3 things you shouldn’t do when your car slides on icy roads

At some point, every driver of Western New York has probably encountered the terrifying experience of sliding on ice while driving. Getting into a car crash can be an unwelcome source of legal liability even if no one is hurt. Fortunately, there are a few key things you can do to regain control of your vehicle as quickly as possible once you feel yourself starting to spin out on the ice. Here are three things NOT to do when you notice your car start to slide: 1. Don’t slam on the brakes It can be difficult to resist the instinct to slam on...

Get ready for winter driving in New York with these safety tips

No one wants to end up in a car crash, so it makes sense to do all you can to avoid them. The tips in the following section can help you stay safe and avoid car and truck collisions in the winter. An easy way to avoid a crash is to stay off the roadways during winter storms unless driving is necessary. If you must drive, leave earlier than you would in more temperate weather. Maintain more distance between your car and other motor vehicles when the roads are wet, icy or snowy. Make sure your vehicle is in good condition for the winter and...

How defensive driving can keep you safer

When you hear the term defensive driving, what do you imagine? Defensive driving is a simple set of skills focused around the understanding that every driver out there makes mistakes, which means you need to be conscious of the potential dangers. You can use defensive driving to stay safer every time you get behind the wheel of your car.  If you want proof of the effectiveness of defensive driving, consider the fact that many insurance companies offer discounts if you take a recognized defensive driving course. They acknowledge that these...

How can you reduce the risk of a red-light car crash?

Once upon a time, intersections were a chaos of vehicles fighting for the right to pass. Then someone had the bright idea of installing an electrical box that changed color to indicate whose turn it was to proceed and who must stop. Yet, over 100 years since traffic lights were first invented, some people still struggle to understand them, or simply do not care. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, around two people die every day due to drivers who fail to stop at a red light. While you might think things have improved with...

Are bars liable for patrons they serve?

If someone has one drink too many in a bar and gets behind the wheel and later has an accident, the bar who served that person can be held liable. Bartenders are expected to cut people off if they have had too many drinks and seem intoxicated. The legal term for holding a bar liable if they over-serve someone falls under the Dram Shop law. If a patron leaves the bar drunk and driving and then injures or kills someone in a crash, not only are they personally liable, but the bar that served them can also be held liable for the injury or loss of...

Why you should give commercial drivers more room

We all know that delivery services have gone up during 2020 for two big reasons: stay-at-home orders and people just generally buying into the convenience of shopping online. It’s common sense that there would be more truck drivers on the highways and residential streets. But with more of these large commercial vehicles using the roadways, what has that done to vehicle crashes? In March 2020, a report from the National Safety Council stated that fatal crashes have gone up nationally 14%, and crash fatalities are up 17% in New York. This is...

What kind of evidence can help your claim after a car crash?

Without evidence, the investigation into a car crash would likely involve just the conflicting accounts of the drivers involved. Evidence helps police officers and other parties, like insurance companies and the courts, know what actually happened during and after a wreck. Adequate documentation of what occurred at the time of the crash can make a big difference in the success of your claim for compensation and how much you are able to secure. Without the right evidence, you may struggle to make even an insurance claim, let alone bring a...

Post-concussion syndrome: The lasting consequences

After you were involved in a car crash and suffered a head injury, you discovered what it means to have post-concussion syndrome. Your medical provider told you that you may suffer from the symptoms of this syndrome for a few weeks or months, though some people have it much longer. You’ve been dealing with symptoms including headaches, irritability and fatigue. You can’t go back to work because it would require you to be on a computer. Combined with your headaches, there’s just no way for you to get work done with this condition. Adding onto...