Major weather events in Broome County and throughout New York threaten the lives of everyone out on the roads, regardless of how experienced the drivers are. For that reason, safety authorities remind drivers each year of the hazards posed by rain, snow and black ice on the roadways. These conditions led to almost 40 car accidents in in the county on a recent Friday morning during the extreme adverse weather.
According to road safety authorities in New York, most storm-related deaths and injuries across the state are caused by automobile accidents. They urge people to drive only when necessary, and to adjust their driving to match the weather and road conditions. Car accidents can happen in the blink of an eye, often with devastating consequences. Drivers should allow extra travel time, take care around snowplows, and remember that surfaces like bridges can be covered with invisible black ice.
The Broome County Health Department, along with the New York State Police and other participants recently held an event to check on child safety seats in cars. This event arose from the concern about the fact that car accidents are responsible for the majority of deaths of children age 1 to 13 years. The lack or inappropriate use of booster seats and child safety seats may play a significant role in those statistics.
Many New York vehicle owners drive for many years without being involved in any adverse incidents. It is only natural to come to think car accidents happen only to others, and if such a driver is then involved in a crash, he or she might be unsure what to do immediately afterward. Taking the wrong steps, like admitting responsibility, could be harmful.
The risks of severe injuries or death on New York roads are significantly higher for motorcycle riders. The lack of protection makes them more vulnerable if they should be involved in car accidents. Many such crashes occur when motorists fail to yield for bikers.
The AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety recently noted an alarming increase in fatalities due to crashes involving drivers who ignore red lights. Reportedly, 939 people lost their lives in 2017 in these kinds of car accidents. New York drivers who ignore traffic lights might be deemed negligent per se.
Commuting on the busy roads of New York state could be dangerous. This was recently underscored by a collision between a car and a bus. Car accidents that involve large trucks or buses typically result in multiple injuries suffered by occupants of the vehicles. In this case, 10 people were admitted to the hospital for treatment of crash injuries.
Anyone in New York who has been the victim of a serious auto crash will know the adverse affect the emotional distress can cause. Victims of New York car accidents suffer the psychological consequences long after physical injuries have healed. But how do they prove invisible injuries that could be more damaging than fractured bones or other physical injuries to the court during a personal injury lawsuit?
An accident investigation team along with fire departments, emergency services and the sheriff's office were at the scene of a crash involving two cars and a motorcycle. As in many other New York car accidents that involve motorcycles, it was the biker who lost his life while the occupants of the cars did not suffer serious injuries. Authorities say the crash happened in the late afternoon of a recent Sunday.
The concern about the high number of pedestrian fatalities in New York has led to lawmakers proposing a bill to prohibit pedestrians from using electronic devices while they cross streets. According to estimations by the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 6,700 pedestrians died in car accidents in New York last year. It is not uncommon for pedestrians to be oblivious to their surroundings when they are focused on their smartphones.