Category Archives: Driving

Rural Roads and Summer Joy Rides

Many drivers are far more relaxed traveling down a backroad than on busy highways like the Thruway, Route 84 and 17K, but did you know rural roads are actually more dangerous than urban roads? fp-country-road.jpg Speed plays a significant role in rural road crashes, in fact more than half of all annual crash deaths occur -->

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 -->

Dear Friends and Clients,

In furtherance of our firm’s culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can.

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP