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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.

Car crash deaths rise on 4/20

April 20 is a self-proclaimed holiday for all marijuana users in New York and across the U.S. Because of the increased use of marijuana on this day, many hospitals see an increase in the number of visits from marijuana users suffering from vomiting and intoxication. However, a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that the effect is more far-reaching.

Avoiding distracted driving is a safety priority

New Yorkers taking to the roadways are right to be concerned about the prevalence and danger of distracted driving. As smartphones have become more popular, they have been accompanied by a range of apps that provide easy and tempting distractions for drivers behind the wheel. In recent years, there has been a continuous rise in the number of car accidents that cause fatalities, and a number of researchers have connected this growing risk with the rise of smartphone communication.

Brooklyn gas station could pose risk to schoolchildren

Brooklyn pedestrians are facing danger when they walk along the streets, according to some local parents concerned about the traffic near a gas station on Fourth Avenue. The service station is located near an elementary school in the Sunset Park neighborhood, and parents say that children and families walking to and from the school a block away often must dodge cars racing to get gas. Many times, the cars actually drive up on the sidewalk in violation of traffic laws.

Study shows speeding to blame for increase in traffic deaths

Many New York residents may already be aware that traffic deaths across the U.S. have continued to increase over the last few years. However, many traffic experts are not entirely sure why. While some may theorize that the overall increase in driving and the use of smartphones by both motorists and pedestrians are to blame, another study has determined that speeding is the major factor.

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.

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