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How To Make Sure Your Limousine Ride Is Safe

Riding in a limousine is always a special occasion. Whether it’s taking you to the prom, to a wedding, or to a New Year’s Eve party, a limo will always make its occupants feel like royalty. Unfortunately, a glamorous occasion can quickly turn to tragedy. No vehicle is immune to traffic accidents, and limos are no exception.

In October 2018, a large group of family and friends were headed to a 30th birthday celebration when the limo they were riding in crashed near Schoharie, NY. All 17 passengers and the driver were killed, along with two pedestrians.

The limo crash was one of the deadliest transportation accidents in recent memory in the U.S., and it might have been prevented. Investigators determined that the limo involved had repeatedly had its insurance canceled, and had allegedly failed multiple inspections.

Verify credentials and insurance

Before signing a contract with a limo company, you should always request proof of insurance. If you’re making the arrangements well in advance of your trip, you should check again that the insurance is still valid before you set foot in the limo. Ensure that the document you’re looking at covers the specific limo you’ll be riding it.

You should also request to see the driver’s license. In many states, drivers of limousines need a special license. In New York, limousine drivers must obtain a class E driver’s license. And for drivers that operate in New York City, additional documentation may be required through the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). During the investigation into the deadly limo crash near Schoharie, it was determined that the driver lacked the proper licensing to operate the vehicle.

Check for DOT inspections

Vehicles that can carry more than nine (paying) passengers are legally required to be certified by the Department of Transportation. They must undergo an intensive inspection every six months. Additionally, they must pass a less formal inspection in between rigorous inspections. Riders should always request proof that the limo has passed the most recent DOT inspection.

Talk to the driver

Just like other drivers, limo drivers may make poor decisions. You should have a brief conversation with the driver before climbing into a limo. While you chat, consider whether the driver looks or acts impaired. Do you smell alcohol? Does the driver’s eyes look bloodshot? Does the driver yawn frequently? These are all red flags that should tell you to skip the limo ride.

Steps to take after a motor vehicle accident

After any crash, the most important things to do first are to make sure everyone is okay, and to call for emergency assistance. A crash can leave you feeling shaken, and you may need some time to gather your emotions. But it’s best not to wait too long to contact a personal injury lawyer. There will be medical bills to pay and property damage to deal with, and a lawyer can provide legal guidance you can rely on.

After a crash in Long Island or the New York City area, you and your family can turn to the veteran car accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye. With more than 25 years of experience in and out of the courtroom, our law firm can maximize your chances of a favorable settlement or jury award.

Call us today at 1.800.469.7429 to request a free confidential consultation.

Additional Resources:

  1. CNN, The limo that crashed and killed 20 people failed inspection. And the driver wasn’t properly licensed. https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/08/us/new-york-limo-crash/index.html
  2. NPR, Fatal N.Y. Limo Crash Raises Safety Questions About ‘Frankenstein’ Vehicles, https://www.npr.org/2018/10/08/655674840/fatal-n-y-limo-crash-raises-safety-questions-about-frankenstein-vehicles

DWI Arrests Higher in Suffolk County than Nassau County

The latest statistics indicate that the number of driving while intoxicated (DWI) felonies in Long Island’s Suffolk County is double that of neighboring Nassau County. The recent data is a continuation of a two-decade trend, in which Suffolk County has led Nassau County in DWIs. Until roughly 1970, Nassau County had more DWIs.

It’s important to note, though, that DWI convictions have been rising steadily in both counties for nearly 50 years.

The Reasons for DWIs

There are a number of reasons that DWI rates in both counties are rising and that Suffolk outpaces Nassau County. Both counties have seen a population expansion since 1970, when the data began to be tracked. Some of the increase is due simply to more people driving.

Laws against drinking and driving have become much stricter in the period as well. Specific programs aimed at eliminated drinking and driving have been in place since the 1980s. Leandra’s Law, passed 9 years ago, made operating a vehicle while under the influence while having a passenger 15 years of age or younger an automatic felony in New York state.

But perhaps the most significant explanation is the relative lack of public transportation options. New York City residents, for example, have multiple ways to catch a ride – train, bus, subway, and taxis/car service. Nassau and Suffolk are suburban, and parts of both of them are rural – with Suffolk in the lead here as well – with few options other than driving.

Why Do Drunk Drivers Get Behind the Wheel?

A national survey conducted in 2016 found that the top 3 reasons drivers got in their vehicles after drinking were the following.

  1. 43.7% believed they were okay to drive.
  2. 12.6% said they weren’t very far away.
  3. 10.9% believed they could drive carefully.

Call a Long Island DWI Crash Lawyer at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye

Drivers who believe they are okay to drive or can drive a short distance while intoxicated are all too frequent on Long Island roads. Sadly, they can be killed while thinking this – and they can kill or injure other people.

The holiday season, with its frequent parties and celebrations, can be an especially common time for DWIs to occur. Never drink and drive. Go with a designated driver who doesn’t drink, or call a taxi.

If you or a loved one is injured or killed in a DWI in the 5 boroughs of NYC or on Long Island, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help. We are veteran attorneys experienced in cases involving drunk driving.

Your initial consultation with us is free and comes with no obligation. We charge no fees unless we win your case. Call today to speak with a seasoned New York City and Long Island DWI accident lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

  1. State of New York. Adult Arrests by County: Beginning 1970. https://data.ny.gov/Public-Safety/Adult-Arrests-by-County-Beginning-1970/rikd-mt35.
  2.  Suffolk leads Nassau in DWI felonies. Long Island Report. April 25, 2017. https://longislandreport.org/news/suffolk-leads-nassau-in-dwi-felonies/24435

Recent School Bus Accident Tragedies: What We Can Do To Prevent Them

Front closeup view of a yellow school busUsually, children on a school bus are safer than children in cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that they are 70 times more safe traveling to school in a school bus rather than a car.

But a recent rash of tragic accidents in Florida, Indiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Kentucky have indicated how potentially at risk children riding the bus or walking near school bus stops can be. It’s time for all motorists to focus on how these tragedies – all entirely preventable – can be avoided.

Use Caution Around School Buses and School Crossings

Most importantly, drivers need to use the utmost caution whenever they are around school buses, school crossings, and schools themselves. This applies to not only areas where you can see a bus, crosswalk, or school, but in the neighborhoods. If a school bus has recently discharged passengers, they will be walking home; alert motorists should keep on the alert for children walking.

Drive slowly. Children walking to or from a bus may be walking, assembling in a group for the bus, or playing. They may dart into the street in play, or may suddenly run for the bus. Drive at a rate where you can always stop safely.

Obey the school bus laws in your state. In New York, that means stopping when a school bus flashes its red lights. Your car needs to be a minimum of 20 feet from the bus when you stop. Note that you must stop not only if you’re on the same side of the bus, but if you’re on the opposite side. This applies to all roadways in New York State.

Obey the flashing lights and stop-arms on school buses. The latter are the arms that come out with stop signs on them. Flashing yellow lights mean that the bus intends to stop and will be loading or unloading children. Slow down and be able to stop. Flashing red lights and stop arms mean that the bus has stopped and children are entering or exiting the bus. You must stop. Do not put your car in motion again until the lights are off, the stop arm is back in a nonvisible position, and the bus starts moving.

If You Need a Bus Accident Lawyer in Long Island

Any vehicle accident has the potential to be a tragedy, but none more so than a preventable accident that takes the lives of children.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye are experienced attorneys who will fight for justice if your loved ones have been injured or killed in an school bus accident in Long Island or New York City.

Our initial consultation is free; we will discuss your case and what next steps could be. Call 1-800-469-7429 for a free consultation with a seasoned New York City and Long Island bus accident lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

  1. New York State DMV. About the DMV. Chapter 6: Passing. https://dmv.ny.gov/about-dmv/chapter-6-passing
  2. U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA. NHTSA Urges Motorists to Drive Safely Near School Zones and Bus Stops. November 2, 2018. https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/nhtsa-urges-motorists-drive-safely-near-school-zones-and-bus-stops
  3. U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA. School Bus Safety. https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/school-bus-safety

Traffic Fatalities Increase with Ridesharing

uber lyft

The increased presence of ridesharing apps such as Uber and Lyft are increasing traffic fatalities where the apps are used by as much as 2% to 3%, according to a recent study put out by the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. The fatalities are rising both for occupants of the cars and for pedestrians.

A Large Rise in Rideshare Traffic Leads to More Deaths

It is often assumed that ridesharing won’t increase accidents, the authors observe, because people think that ridesharing simply replaces a driver of a personal car with the driver of the Uber or Lyft. In fact, Ubers and Lyft increase the number of cars on the road. Another study this summer, for example, found that ridesharing increased driving on city streets a whopping 180%.

The increase in driving occurs for a number of reasons. People who previously used public transportation such as buses or trains may be taking advantage of the increased convenience and reasonable cost of ridesharing. It’s also possible that people who previously walked or biked are using Lyft or Uber, at least occasionally. Finally, Lyft and Uber may provide a car service for people who previously didn’t use a car at all.

Driver patterns also contribute. Ridesharing drivers need to take their cars to places most advantageous to pick up fares or where they are summoned after completing one ride, adding to the number of miles they spend on the road.

The study also noted that ridesharing increases congestion. The end result seems to be that more cars on the road and more congestion equals more serious accidents.

The increase in fatal accidents was concentrated in larger cities, and in poorer cities as measured by per-capital income.

The authors note that traffic fatalities had been decreasing over the past 20 years, until roughly 2010. Since then, unfortunately, traffic deaths have been rising again. Ridesharing, of course, starting with Uber, began in approximately 2010. While it’s too soon to know whether ridesharing is a cause of the climb in traffic deaths at that time, or whether there are unrelated causal factors, further study likely needs to be done.

What Is the Solution?

Unfortunately, there is no one solution to increasing traffic deaths and driving due to ridesharing. It appears, though, that if people are using ridesharing rather than public transportation, they might be safer in public transportation.

Longer term, lawmakers may want to regulate the number of ridesharing vehicles on the road, or regulate their use on certain high-traffic arterials, as the increase in traffic and congestion they are causing is translating to rising deaths across the country.

Who Can File an Uber Accident Lawsuit?

If you or a loved one has been in an accident with either Uber or Lyft, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help. We are experienced in NYC and Long Island Uber lawsuits. We will fight for maximum compensation.

Our initial consultation is free; we will discuss your case and what the next steps could be. Call today for a free case review with a seasoned New York City and Long Island Uber accident lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

  1. Barrios, John M., et al. “The Cost of Convenience: Ridesharing and Traffic Fatalities.” Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, University of Chicago Booth School of Business. New Working Paper Series No. 27. October 2018. https://research.chicagobooth.edu/-/media/research/stigler/pdfs/workingpapers/27thecostofconvenience.pdf?la=en&hash=A15B1513F98D7A17B9E37F78DD2EBDC4C6338BFA
  2. Pyzyk, Katie. “Report: Ride-sharing increases, not reduces, traffic.” Smart Cities Dive. July 27, 2018. https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/report-ride-sharing-increases-not-reduces-traffic/528659/

Sleep Deprivation and Driving: A Fatal Combination

Man driving car and falling asleep at the wheelDrivers who get on the road having had less than 4 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours raise the odds of being in a car crash by a startling 15.1 times, according to a new study. The danger is roughly the same as the accidents risk of a driver whose blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is about 1.5 times above the legal amount.

In other words, drowsy driving is as likely to cause an accident as drunk driving.

Less Than 7 Hours of Sleep Raises Crash Risk

While the sleep deprivation caused by drivers having less than 4 hours of sleep caused the highest risk of accidents, drivers with less than 7 hours of sleep also had a much greater risk of being in a car accident that drivers who had sufficient hours of sleep. Drivers who had slept 6 hours had 1.3 greater odds of having an accident, while drivers who slept 5 hours at 1.9 greater odds.

Sixteen Percent of Fatal Crashes Are Caused by Sleep Deprivation

How much is enough sleep for safe driving? Generally, 7 to 9 hours nightly is sufficient. Unfortunately, however, U.S. government data indicate that 20% of adults sleep for less than 7 hours per night, and 33% say they chronically get less than 7 hours.

Lack of sufficient sleep can cause motor reflexes to slow down. Drivers may be less able to make needed stops, for example. In addition, drowsy driving affects judgment and impairs the ability to drive safely.

Sixteen percent of car accidents in which someone is killed involve a drowsy driver, and 7% of all car accidents do.

The dangers of drowsy driving have been known for some time, but this is the first study to firmly quantify the relationship between a given number of hours and the related risk of a crash. Data from a U.S. Department of Transportation study, with a sample of 5,470 car accidents, were used.

Speak with an Experienced Long Island Car Accident Attorney

Have you or a loved one been in a car accident in New York state in which drowsy driving was involved? If so, the car accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help.

Drowsy driving laws are complicated. It’s wise to consult a lawyer if you or a loved one believe that the other driver in your auto accident was sleep-deprived. We will fight for the maximum settlement that you deserve.

Our initial consultation is free; we will discuss your case and what next steps could be. Call today for a free consultation with a seasoned New York City and Long Island car accident lawyer.

Additional Resources:

  1. Tefft, Brian C. Acute sleep deprivation and culpable motor vehicle crash involvement. Sleep, 2018; 41(10) Oct. 1. https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/41/10/zsy144/5067408.
  2. Sleep deprived people more likely to have car crashes. ScienceDaily. September 18, 2018. https://academic.oup.com/sleep/article/41/10/zsy144/5067408

New Electric Citi Bikes in New York City: What Are the Dangers?

Row of city bikes for rent at docking stations in New York City, USAIn late August, electric bicycles became available in New York City through Citi Bikes, the popular exchange where people with a membership can rent bicycles.

The electric bicycles will be available at the same Citi Bike docking stations where regular (i.e., foot-powered only) Citi Bikes are available.

The electric bikes are referred to as “pedal assist” bikes, because they use a pedal assist motor around the front wheel, which give the bikes an electric boost. Riders press a power button on the battery when the bike is stationary, and then begin to pedal when the lights are on.

The bikes can go faster than regular bikes. The speed for electric bikes can be as fast as 18 mph, compared with 11-12 mph with regular bikes. (Of course, the speed might be less depending on traffic.) The faster speeds can be very convenient for riders who are commuting to work — or just want to get where they are going faster than they can with a regular bike!

Are Electric Bikes More Risky?

Electric bike riders should, of course, be mindful of safety. Increased speeds could put bicyclists at increased risk of accidents, for several reasons.

First, stopping takes longer when any vehicle is going faster, bikes included. Bike riders need to factor in how long they need to stop with the new, faster bikes. In fact, it’s a good idea to practice in a place with low traffic density first, to get used to the new speeds.

Second, both motorists and pedestrians likely calculate their own actions with the speed of a regular bicycle in mind. Their decisions to pull out in front of you, turn, and stop are likely all based on those speeds, so bicyclists should keep those in mind as well.

Third, any accident you have may be more severe if you are going faster. If you run into an object at a greater velocity or are going with greater velocity and fall off, the impact of the accident may be greater. This is also true if an object, other vehicle, or person hits you when you are going at a greater speed.

All of these reasons are added to the already-existing need of all bicyclists to ride safely.

Rules for Riding Safely

Citi Bike reiterates these rules for riding safely on its electric bike website:

  1. Always wear a helmet
  2. Brake gradually in the electric bikes, with both hands.
  3. Be very cautious in traffic. Remember to obey safety rules, such as speed limits, right of way, and traffic signals.

If You Need a Bike Accident Lawyer in New York City

Even with the best bicycle riding and safety precautions, accidents on bicycles happen. If you or a loved one has been hurt or even killed in a bicycle accident in New York City or state, contact Edelman, Krasin & Jaye today. We have practiced in New York state for more than five decades.

Call us today for a complimentary consultation. Our NYC bicycle accident lawyers will give you information on the ramifications of your legal case and work to garner just compensation. We also make house calls if traveling is difficult.

Additional Resources:

  1. Citi Bike. Electric FAQs. https://www.citibikenyc.com/how-it-works/electric-faqs
  2. Citi Bike. Say hello to the electric Citi Bike bicycle. https://www.citibikenyc.com/how-it-works/electric
  3. Haas, Ryan. The Average Bike Riding Speed. September 11, 2017. https://www.livestrong.com/article/413599-the-average-bike-riding-speed/

Trick or Treater Safety Tips for Halloween

Little children in Halloween costumesIt’s nearly that time of year for haunted houses, costumes and trick or treating with the family. While Halloween promises tons of spooky fun, this popular holiday also carries safety risks as children wander darkened streets in close proximity to traffic.  Did you know that kids aged 5 to 14 are four times more likely to be killed in a pedestrian/ car accident while trick or treating compared to any other night of the year?

While your little ghosts and goblins are collecting goodies this Halloween, Edelman, Krasin & Jaye offers a few practical tips to keep your trick-or-treaters safe and out of harm’s way.

Halloween costume safety tips

From superheroes and Disney characters to fairy princesses, your child’s choice of Halloween costume is an important aspect of safety. While some residential areas offer daytime trick-or-treating, most kids are prowling the streets after 5:30 p.m., when visibility is poor. If your kid is on the hunt for sugary satisfaction after dark, follow these tips:

  • Put reflective tape on their costume or treat collection bag
  • Avoid masks that can obstruct vision
  • Avoid costumes or props that can impair vision or mobility
  • Ensure footwear fits properly and is comfortable
  • Go for brighter costume material to enhance visibility
  • Make sure the costume is sized right to prevent trips and falls

General precautions & road safety

Younger children (12 and under) should always be accompanied by an adult, but regardless of age, it’s always a good idea to ensure your child has a basic understanding of road safety before heading out.

Traffic and road safety tips:

  • Cross the street at corners, using crosswalks or traffic lights
  • Look both ways before crossing
  • Stick to pedestrian paths and sidewalks and always walk facing the traffic
  • Never dart out into the street or between parked cars
  • Watch for vehicles that are backing out of driveways
  • Stick to well-lit, familiar neighborhoods and streets
  • Always walk, don’t run
  • Carry a flashlight to be seen by drivers
  • Avoid dark, isolated paths

There is some measure of safety in numbers, and it’s always more fun to trick-or-treat in groups. Ask your kids to put away their smart phones and avoid other distractions while walking.

Pedestrian accident attorneys serving NYC

Every year the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects vital crash data, which has increasingly shown the dangers facing trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Nearly 25 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween night involve drunk drivers, whose blood alcohol level is above the legal limit.

Edelman, Krasin and Jaye wishes everyone in our extended community a safe and happy Halloween. When a negligent driver causes injury or death, our Long Island pedestrian accident attorneys will ensure that justice is served. To schedule a free consultation, call today.

Additional Resources on Trick or Treater Safety:

  1. Mayo Clinic, Halloween safety: Tips for trick-or-treaters https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/childrens-health/in-depth/halloween-safety/art-20044976
  2. SafeKids.org, HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

Not If but When: Self-driving Cars Are Coming, but Will They Be Safe?

self driving carNews reports frequently tell us about tests of automated cars. Some self-driving cars have been tested in California and Arizona. While they are not yet fully operational or legal to drive — they have been intended as tests only — they do point to a future where, at some point, cars may drive us rather than us driving cars.

But why are self-driving cars being developed, and are you likely to see them soon on a highway near you?

The Why: Safety and Other Benefits

The chief reason self-driving vehicles are being developed is safety. Automobile accidents killed more than 35,000 people in 2015, the last year for which statistics are available, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). An overwhelming number, 94%, are caused by human error. Self-driving technology has tremendous potential to reduce and even eliminate driver error.

Self-driving vehicles, for example, will regulate much of the driving. Drivers going over the speed limit, a frequent cause of crashes, could be eliminated. Driving under the influence of alcohol, a major contributor to impaired judgment, would become a thing of the past. Cars will be equipped to sense when there is not sufficient room to turn safety, or when traffic has suddenly slowed.

Although safety is the paramount reason, it should also be noted that car accidents contribute to economy costs, and that these could be greatly reduced. Collisions cost a total of $242 billion in 2010. Lost productivity in the workplace alone cost $57.6 billion and lost life and eroded quality of life cost $594 billion.

The When: A Continuum Leading Toward the Future

The question of when self-driving vehicles will become a reality can’t be answered with complete certainty. Self-driving technologies need to be fully tested, reviewed, and likely regulated by both the state and the U.S. government.

One useful way to think of self-driving technologies is as a continuum. At one point in the twentieth century, for example, cars were not required to include seat belts. Then, due to safety tests that clearly indicated a safety advantage, they were mandated as part of a car’s equipment. Anti-skid devices, power brakes, and more all followed the same path.

More recently, video cameras give drivers a panorama that allows them to back up more safely. Cruise control features have become more sophisticated.

The NHTSA forecasts that vehicles will gradually phase in more and more automated features through 2025. The car itself will do more, but drivers will still drive. Fully self-driving vehicles are not expected until after 2025.

Hurt in a Crash? Talk to a Car Accident Attorney at EKJ

While improving safety on the roads is a laudable goal, accidents caused by negligence are still likely to occur, even if cars do become more automated. When accidents happen, you need an experienced car accident lawyer in New York state.

Edelman, Krasin & Jaye will discuss your case and potential next steps. Our initial consultation is free. Call today to discuss your case with seasoned New York City and Long Island car accident lawyers today.

Additional Resources:

  1. Automated Vehicles for Safety. U.S. Department of Transportation. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. https://www.nhtsa.gov/technology-innovation/automated-vehicles-safety.
  2. Driver Assistance Technologies. U.S. Department of Transportation. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/driver-assistance-technologies.

How To Speak To the Elderly About Driving Safety

senior citizen man elderlyPeople aged 65 and older are at higher risk or injury and death if they are in a car crash due to their fragility. There are certain conditions related to aging, such as fading or impaired eyesight or hearing or drowsiness-inducing medications, that may make elderly drivers less able to drive safely.

Over 200,000 drivers 65 and older were injured in a vehicle collision in 2016. Over 3,500 were killed. On average, because of the increases in longevity, senior citizens become unable to drive safely in roughly the last 7 to 10 years of their lives.

Only 17% of Senior Citizens Have Spoken to Family Members About Car Safety

It’s important for senior citizens to plan for what the Automobile Association of America (AAA) terms “driving retirement” before a precipitating incident such as an injury or crash occurs. Yet AAA statistics indicate that only 17 of senior citizens have had discussions with their families about safe driving as they age. In other words, almost 83% of drivers aged 65 and older haven’t had any conversations about safe driving and aging, either their family members or doctors.

Even the senior citizens who have had these conversations have overwhelmingly (15%) had them only when a vehicle accident or violation of traffic laws has occurred.

Clearly, the safer course is to actively plan for the eventuality of an older person not being safe while driving or able to drive before it occurs.

How to Have a About Driving with an Elder

But family members may not know how to broach or discuss this issue. The AAA recommends the following.

1. Be proactive and positive

Try to initiate a conversation early. Be supportive and positive about ways to keep your older loved one safe as they drive. Research other possible forms of transportation.

2. Focus on specifics

Don’t generalize about the ability of older drivers. Focus on your loved one’s skills and abilities.

3. Have a one-to-one conversation

A trusted family member should speak to the senior citizen. You want to avoid feelings of anger or anxiety.

4. Stick to facts

Don’t discuss the situation as if all older drivers need to be stopped. The AAA recommends focusing on specifics about the senior citizen’s situation, like eyesight or prescriptions that may affect driving and make it less than safe.

5. Include the senior citizen

Senior citizens need to be active in making a plan for driving retirement. Don’t dictate, but plan jointly.

If You Need to Talk to a Car Accident Attorney

If you or an elderly loved one has been in a car accident in New York state, the experienced car accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye can help.

Our initial consultation is free; we will discuss your case and potential next steps. Call 1-800-469-7429 for a free consultation with a seasoned New York City and Long Island car wreck lawyer today.

Additional Resources:

  1. Automobile Association of America. AAA Newsroom. “More than 80 Percent of Older Drivers Aren’t Talking About Driving Safety.” August 14, 2018. https://newsroom.aaa.com/2018/08/older-drivers-talking-driving-safety/
  2. Automobile Association of America. Driver Planning Agreement. https://seniordriving.aaa.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Driver-Planning-Agreement.pdf.

Teens Behind the Wheel: How To Keep Them Safe

teens driving while texting distracted drivingFor teenagers between the ages of 15 and 18, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that nearly 100,000 teenagers in that age group are injured yearly. Almost 2,000 teenage drivers every year are killed in vehicle crashes.

Parents play a role in keeping their children harm-free. Here are three steps you can take to make sure that your teens are safe when they’re behind the wheel.

1. Teach Them Safety Tips

Teens need to be taught good driving practices and safety tips from the minute they begin to drive. If you teach your teenager how to drive, be sure and inculcate good safety practices. Emphasize the importance of following safety rules and regulations, such as obeying the speed limit, stopping at stop signs and red lights, and yielding the right-of-way appropriately.

Many schools and organizations offer defensive driving classes for new drivers. While these are frequently a method of obtaining discounts on car insurance, remember that the more important focus is, of course, to teach drivers to take into account potential errors in the behavior of other drivers, such as signaling for a turn and then driving straight. Motorists who pull out in front of a car expecting it to turn as the signal indicates are sometimes unfortunately surprised by being in a collision.

2. Emphasize the Dangers of Drunk Driving

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 10% of high school students admit that they drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol causes the likelihood of vehicle accidents to rise.

In fact, for drivers 16 to 20 years old, a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08% or above, the legal limit for a DUI, makes them 17 times more likely to be in a fatal crash.

Emphasize that teens who have been drinking should never get behind a wheel. Set up a system for a nondrinking friend to drive, for parents to pick up kids after a party, or for a taxi or car service to be called.

3. Publicize the Dangers of Distracted Driving, Especially Texting

All ages love their cell phones, and no one is more active on them than teenagers. Unfortunately, texting or e-mailing while driving is extremely dangerous.

A new study published in August reports that roughly 40% of teen drivers in the U.S. say that they text and drive. Texting is one of the chief components of distracted driving, in which drivers aren’t fully attentive to the road.

Even more frightening, over half of teenagers who are 15 years old or under say they have driven while texting or e-mailing within the past month.

Be clear with teens: distracted driving of any kind jeopardizes their safety behind the wheel. Never text, e-mail, or make any other use of a cell phone while driving.

If You Need a Texting and Driving Accident Lawyer in New York

 If you have been injured because another driver was texting and driving, call the experienced New York auto accident lawyers at Edelman, Krasin & Jaye.

We will fight to see that justice is done if someone else’s negligence behind the wheel caused your injury. Your first consultation with a seasoned Long Island texting & driving accident lawyer occurs at no charge to you. Call us today at 1.800.469.7429.

Additional Resources:

  1. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vital Signs. Teen driving and drinking: a dangerous mix. https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/teendrinkinganddriving/index.html
  2. Young, Sarah D. “Nearly 40 percent of teens text while driving, study finds.” Consumer Affairs. August 20, 2018. https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/nearly-40-percent-of-teens-text-while-driving-study-finds-082018.html