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.
According to the New York State Police, a Carmel woman was killed in a two-car crash on Route 22 on April 29. The accident occurred around 3:55 p.m. just north of State Route 311.
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.
A motorcyclist who was accused of causing a wreck in New York that resulted in the death of one person pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide on April 16. The accident had occurred in May 2014.
New York residents may see spring rainfall as a sign that winter is finally over and better weather is on the way, but the roads may still be treacherous even after the snow and ice has melted. According to the AAA, wet weather causes 1.2 million accidents on the nation's roads each year, and many of these collisions could be avoided if drivers lowered their speeds and observed some basic safety protocols.
One person was killed, and two others were injured when an SUV plowed into an AT&T phone store on Long Island March 30. The accident happened around 11 a.m. on Northern Boulevard in Great Neck.
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.
A 34-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman were seriously injured after an SUV crashed into a restaurant on Broad Hollow Road in East Farmingdale. The crash took place about 10:30 a.m. on March 19, and police say that the driver was fleeing from another hit-and-run accident when this incident took place. It was discovered after the accident that the 69-year-old man did not have a valid driver's license.
Authorities with the FDNY reported that two people were seriously injured when a small bus crashed near the George Washington Bridge. The accident reportedly occurred on March 10 when the bus left the roadway and smashed through a stone wall before careening down an embankment.
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.