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What kind of driving impairment violations exist in New York?

For a lot of New York criminal defendants, navigating our state's legal system can be difficult and confusing. However, the first step in staying out of trouble is to know and be familiar with the laws. This article will discuss one of the most important criminal violations that New York residents should be aware of related to drugs, alcohol and driving.

New York State's no-fault system and motorcycles

The state's motorcycle insurance guidelines cite that pedestrians and other vehicle operators and passengers involved in an accident with the motorcyclists are covered by the no-fault policy, but the biker or their passenger need not be. That said, individual motorcycle policies can be tailored to the needs of the rider with such options as no-fault.

Personal Injury in a no fault state

New York has been a no-fault auto insurance state since the 1970s thanks to Article 51. One of 12 states to be so, the idea behind the no-fault system is that regardless of fault, your insurance company will pay (within the limits of the policy) medical bills, property damage and possible economic loss to the person or persons injured in the car accident. Simply put: you make a claim with your own insurance company regardless of whether the accident was your fault. It was designed to speed up insurance payments to victims for expenses and to restrict the number of lawsuits in the courts.

Cat bite infection? You may have a personal injury claim

Most New York residents think about dogs when they think about the liability of pet owners for animal attacks, but cats like to scratch and bite too. In fact, the Mayo Clinic recently reported that cat bites can result in very serious -- and difficult to treat -- bacterial infections. Problems related to infectious cat bites are even more serious than dog bites.

Driving with distractions

Driving on the BQE is a demanding exercise with crowded lanes, unexpected stops and starts, unwieldy merges, broken-down vehicles, accidents, bridges and tolls. Yet some drivers still take it upon themselves to up the ante by insisting on distracting themselves with their mobile devices while behind the wheel.

Tips for preventing drunk driving accidents

New York drivers should be doing everything they can to prevent drunk driving accidents. The single best way to do that is to not drink alcohol beverages before getting into a car, period. This is obvious. However, there are also some other things that drivers and party hosts can do to prevent these kinds of tragedies from happening.

How Safe Are School Buses?

Parents are concerned about the safety of their children in every environment imaginable. One environment that has been historically out of their control, however, is school - and all of its ancillary components. From playground bullying to school bus accidents, parents have worried about the health and well-being of their children.

Drunk driving accident claims the life of a toddler

A Saturday afternoon stroll for the family of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal turned into a nightmare when a drunk driver sped through a crosswalk. Kowal's 15-year old sister-in-law was pushing his young son across Hawthorne Boulevard. The sister-in-law sustained serious injuries, but is listed in stable condition. The 15-month old toddler, however, was found unresponsive and declared brain dead at the hospital.

Run away van kills woman and seriously injures man

A tragic pedestrian versus car crash happened in Queens last week. According to authorities, a 29-year-old man had parked his white van on the corner of the road. However, after the driver exited the vehicle it started to roll away backward along 32nd street and it struck two pedestrians, a male and a female, before colliding with a food cart.