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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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