Car accident

Drunk distracted driver crash

Motor vehicle safety is a major issue throughout New York, and especially in Warren County, according to officials roughly 75 people are treated in Warren County emergency departments for crash related injuries every two months. Predictably driver distraction is one of the most frequent causes of Warren County Crashes. On Sunday, December 4th a Queensbury man lost control of his vehicle just before 1 o'clock in the morning.

Dangers of distracted driving

You’ve likely seen or heard distracted driving related messages on TV, radio, the internet, roadway signs. While you may be familiar with the message, you probably don’t know the full extent of the devastation distracted driving has caused, and continues to cause day in and day out. 

Risks on the road

Did you know driving at night is more dangerous than driving during the day? Aside from the obvious (limited visibility), fatigue, impairment, and traffic are also known to contribute to an increased number of car crashes during PM hours. 

The national safety council offers several suggestions for reducing the likelihood of a night time car crash:

Teen heroic effort

On Thursday, November 9th a 19 year old Mahopac teen was standing in his driveway when he observed a vehicle speeding down his street. The driver of the vehicle later recalled driving some 20mph over the speed limit, approximately 50mph in a 30mph zone. Moments later the vehicle swerved, hit a utility pole, flipped, and became submerged in a Mahopac Woods Beach cove. 

National teen driver safety week

Saturday, October 22nd marked the conclusion of National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16-October 22, 2016). The purpose of the national initiative was to bring awareness to the risks teen drivers face and to hopefully reduce the number of young people hurt and killed in crashes. 

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens 15-19. According to statistics roughly 335 teens are hurt every day in motor vehicle crashes. 

Distracted driving talk

Distracted driving can easily result in serious injuries, fatalities, and costly damage. Employers should outline expectations regarding distracted driving, ideally through a mandatory cell phone policy. The National Safety Council website offers a kit with materials to help inform employees about distracted driving and also includes materials that help employers outline policies.

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On Thursday, September 8th a 31-year-old Hudson Falls woman was involved in a rollover crash on the Northway. 

Rollover crashes are especially dangerous types of automobile crashes. In 2014 nearly seven thousand people in the U.S. died in roller over crashes. On Thursday’s Northway crash the driver was extremely fortunate and sustained only minor injuries.

No Doubt Liability in Car Accidents

Proving liability in car accident claims can be challenging. However, depending on the specific parameters of the accident, proving liability may not be necessary at all. This is due to a factor called no doubt liability, in which it is almost guaranteed that the other party is held liable without any argument from the insurance company.

Witness evidence

Witness evidence can be one of the strongest types of evidence in any car accident situation. More often than not, the only witnesses involved in such occurrences are the drivers of the two vehicles, making it one driver’s word against the other. Should this be the case, it is often difficult for either side’s testimony to hold much weight. For this reason, witness evidence can be key information in car accident cases.

Driver making a call after car accident

When you’ve been involved in a car accident, it is important to consider hiring a car accident attorney to represent you. A reputable car accident attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for any damages incurred in your accident, while dealing with all of the paperwork and communicating with insurance companies. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact injury attorneys at Finkelstein & Partners, LLP today.

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