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Category Archives: Auto Accidents

Poor Driving: Bad Prognosis

It happens every day. In traffic, one vehicle cuts off another vehicle, an accident occurs and oftentimes, someone is hurt. In mid-May, a Fresh Meadows, Queens man was walking the tree-lined sidewalk of his neighborhood in the early morning. Even at that hour, passing traffic jockeyed for position on Utopia Parkway. As the man took… Read More »

Black Boxes: Airlines and Automobiles

The tragic mystery of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 focused attention on the limitations and abilities of airline flight recorders. This attention to airline recorders may be useful to the automotive industry. Automobile black boxes are less sophisticated than airline event data recorders (EDRs). Unlike automobile EDR’s, airline recorders log information throughout the flight. Even without… Read More »

Drugged Driving: The Danger of Opioids

Drugged driving continues to cause injury and fatality in New York and across the United States. According to the National Institute for Drug Abuse, more than 10 million people reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2012. Increasingly, drugged drivers are using opioid and prescription medication in addition to so-called recreational drugs such… Read More »

New Rule Takes Aim at Backover Accidents

A new federal rule intends to reduce backover accidents and fulfill the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007. Too often, a family member or pedestrian walking behind a car suffers injury or death when struck by a backing vehicle. In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule to… Read More »

NTSB Makes Recommendations to Improve Truck Safety

In a bid to increase the safety of tractor-trailers, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recently issued broad recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Large truck fatalities continue to plague roadways in New York and throughout the United States. According to NHTSA, there were 100 fatalities in New York from large trucks… Read More »

Baby on Board: Important Safety News for Pregnant Women

Recent research suggests that driving while pregnant could increase your chances of an accident. Pregnancy is an exhilarating time in the lives of expectant parents. Care is taken with diet, alcohol, exercise and other concerns. A new study points out women are at substantially greater risk of a car accident during the second trimester of… Read More »

Nassau County Brings Back DWI Enforcement Unit

To drive down death and injury from impaired motorists, Nassau County is returning its Selective Enforcement Team (SET) to the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 1,000 New Yorkers died in alcohol-associated accidents in 2012. Nassau County law enforcement developed SET to combat drunk drivers. The unit operated between… Read More »

Be Alert: FDA Halves Lunesta Dose

In an effort to reduce the dangerous morning-after effects of sleep aids, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced labeling and dosage changes for the drug eszopiclone, brand name Lunesta. In mid-May, the FDA reported findings of a study that looked at the effect of the drug on 91 healthy adults aged 25 to… Read More »

More to Come: GM Fined for Failures and Recalls More Cars

Difficulties for owners of cars manufactured by General Motors (GM) continue as another 2.7 million cars are recalled and the carmaker is fined millions for its systematic safety failures. Many consumers are aware of the problem with GM cars. Earlier this year, the company began recalling older cars for a deadly ignition switch defect that… Read More »

A New York Plan to Share the Road: Swedish Style

In May each year, the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reminds motorists across the United States to share the road. In New York this year, Mayor Bill de Blasio planned for New Yorkers to share the road Swedish style. In February, Mayor Blasio announced Vision Zero, a sweeping plan to eliminate traffic fatalities in the… Read More »