Intersection Crashes

intersection accident lawyer Long IslandThe volume of traffic accidents at intersections are not only becoming more common but are also resulting in more serious injuries and fatalities. An intersection is the crossing over of two roads with cars traveling in different directions at the same time. Ordinarily, accidents that occur in an intersection are the result of one driver failing to yield to traffic, due to violating a law or ignoring a traffic sign or signal, among other things. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that almost half of the automobile accidents that occur each year involved a driver failing to yield … Read the rest

Are Millennial Drivers Hazardous?

This week the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report revealing that millennial drivers engage in risky behavior at a disturbingly high rate. The report was issued after the foundation surveyed 2,511 millennial drivers from August 25th to September 6th of 2016. The survey compiled not only the driver’s habits but also their reactions to dangerous driving behaviors.

The survey reported that nearly 60 percent of millennial drivers admit to using their cell phones behind the wheel to send a text or email. That is nearly twice as much as the rate of all other drivers (31.4%). Furthermore, 40.2 … Read the rest

New York State DMV Urges Drivers Not to “Catch ‘Em All” While Driving

Citing a growing number of car crashes related to playing Pokémon Go behind the wheel, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, along with the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, recently issued a statement reminding drivers not to play the game and to focus on the road. This was reported by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.

Since the game launched on July 6, there have been pedestrian-related accidents as a result of people being distracted by the game but now, many people are bringing their mobile devices with them in their vehicles so they can “catch ‘em all.” Here … Read the rest

Recent New York Legislation Attempts to Reduce Motor Vehicle Accidents

The past few months have seen New York take the initiative in enacting legislation to make the roads safer and reduce motor vehicle accidents. These pieces of legislation include increased fines for distracted driving violations that include texting-while-driving, using a cell phone while driving, and increasing the penalties for younger drivers engaging in these types of prohibited activities. New legislation also updates the current Leandra’s law to make it a felony to drive drunk on a conditional license. Finally, legislation was signed into law permitting New York City to establish a five-year demonstration program to monitor school speed zones in … Read the rest

Using Siri to Activate a Call Held Not to Be Same as Making a Phone Call on Cell Phone; Defendant Not Guilty

Section 1225-c(2a) of New York’s Vehicle and Traffic Law prohibits operating a motor vehicle upon a public highway while using a mobile telephone to engage in a call while such vehicle is in motion without a hands-free device. In The People v. Andrew Welch, the defendant was charged with violating VTL § 1225-c. At trial, the police officer testified that he observed the defendant behind the wheel of a 2010 Audi that drove past him. Per the officer’s testimony, defendant had a cell phone in his hand which he held close to his chin, and was talking into it. … Read the rest

Is Texting-While-Driving So Dangerous That A Conviction Should Require Automatic License Revocation?

FocusDriven – Advocates for Cell-Free Driving – thinks so, recently calling for automatic license revocation for drivers who text behind the wheel stating texting is a dangerous and deadly behavior that takes drivers’ mind off the road, hands off the steering wheel and eyes off the road. Strengthening penalties for violators will help to curb the behavior, prevent crashes and save lives.

In New York, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo marked the one year anniversary of the state’s strict law to prevent distracted driving by announcing this past July that law enforcement officials issued more than 20,000 tickets to motorists for … Read the rest

Homicide Conviction and Jail Time for Texting While Driving Motor Vehicle Accident Sounds Shocking But Probably Won’t Deter It

A Massachusetts teen, Aaron Deveau, was convicted Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide, texting while driving and negligent operation of a motor vehicle as a result of texting while driving. He was the first driver to be charged and convicted of motor vehicle homicide by texting under Massachusetts aw. The motor vehicle accident occurred when Deveau’s vehicle crossed over a center line and fatally injured the driver of the oncoming vehicle and seriously injured a passenger in that vehicle.

He was sentenced to two and a half years on the vehicular homicide charge and two years on the texting while … Read the rest

New Traffic Laws in New York for 2012 – Part I

The latest edition of AAA New York’s Car & Travel magazine set forth three new traffic laws that will go into effect in 2012. These laws are: (1) an expansion of the Move Over Law to include tow trucks and other hazard vehicles; (2) a rise from 2 to 3 points on a driver license for using a handheld phone or other portable electronic device while driving; and (3) a ban from being a school bus driver for anyone convicted of a wide range of crimes. New York State joins 41 other states that have adopted “move over” laws that … Read the rest

New Yorks Law Against Text Messaging While Driving Signed by Governor Cuomo; Penalty for Using Cell Phone While Driving Rises from Two to Three Points

Effective immediately, it is a primary traffic offense for drivers to use handheld electronic devices for activities such as texting while a vehicle is in motion, thereby giving law enforcement the power to stop drivers solely for engaging in this activity. Before this law, it was illegal for drivers to use handheld electronic devices while their vehicle was in motion, but it was a secondary traffic offense — meaning a driver had to be stopped for another violation in order to receive a ticket. The monetary penalty for a violation of this law continues to be a fine of up … Read the rest

33 States Now Prohibit Texting While Driving

Last Friday, June 3, Maine Governor Paul LePage signed a new law that prohibits texting behind the wheel. Under the new law, which takes effect in September 2011, violators will face a minimum fine of $100. The new law is designed to strengthen a 2009 Maine law that more generally prohibited distracted driving but was felt not insufficient to deal with the huge safety risk of texting while driving. In Nevada, a bill that bans any non-hands-free use of a cell phone while driving passed through the State Senate and Assembly on June 4th and is now awaiting the governor’s … Read the rest