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Drowsiness a hazard in the rideshare industry

Drowsy driving has long been a public safety issue in New York and the rest of the nation. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, approximately 328,000 annual crashes occur in the U.S. due to drowsy driving; 109,000 of those crashes result in injuries and 6,400 involve a fatality. Drowsy driving has become so widespread that the National Transportation Safety Board has included "reduce fatigue-related accidents" in its 2017-2018 Most Wanted List of life-saving changes.

NHTSA on the dangers of distracted driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration continues to raise the public's awareness of distracted driving and its dangers. Drivers in New York probably see others behind the wheel who are using their phones, and this is not uncommon. NHTSA estimates that each day, 660,000 drivers do so during the daylight hours. The agency states that distracted driving led to nearly 3,500 deaths and 391,000 cases of injury in 2015.

Seven frequent types of delayed symptoms after an accident

Everyone responds differently to an automobile accident. In New York and across the country, car accidents frequently disorient and distract accident victims. With so much swirling inside their head, many accident victims don't immediately notice that they have sustained an injury. Other symptoms aren't immediately noticeable. In fact, there are several major types of common symptoms that may not manifest immediately.

What constitutes soft tissue injury

For New York drivers hurt in an accident, it is easy to point visible evidence of certain types of injuries. For example, it's not difficult for an individual to provide proof of a broken arm or lacerated forehead. However, many injuries from vehicle accidents don't have any visible symptoms. Soft tissue injuries frequently result from vehicle accidents and include sprains, strains and muscle soreness.

New study considers impact of collision avoidance systems

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown the positive effect of having lane departure and blind spot warning systems in cars. The researchers looked at over 5,000 accidents occurring in 2015 and involving the type of situations that the systems were designed for, and they found a significant decrease in the number of single-vehicle crashes among cars that were equipped with these systems. New York car buyers will want to know the full results.

Why it's important to report car accidents quickly

Getting into a car accident in New York can be a complicated matter. Once the accident happens, the clock starts running on the statute of limitations to file a lawsuit. The time frame can be even more problematic if a victim suffered serious injuries in the crash and needs medical attention.

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