motor vehicle accidents Archives

Study examines role of opioids in fatal car accidents

New York motorists who cause fatal collisions might be more likely than the other driver to be under the influence of opioids at the time of the crash. A study examined data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System on 18,321 deadly two-car motor vehicle accidents and found drivers who caused accidents were almost two times more likely to have opioids in their system than drivers who did not. Among all fatal accidents in the study, more than 7,500 were the result of failure to remain in the lane.

Chain reaction car accident leaves 1 dead in New York

The 24-year-old man who crossed the center line and caused the crash left his BMW and fled on foot. He later returned and was arrested and charged with unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

Push is on to mandate crash avoidance systems in trucks

In 2016, 4,300 Americans were killed in car accidents involving semis and other large trucks, which is a 28 percent increase compared to 2009. Despite this, commercial trucks in New York and across the U.S. aren't required to have collision avoidance technology.

Hit-and-run driver sentenced in New York

A 23-year-old New York man was sentenced to five years of probation on Sept. 18 for leaving the scene of a traffic accident that claimed the life of a motorcyclist. The Rome resident will spend the first six months of his sentence at the Oneida County Jail according to reports. He was originally charged in May with leaving the scene of an accident involving death or serious injury and reckless driving.

Intoxicated chef pleads guilty to manslaughter after crash

New York residents may be interesting in learning the disposition of a legal case involving a popular chef from an Ithaca restaurant. On March 3, the 53-year-old chef was reportedly driving under the influence when his actions caused a collision that killed a young Auburn man.

7-car wreck in Queens leaves 1 dead, 5 hospitalized

On August 18, a seven-car accident in New York left one person dead and five other people hospitalized. The accident occurred around 4:15 a.m. on the Van Wyck Expressway in Queens and was precipitated by a 29-year-old man driving a 2011 Chevrolet who reportedly sideswiped a woman driving a 2012 Acura sedan.

How fatigue impacts drivers

Operating a motor vehicle after being awake for more than 20 hours is the equivalent of driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent. This is the legal limit in New York and all other states. Furthermore, a person is three times more likely to get into a crash when he or she drives while tired.

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