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Reduce the risk of accidental death

Young people in New York and across the United States may face unexpected dangers from the most mundane sources. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the leading cause of death for Americans age 44 and under is accidental injury. In 2016, 61,749 people lost their lives due to unintentional incidents, almost twice the number of lives taken by cancer and heart disease combined. Most of these accidental deaths stemmed from unintentional poisonings and motor vehicle crashes.

Teen drivers more dangerous without adult supervision

The Foundation for Traffic Safety, an organization run by AAA, has released the results of research in advance of National Teen Driver Safety Week. Drivers in New York should be aware that the risk of fatalities for teen drivers is lower when they are driving with more experienced drivers in the vehicle. Specifically, when a teen driver has only teenage passengers in the car, the rate of fatalities for all people in an accident is 51 percent higher.

Truck and urban crashes buck downward trend in traffic deaths

There's good news and bad news from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about traffic fatality rates. However, people in New York City might want to pay particular attention to the bad news. While most types of traffic accident fatalities are down, those caused by urban collisions are up.

Study looks at distracted drivers among workers

Mobile workers, or workers who drive as part of their jobs, may often operate what is known as "gray fleets." This is the word for vehicles driven by employees for work-related reasons that do not belong the company. It is likely that gray fleet mobile workers in New York drive more than the average person. A study by the company Motus found that mobile workers drive 49 percent more than other workers.

What every driver should know to stay safe

Drivers in New York should be attentive to the road, be defensive against the unsafe maneuvers of other drivers, operate under a safe driving plan and ensure safe driving practices at all times. These are the top four tips given by Nationwide for reducing the risk of accidents.

Small cars more likely to injure passengers in crashes

New York readers may have heard that overall U.S. traffic fatalities have been on the rise in recent years. However, recent statistics from the Highway Loss Data Institute, or HLDI, indicate that drivers and passengers are more likely to be injured in certain vehicles than others.

CVSA announces dates for 2018 Brake Safety Week

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has announced that it will be conducting its Brake Safety Week between Sept. 16 and 22. This means that tractor-trailer drivers in New York and around the country can expect closer scrutiny from police officers and commercial vehicle inspectors. During the weeklong safety blitz, inspectors will mostly be performing strict Level I inspections to find truck braking systems that have been poorly maintained or improperly repaired. Commercial vehicles that are seen as a threat to other road users will be ordered off the road, according to the CVSA.

Study shows rise in drugged driving, limits of current tests

Drivers in New York are probably aware that with the legalization of recreational marijuana in seven states and Washington, D.C., there has been a rise in drugged driving. The Governors Highway Safety Association released a study showing that between 2006 and 2016, researchers saw a 16 percent rise in the number of fatally injured drivers with drugs found in their systems. The total was 44 percent in 2016.

Distracted driving to be the focus of April safety push

Distracted driving accidents are becoming increasingly common in New York and around the country, and the popularity of mobile electronic devices is the reason according to most experts. Accident data gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that distracted driving claimed 3,477 lives and caused 391,000 injuries on America's roads in 2015, but some road safety groups feel that the true death and injury toll could be much higher.

Delayed symptoms make fast settlements unwise

New Yorkers involved in an auto collision are usually motivated to get their insurance claims settled as quickly as possible. In most instances, adjusters and insurance lawyers are happy to oblige if victims are willing to quickly sign away their rights to sue in the immediate aftermath of a crash. While a fast settlement may be tempting, it is typically prudent to wait and make sure there are no lingering effects from a collision before considering a final settlement.

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