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November 2020 Archives

NHTSA calls for caution during "Blackout Wednesday"

The United States Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is calling attention to what has become a tradition among many throughout the country. On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, groups are getting together to drink heavily in anticipation of the upcoming holiday. This leads to a surge in drunk driving, increasing the risk of catastrophic drunk driving accidents.

New York school bus accidents: What are my legal rights?

Few accidents are as tragic as those involving school bused. Whether the accidents were the result of driver error, poor road conditions or mechanical failure, these crashes can result in catastrophic injuries for some of our most vulnerable loved ones.

Slip and fall in New York: How long do I have to file a claim?

New York state law requires property owners to keep the property in good condition. More specifically, state law says the owner must use "reasonable care to keep the premises in a reasonably safe condition for the protection of all persons whose presence is reasonably foreseeable." But what does this mean? Who does the law require actually keep the property safe? Is there a time limit to file a claim?

Feds call attention to dangers of drowsy driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced an Information Collection Request (ICR) for a survey about drowsy driving. The survey is currently under consideration. At this time, it is going through a comment period. Organizations and individuals can comment on whether or not they think the survey would provide beneficial information. Thus far, both General Motors and the American Alliance for Healthy Sleep have provided comments in support of the survey.

Teen drivers in NY: Two things to know about car crashes

Getting a drivers' license is a momentous occasion. Teenagers take courses and study for a written test, they practice behind the wheel and take a practical test and if they pass both they get to go to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) desk to fill out paperwork, take a photo and get their drivers' license.

New York bikers and dooring: Are there legal remedies?

Hazards abound when biking in a big city. Between dodging vehicles and potholes, it is easy to miss a driver or passenger within a vehicle opening their door into your path. It is difficult to react in time to avoid a collision, and these collisions can result in serious injuries.

New York tries curbing fatal accidents with new backseat buckling law

November promises to be an interesting month with the nation's attention on current events, many that will spill over from the previous month of October. One piece of news focuses on the first day of November with a new state law taking effect.

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