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July 2017 Archives

Increased speed limits lead to higher traffic fatalities

New York residents who rely on their vehicles to travel may enjoy the higher speed limits as they can get to their destinations much more quickly. However, a study from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety found that increased speed limits resulted in an additional 33,000 fatalities between 1993 and 2013.

Looking at large truck crash data

New York residents may be interested to learn that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released statistics for large truck and bus crashes that took place in 2015. According to the data, 20 percent of the 415,000 police-reported large truck accidents involved an injury while 1 percent of the accidents were fatal.

Considering a wrongful death suit after a traffic accident

Losing a loved one in a traffic accident can be a devastating experience. It can take months or years for a family to recover emotionally, and the financial impact of this kind of loss could last a lifetime. When a family's primary wage earner gets killed in a fatal traffic accident, all kind of bad things can happen. The family loses out on wages and future income. They can also lose health insurance policies, which can add a crippling monthly expense to an already thin household budget. In some cases, the family could end up without the money to repair or replace the vehicle involved in the crash.

Tesla may be less safe than other large cars

Car enthusiasts in New York may be surprised to know that the Tesla Model S may not be as safe as several other large and large luxury cars that are available on the market. In July 2017, it was reported that the Toyota Avalon, the Lincoln Continental and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan were the recipients of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top Top Safety Pick Plus designations. During tests for crashworthiness, the Model S fell short, casting doubt over the automaker's claims that the Tesla is the safest car in history.

Independence Day is a dangerous day for drivers

The Fourth of July is a dangerous day on the roads in New York and across the United States. It's the holiday with the most auto insurance claims of all the major summer holidays, compared to Memorial Day and Labor Day. Even more, July 4 itself has been, on average, the most fatal day for drivers over the past 10 years.

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