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Recent Tesla accidents raise concerns, criticism

Anyone in New York who watches the news regularly knows that Tesla's semi-autonomous vehicles are getting in a lot of accidents. One of the more recent crashes occurred in Utah when the driver of a Tesla Model S collided with a fire truck and suffered a broken ankle. While the Autopilot program was on, the driver admitted that she was looking down at her phone when the accident occurred.

Seat belts could help prevent liver injuries in car accidents

Even though seat belts have saved many lives in New York car accidents, there is still some controversy surrounding them. Some believe, for example, that the hazards of seat belt use outweigh the benefits and as long as there are airbags, seat belts are not needed. However, a study found that seat belts reduce the risk of severe liver and spleen injuries, which result in fatal bleeding.

Ridesharing industry at risk for drowsy driving

New York residents who rely on apps like Uber and Lyft to get to their destinations may be interested to learn that some rideshare drivers may be too drowsy to do their jobs. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, rideshare drivers often start working after already having been awake for hours. This means they could be driving without having had enough rest.

Wearable devices don't make texting while driving safe

The bings and beeps of a mobile phone receiving incoming notifications and texts can be a siren call for many New York drivers. However, the costs of distracted driving can be high, and texting while driving is one of the most well-known dangerous diversions for people behind the wheel. Some drivers may look for alternate solutions that allow them to stay connected while remaining firmly in control of their vehicle; for example, some may wish to turn to a wearable device like Google Glass.

How to handle the sun while driving

People in New York may enjoy taking a drive in sunny weather. However, the sun's glare can also create hazards for drivers, and these problems can be most severe during the sunrise and sunset hours of the day. One of the most common hazards during sunny conditions is trouble judging the distance between a driver's vehicle and other objects on the road.

Old-fashioned distractions still cause crashes

Distracted driving remains a major problem for drivers in New York and across the country. According to federal statistics, distractions cost at least 3,450 lives from 2016 auto accidents alone. With ever-increasing levels of technological integration and more drivers admitting to the use of cellphones behind the wheel, distracted driving is not a risk likely to be eliminated anytime soon. Most of the focus regarding distracted drivers is on technology, but motorists should be vigilant regarding more traditional distractions as well.

Self-driving cars learning unsafe habits from human drivers

Many New York drivers have safety concerns about sharing the roads with self-driving vehicles. Among the safety risks involved in programming driverless vehicles is the fact that self-driving cars are learning dangerous driving habits from the humans who program them.

Fatal crash leads to proposed legislation

If a proposed law passes, motorists in Brooklyn and throughout New York state could lose their driving privileges if they have an ailing impairment. Doctors would be required to report the impairment to the state, which could then move to have that person's license suspended. While doctors have the right to report such ailments to the DMV today, they have no obligation to do so.

Time change could boost car accident risk

Drivers in New York may face increased danger on the road with the arrival of daylight savings time. When people "spring ahead" by setting their clocks an hour forward, they could be more prone to drowsy driving the next day, a study says. Since the clock moves forward one hour, it is possible for people to get less sleep than usual on the night of the change by going to bed and waking up at the same time as every other day.

How car accidents can cause soft tissue injuries

People who suffer a soft tissue injury in a New York car accident might not realize the extent of the injury until hours or even days later. These types of injuries are not as easy to detect as broken bones, and it is only as soreness and inflammation set in that people may realize they have strained or sprained tendons, ligaments or muscles.

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