There is no question that distracted driving can lead to deadly car accidents. In 2017 alone, accidents involving distracted driving killed 3,166 and thousands others were injured, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Despite New York state laws which prohibit motorists from using their hand-held cell phones while driving, people continue to text and drive. Some continue to take it a step further by taking selfies while driving and then posting them on social media sites. This practice is extremely dangerous, as it involves all three forms of distracted driving.
When reviewing car accident cases to determine liability, one of the first questions that we here at La Sorsa & Beneventano Attorneys at Law ask is whether or not distracted driving might have been involved. A common response is that the responsible driver was not using their cell phone when the collision occurred. Like most in White Plains, you might automatically equate distracted driving to cell phone use while behind the wheel. While it is true that texting or talking on a cell phone while driving can be a serious distraction, there are many other forms of distracted driving that can present just as many risks.
The days are getting longer, and that means teenagers across New York will soon take to the roadways as classes wind down and they get a taste of summer freedom. Unfortunately, the uptick in teen drivers on the state and nation’s roadways means bad news for the motoring public, with the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day so dangerous that it has become known as the “100 deadliest days.” At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we understand that far too many people suffer injuries or lose loved ones during summer’s 100 deadliest days, and we have assisted many people affected by traffic crashes pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.
Travelling New York’s roadways presents inevitable hazards, with inclement weather, icy roadways and traffic all contributing to the dangers. Road construction, too, presents a notable hazard for today’s motoring public, with construction zones common sites for car wrecks and associated injuries and fatalities. At La Sorsa & Beneventano, we understand that today’s work zones pose numerous threats to New York drivers, and we have helped many people who suffered injuries in construction zones and other areas pursue appropriate recourse.
If you have ever navigated the roads of White Plains after the sun has set, you may understand why nighttime driving is more dangerous than driving during the day. In fact, the National Safety Council reported that deadly car accidents are three times more likely to occur at night than they are during the day. What are these dangers and how can you minimize your risk of becoming involved in a fatal nighttime accident?
As a New York motorist, you may be used to navigating the busy roadways alongside other large trucks and vehicles. You may be familiar with traffic congestion and, like many other people, find it difficult to get to work, important meetings and appointments while trudging through the piled-up vehicles all hurrying to various destinations. In some cases, these situations can get overwhelming, and you may experience feelings of anger, aggression and rage. Road rage is not uncommon in New York and across the United States. In fact, a report released by AAA reported that as many as 80 percent of motorists have felt road rage at least once while driving in the last 12 months. Road rage can lead to aggressive driving behaviors, which in turn, can cause devastating car accidents, injuries and even deaths.
At La Sorsa & Beneventano Attorneys at Law in New York, we are all too familiar with the catastrophic injuries you can suffer in a motor vehicle accident. One of the worst of these injuries is a serious burn.
In New York, and in several other states across the nation, drivers are prohibited from using hand-held cellphones while on the road. As a result, a number of motorists have started using hands-free cellphones while behind the wheel in order to stay in compliance and lower the risk of becoming involved in an accident. The problem lies in the fact that hands-free cellphones may not be as safe as some may think.
New York is the best place for teen drivers in the country, a recent report suggests.