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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A young child was among three people injured in a three-car accident on Aug. 2. The accident occurred in the westbound lanes of the Long Island Expressway in Islandia at about 5:30 p.m.
Media outlets in New York have reported that four people were seriously injured in a head-on collision in Wayne County on the evening of July 21. A representative from the Wayne County Sheriff's Office said that the investigation into the crash was ongoing. The accident took place on Ridge Road in the Town of Wolcott at approximately 6:30 p.m.
New York prohibits the use of portable electronic devices among drivers. Despite this, many have no sense of how dangerous it is to text or call while behind the wheel. The Society for Risk Analysis has recently conducted a situation-based analysis of drivers' likelihood to engage in distracted behavior based on several factors. One of those factors is a negative view of road safety.
Earlier in 2018, the National Safety Council released a preliminary estimate on car crash data for 2017, and for the second year in a row, the number of traffic deaths in the U.S. exceeded 40,000. There were an estimated 40,100 fatalities in all, compared to 40,327 in 2016. Drivers in New York will want to know more about this and other recent trends.