As many New York motorists may know, geography often determines what circumstances cause fatal car accidents. Factors such as weather, reckless and drunk driving as well as dangerous road conditions are found in different areas of the country. In an effort to understand the cause of these incidents nationwide, data obtained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration involving fatal accidents occurring between 2009 and 2013 was analyzed by the Auto Insurance Center. The information involved passenger, pedestrian and driver fatalities.
Most New York motorists know that distracted driving claims the lives of thousands of road users every year, but they may be surprised to learn how even the most minor of distractions can make an accident more likely. Researchers from Liberty Mutual investigated how brief glances away from the road ahead, such as those taken when looking at a navigation screen or a cellphone, impacted road safety, and they discovered that glancing away from the road for as little as two seconds could increase the chances of a crash.
Recently, the police arrested a New York City man for his role in a motor vehicle accident that occurred several months ago. The accident claimed the life of one man and injured another.
On April 24, a 56-year-old woman died from the injuries she suffered in a pedestrian-car crash in Coram. The fatal accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on April 20, according to the report.
New York parents may spend a great deal of time emphasizing the importance of putting the cellphone away while driving, but recent literature suggests that efforts to reduce phone use while behind the wheel may not be affecting distracted driving overall. Driving distractions are certainly not limited to texting and calling, but because these have been some of the most significant distractions in recent years, the focus of many safety campaigns has moved away from the general danger of distracted driving behaviors.
It was reported that a New York teenager was killed in a car accident on March 6 on Northern State Parkway at approximately 11:06 p.m. The crash left four others with injuries.
A distracted bus driver has been found at fault for an accident in North Hudson on July 18. Police determined that alcohol, drugs, cellphone use, mechanical issues and road and weather conditions were not factors in the fatal accident.
Three New York residents lost their lives in a three-vehicle crash in the Ontario County town of Phelps on Dec. 16. The accident occurred at approximately 11 a.m. at the intersection of Route 14 and Bostwick Road.
Four people were injured in a three-vehicle crash on New York's FDR Drive on Nov. 13, reportedly. While a wrong-way driver appeared to be involved in the incident, the cause of the accident was not immediately ascertained, according to authorities. Nor did police immediately file any charges in relation to the fatal incident.
An accident involving a bus, a tractor-trailer and a car on Interstate 81 in New York in the early morning hours of Nov. 6 left one person in critical condition and injured 26 others. The critically injured man was behind the wheel of the bus, and the other injured individuals were among the 52 passengers on board. The accident took place in the highway's southbound lanes near Syracuse at approximately 2:30 a.m.