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Tag Archives: Distracted Driving

Back to School Driving Tips

According to a recent article published by the National Safety Council the number of annual traffic deaths is on the rise. 61 children are hit by cars every day in the United States. As the school year approaches we encourage you to utilize the following safety tips: 2016_back_to_school_blog.jpg

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 -->

Injury Information Everyone Should be Aware of

According to the National Safety Council in 2014 136,053 people died as a result of ‘unintentional injury’ related deaths. That equates to over 370 tragedies every day. These figures do not include those seriously or permanently injured due to unintentional injuries.  The National Safety Council provided the top causes of unintentional injuries in homes and -->

Managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein Joins CBS6 to talk about the Latest in Driver Distraction

On Friday, July 15th managing Partner Andrew Finkelstein spoke to the CBS6-WRGB news team about the new Pokemon craze. In the link below you can view the interview and learn more about different types of distraction and how each affect a driver’s ability to operate an automobile. Andrew also discusses who would be liable if -->

Congratulations Graduates of 2016, Tips on Safe Celebrating

This past weekend, and in the weeks to come high school seniors from New York and all across the United States will be celebrating the first of many lifetime achievements: high school graduation.  This exciting time is also a dangerous time for teens. According to the National Safety Council, the 100 days between Memorial Day -->

Car Crashes Aren’t Accidents

Safety advocates from around the country are encouraging others to change the way people think and talk about car crashes. For decades the chosen term for describing a wreck has been ‘accident.’ What’s the problem with the word ‘accident’? Accidents are often associated with actions or outcomes that couldn’t or shouldn’t have been avoided or -->

Teen Allegedly Using SnapChat During Crash, Sued by Victims

A Georgia teen has been accused of using a social media app known as SnapChat in the moments leading up to a serious crash. The teen struck another vehicle, leaving one of it’s passengers with serious brain damage. According to the victim’s legal team the teen was using SnapChat’s speed filter, which captures the speed -->

Where do you stand on the ‘Textalyzer’ debate?

Distracted driving is a major issue in New York and across the country. Most drivers know it’s dangerous, that they will face steep fines if caught, and that people have died because of distracted drivers… but they continue to drive distracted. Recently legislation has been proposed to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the -->

Calling All New York Parents and High School Teachers!

Each spring Finkelstein & Partners attorneys visit area high schools to speak to students about distracted driving. Parents and teachers are well aware the spring and summer months are an exciting time for teens. Unfortunately this exciting time can also be dangerous. Teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash -->

Are You a Distracted Driver? New Yorkers Chances of Getting a Ticket Are About 840x Higher Than Previous Years

New York law enforcement has made valiant efforts to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the road, since 2011 there has been an 840% increase in the number of texting while driving tickets issued. According to Governor Cuomo, “There is zero tolerance for distracted driving and State Police will be out in force to -->