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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 -->

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 -->

Hats off to Mahopac Teen’s Heroic Efforts

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 -->

Teen Driver Suspected of Drug Use in Horrific Colonie Crash

On Friday, October 28th two teenage boys were involved in a horrific crash. The incident transpired around 11pm. The driver of a 2006 sedan, an 18 year old male, drove off the road and ended up lodged under a pick up truck. The force of the collision caused both vehicles to crash through a nearby -->

Commit to Quit: Managing Partner Presents to Students in our own Backyard

Newburgh, NY – On Monday, November 16, 2015 managing partner Andrew Finkelstein visited Newburgh Preparatory Charter High School to speak to students about the dangers of texting and driving.  This past spring Finkelstein & Partners attorneys visited various high schools throughout the state of New York urging teens to put their phone down while behind -->

Finkelstein & Partners Personal Injury Attorneys Take the Stage to Spread the Word at CBS6 Fidelis Care Family Fit & Fun Day

On Saturday, October 17th Finkelstein & Partners attorneys and staff attended the Fidelis Care Family Fit & Fun day at Colonie Center in Albany.   The Finkelstein & Partners table was in the center of the Kid/Safety Zone along with Cornell Cooperative Ext of Saratoga County, NYSCPOBA, Saratoga Sheriffs Dept., Albany Sheriff’s Dept., Colonie Police -->

25 Year Old Cyclist Biking Across the U.S. Dies in Auto Collision

Patrick Wanninkohf tragically died late last month in western Oklahoma. Patrick, a 25 year old Bronx, NY resident was part of a team of cyclists riding across America to raise money for affordable housing.  According to authorities, a female driver crashed into the cyclists, killing Patrick and wounding another. She admitted to police she was distracted at the time -->

Attorney Liz Wolff Spreads the Message

Last Friday, Attorney Liz Wolff spoke to hundreds of students at Ballston Spa High School about the dangers of texting and driving as a part of Finkelstein & Partners and CBS 6 “Commit to Quit” initiative. During the course of the day, Liz had an opportunity to speak to large groups as well as one -->

Facebook, Twitter, and More…While Behind the Wheel

Before texting and driving was illegal in NY, Finkelstein and Partners launched our “Commit to Quit” campaign. Why “Commit to Quit?” As personal injury attorneys, we see the tragic results of texting and driving far too often. As smart phones have evolved, the issues transcend texting while driving, and now encompasses a range of hand-held -->

Managing Partner, Andrew Finkelstein Discusses the Dangers of Distracted Driving on CBS6 Albany

Andrew Finkelstein discusses the dangers of distracted driving in this exclusive interview with Liz Bishop from CBS6 News in Albany. Mr. Finkelstein talks about the dangers of the recent trend “driving selfies.” Watch to learn more: 

Apple Patents Automatic Lockout System Stops Drivers From Sending Messages While Driving

Apple has patented a new method to help reduce the texting and driving trend. The patent reveals a system using sensors and onboard cameras that checks when a person is in the driver’s seat and will prevent the driver from texting while they are in motion.Earlier this year, Apple came out with its iOS in -->

Does Texting at a Red Light Count?

We know that texting while driving is illegal in New York State and extremely dangerous in general! But what about texting while at a stop sign or a red light? Does that count as texting while driving? According to a New York Times article, a survey from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive -->

Nearly 1 in 10 Motorists Killed Every Day Due to Distracted Driving

Approximately 9 people are killed and over 1,000 are injured every single day in a distracted driving accident, according to a recent study released by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. Distracted driving can be anything from texting while driving, to eating while driving, to reaching for something on the floor while driving. Whenever -->

Andrew Finkelstein & Attorney Liz Wolff Discuss the Dangers of Texting While Driving!

Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein and Attorney Liz Wolff spread the word about the dangers of texting while driving in these CBS6 Albany commercials! Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein Attorney Liz Wolff About our Commit to Quit Program: In 2011, we launched a public service campaign with the goal of making young  drivers aware of the dangers -->

Teens Are Not the Only Ones Who Text & Drive: Adults Are Some of the Worst Offenders

Adults are just as likely as teenagers to be texting and driving, according to a report released by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The report found that 47% of adults in the study said they have sent or received text messages while driving. In comparison, 34% of the teens in the study -->

3 Young Siblings, Their Father & Pregnant Woman are Victims in Horrific Accident Involving Driver on Cell Phone

A horrific accident in Lodi, California has taken the lives of 3 small children, their father and a pregnant woman. The multicar crash happened just after 5:20pm on Tuesday, October 22 at a busy intersection. The children were ages 12, 7 and 5. The father of the three children was also involved in the crash. -->

Putting an End to Aggressive Driving

Are you an aggressive driver? Did you know that aggressive driving causes approximately 6,800,000 crashes each year in the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Do You: Express frustration when you drive? Fail to pay attention while driving? Tailgate? Make frequent lane changes? Run red lights? Speed? These can all be factors -->

It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week

This week, communities around the U.S. will spread awareness about teen driver safety. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administraion, car crashes are the number one cause of teen deaths in the U.S. Teens are involved in 3x the number of fatal accidents than all other drivers. As a parent, set a good example -->

Governor Cuomo Announces Designated Highway “Texting Zones”

On Monday, September 23, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that in the state of New York, there will be 91 designated areas on the Thruway (I-87) for texting, called “texting zones”. These zones will be existing at current rest stops, Park and Rides, parking areas and other similar safe stopping areas. The state will put up -->

Governor Cuomo Against Texting-While-Driving

Distracted driving, in particular texting and driving, has become a major concern for Governor Andrew Cuomo. In 2011, the Governor signed a law that categorized distracted driving as a primary traffic offense. Law enforcement was then allowed to issue tickets for texting-while-driving. Within a year, there was a 234% increase in the number of tickets -->