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December 2019 Archives

Safety technologies may present surprising dangers

While a number of technologies are being introduced into newer vehicles to help make the roads safer in New York and across the country, some road safety advocates warn that they may contribute to distracted driving. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, technologies like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist may make drivers more likely to feel that they can let the cars lead the way rather than staying fully aware of what is happening around them. While the foundation said that the technologies improve safety when operated correctly, it warned that many drivers fail to take proper precautions and put too much faith in automated systems to avoid a crash.

Drowsy driving is a common problem

Research from multiple organizations has shown that drowsy driving is an issue for motorists in New York and throughout the country. According to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are 6,400 fatal crashes each year that are caused by drivers who were tired. A poll of 2,003 drivers conducted by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) found that 45% of Americans drive while fatigued.

Seeking non-economic damages after a car accident

If you experienced serious injuries or lost a loved one in a New York car accident, you know how difficult the aftermath can be. In addition to your own physical suffering, you are also dealing with damage to your property, time away from work and bills that keep showing up in your mailbox. The financial impact is significant, and you may not be sure how you will pick up the pieces on your own.

How negligence can cause car accidents

New York residents are familiar with the dangers of distracted driving. This is a form of negligence that can cause serious accidents. Individuals who are interested in driving more safely and those who wonder if they have a case against a negligent driver may be interested in learning how negligence works in car accidents.

Study shows many fatal two-car crash initiators used opioids

A study published in JAMA Network Open has revealed a possible connection between using prescription opioids and causing a fatal two-car crash. Residents of New York should know that there is an opioid crisis nationwide. In 1993, 2% of all car accident initiators were found with opioids in their system, and in 2016, that percentage was 7.1%.

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