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Category Archives: Road Safety

  • 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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  • 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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  • Conquering a Multi-Car Crash: What to Know

    Posted By David Hernandez || August 25, 2014

    The interstate during rush hour is pretty much a nightmare. Cars are bumper to bumper; people frequently slam on their breaks and get easily frustrated.This type of traffic is a breeding ground for pile-ups and serious multi-caraccidents. Usually, when a car hits another vehicle from behind, it is that driver who is held liable for any injuries or damage. In ...
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  • Kids in Cars: Keep Them Buckled

    Posted By David Hernandez || August 18, 2014

    As years pass, and technology continues to improve, cars get safer for drivers and passengers. Seatbelts are sturdier and child safety seats are more secure and these safety instruments save lives — if they are used, and used properly. Although the frequency of fatalities in car accidents has decreased in recent years, the numbers are still urprisingly high especially among ...
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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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  • Pregnant? Risk of Car Accident May be Higher

    Posted By David Hernandez || June 19, 2014

    When you’re pregnant, you have a lot of things on your mind. Are you eating the right things for your baby? Are you getting the vitamins you need? Should you avoid flying on planes or relaxing in hot tubs? A new report from ABC News indicates that you may need to add “driving a car” to the list of questionable ...
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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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  • NHTSA Video: Avoiding Pedestrian Accidents

    Posted By David Hernandez || June 4, 2014

    Did you know that in 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes? In 2011, an estimated 69,000 pedestrians were injured across the U.S., and 11,000 of those were 14 years old and younger (NHTSA). Why are so many people injured annually in pedestrian accidents? In many instances, it is due to the negligent behavior of the driver ( distracted ...
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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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  • Federal Inquiry Launched into George Washington Bridge Scandal

    Posted By David Hernandez || February 2, 2014

    Many New York and New Jersey commuters may remember the snarled traffic nightmare last September on the George Washington Bridge, as lane closings brought many drivers to a halt. If you were involved in an auto accident of any typeon or near the George Washington Bridge during the time of the closings, you may want pay close attention to the ...
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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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  • Residents of Lower Manhattan Suing Over Planned WTC Security Measures

    Posted By David Hernandez || November 21, 2013

    When the World Trade Center is at all involved in discussion, security almost always becomes the center of the conversation. After two successful attacks on the World Trade Center, no one wants to sign off on security measures that have the potential of being breached in the future, according to a recent New York Times article. As a result, barriers, ...
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  • Taxicab Accident Severs Foot of New York Tourist

    Posted By David Hernandez || November 7, 2013

    Taxicabs truly help Brooklyn function. Without them, we would have streets overpopulated with personal vehicles (as if New York traffic wasn’t bad enough) and an overcrowded subway system. Unfortunately, taxi drivers have been known to drive carelessly-sometimes at the expense of a rider, or worse, an unprotected pedestrian. You’ve likely heard the recent news story of a British tourist hit ...
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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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  • Brooklyn Man Becomes City’s Tenth Bicycle Fatality

    Posted By David Hernandez || September 20, 2011

    Earlier this month, New York City experienced its tenth fatal bicycle accident. The 24-year-old Brooklyn man died after he ran a red light and was struck by an SUV. According to Transportation Alternatives, the number of fatal bicycle-accidents appears to be on the decline in New York City. Last year, 18 bicyclists were killed in the city and just two ...
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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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  • Bronx Bus Crash Highlights Need for Safety Measures

    Posted By David Hernandez || August 23, 2011

    Earlier this month 15 passengers were injured in when an MTA bus crashed into two other vehicles in the Bronx. The accident occurred when the bus made an unscheduled stop and struck a sports car and livery cab at the intersection of Third Avenue and 170th Street. One witness to the public transportation accident reported hearing a “boom” and then ...
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  • Not Everyone On Board With FMCSA Plan to Reduce Truck Accidents

    Posted By David Hernandez || August 18, 2011

    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), more than 30,000 Americans are killed each year in automobile accidents. In fact, such accidents are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 5-34. Approximately nine percent of those accidents involve commercial trucks, according to trucking.net. What is the FMCSA Strategic Plan? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) was formed ...
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