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Study links opioids with deadly crashes

When drivers in New York get behind the wheel, they may be concerned about a number of threats on the roadway, from distracted drivers using their mobile phones to drunk people operating cars. One more threat that a study highlighted is the potential danger posed by prescription opiates. These drugs have garnered significant national news attention because of the growth in opioid addiction and the fatal overdoses that have taken many lives. Researchers said that drivers who were found to be responsible for deadly crashes were nearly twice as likely to have prescription opiates in their bloodstream at the time of the crash.

What to do after getting in a car accident

Getting into a car accident is typically a nightmare scenario for everyone involved. Even if no one is injured, the experience is jarring and frightening. However, there are several steps that New York drivers can take following an accident to ensure everyone's safety and to bolster their car insurance claim.

How car accidents happen

There are a number of reasons why automobile accidents happen. The driver may have control over some of them. Other circumstances appear out of the blue. For example, when someone is driving down the road in upstate New York and a deer runs out in front of them, an accident can happen. The driver cannot control which way a deer goes or when a deer is going to appear. It's this unpredictability that makes animals dangerous to drivers.

Safety group cites speeding as big contributor to traffic deaths

Highway commuters in New York might feel the need to drive fast, but speeding plays a significant role in traffic fatalities. A new report from the Governors Highway Safety Association seeks to renew the focus on the risks of speeding, especially because society seems to condone driving over the speed limit. Drawing upon current data and research, the association concluded that speeding contributes to almost one-third of total traffic deaths.

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