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Holding negligent drivers accountable in a crash

When people are hurt in a New York car accident, they may wonder who can be held accountable for their injuries. Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured each year in auto accidents, and many of these crashes are caused by negligent drivers. While some accidents may be caused by mechanical failures, poor weather or wildlife in the road, most crashes can be traced back to specific behavior by a driver. When considering auto accidents, negligence has a specific legal definition that can determine which driver can be considered at fault for the crash.

Drivers need time to learn new technology

New vehicle technology could create hazards on roads in New York and around the country. This is because drivers may not always know how to use it. Furthermore, vehicles may take their commands too literally and not deviate from them no matter what is going on around them. For example, if a driver tells a car to stay 50 feet away from the one in front of it, the vehicle may do so even if it may not be safe.

Study: fatal crashes possible even in light rain

Driving in rain, ice, and snow can be dangerous in New York. According to a Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, heavy rain, snow, and ice raises the risk for a fatal car crash by 34%. Now, a study from the North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies has been able to add to that with more precise discoveries.

Tackling drunk driving

New York drivers are aware of the dangers of drunk driving. In 2017, just under 11,000 deaths occurred that were the result of drunk driving crashes. This means that almost 30 people died each day as a result of someone getting behind the wheel while being intoxicated.

Volvo announces drunk driving safety feature

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that accidents caused by intoxicated drivers killed 10,874 road users in New York and around the country in 2017. An increase in drunk and distracted driving fatalities is among the reasons for a worrying surge in road deaths over the last few years, which occurred despite the emergence of automobile systems that anticipate and prevent crashes. This technology generally activates when vehicles lose control or are in danger of losing control, but Volvo has announced that their autonomous safety systems will work differently.

How opioids impact drivers

A study published in JAMA Network Open had some key takeaways about the causes of crashes involving two vehicles. The study determined that the driver who caused the crash was more likely than the occupant of the other vehicle to be on opioids. Data for the study was taken from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Drivers who caused fatal crashes involving two cars were also more likely to be impaired by alcohol.

Safety group wants trucking sector to use crash-prevention tech

Most people recognize that an accident with one of the big rigs cruising the highways of New York could be catastrophic. These commercial vehicles can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, and the group Road Safe America holds the position that large trucks should not exceed speeds of 65 mph. The group cited speeding as partially to blame for the increase in fatal truck accidents from 2009 through 2017.

Truck drivers struggle with fatigue on long hauls

Truck drivers spend long hours transporting cargo throughout New York and the rest of America. Drivers whose duties require them to travel long distances struggle the most with fatigue. Statistics about trucking accidents reveal the extent of the traffic hazards associated with long-haul truckers. Accidents arising from trips of over 51 miles accounted for 65 percent of commercial truck accidents. Surveys of truck drivers have exposed the disturbing fact that many of them have actually fallen asleep behind the wheel.

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