The worst transportation accident in almost a decade happened in upstate New York recently when 20 people died in a limousine crash. The accident was the worst tragedy that did not involve an airplane since 2005, when a bus carrying elderly people caught fire.
As many people who have gone to buy a car recently know, the automobile industry has been very busy developing new safety technology that, hopefully, will prevent traffic-related injuries and fatalities.
At least with respect to New York City itself, people have the impression of a lot of busy people moving quickly to get home or get to work.
In the context of their ongoing ad campaign, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA, pointed to several indicators that drug related deaths are contributing to the higher number of traffic fatalities across the country. This spike in traffic-related deaths is even in the face of improved technology in vehicles that is designed to prevent deaths.
A recent blog discussed how distracted driving is particularly common in the summer, although it bears repeating that any occurrence of distracted driving on New York's roads during any time of the year is a safety concern.
A recent study suggested that more drivers operate the vehicles while texting and driving or otherwise engaging in distracted driving during the summer months than they do at other times of the year.
Like other states, New York law requires property owners, including owners of retail stores and shopping malls, to keep their premises safe for their guests and others who come on to the property with permission.
The United States has the dubious distinction of being one of the most if not the most dangerous country for drivers, at least when comes to the number of traffic fatalities that happen in New York and in the other states across this country.
We all spend time in motor vehicles. Whether it is our own personal vehicle, another person's vehicle or public transportation, we all rely on motor vehicles to get us from place to place. There are certain times of the year when individuals in New York and elsewhere plan to take to the road. Holidays are a great reason to plan a family vacation. However, many others have that same idea. This results in an influx of traffic and a heightened risk for fatal automobile collisions.
There are times when it is safe and unsafe to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. It is unsafe when a driver is intoxicated, taking certain medication, is angry, fatigued and distracted. It is safe when a driver is able to abide by the rules of the road, fulfilling his or her duty to drive safe. When a driver is negligent, this is the perfect recipe for disaster. An automobile collision is not something everyone can walk away from. A fatal accident not only takes away lives but impacts loved ones survived by the deceased.