What Makes Motorcycle Accidents So Dangerous?

On average, approximately 5,000 people die every year as a result of motorcycle accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This makes motorcycle accidents one of the most dangerous types of motor vehicle accidents, with the risk of fatalities being about twenty-seven times more likely with motorcycles than any other type of vehicle. Why are motorcycles so dangerous, compared to other types of motor vehicles?

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Mobileye Begins Testing of Self-Driving Cars in New York City

Mobileye, an Israeli tech company, has begun testing its self-driving cars in New York City. The company is the first to ever successfully test its self-driving cars on New York City streets, and only the second to receive a permit to test those cars. This news comes at a time that more companies are looking to use self-driving technology in their motor vehicles.… Read the rest

Ira Slavit Discusses Increase in Black Driver Deaths on OPEN

Firm Partner Ira Slavit recently appeared on the BronxNetTV show OPEN to discuss how unsafe roads contribute to the deaths of Black drivers. He noted that more people of color were killed behind the wheel during the pandemic, although there were fewer people driving. He also provided advice to those whose loved ones were killed in accidents and told viewers what they should and should not do at the scene of an accident. To view the segment, watch the video below: … Read the rest

Self-Driving Cars Now Required to Report Crashes

In a mandate issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), manufacturers of self-driving cars will be required to report all crashes of those vehicles within 24 hours of them happening. This action comes after a series of high-profile accidents involving self-driving cars, some of which have resulted in injury or death. This is meant to make the process more transparent, as numerous manufacturers are trying to move towards self-driven vehicles.… Read the rest

Ira Slavit Says Better Roads Need to Be Built in Communities of Color to Reduce Number of Black Driver Deaths

Ira SlavitDuring the pandemic, fewer people were on the roads, yet the number of traffic deaths went up. For Black drivers, the death rate was much higher, citing the configuration of unsafe roads that can be found in communities of color. Ira Slavit, Partner, Levine & Slavit PLLC, says local, state and federal governments must work together to improve these roadways to reduce the number of fatalities among Black drivers.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 38,680 people who were killed in crashes last year, 7,494 were Black. Even though total overall deaths were up 7% … Read the rest

Suffolk Legislators Sign Letter Condemning “Horrendous” Road Conditions

Suffolk County legislators have signed a letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo, decrying the “horrendous” conditions on certain public roads in New York. The letter, signed by all 17 Republican and Democratic county legislators, makes note of the deplorable conditions of roads that are supposed to be run by the state. They are calling for more investment in infrastructure to improve road conditions, which will make the roads safer and easier for motorists to travel on.… Read the rest

Switch to Daylight Savings Means More Car Accidents

Daylight Savings Time comes around the same time every year, when America pushes its clocks ahead one hour. Despite the fact that everyone knows it is coming, people often take a great deal of time to adjust to the change in schedule. This shift is more than a simple inconvenience, however, as the switch to Daylight Savings Time often comes with an increased risk of injury and death, particularly when people are out driving.… Read the rest

NHTSA Reports Increase in Traffic Fatalities During Quarantine

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has revealed that the first nine months of 2020, which included the most intense period in which the coronavirus lockdown was in place, showed an increase in the number of traffic-related fatalities compared to the same period in 2019. This is despite a general decrease in traffic- or, as the NHTSA proposes, it may in fact be because of the lightened traffic. In addition, there were increased signs of drivers being under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances during this time period.… Read the rest

Pedestrian Accidents on Rise From 2015 to 2019 in NY

A study by AAA Northeast has shown that 162,000 pedestrians were struck by vehicles from 2010 to 2019. That is an average of one person every thirty-three minutes, with the highest point coming in 2013 with 16,145 pedestrian accidents. While things seemed to be turning around in 2015, when accidents had fallen by 22% from just two years prior, they slowly turned back around, and in 2019 there were 15,456 pedestrian accidents. While this trend may have been slowed by the coronavirus pandemic, pedestrian accidents nevertheless remain shockingly prevalent and deadly in New York.… Read the rest

Car Accidents: Five Things That Make Them More Likely

Car accidents are among the most common causes of injury in the United States, with thousands of people injured or killed every year in New York alone. While some of these accidents are unavoidable, there are circumstances that can make car accidents significantly more likely. Here are five issues that increase the likelihood of a car accident:… Read the rest