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Category Archives: Driving

A Reminder to Aggressive Drivers

A Reminder to Aggressive Drivers

Some drivers believe the speed limit does not apply to them. They seem to forget speed limits are put in place to protect drivers and pedestrians from serious injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, in 2017 speeding killed 9,717 people, accounting for more than a quarter (26%) of all traffic fatalities that year. -->

Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers

Parents Are the Key to Safe Teen Drivers

All parents want to keep their children safe no matter how young or old they are.  When children mature into teenagers they are presented with new dangers, as parents it’s our job to stay informed so that we can encourage our children to make good decisions- especially behind the wheel. If you have a young -->

100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

We are officially in the midst of what’s known as the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers. According to statistics, the number of teen deaths due to automobile crashes spikes beginning on Memorial Day and ends on Labor Day. What can we do to help keep our kids, and others, safe when behind the wheel? -->

Commit to Quit in Full Swing

Commit to Quit in Full Swing

This past week marked the second “Commit to Quit” anti-distracted driving community event of the season. Injury Attorney Elizabeth Wolff traveled to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School, in Burnt Hills, New York to talk with teen drivers about the dangers of driving distracted. c2q_eaw_5.9.18.jpg The event, organized by the Cornell Cooperative Extension, brought Finkelstein & -->

Spring 2018: Distracted Driving Awareness

Spring 2018: Distracted Driving Awareness

According to the latest statistics, motor vehicle fatalities are on the rise, and there is no question that driver distraction is a major contributing factor. “More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor. Each death is 100% preventable. From cell phones to dashboard infotainment systems to evolving voice -->

Hidden Risks with Rental Cars

Hidden Risks with Rental Cars

There are generally two scenarios that prompt the need for a rental car, you’re traveling, or you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle crash. Putting the pieces together after a motor vehicle crash can be difficult. Aside from physical damages, there’s almost always financial and logistical issues to work out, like securing a rental car. -->

Why Your Teen Driver Should be Driving Solo on Valentine’s Day

Why Your Teen Driver Should be Driving Solo on Valentine's Day

If your teenager is planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a special someone be sure to talk to them about travel arrangements before they leave the house. Why? Research shows a single teen passenger can increase a teen driver’s crash risk by 44 percent.* There are three types of distraction that are directly tied to -->

Driving and Winter Weather Conditions in Albany, NY

Winter weather conditions in Albany, NY can become severe very quickly, and even the most experienced drivers can face dangerous hazards on the road. The Federal Highway Commission stated that one in four car accidents involve inclement weather. Some of the most common hazards are: Black ice: Roadways can be covered by a thin layer -->

Liability and Safety Issues in Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars, also called autonomous vehicles (AVs), are on the way to becoming more common on our streets. They can potentially reduce the incidence of crashes, thereby saving lives. Since they are a new phenomenon, there are many unanswered questions relating to liability and safety issues. The hope is that when all the questions are -->

The Staggering Number of Tragedies Caused By Distracted Drivers

Did you know every day in the United States more than 1,000 people are injured in crashes that involve a distracted driver? In addition to the vast number of people injured on a daily basis due to distraction, approximately nine people are killed every day in distracted driving related crashes. Many people assume that if -->

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

According to experts, approximately 421,000 people are injured every year in distraction related crashes. Distracted drivers put each and every one of us at risk for serious injury and even death. Please join us this month as we promote Distracted Driving Awareness Month. “Technology allows us to make phone calls, dictate texts or emails and -->

Why Some Drivers Take to the Roads with a Foot of Snow on Their Cars, What Lawmakers Plan to do About it

On the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s list of ‘Winter Safe Driving Tips’, the very first point listed instructs drivers to clear all snow and ice from vehicles prior to getting behind the wheel, because “It could hit and damage other vehicles or cause a crash.”- Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee.  Although the State clearly recognizes falling -->

Winter Driving in the Northeast, Be Prepared

We’ve already begun to experience the frigid temperatures and significant snow fall experts have predicted for the winter of 2016-2017. Before your find yourself seriously injured in a car crash take time to learn about what you can do to prepare for winter driving: -Make sure your vehicle is prepared by getting a tune up, -->

School Bus Flips on Snowy Roadway

The first winter storm of 2016 hit the northeast on Sunday, November 20th and continued through Monday, the 21st. The storm swept across New York, ranging in severity; some areas of the state were hit with several feet while other areas experienced a mere dusting. A school trip planned for Pittsford, New York students was -->

The State Kindly Requests That Drivers Stop Taking Selfies

Distracted driving is a nationwide issue, but according to the NY Department of Motor Vehicles, New York is one of the states with the highest percentage of drivers who snap selfies behind the wheel. “Smartphones can provide nearly limitless entertainment, but activities like taking selfies while driving are just irresponsible,” said Terri Egan, the state -->