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Child fatality study highlights the importance of seat belts

Research suggests that the lives of more than 200 children under the age of 15 could be saved each year if every state were to pass seat belt laws as strict as those of New York. The Empire State requires children under the age of 16 to be properly restrained at all times and allows children under the age of 8 to ride only when secured in an approved carrier or by an appropriate restraint. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Harvard University say that child accident fatalities could be reduced by as much as 40 percent if one in ten more children fastened their safety belts.

New technology could detect texting while driving

A company has created a prototype of a textalyzer device, and a proposed bill before lawmakers in New York could authorize police to use it to search drivers' phones after car crashes. The technology connects to a phone and enables law enforcement to examine recent activities such as texting, application usage and incoming and outgoing calls. The device could collect evidence indicating that a phone distracted a driver before a crash.

PTSD and lawsuits in motor vehicle accidents

New York residents who injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by the negligence of another motorist may receive a settlement from an insurance company for their losses, or they might file a lawsuit in order to get adequate compensation. It may also be possible to sue for damages related to post-traumatic stress disorder. However, a diagnosis of PTSD related to the accident might be difficult to establish.

Distracted driving in New York is all too common

Statistics from AT&T's IT CAN WAIT Campaign reveal that people frequently engage in unsafe driving practices, and this is often due to motorists focusing on their cellphone instead of what's happening on the road in front of them. Along with findings that about seven in 10 drivers use their smartphone while on the road, data also indicates that about 10 percent of drivers use video chat while behind the wheel.

Injured in an accident? This is what you should do first

As most of us have experienced, accidents can happen anywhere at any time. Imagine taking a fall while walking through the parking lot where you work or tripping over construction materials that someone left in the middle of the sidewalk. It is easier than it seems to suffer a serious injury from a fall.

Potential drawbacks of self-driving cars

There are a number of potential benefits associated with cars that are driven by computer software instead of people. Human beings are subject to distraction while driving, and lack of sleep may also negatively affect their ability to drive in a safe manner. Computers, of course, are not subject to these issues, which is why it is expected that an increase in self-driving cars will reduce the number of automobile accidents in New York and around the country.

What to ask before hiring an attorney?

When you have been injured in a car accident, choosing legal counsel may not be at the top of your priority list. And that’s okay; because you should focus on getting better so that you can return to a normal life. However, you should not be surprised if you quickly amass solicitations from personal attorneys. Indeed, they may have altruistic goals of righting wrongs and helping someone recover from their injuries, but the financial incentives available for attorneys to help injured parties cannot be ignored.

Reasons for increased fatal accidents in New York

There was a significant increase in the number of traffic-related fatalities in between 2015 and 2016 according to estimates from both the National Safety Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Per the NSC, there was a 6 percent rise in the number of fatal car accidents between 2015 and 2016, and there was a 14 percent increase compared to 2014.

Dangerous driving habits: age does matter

New Yorkers know that it is very important to be alert and focused as they drive, particularly in an effort to avoid other motorists who are negligent or reckless. Often, younger drivers have been blamed for particularly risky driving behavior, and a report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety seems to confirm that millennials, or drivers in the 19 to 24 age bracket, do engage in more dangerous behavior.

Lawsuit filed against Apple for distracted driving accidents

New York motorists may be interested in seeing that a class action lawsuit was filed against Apple on Jan. 17 in Los Angeles Superior Court. The lead plaintiff is a woman who was rear-ended at a stoplight by another person she claims was using her iPhone. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs ask the court to prohibit Apple from selling new iPhone 6s in California that don't have a safety lock feature installed. Apple reportedly has had the safety feature technology that would prevent drivers from texting since 2008 and obtained a patent for it in 2014. The lawsuit also requests that Apple be required to update phones that have already been purchased with this safety measure.

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