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New tech promises: car accidents thing of the past

Auto manufacturers seek to improve safety with design every year. New York drivers will have noticed that wider social trends undercut the ability of a design change to prevent car accidents. Texting and driving is just the latest example of the negligent driver responsible for a growing number of fatal car accidents.

New device uses shocks to keep drivers awake

New York motorists may not be aware that drowsy driving can be just as deadly as driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drowsy driving may be responsible for up to 6,000 fatal motor vehicle accidents on U.S. roads every year.

Rise in road fatalities related to speed limit increase

New York drivers who are concerned about traffic safety might try not to go above the speed limit. Even though many drivers take this precaution, a research study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that the increase in state speed limits over the past two decades correlates with an increase in traffic fatalities.

Accident deaths are increasing despite advances in auto safety

Increased traffic congestion in New York and around the country has made the nation's roads more dangerous in recent years despite significant advances in automobile safety systems and equipment, and most experts believe that fatalities will fall only slightly in the years ahead. Traffic levels are higher because fuel costs are low and the economy is thriving, and these conditions are expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

Actions to take following a car accident

Drivers who are in car accidents in New York may want to take certain specific steps to protect themselves if they are not at fault. A person who is not badly injured should check on others who may be. Vehicles should be moved off the roadway if possible to prevent another accident although injured people should not be moved unless it is necessary.

New York couple killed in crash

A two-vehicle collision resulted in the death of a New York couple on June 4. The couple, who were reportedly on their way home from brunch, died after their vehicle was hit by another man, reportedly driving under the influence of drugs.

New tool may discourage distracted driving

New York residents are likely familiar with the Breathalyzer tool. Now, authorities are turning to a device referred to as a "textalyzer" to help determine if an individual has been using his or her cell phone while behind the wheel. This tool would allow police to tap into a person's phone to determine if the use of a mobile device played a role in an accident or other violations.

Litigating tire blowout accident cases

When automobile accidents in New York are caused by intoxicated, distracted or speeding drivers, establishing responsibility may be a fairly straightforward process. However, determining who is to blame for an accident caused by a tire blowout can be more challenging. In these situations, experienced personal injury attorneys may study accident investigation reports closely before deciding whether to initiate litigation against the driver involved or the manufacturer or supplier of the tire.

Autonomous cars may change liability determination

Self-driving automobiles are still rare on New York roads, but they are becoming increasingly common. Even vehicles that don't have complete self-driving functions have limited ones, such as the ability to park automatically. Along with changing the way that people drive, cars that are driven by computer software may also change the way that insurance claims and lawsuits are handled as well as creating a few new risks that aren't associated with standard vehicles.

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