As video cameras have become more precise, smaller and more affordable, people have begun integrating them into a number of locations to improve their safety, peace of mind and quality of life. One of the smartest places to put a camera is on the dashboard or rearview mirror of your vehicle. This ensures that you have accurate, indisputable footage of a traffic accident, should you become the victim of someone else's poor driving habits. If you are severely injured or need to go to court to recover your losses from the accident, the footage captured by your dashboard camera could be invaluable.
New York is an active state, and you're used to walking from place to place. Despite the fact that more pedestrians are on the roads, you still worry that you could be involved in an accident. As a parent with children, knowing that you could leave your kids behind if you're hit and killed is a horrible thought. How can you stay safer? Here are five tips to staying safe when you're a pedestrian.
It's a commonly repeated refrain - teen drivers are among the most dangerous on the roads. It's why some parents are reluctant to let them get their driver's licenses, and why teens have to pay more for auto insurance. But it's important to look deeper than that, to understand why this demographic group of drivers are such a risk.
While having car insurance is a requirement in every state, some people still do not have coverage. If you have been involved in an accident with an uninsured driver, you may be wondering what your options are to cover the cost of repairs to your damaged vehicle and any medical expenses incurred.
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.
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.
We've all been there. At one time or another we find ourselves driving down the highway only to notice a minivan or truck up ahead with a mattress or other piece of furniture haphazardly attached to the vehicle. It wobbles, it sways, and we do our best to get as far away from that vehicle as possible.
Drivers often equate specific actions with distraction. For example, a driver might be eating and changing routes on her GPS system but truly not believe she was distracted because she wasn't talking on the phone. Likewise, another driver might be looking straight ahead, both hands on the steering wheel, but arguing with his three children in the backseat about what they will have for lunch. Is he distracted?
What's an inspector to do when documentation explaining regulations for commercial truck inspections is outdated and confusing? According to one Department of Public Safety Chief, the motto has been "when in doubt, don't document at all".
A recent study, published in the Journal of Safety Research, focuses on the common causes of rear-end accidents involving teenage drivers. Researchers found that over 75 percent of these accidents were the result of distraction. The study included an analysis of over 400 rear-end accidents from 2007 to 2013, with a focus on drivers that range in age from 16 to 19.