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NHTSA releases data on car crash deaths in 2016

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that last year, 37,461 people were killed in car crashes in the U.S., marking a nine-year high from the 41,259 killed in 2007. Residents of New York and the nation are alarmed, and some look to the future of self-driving vehicles as a solution.

Mental, visual and manual distracted driving

Drivers in New York may hear the term "distracted driving" and think of texting while driving. Though texting behind the wheel has fueled discussion and changed laws about distracted driving, there are other types of distracted driving that people may engage in without even realizing that what they're doing is dangerous. Distracted driving can be broken down into three types: cognitive, manual and visual. All are equally dangerous, and some of the most dangerous forms of distracted driving involve some combination of different types.

Smaller vehicles not as safe as larger cars in car crashes

When New York drivers become involved in car accidents, there are many factors that can determine how severe the injuries are. One that plays a major role is the size of the vehicles involved. Usually, larger vehicles are safer, especially when a collision that involves both large and small vehicles occurs.

Driver inattention close to home likely source of many accidents

Every day, residents drive through their neighborhoods in New York feeling relaxed in familiar surroundings. People know their daily routes so thoroughly that they sometimes navigate them without paying much attention. The constant repetition of driving the same roads makes people tune out and operate vehicles mostly from muscle memory. Driving inside these comfortable zones reduces people's vigilance, and they might fail to respond in time to sudden hazards like an animal in the road or another vehicle.

Fall weather can be hazardous for drivers

For many New York motorists, the fall months can be dangerous due to potentially unpredictable weather conditions and a variety of other factors. However, knowing what hazards to look for and how to reduce the risks of fall driving can keep people safer.

Delays seem to be hindering autonomous vehicles

Most New York drivers have experienced long hours on busy roads and in traffic jams. This may spark an interest in electric and autonomous vehicles (AVs). In theory, AVs could help save in transportation costs and allow passengers to use traffic time for other, more productive activities.

Car drivers are often to blame for truck accidents

Federal accident data indicates that more than 5,000 road users are killed each year around the country in accidents involving semi-tractor trailers. Drowsy, impaired or distracted truck drivers are often blamed for these fatal crashes, but the information suggests that it is passenger vehicle drivers who are most often at fault. The Department of Transportation estimates that car drivers are to blame for about 70 percent of the accidents involving large commercial vehicles, and the vast majority of these crashes in New York and elsewhere involve some sort of human error.

New device shocks sleep-deprived drivers awake

Fatigued driving causes up to 6,000 fatal accidents per year, according to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York motorists might be interested in a new device that allows fatigued drivers to be shocked by gentle electric pulses. If this wristband device is effective, it has the possibility of cutting back on these types of accidents.

Speed limits and fatal accidents

For many years, New York's maximum speed limit was set at 55 mph due to federal regulations. Every state in the nation also had to adopt that lower speed limit to get certain federal funds. This restriction was gradually eased over time and repealed completely in 1995. Since then, states have been able to adopt their own max speed limits, and most have raised them considerably. This increase in speed limits has been linked to a higher incidence of traffic accident fatalities, according to a new study.

  • $2.05 Million Settlement Mother of Two Struck and Killed by Motorist

    StolzenbergCortelli LLP recently resolved a heart breaking wrongful death action. The mother of two was struck and killed, while she crossed a roadway.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Trip Over Nail Case

    Terrence and Howard settled a trip and fall case for $1,100,000. In this case, our client (a resident of Brooklyn) was a cleaning lady who was hired to clean the newsroom of the Wall Street Journal.

  • $750,000 Verdict Jane and John Doe v. Defendant Driver

    The names are redacted for privacy reasons. In this automobile accident case, the female plaintiff was injured and suffered seriously debilitating injuries.

  • $525,000 Settlement Injured When the Trailer upon which He was Standing Collapsed

    Our client was a teamster, working at a concrete plant in Westchester, when he was seriously injured. At the time, he was standing on a trailer, which is colloquially known as a "low boy", when the wooden slats upon which he was standing, collapsed.

  • $457,500 Settlement Car Accident Victim With Pre-Existing Neck Injury

    Settled a client's case for $457,500. The client suffered a significant cervical spine injury requiring a fusion surgery.He was t-boned by a car exiting Purdy's farmer and the Fish in Somers, New York.

  • $450,000 Settlement StolzenbergCortelli LLP Settles Construction Accident Case

    Howard Stolzenberg settled a case for $450,000 where a construction worker was forced to use an exterior fire escape ladder to access the top of the building all while carrying a one gallon bucket of paint. The worker fell and fractured his ankle.

  • $100,000 Settlement Teenager Hit From Behind

    We just settled a case for a young girl who was injured when she was struck from behind while waiting at a red light at an intersection near the entrance to the Saw Mill in Yonkers. She had hip and shoulder surgery.

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