motor vehicle accidents Archives

New York City accident injures 6 and causes long delays

New York police have reported that six people were injured the morning of March 30 in an accident on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens County. The crash caused all of the busy highway's eastbound lanes to be closed for more than three hours. Paramedics transported the accident victims, three of whom had been injured critically, to the trauma center of the New York-Presbyterian hospital. Initial reports indicate that excessive speed may have been the primary cause of the crash.

AAA survey measures increase in drivers using cellphones

Drivers in New York too often give into the temptation to use their phones behind the wheel, and a national poll confirms the prevalence of distracted driving. A new survey of 2,613 licensed drivers by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety revealed a 46 percent increase in drivers who admitted to talking on their phones while driving compared to a 2013 survey. The survey also asked people if they believed that distracted driver threatened safety, and 88 percent of respondents acknowledged the dangers.

Common accident causes

Over 40,000 people die from motor vehicle accidents annually in the United States. While most New York drivers are probably aware that drunk driving and excessive speeding are high-risk behaviors contributing to the overall numbers, other factors are less likely to be featured on the evening news. Being aware of accident causes can make drivers more prepared to limit their risk when getting behind the wheel for their daily commute.

Common causes of DUI-related deaths

Driving under the influence leads to many fatal accidents in New York and throughout the rest of America. Even when below the legal blood-alcohol content limit of .08 percent, inebriated drivers can be inattentive to the road. Those who are above the limit will have an impaired judgment and perception of speed and distance. Considering that these issues are often combined with drugs, medication and distractions, it's no wonder that drunk driving accounts for one-third of all traffic-related deaths.

National Governors Association publishes road safety report

Highways across New York and the rest of America are dangerous places. The situation has become worse rather than better in recent years, according to statistics. With U.S. traffic fatalities on the rise, the National Governors Association has published a report that focuses on the role of governors in coordinating efforts to increase road safety.

Marijuana celebration linked to car accident deaths

New York has not yet legalized the consumption of marijuana for recreational use, and lawmakers in the Empire State may study data coming out of states like Washington and California closely when the time comes to consider such legislation. Those who oppose more liberal marijuana laws often cite worries about impaired driving among their chief concerns, and research published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that these fears may not be completely unfounded.

Study shows collision avoidance systems reduce injury crashes

Collision avoidance systems can significantly reduce injury car crashes in New York and nationwide, according to a 2017 study. Conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it analyzed the impact of warning systems on traffic safety.

How to prevent driving distractions

Some New York drivers may be distracted by their smartphones or by devices in their cars while they are behind the wheel. Many safety experts blame distracted drivers for the rise in traffic fatalities. Distractions can include making adjustments in the car such as temperature control as well as any actions that lead to drivers looking away from the road.

Speeding a major factor in fatal car accidents

In New York and across the United States, traffic fatalities have escalated over the past several years. This has been attributed to several factors, including a growing number of motorists and distracted driving and walking due to smartphone use. However, the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that the main factor in this growing number of deaths is speed.

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