Car Accidents

Distracted driving crash figures released

The U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued the latest statistics on distracted driving in the United States. For 2013, according to the NHTSA, 3,154 people lost their lives and another estimated 424,000 were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers. Another 480 non-occupants were killed in these accidents. Distracted driving is not limited to cell… (keep reading)

Liability in open car door accidents

In New York, car accidents and pedestrian injuries can occur even when a car is not moving. Pedestrians, particularly bicyclists, face the risks of cars and trucks striking them in crosswalks and city streets. New York, however, recognizes the danger of dooring or the opening of car doors in an unsafe manner. The state of… (keep reading)

Driver indicted in fatal pedestrian accident

In recent years, the authorities have been paying close attention to car accidents involving pedestrians on New York streets. After news reports of increasing numbers of accidents and lax penalties against careless drivers, the public has been calling for criminal prosecution of reckless drivers. The city has implemented a new pedestrian safety initiative and may… (keep reading)

Air bag recall impacts 34 million vehicles

As requested by the U.S. Department of Transportation, air bag manufacturer Takata acknowledged that its air bag inflators contained a defect and agreed to a national recall of specified driver and passenger side air bag inflators. The recall includes almost 34 million vehicles in the country. Six deaths worldwide were attributed to inflators that ruptured… (keep reading)

What is pedal error?

Braking and accelerating a vehicle are normally routine and instinctive tasks for New Yorkers. Indeed, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, drivers in the United States apply their car brakes without any problems approximately 1 million times per year. But the NTSB also found that there are nearly 16,000 auto accidents each year… (keep reading)

Seeking the cause of a car accident

Car accidents involving passengers and pedestrians in congested Manhattan may have many causes. These may include running stop lights, using a personal electronic device, an impaired driver and even opening a car door in front of a passing bicyclist. Reckless taxi driving has also led to additional laws as part of the city’s Vision Zero… (keep reading)

NHTSA criticizes Fiat Chrysler recalls

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration enforces the federal Safety Act which requires vehicle manufacturers to recall cars that contain a safety defect or which are violating a Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. This is vital to protect vehicle owners and prevent car accidents in New York and across the nation. In a July 2… (keep reading)

Police chases may be fatal

Movies and television have long portrayed high speed police chases as exciting. News stations have often quadrupled ratings by airing live pursuits while YouTube has thousands of videos of these chases. However, these pursuits have caused car accidents and fatalities. More alarming, however, the majority of pursuits involve offenders of nonviolent crimes that do not… (keep reading)

What impact does DUI have on license renewal?

New York’s impaired driving laws carry severe penalties. As one example, DUI or drug-impaired driving convictions involve restrictions on driver license renewal. The state adopted emergency regulations in fall 2012 requiring the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to deny relicensure of any person with three alcohol-related convictions. A New Yorker with certain alcohol offenses must wait… (keep reading)

What steps do I take after a Manhattan car accident?

The hustle and bustle of the city is a big draw for New Yorkers. After all, this is the city that never sleeps. However, this proclamation means the city streets never sleep either. That, coupled with the amount of people and traffic jams, spells disaster for some New Yorkers. There are some tips that are… (keep reading)

What is the impact of a rear-end collision?

Under New York law, certain legal presumptions apply to different types of car accidents. In a negligence lawsuit, for example, certain assumptions may apply to a driver who crashes into the rear of a vehicle. A rear-end crash involving a stopped or stooping vehicles establishes an obvious or prima facie case of negligence by the… (keep reading)

Pedestrian struck on Manhattan sidewalk

New York City car accidents are an unforutnate risk to other motorists who navigate congested Manhattan traffic. The peril is even greater for pedestrians who have virtually no physical protection against a vehicle which may be speeding or ignoring signs or crosswalks. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, New York City suffered 178… (keep reading)