Auto Accidents and Defective Steering Systems

Some of the most dangerous auto accidents occur when a driver is unable to safely control his or her vehicle. While this is often caused by road conditions or the driver’s own errors, a defect within the car can also result in a life-threatening loss of control. We tend to take for granted that a car’s essential systems, such as the steering or brakes, are not prone to sudden malfunction; sadly, this is not necessarily the case.

A variety of major car manufacturers and their models have been known to include defective steering systems, resulting in accidents and injuries. By … Read the rest

What Clients Should Know About Car Accident Litigation

New York car accident lawyerThere are many kinds of misfortunes that can befall a person, particularly on the road. So many people are victims of unfortunate accidents involving motor vehicles, and it’s important that the responsible parties of these accidents are held accountable for their actions.

If you or someone that you love has been injured in an auto accident of some kind, our personal injury attorneys can help you receive just compensation for any injuries that have been sustained or losses and hardships that have been experienced.

Different Causes of Car and Auto Accidents

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Traffic Fatalities and Distraction-Affected Crashes Declined in 2011 But Fatalities of Large Truck Occupants Rose 20 Percent

Today the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new analysis indicating that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949. This is a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year, and a 26 percent decline in traffic fatalities overall since 2005. 2011 also saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded, with 1.10 deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2011.

Other key statistics include:

  • Fatalities declined by 4.6 percent for occupants of passenger cars and light trucks (including SUVs, minivans and pickups).
  • Deaths in crashes involving drunk drivers
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Fatal Bronx Bus Accident Continues to Lead to Tough Actions by FMCSA Including Shut-Down of 26 Bus Companies and Release of SaferBus Mobile App

This past Thursday the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (“FMCSA”) of the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”) shut down 26 discount bus companies declaring them imminent hazards to public safety. The shutdowns affected dozens of routes out of New York City’s Chinatown. In addition, FMCSA ordered 10 individual bus company owners, managers and employees to cease all passenger transportation operations, which includes selling bus tickets to passengers.

Earlier this year, FMCSA released the SaferBus mobile app to give travelers a quick way to view a bus company’s safety record before buying an interstate ticket or booking group travel. The app … Read the rest

Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths Highest in 15 Years

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in its preliminary report on fatalities occurring in 2006 as a result of motor vehicle accidents, project alcohol-related traffic fatalities increased by 2.4 percent from 2005 to 2006; 17,941 for 2006 versus 17,525 for 2005.

This represents the highest number of alcohol-related traffic deaths since 1992. Injuries sustained in alcohol-related traffic accidents declined 6 percent, from 2.7 million in 2005 to 2.54 million in 2006.

Comparing 2005 to 2006, overall traffic fatalities are down slightly by 0.3 percent, from 43,443 in 2005 to 43,300 in 2006. The 2006 fatality rate is projected to … Read the rest