A recent accident or, rather, chain of accidents, in a town not too far from White Plains left one person dead and another person, a police officer, injured.
As readers of this blog know, our White Plains, New York, office represents victims of a variety of different types of personal injury claims. Whether it is a car accident, an accident at a retail store or on someone else's private property, or some other type of accident, the common theme in almost every personal injury case is negligence.
A driver of a passenger bus in the area of Newburgh, a tow in New York about an hour north of White Plains, was arrested recently and accused of striking a pedestrian and then leaving the scene of the accident.
Many states across the country specifically outlaw texting and driving, which includes instant messaging as well as other internet use while behind the wheel. However, New York takes the matter a step further by banning handheld electronic devices, including cell phones.
As usual, Thanksgiving is looking to be a busy holiday for travel, especially on the roads of White Plains, New York and other parts of the country.
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.