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Does "buzzed driving" cause motor vehicle accidents?

The consumption of alcohol is a common way for people to celebrate or relax. Generally speaking, there is nothing wrong with New York adults of legal age having a few drinks with friends. The potential for problems happens when someone who has been drinking gets behind the wheel of a car. Many people assume that if they've only had a drink or two, they're perfectly safe to drive, and their blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, may even test below the legal limit. However, a new study suggests that even low amounts of alcohol in the bloodstream may contribute to motor vehicle accidents.

Is the rate of motor vehicle accidents in NYC increasing?

Getting into a car accident seems to be a fact of life for most people. The hope is that if it happens, it will be minor and no one will get seriously injured. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents can result in someone's death all too often. Though safety experts and industry leaders are always working to improve the chances that people can survive a car crash, fatalities still happen. One recent study even found that they may be on the rise in New York City, one of the busiest areas of the entire nation.

Risk factors in drunk driving crashes

In New York, as elsewhere, it's illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. Drunk driving, though, is widespread and leads to an alarming number of car crashes. In 2018, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person was killed in a drunk driving crash every 50 minutes.

How DST leads to spike in fatal crashes every year

The journal Current Biology has published a study saying that daylight saving time contributes to a 6% increase in fatal traffic accidents every year in the week following the change. New York residents should know that this amounts to more than 28 fatal crashes a year. The effect of the DST transition is seen most especially in the early morning hours and in those areas that are further west in a given time zone.

Early school start times may factor into teens' negligent driving

The Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine published a study suggesting a link between school start times and the rate of car crashes involving teen drivers. Parents of teen drivers in New York should know that the later school starts, the less risk there likely is of teens losing sleep and becoming drowsy behind the wheel.

Technology not yet able to overcome car accidents

Many people in New York look forward to the development of autonomous vehicles, hoping to remove the issue of human error from roadway safety. However, current technology has not yet reached the stage where cars can truly operate on their own. Partially autonomous innovations have led to safety options like lane-change alerts and collision detection, but auto accidents still continue to pose a major danger on the road. For Americans aged 15-29, car crashes are the leading cause of death. Over 3,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle accidents every day, and many more are seriously injured as a result.

Nonprofit group maps the nation's leading accident hotspots

Three intersections in New York City are among the nation's worst traffic accident hotspots according to a study released on Jan. 29 by a San Francisco-based nonprofit group. After scrutinizing 1,846,245 car accidents that took place in the United States in 2018 and 2019, Go Safe Labs found that the points at which Interstate 95 meets the Harlem River Drive, Sedgewick Avenue and Riverside Avenue near the George Washington Bridge ranked second, fifth and eighth in the country for number of collisions. The researchers put this down to the huge volume of traffic that crosses from New Jersey into Manhattan each day.

Tips for driving during winter weather conditions

When New York roads are covered in snow and ice, it may be best to stay home. According to to the Department of Transportation, 22% of car accidents in the United States are attributed to snow, sleet or ice. Those who have to travel during periods of severe weather should inspect their vehicles before they leave. Ideally, a car will have emergency supplies such as road salt in the event that it becomes difficult to move because of snow or ice.

Determining fault when multiple cars collide

Establishing who is responsible for a car accident can be complicated regardless of how many vehicles are involved. In a personal injury case, an individual could be entitled to compensation if he or she can prove that another person was negligent and caused the plaintiff's injuries. It may be possible to determine that a party was negligent based on the facts of a case alone. For instance, if a vehicle hits another from behind, the person who caused the collision is typically at fault.

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