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Category Archives: Distracted Driving

  • How to Deal With an Accident on Vacation

    Posted By David Hernandez || April 1, 2016

    The summer is a great time to leave the big city and take a road trip to somewhere more open, maybe the beach or the mountains, or a simple visit with family members in a far off place. Road trips are a fun, and often cheaper, way of taking a vacation. Although a car accident is probably the last thing ...
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  • Fatal Car Accidents Involving Marijuana Have Tripled

    Posted By David Hernandez || September 24, 2014

    There is a lot of controversy surrounding the topic of marijuana. For every staunch supporter of the legalization of pot there is a dead-set denouncer. Each side can lobby pros and cons at a dizzying rate. However, one recently released study highlights a disturbing trend that has emerged as “weed” has become more commonplace. A report from the Columbia University’s ...
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  • Young and Old Drivers Distracted by Cellphones

    Posted By David Hernandez || September 17, 2014

    The leading cause of accidental death among “working-age” adults is poisoning, most often from prescription drug overdose. Falls cause the most fatal injuries in adults older than 65. Car accidents cause the most injury-related deaths in younger people. It seems as though every age and stage has unique risks when it comes to injury-related death. But, one of the causes ...
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  • Teen Deaths Down 11% After Bans On Texting and Driving

    Posted By David Hernandez || September 10, 2014

    Texting and driving has been the subject of many a public service announcement over the past 5 years or so. In fact, it is a message that has become just as widespread as “don’t drink and drive”. However, unfortunately, despite all of the warnings, texting while driving is still something many of us are guilty of. From teenagers to senior ...
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  • Tips: Sharing the Road with a Drunk Driver

    Posted By David Hernandez || August 11, 2014

    Living in a city with so many drivers, and as a car accident lawyer in New York City, I have seen many accidents happen as a result of a driver deciding to slide behind the wheel after too much to drink. While it is clear that these accidents are very rarely the fault of the sober driver, it may be ...
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  • Simulation Says “No Texting!”

    Posted By David Hernandez || August 5, 2014

    You hear your cellphone buzz while you’re driving. You know the text could be important, someone is expecting your swift reply. Do you pick up the phone and read the text? Do you reply? Most people know that the safe and correct answer is probably “no,” texting and driving is proven to be pretty dangerous. Unfortunately, texting and driving is ...
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  • New York City Mayor Reducing Traffic Deaths

    Posted By David Hernandez || July 29, 2014

    Every New York City resident knows that on streets crowded daily with so many people, bicycles, cars, cabs, and motorcycles safety is an issue. Dozens of accidents and injuries happen on a daily basis in our city — but there is a movement to bring those numbers down to zero. Mayor Bill de Blasio has developed a plan to eliminate ...
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  • If I Text a Driver, Am I Liable?

    Posted By David Hernandez || June 16, 2014

    a quick, “Pick up the dry cleaning please. Thx.” A friend is running late to the movie, so we text, “Where r u? Previews already started!” Or the parent of a teenager might text a friendly, “Curfew is 11. Don’t b late,” reminder may be warranted a few minutes after they leave for the evening. But what happens if the ...
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  • Can I Use My Smartphone while Driving in New York?

    Posted By David Hernandez || May 26, 2014

    As if their weren't already enough distractions in New York City keeping drivers' eyes off the road, smartphones, tablets, and GPS devices are now capturing the attention of motorists across the city. Distracted driving has always been a problem in New York-I've witnessed this firsthand as an experienced Brooklyn car accident injury attorney-but has evolved over the past two decades. ...
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  • Most Dangerous Intersections in New York City

    Posted By David Hernandez || May 22, 2014

    Each day, you head out into the busy New York streets to commute to your job, visit a friend, or simply run you weekly errands. With so much hustle and bustle in the Big Apple, pedestrians are unfortunately not always safe. While a majority of drivers keep a keen eye out for anyone straying from the crosswalks, distracted driving has ...
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  • NYC DOT Launches Reckless Driving Ad Campaign

    Posted By David Hernandez || January 29, 2014

    Reckless driving is a serious problem in New York, tragically taking the lives of countless pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. According to the New York City Department of Transportation, reckless driving accounts for 40 percent of all fatalities in NYC car crashes. Drivers who operate their vehicle negligently or carelessly by speeding, failing to yield to pedestrians, or moving their attention ...
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  • New York Researchers Say 43 percent of Teens Text While Driving

    Posted By David Hernandez || May 6, 2013

    Several months ago in this Brooklyn Personal Injury Law Blog, we discussed how common texting while driving has become despite being illegal in both New York and New Jersey. Texting while driving bans have been somewhat difficult to enforce, and many drivers continue to text routinely even though it is widely known that distracted driving is incredibly dangerous. In fact, ...
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  • Fatal Car Crashes Are Back Up: Why?

    Posted By David Hernandez || March 5, 2013

    More than 36,000 people died in car crashes on America’s roads last year. Yes, it was the first time in seven years that the number went up. But that is still an unconscionable number of deaths in vehicle accidents. In New York City and across the country, the problems that cause such crashes remain pervasive. Distracted driving, particularly involving mobile ...
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  • Statistics Show Accident Dangers to New York City Pedestrians, Bicyclists

    Posted By David Hernandez || February 11, 2013

    Pedestrian accidents are and bicycle accidents are a major problem in New York City. Preliminary statistics show that last year 155 pedestrians and cyclists were killed in traffic accidents and more than 15,000 sustained injuries. Many of these injuries and deaths occurred in Brooklyn. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 41 pedestrians and seven bicyclists killed ...
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  • Texting While Driving Poses Serious Dangers

    Posted By David Hernandez || December 17, 2012

    It’s not an uncommon sight. We’ve all driven down the road only to look out our window into the next lane and notice a driver texting while operating their vehicle. In fact, many of us have done it ourselves. Although we know using a cell phone to send texts while driving is dangerous, many of us continue to do it. ...
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  • Surge in New York Texting While Driving Tickets

    Posted By David Hernandez || February 22, 2012

    Data released last week showed a significant increase in tickets issued for texting while driving in New York. Since a stricter law was passed this summer, 7,495 tickets have been issued by law enforcement. This is up significantly from the 3,248 tickets given out during all of 2010. Under the new law, texting while driving in New York is considered ...
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  • Distracted Driving Simulator Demonstrates Dangers to New York Teens

    Posted By David Hernandez || November 22, 2011

    Students at nine New York-area high schools have the opportunity to take part in a unique type of video game: a driving simulator complete with an irritating passenger who demands that the driver call her brother and send a text message for her. While this may sound odd at first, the driving simulator has the lofty purpose of teaching teen ...
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  • Distracted Driving? There’s an App for That

    Posted By David Hernandez || September 1, 2011

    It may sound odd that now there is a cell phone app to prevent you from using phone apps, but that is exactly what has been developed. The aim of the new app is to improve road safety by decreasing distracted driving accidents. The new app is called PhoneGuard. This free app shuts down most applications when it detects that ...
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