When you are out on the road and become involved in an accident, you expect the other driver to stop and deal with the situation. However, that does not always happen. Drivers who do not have a license or insurance may flee the scene, and a hit-and-run accident is serious business. The driver who leaves the scene could face fines, jail time and a loss of her or his license. But once you have been in a hit-and-run accident, you may need to take extra steps to handle the situation.
It can be difficult enough to share the road with vehicles larger than yours. Motorcycles are considered vehicles, too, even though they are small and much more difficult to see. New York State has a number of laws to help keep motorcyclists safer, but drivers of other vehicles need to be proactive to prevent accidents. Small collisions that would not cause much damage to cars can be deadly on a motorcycle. According the Insurance Information Institute, motorcycle accidents are actually on the decrease, but there are still more than 8.4 million motorcycles on the road.
Even though New York requires drivers to have auto insurance, there are still those who are uninsured. In 2012, the Insurance Information Institute found that New York only had about 5.3 percent uninsured drivers, one of the lowest in the nation. Still, if you are in an accident with one of these drivers, you may find yourself with out-of-pocket for your expenses. Learn how to protect yourself against "naked" drivers, the industry's term for uninsured motorists.
According to the New York Department of Health, the rate of hospitalizations and emergency room visits due to unintentional motor vehicle accidents has actually decreased since 2002. Although this is good news for drivers, that doesn't mean the risk of having an accident has been eliminated. When you're in an accident, it's scary and stressful. Even a fender bender or minor accident is problematic. It's very easy to forget what to do when you've been hit. We'd like to offer a checklist for you to follow in case you're ever in an accident.
Hyundai is recalling more than 62,000 Sonata sedans and hybrids following reports that sunroofs are detaching. Although no accidents have been reported yet, there's no doubt that a sunroof flying off a car in high-speed traffic could be quite dangerous for other drivers.
Picture this: You are headed to work. You have your coffee, your breakfast, your book to read. You hop in your car, set it to auto-pilot and sit back and relax. Your driverless car will transport you safely to work. It's not quite science-fiction with flying saucers and hovercrafts--but are driverless cars really the wave of the future? Are they safe enough to "let go of the wheel."
It is no secret that distracted driving is a growing problem, contributing to a significant amount of serious car accidents in New York. But unlike drunk driving, which can be identified using a Breathalyzer, it has been difficult to prove distraction in motor vehicle accident cases - until now.
Everyone knows that novice drivers are not the best. It takes time before a motorist feels comfortable and confident behind the wheel. However, if a teenager is not careful, he or she could succumb to newbie driving mistakes, and these blunders could be deadly.