Distraction is a common cause of collisions. When people are not paying attention to their surroundings, they can walk into dangerous areas or crash into other vehicles; they might ride through a stop...

Insurance: Is minimum coverage enough?

In New York, drivers must have insurance to register a vehicle and get license plates. And there is a minimum amount of insurance they must carry. The three types of insurance drivers must have include Personal Injury Protection, liability coverage and supplemental uninsured/underinsurance, and the amount of coverage varies based on the type. But is this enough to cover all the damages you might suffer in a crash? The minimum may not be enough The fact is that minimum coverage may not be sufficient in covering all your losses and damages in a...

Tips to stay safe at New York’s dangerous intersections

Car crashes can happen on any road in Western New York. However, some are undoubtedly more dangerous than others. For instance, intersections can be particularly perilous, as motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians can all be in danger if someone makes a mistake. What makes intersections so dangerous? Even when intersections have bike lines, traffic signals and signage directing people where to go and what to do, they can still be treacherous. In fact, these measures designed to keep people safe could be the very things putting them at risk....

Could technology make drunk driving a thing of the past?

When people hear the phrase "car accident," they often assume a crash was just that: accidental. However, most crashes are entirely preventable and result only because a driver was negligent or even worse, acted recklessly. Choosing to drive a vehicle while drunk or impaired would fall under the latter.  Concerted efforts to stop this dangerous behavior must continue. In fact, Congress is creating requirements for automakers to find technological solutions to prevent drunk driving collisions. Using technology and monitoring systems to stop...

Has COVID-19 contributed to the rise in U.S. road fatalities?

The COVID-19 virus has had numerous effects on American society. The latest is that the pandemic may have played a role in the increase in U.S. traffic fatalities recorded in the first half of 2021. Why? Because of the risky behavior drivers have subscribed to fewer vehicles on the road and seemingly fewer law enforcement officers monitoring them. The estimated 20,160 fatalities recorded in the first six months of the year represent a more than 18% jump in road deaths reported during the same time a year ago, according to statistics disclosed...

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