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When people should report accidents in New York

Each year in New York, thousands of motor vehicle accidents happen. When people are involved in accidents, they might wonder whether they are required to report them or if they can instead handle them on their own without police involvement. It is important for drivers to understand their requirements for reporting accidents.

IIHS reports falling driver fatality rates

The risk of death in a motor vehicle accident is significantly lower for drivers of late-model vehicles, according to the results of a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS attributes much of the lessened fatality risk to improvements in vehicle design. Among vehicles from the 2011 model year, nine have driver fatality rates of zero. From this study, New York drivers may be able to gain insight into how technology is making cars safer.

Texting while driving recognized as roadway danger

One of the most dangerous actions for a driver behind the wheel is texting while driving, as recognized by the vast majority of survey participants in Brooklyn and throughout the United States. Distracted driving, such as using social media or texting behind the wheel, has been responsible for a number of serious motor vehicle accidents. One study conducted by Harris Poll found that large numbers of Americans recognize the dangers of this behavior, even though social media and texting while driving continue to pose a serious threat to other drivers and passengers.

Study links Pokéstops to increase in traffic accidents

Pokémon Go was launched in July 2016 and continues to draw millions of smartphone users; however, the game has reportedly contributed to an increase in accidents and injuries, many of them on the road. New York residents may want to know that a recent study from Purdue University has estimated that increase in accidents, especially within the first five months of the game's existence.

Keeping teens with ADHD out of car crashes

A recent study published by JAMA Pediatrics claims that teens with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are one-third more likely to get in a car accident than those without the condition. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, the symptoms of which include a lack of focus, impulsive behavior, and signs of hyperactivity like excessive talking. These make people with the condition more prone to distracted driving. However, before drivers in New York start to worry, researchers for the study say that this statistic isn't alarming.

Fewer daylight hours could lead to more crashes

As days become shorter with the end of daylight savings time, motorists in New York and other states may notice an increase in wildlife activity on or near the roadway. The annual return to standard time places many commuters behind the wheel at dusk and dawn when wild animals are likely to be on the move. With property losses due to wildlife-related crashes averaging more than $3,400 per incident, motorists everywhere may want to take precautions to mitigate the risks posed by unexpected animal encounters while driving.

The word "accident" does not apply to distracted driving crashes

Many people argue that the term "accident" doesn't apply when someone gets behind the wheel of a car when they are intoxicated and then cause a crash. Many also argue that "accident" doesn't apply to crashes, injuries and fatalities caused by distracted drivers.

Shift work a major cause of drowsy driving

Drowsy driving has become a public safety hazard in New York and around the country. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital are concerned that people who work night shifts or rotational shifts are some of the most vulnerable because of the irregularity of their sleep schedule. These people make up 15 percent of America's workforce.

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