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...

The catastrophic consequences of interstate crashes

Every day, tens of thousands of trucks and cars travel on I-90 and I-86 in Western New York. For the most part, the worst thing people need to deal with is congestion or the occasional road construction project. However, too often, people driving on our interstates wind up injured or worse after a catastrophic crash. Common types of crashes Chain-reaction crashes happen when a primary collision triggers others. This might involve a driver swerving out of their lane, overcorrecting and crashing into another vehicle. The drivers behind them and...

Steering clear of crashes on New York’s deadliest roads

Crashes can happen on any New York roadway, whether it's the street outside your home or the interstate you use to commute for work. However, some roads are especially perilous. While it may not be possible to avoid the most dangerous areas in Western New York entirely, a few of which we discuss below, it is possible to minimize your chances of getting into an accident. The danger is not just on the highways Highways and interstates may be where people drive the fastest, but speed is not the only indicator of a dangerous road. For instance,...

How to handle the aftermath of hit-and-run crashes

Perhaps the only thing more upsetting than getting into a crash is realizing the other person involved has left the scene without checking on you or calling for help. Under these circumstances, crash victims can be hurt and scared, not to mention angry. It can feel like there is no way to hold the reckless party liable or collect damages for the financial and non-financial losses. However, there are ways to pick up the pieces after a hit-and-run crash in New York. Report crash to police within 24 hours Call the police to report the accident....

No one is above the law when it comes to distracted driving

The dangers of driving while distracted are well-documented. Every driver should know that taking your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and attention away from the task of driving makes a person more likely to crash. Unfortunately, too many people ignore distracted driving reports or think they are above the law - including people tasked with enforcing the law. And this type of negligence can have catastrophic consequences. Taking distracted driving laws seriously Using a cellphone while driving is among the most distracting things a...

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