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Pokémon Go and the danger of distracted driving

Though the craze surrounding Pokémon Go has waned since its launch in July 2016, it can still prompt some gamers to play it while driving. Distracted driving has been a problem in New York and across the U.S. for a while now, but a study has shown just how much the smartphone-based game increased the number of accidents caused by people playing it while behind the wheel.

Winter conditions can make the roads more dangerous

Many New York drivers are aware that the road conditions can become dangerous very quickly when winter arrives. In fact, weather is a major factor in many car accidents, as the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration estimates that about 22 percent of all car crashes were related to the weather conditions.

Why mortality rates spike on Thanksgiving

According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Thanksgiving is the deadliest holiday in the U.S. In 2012, for example, there were 764 fatal crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday, followed by 694 on Labor Day and 654 on Christmas. Thanksgiving also saw over 50,000 non-fatal crashes that year. Residents of New York should know that the causes behind this seasonal spike in the mortality rate are mostly preventable.

NHTSA faces hurdles in regulating driverless car safety

New York motorists who are eager to learn how self-driving cars are progressing should know that there are currently some hurdles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has stated, in a notice that it will make public by the end of November, that further input will be needed on what research to conduct before it can create safety regulations for such vehicles.

Smartphones and traffic accidents

Most drivers in New York strive to be responsible while on the road. This means obeying traffic laws and refraining from the use of drugs and alcohol which can impair sound judgment and reaction times. However, the use of smartphones may be leading to an increase in accidents and fatalities.

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.

  • $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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