A man has sadly lost his life in a wrong-way motor vehicle collision in New York. Meanwhile, another person was seriously injured in the two-car collision. Sometimes, wrong-way car accidents happen due to a driver's negligence, which is grounds for civil litigation.
Regardless of how many winters drivers in upstate New York have navigated snow and ice-covered roads, extra care is necessary as each winter comes around. Complacency causes many car accidents, often with devastating consequences. Safety authorities recommend specific tips to avoid crashes in extreme weather conditions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration leads the National Pedestrian Safety Month during October. However, the New York Department of Transportation and other agencies are already collaborating on a commitment to improving pedestrian safety. Their focus is on Long Island and upstate New York, and the plan was initiated in 2016, with plans to continue it through 2021.
A vehicle may suddenly cross over into oncoming traffic for a variety of reasons: driver distraction, fatigue, impairment or even mechanical failure. Sometimes, such incidents result from circumstances out of a driver's control, but often, the human behind the wheel holds the responsibility. In any case, car accidents involving a head-on collision typically do not end well, as was the case in a recent New York crash that left a man with a head injury.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sponsors the National Pedestrian Safety Month during October. However, the New York Department of Transportation and other agencies are already collaborating on a commitment to improving pedestrian safety and reduce car accidents. Their focus is on Long Island and upstate New York, and the plan was initiated in 2016 with the expectation that it will remain a focus through 2021.
A news release reported a recent crash that caused serious injuries to an upstate New York state trooper. The car accident occurred on a recent Saturday morning shortly before 5:45 a.m. The injured trooper is a state police veteran of 18 years. She was in her stationary patrol car when another vehicle smashed into it.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the daily average of fatal crashes nationwide, including upstate New York, is 90 people. This is based on 2014 data when more than 32,600 people lost their lives in car accidents. Those numbers included single and multiple-vehicle wrecks. Some of the people who suffered fatal injuries died at the scene while others succumbed to their injuries later. In many cases, the survivors are left with long-term health problems or even disabilities.
An Upstate New York community was shocked by the events that caused the death of one high school student, and critical injuries to another teenager on a recent Saturday. Reportedly, the two were struck by a pickup truck on State Route 176. A police report indicates that the car accident occurred shortly after midnight while three teenagers were walking on the road's shoulder.
Lives lost in preventable crashes are understandably traumatic experiences for the surviving family members. However, when children are killed in car accidents, it is usually even worse. On a recent Thursday, two children died after a pickup truck smashed into the rear of a minivan in upstate New York.
Despite the awareness campaigns and law enforcement efforts in upstate New York, distracted driving continues to claim lives. Although other distractions cause problems, texting, taking or making calls and even answering emails cause many preventable car accidents. Safety authorities say one in 10 drivers is distracted a cellphone, significantly increasing the chance of being involved in a road accident.