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Car Accident Road Statistics

In the United States, road accident statistics are startling. The United States Department of Transportation reported that over 6 million car accidents occur nationally, causing almost 3 million injuries and 42,000 fatalities each year. Despite safety regulations, car accidents continue to remain common incidents on today’s roads.

  • About 60% of car accident fatalities are caused by excessive speeding and reckless driving
  • Almost 40% of car accident fatalities are caused by drunk drivers
  • A car accident resulting in injury occurs every 14 minutes
  • One person dies in a car accident every 12 minutes
  • More than 25% of all car drivers were involved in car accidents in a five year period

Injuries due to Car Accidents

Reckless and inattentive drivers are the most common cause of road accidents. Fatalities are most commonly attributed to not wearing seat belts and taking adequate safety precautions. Talking, eating, drinking and cell phone use while driving (and not paying attention to the road) have been significant factors in distraction from safe driving.

Common car accident related injuries include brain injuries, injuries to the spine, neck injuries, fractures, head trauma, etc., leaving victims with severe pain and discomfort.

What To Do When A Car Accident Related Injury Occurs

Those that were not at fault but injured by a car accident may often be entitled to compensation since the law entitles victims of car accidents to recover damages and compensation for their injuries sustained in car accidents. Whether you are a pedestrian, a passenger or a car operator, it is important to know your rights in the event of a car accident related injury.

An auto accident victim may file a claim under certain circumstances. For a valid personal injury claim, there needs to be evidence of negligence of the other driver. While state laws vary, an attorney will be able to assess whether or not a claim can be made if:

  • serious injury has led to pain and suffering
  • loss of consortium if a family member or spouse is severely injured as a result of the car accident
  • wrongful death occurs

If Involved in a Car Accident Obtain the Following Information

General Information

  • Date & Time
  • Location
  • Direction of Travel
  • Weather and Road Conditions

Police Information

  • Accident Report #
  • Police Officer’s Name
  • Shield #
  • Precinct #

Other Vehicle Information

  • Owner’s Name & Address
  • Driver’s Name & Address
  • Make & Model of Vehicle
  • Insurance Company Name
  • License Plate #
  • Vehicle ID

Witness Information

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone #

Since processing car accident claims can be difficult, it is important to contact a lawyer experienced in car accident cases as soon as possible.

The right attorney can help sort through the process of proving fault and wrongdoing in order to claim compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, and loss of earnings. At the Finz firm there are lawyers available to help you.

Legal Help for Car Accident Victims

Are you or a family member suffering from injuries resulting from a car accident? The experienced lawyers at the Finz firm can help you seek justice in recovering your rightful compensation. Contact a car accident attorney at the Finz firm now toll free at (855) TOP-FIRM or simply fill out the Free Car Accident Case Evaluation form.

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Two Vehicle Crash In Bohemia Sends Two to Hospital

December 05, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A collision involving two SUVs in Bohemia sent two people to the hospital on Wednesday morning. According to police reports, a 51-year old man was driving his 2019 Chevy Tahoe southbound on Sycamore Avenue when he struck a 2017 Hyundai SUV heading northbound while making a left turn into a parking lot. The accident occurred shortly before 9:00 a.m. near the intersection of Sycamore Avenue and Veterans Memorial Highway. 

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Port Authority Police arrest father and son in Lincoln Tunnel street racing crash

December 03, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A father and son have been arrested and charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment in the first degree, and illegal speed contest after posting dash cam footage on Instagram of a crash in the Lincoln Tunnel's North Tube. 

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Two people sentenced in Long Island crash that killed newly engaged couple

December 03, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

(LONG ISLAND, December 2019) - Today, sentences were handed down in connection with a 2018 crash in Inwood that killed a newly engaged couple and seriously injuring five others.

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Injured As a Passenger in an Uber? Insurance Coverage, Explained

November 21, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For people across New York and Long Island, the explosion of Uber and other ridesharing services has been a welcome relief for many of our transportation headaches. The ability to hail and pay for a ride through a smartphone app has revolutionized the way we get around. 

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How to Order a Motor Vehicle Accident Report in New York

November 19, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

If you’ve been involved in a motor vehicle accident in New York, you’ll want to make sure to obtain an official copy of the accident report that was filed with the state. This report will be essential when dealing with your own insurance company for repairs after the crash, and will be vital to your injury attorney should you need to pursue an injury claim against another driver. 

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Off-Duty Officer Killed, Two Others Seriously Injured in Saturday Morning Crash

November 18, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An off-duty NYPD officer was killed in a crash at 2:30 a.m. on Saturday on the FDR Drive. Two passengers in the vehicle were ejected from the car and landed in the FDR’s southbound lanes. Both were severely injured and were immediately transported to Bellevue Hospital for treatment. 

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Five People injured in Five Vehicle Crash in Long Island

November 06, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

News 12 Long Island reported on November 5, 2019, that at least five people were injured in a five-vehicle accident in Commack that shut down the Long Island Expressway for most of the day. Police said that the driver of a 2012 Toyota Highlander westbound on the Long Island Expressway rear-ended a 2004 Honda CRV west of exit 53, causing a chain-reaction crash involving three other vehicles which Patch reported included a 2008 Chrysler Pacifica, a 2016 Mercedes 350 and a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

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Red Light Running Kills Two People Each Day, and the Numbers are Going Up

October 14, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An average of two people are killed each day in red-light running crashes across the U.S., and the epidemic shows no signs of slowing down.

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Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim Opens Up About Fatal Car Crash

September 12, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Syracuse University men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim recently agreed to his first interview since he was involved in a fatal accident on Interstate 690 (I-690) that claimed a 51-year-old man’s life on February 20, 2019. Esquire reported on September 11, 2019 that Boeheim attended a two-hour hearing in which the accident was reconstructed. His license was eventually fully reinstated.

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New York Takes Major Step Toward Legalization of Marijuana

August 14, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Though not ready to follow in the footsteps of California and Colorado entirely, a major change to New York law took place in June of 2019.  Though not making sale, growth, and distribution legal, the change allowed for New Yorkers to possess significant quantities of weed without facing charges.  It is called decriminalization, and it is the next big step towards full legalization.

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Cancelled Flights May Increase Traffic

July 29, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Boeing 737 Max was a major part of many airline fleets, with tens of thousands of the planes in service across the country.  After a deadly accident and terrifying near-misses, an evaluation of the 737 Max revealed design flaws that left the pilot unable to navigate the plane in certain situations.  This fundamental issue required the planes to be grounded in many countries.

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Driver Responsibility in Car Accidents

July 25, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

For years researchers have noted data supporting the fact that women die at a higher rate than men in automobile accidents.  Determining why has proved difficult, but a new study out of the University of Virginia may go a long way in explaining the discrepancy.  The study, published in July of 2019, puts part of the blame on crash tests.

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Teaching Street Safety to Children

July 18, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The basics of street safety can be taught to children even while they are very young.  In most cases, this begins with parents literally holding the child’s hand to cross the street.  Slowly but surely the child gains other skills, such as looking both ways and only crossing in crosswalks or other designated areas.

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Proper Lane Design and Markings Important

April 16, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Properly flowing traffic is the hallmark of well-designed and implemented roadways.  Though this can be difficult to achieve in older neighborhoods, where buildings may have been constructed too close to older streets to allow for proper road widths, city planners should try to minimize the number of skinny streets and strangely arranged intersections.

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Design Errors Lead to Unsafe Roads

March 13, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Though the vast majority of car accidents are caused by unsafe driver behavior, there are times when the design of a road plays a role in the collision.  There are many ways engineers and city planners can reduce the risk of accidents.  Oftentimes a slight change in placement of a stop sign of stop light can have a drastic effect on safety, but the design of the road itself is also key.

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Certain Intersections More Dangerous Than Others

March 08, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When driving, it is difficult to quickly assess the comparative danger level of various roads and intersections.  Though a person may recognize an awkwardly situated stop sign or oddly designed one-way roads, determining whether or not any given traffic area is more dangerous than others is challenging while behind the wheel.  Because of this, it is important for proper safety protocol to be followed at all times when driving, because other drivers are often not paying attention to their surroundings.

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Ice Storms Continue to Plague New York

February 25, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The middle of February saw yet another ice storm stretch across New York State, rendering many streets and highways unsafe.  This was just the latest in a stretch of months with major storms occurring, snarling traffic and resulting in dozens of car accidents.  The wintry road conditions pose major risks to drivers, with small, rear-wheel drive cars most at risk for handling problems.

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Drag Racing Causes Accidents on New York Roads

February 22, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Speeding while driving is always dangerous.  Though some people tell themselves that they will hurt no one but themselves as they fly down a mostly empty highway in the middle of the night, it is impossible to predict traffic patterns.  A speeding car can up on slower traffic with terrifyingly little time to adjust, particularly in poor visibility or on winding roads.

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Proper Post-Accident Protocol Lowers Risk of Chain Reaction Accidents

February 21, 2019 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Keeping calm after a car accident is extremely difficult.  The rush of adrenaline, coupled with a need to survey both your own body and your vehicle for signs of damage, makes it easy to act rashly instead of calmly surveying the situation to minimize the risk of things going even worse.  Many things can go wrong after an accident, including being struck be a vehicle while trying to exit your own car, or moving too quickly before realizing the extent of your own injuries.

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Limo Accident Draws Attention to Poor Regulation

October 12, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A limousine accident that left 20 dead is drawing attention to the lack of regulation for after-market modifications to certain vehicles.  The limousine, which was originally a Ford Excursion before it was sawed in half and retrofitted into a limo, blew through a stop sign in the major accident that claimed the lives of three sisters and their friends and family.

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100 Deadliest Days

June 22, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With school out nearly everywhere for summer break, the country has fully entered the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers and passengers.  In the hundred days that stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day, teens are injured and killed at a rate double that of others months.  Of the ten deadliest days for teenagers in automobiles, nine fall in the summer.

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Err on the Side of Caution at Accident Scene

January 31, 2018 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

People are trained from a young age to be polite and reassuring, so it is no surprise that when a car accident occurs, the instinct is often to downplay the extent of potential injuries when speaking with the person who hit you.  Offering the other driver condolences might seem like a good idea, but all too often it is the exact wrong thing to do, as those kind statements might be used against you in a legal proceeding.

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Hit and Run Accidents Leave Evidence Behind

October 16, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A woman in Milford, Connecticut is facing charges following an October 1st, 2017 hit and run accident.  Hit and run accidents can be very difficult for police to investigate, but in this situation, determining the vehicle involved was easy because the woman left the bumper of her car behind when she fled.  When police confronted her, she admitted to being the driver and was arrested.

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Car Accidents and Pregnancy: Not a Good Combination

March 13, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Car accidents are always scary.  But for a pregnant woman, the fear is amplified by the additional risk to the unborn baby.  All accidents, from simple fender-benders to head-on collisions, pose a danger to the developing fetus.  In fact, even slamming on the brakes unexpectedly can harm the baby.

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No Excuses: Potential Reasons For Hit and Run Behavior

March 07, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

When you are in an accident, it is reasonable to be disoriented, especially in the first few minutes after the collision occurs.  You take those moments to gather yourself, make sure that you and your loved ones aren’t too significantly injured, and then you start the process of calling the police to make a report.  In most circumstances, the driver of the other vehicle is doing the same.

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After an Accident: When Further Injury and Harm Can Occur

February 27, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An accident in Houston early in the morning on February 25th turned deadly after shots were fired.  A mother was was driving home with her 8-year-old daughter when her car was t-boned at an intersection.  The mother did not have time to determine the extent of her injuries, or those of her daughter before several bullets were shot into her vehicle, killing her child, an Honors student at a local elementary school.

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Nexar: A Vehicle Collision Detection App Still Needs Refining

February 22, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Vehicle collision detection systems are becoming more and more commonplace in new cars, particularly higher end models.  These systems come in a variety of forms, but most of them at the very least warn you when you get too close to another vehicle.  Some warn you of changes in traffic ahead, or have other unique features used as selling points for particular makes and models.

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Winter Weather Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents in the Ice and Snow

January 10, 2017 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Driving in harsh winter weather is never easy. Just look at the massive multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 91 in Connecticut over the weekend which shut down portions of the highway for over five hours. The pile up of more than 20 cars, a tanker truck and three tractor trailers sent 30 people to the hospital. While an accident involving so many vehicles is rare, there are still plenty of steps drivers can take to avoid an accident and keep themselves safe this winter.

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Frightening New Statistics on Teenage Drivers

October 13, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

On the heels of reports showing an increase in traffic related deaths comes news that the number of teenage drivers involved in fatal crashes is also on the rise. Speeding, distracted driving, and poor visual screening were found to be the largest mistakes teen drivers make behind the wheel, contributing to the number of accidents. Parents apparently do not appear to be helping the situation either, as researchers found it is often a case of “do as I say, not as I do,” when it comes to adults and their teenage drivers.

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Sun Glare is No Excuse for an Accident

March 28, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We see it all the time in the movies. Characters with their sunglasses on, driving with the top down on a clear highway with the sun shining on the horizon. It sounds wonderful but it is hardly reality. Driving while facing the sun, especially at a certain point in the sky, can cause the dangerous condition known as sun glare, where drivers temporarily lose sight of the road ahead.

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The Dangers of Being a Teenage Driver

March 10, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Obtaining a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teenagers. It is seen as a gateway to becoming an adult and a symbol of freedom. Do teens realize though the dangers and responsibilities that go along with having that license? Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers 16-19 years old. In fact, the Center for Disease Control’s Injury Center reports that in a single year, six teens in that category die every day from motor vehicle related injuries.

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Traffic Delays and Car Accident Fatalities in the U.S. Continue to Increase

February 24, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Do you feel like you are spending more time in your car and noticing more car accidents than ever before? Well, your perception is correct. An increase in jobs and a decrease in gasoline prices over the past two years has led to the highest number of clogged roads and deadly crashes the U.S. has seen in very long time.

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New York Attorney Provides Car Seat Tips to Prevent Accidents

February 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As a parent, you can be the safest driver in the world, but your children are still at risk every time you get behind the wheel.  There are too many other drivers doing too many dangerous things.  There are drunk drivers and tired drivers.  There are drivers who are too busy with their cell phones to pay attention to the road.  There are drivers who are engaging in horseplay with passengers and not keeping their focus on the road.

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More Potholes on the Road Equal More Problems for Motorists

February 19, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We see it happen every winter. The road freezes. It snows. The temperature warms up and melts the snow into the asphalt and suddenly you find yourself driving through a sea of potholes. It’s a vicious cycle that costs motorists millions of dollars a year in damages and repairs. This year, one Long Island town is trying to get ahead of the problem.

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Campaign Season versus Car Accidents: Related?

February 11, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The more miles you drive, the more likely you are to be in a car accident.  That’s just common sense.  There’s a reason that people who have to drive long distances for their jobs are much more likely to be injured and killed on the roads than people who do not.  Each extra mile you drive is an extra chance for something terrible to happen.

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Reckless Driving: Taking it to the Limit

January 22, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Americans want to get where they’re going, and many people don’t like speed limits that seem too low.  Anything less than 45 miles per hour is seen by many as an insult to their ability to control their vehicle.  There are millions of drivers who think that, even at higher speeds, they are capable of braking in time.

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The Fine Line Risk of a Good Samaritan

January 18, 2016 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The Good Samaritan is one of the Bible’s most famous parables.  In this story, a man is brutally beaten by robbers and left to die on the side of the road.  Most people just pass him by and ignore his suffering.  But one person, the Good Samaritan, is willing to help.

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Driving Without Permission Puts Others at Risk

December 23, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

An 11 year old girl and her mother were killed when a car driven by a fourteen year old rolled over after the driver lost control.  The driver, with only a learner’s permit, had very little experience with highway driving when the accident occurred.

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Vehicle Safety Profiles Do Not Guarantee Perfect Design

December 08, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Two years ago, on November 30th, 2013, actor Paul Walker and a friend, Roger Rodas, were killed after Rodas lost control of the Porsche Carrera he was driving.  The two had been at a benefit hosted by their racing team.  The car struck a power pole and nearby trees.  Neither man died instantly, instead succumbing to a combination of significant bodily trauma and fire.

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Drivers, Driving and Liability Issues

November 17, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Who is responsible if a driverless car gets into an accident?  As Google, Volvo, BMW, and other companies have begun to test-drive their new models in various countries, accidents have occurred.  Though the companies have been quick to blame other drivers, the ultimate question of liability still remains.

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Low Impact Crashes Just as Frightening

October 16, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Low impact is usually a good thing.  Low impact exercises are easier on our joints and bones.  Low impact living means less of an environmental concern for our day to day activities.  Low impact keyboards help with carpal tunnel and other medical issues.  But with car crashes, even low impact can be highly dangerous.

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A List of Don'ts for Car Accident Victims

October 13, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

As human beings, we get very wrapped up in knowing what we should do after an accident.  Knowing what to do can be extremely important, especially if you or someone you love was injured.  But just as important, if not more important, is knowing what not to do.

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Depression as an Aftermath to Car Accidents

September 15, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A recent profile of Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox in Rolling Stone Magazine is drawing attention to one of the devastating psychological consequences of surviving a car accident.  After he was hospitalized following a serious accident in December of 2014, Bradford Cox suffered severe depression.  This is not unusual.  A large percentage of people who are injured in a car accident suffer psychological problems.

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Videotaping at the Scene Hinders Medical Care

August 20, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

These horrors are becoming more commonplace as social media, smartphones, and other electronics seem to be desensitizing a generation to violence.

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Car Accidents with Pets on the Rise

July 09, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The risk of using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving is finally starting to hit the mainstream, though it remains much too common.  Still, many people are starting to use hands-free devices, and more and more new cars are equipped with the ability to sync your phone.  But one cause of distracted driving remains incredibly underappreciated, though it hopefully might start to get some attention due to a recent poll by AAA. 

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Car Accidents: Selfie-Centered

May 22, 2015 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We tend to assume that everyone is capable of empathy, and so we are surprised to learn otherwise.  The recent gas explosion in New York City has drawn attention to an ongoing problem, a clear demonstration that not everyone is capable of putting themselves in another’s shoes and feeling bad for their misfortune.

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Automobile Accidents and Reports: Hidden Items You Need To Know

July 25, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A recent investigative report out of Atlanta, Georgia draws attention to a consumer safety issue that has not received much press.  An investigative reporter for Channel 2, Jim Strickland, unveiled that there is a lot more to discovering the safety of a used car than just checking the accident report.

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Car Accidents: When No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

June 10, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In Arizona, sixty-one year old Dennis Binkley will never know why the woman driving the other car swerved and struck the vehicle in which he was riding head-on.  When the driver of the Chevy Silverado suddenly crossed the middle line and struck the Captiva he was riding in, Dennis Binkley was killed almost instantly.  This tragic accident was all the more tragic because it was preventable.  The other driver swerved to avoid an animal in the road. 

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Accident Victim Vulnerability: Hospitals Sometimes Add Insult to Injury

May 15, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We are never more vulnerable than right after a car accident.  When we are injured or even unconscious, we are in no position to make critical choices regarding the most cost-effective methods to obtain healthcare.  Most of us assume that, provided we have health insurance, we are covered if anything goes critically wrong.  That may not always be the case, however.

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Amber Alerts and Ways to Stay Safe

May 07, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With so much technology in the world keeping us updated and tuned in with work events and on-the-fly news, we’re more vested that ever in the information that comes our way.  From traffic updates during our travels, to breaking news nationwide and internationally, to text alerts as part of an emergency crisis dissemination plan, to Amber Alerts that come as standard feature on our phones, we know how important it is to stay engaged in order to avoid causing further accidents. The more knowledge we have, the better. The old adage is true: knowledge really is power.

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New Report by CDC Cites High Incidents of Child Deaths in Car Accidents

March 20, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

You answer the phone as if it’s any phone call from anyone, not thinking that the call could be life changing. Your child has been involved in a car accident and your world as you know it has changed forever. At this point you don’t know the severity and you are hoping for the best. What you might not know is that more than 9,000 children died in car accidents from 2002 to 2011. That is not a statistic for which you want to be a part.

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High Speed Chases and Erratic Drivers – What You Should Do For Your Safety

March 14, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

You’ve seen it before. You’re driving behind someone who is driving erratically or speeding excessively. You try to keep your distance, and also know you must continue to drive with the flow of traffic. You sense impending danger and you don’t want to cause or be a part of a traffic accident. What should you do to ensure the safety of you, your passengers and those around you?

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The Proper Car Seat Makes All the Difference

February 28, 2014 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We hate to hear that a quick trip to the store results in an injury to a child, but it can happen when another vehicle hits your car.  Were you smart, and are you smart everyday, when travelling with small children? What about the time you think you are gong to make a quick trip and you forget to install the car seat in your car?  A loose child in a car is like a pinball on a machine—one bump leads to two and more as they are ricocheted inside the vehicle when there is sudden and forceful impact.

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Black Ice: The Holiday Visitor You Don’t Want to Encounter

November 04, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

With holiday travel just around the corner, road conditions become even more pronounced to those travelling in colder weather from various parts of the country. With anything from sudden snowstorms, avalanches, wet and slick roads to black ice, the dangers abound when the weather changes in a heartbeat.  Black ice is particularly threatening as it’s hard to see on the road, and sticks around even when the rest of the snow and ice have melted on the roadway.

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Car vs. Animal: Serious Accidents Can Result

October 10, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

A woman and her horse were killed in September when the horse she was riding was struck by a farmer who did not see them as he was rounding a curve; the horse and rider were hit from behind. Reports also indicated that another motorist had taken action to avoid hitting the woman and the horse earlier in the day.  In another incident across the United States, a major interstate was the scene of a severe accident and backups in the early morning hours when cows wandered onto the freeway.  One car hit one cow and another car stopped to investigate. A woman got out from her car.  A semi-stopped to tell the woman to move out of the road.  That semi was hit from behind by another semi and burst into flames, killing the woman who was in the road and the driver of one of the semi trucks.  In other incidents, drivers of vehicles hit moose and deer who wander into neighborhood roads, or try to cross busy highways in a split second before the driver has any warning.  One car hits an animal, others fall behind.  Chain reactions are not uncommon when animals are involved.  How do you prevent this, and what causes this to happen?

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School Has Started: Teens Taking the Wheel

September 23, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Driving is a right of passage for teens, and driving to school is a particularly exciting rite of passage as the teen no longer has to take the bus or have a parent drive him or her to school on a regular basis.  Your teen passed the driving test and is now anxious and eager to show responsibility on the road by way of driving, and possibly picking up other teens on the way to school or to an errand.  Are all kids ready, and what does your teen need to know?  What about "over" confidence that your teen may be feeling?

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Avoiding Car Accidents: Tips from New York Law Firm

September 06, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Motor vehicle accidents remain one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States.  Often it’s easy to see why so many accidents occur as distractions on the road are even greater than ever.  We know the rules, we enroll in classes, we try to drive defensively and, most of the time, we’re stay in pretty good shape unharmed.  Avoiding a car accident takes very little effort when you keep some basic rules in mind. 

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Wet Weather Means Watch the Road!

August 28, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Any time weather conditions present themselves on the road, it makes for a different journey for drivers everywhere. Summer brings a series of monsoon storms in the southwest, hurricanes on the east coast, and flooding in other parts of the country, often within a matter of minutes.  Drivers are suddenly blinded by the intense rain, and other drivers skid off the road and into other cars.

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Driving Near a Golf Course? Watch for Errant Balls

August 08, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Golfers are afforded some of the most beautiful landscape and property on which to play golf when they engage in their daily or weekly round.  Many of these beautiful courses are situated near busy streets, where passers-by can also indulge in the beauty even if they are not golfers themselves.  In a car, are you protected from any flying balls that may come in your direction?  Whose fault its it when something like this occurs?

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Road Rage and Accidents

July 17, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

We’re all familiar with road rage: the extreme temper outbursts that can be deadly for those on the receiving end. Road rage is different from your average traffic jam cursing.  Road rage happens when a driver becomes “en-raged” at another driver, and actively pursues that person with the intent of physically damaging the car, causing an accident, or at its worst, killing the other driver.  What should you do if you see a situation of impending road rage, and what can you do if you are involved?

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Pink Jeep and Other Tours: Use Caution When You Are A Passenger

June 25, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Jeep tours at several tourist destinations entice visitors from all over the world with their open-air designs and off-road capabilities. But jeeps in general score relatively low when it comes to safety, and the increasingly popular “pink jeeps tours” are no exception. Because of their high center of gravity, jeeps have a tendency to tip over more than other vehicles.

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Is a New Car on Your Grad’s Wish List? New York Attorney Offers Advice for Staying Safe

June 13, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

High school and college graduations are milestones for young adults in more ways than one.  For some, it’s the adventure of a new job or trip abroad.  For others, it’s a right of passage that includes a new car or new apartment.  If it’s a new car that your grad has his or her sights on, you’ll want to be sure you do your thorough research before you bite the bullet and sign on the dotted line.  How do you choose what your young adult wants versus the best deal versus which one is the safest?

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Avoiding a Vacation Car Accident in Heavy Traffic

April 16, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Upcoming warmer weather in some parts of the country stir thoughts of vacation and travel.  For some, the drive takes them from coast to coast; for others, to a neighboring town or upstate New York.  Whatever the distance and time span, safe driving to prevent a car accident is the end goal.

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New York Car Accident Attorney Warns Drivers About Black Ice Conditions

March 06, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Black ice.  We’ve all heard about it, and we all know it’s dangerous.  But, just what is black ice, how dangerous can it be, and how do we protect ourselves when we can’t see it coming?  Black ice is a thin, highly transparent (almost invisible) layer of ice formed on a surface when the temperatures are extremely low.  Accidents happen all the time as a result of snowy and icy roads, especially those where black ice has formed. When we have no choice but to travel the designated route, is there anything that can be done to avoid being injured when black ice is present?

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New York Appellate Court Reversed the Dismissal of an Automobile Accident Injury and Awarded Summary Judgment to the Plaintiff

February 21, 2013 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

In a remarkable reversal engineered by Jay Feigenbaum, senior trial and appellate attorney at Finz & Finz; P.C., a Second Department panel not only reversed the dismissal of a automobile accident injury case but awarded summary judgment to the plaintiff.

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The Serious Consequences of New York’s “Serious Injury” Law

September 27, 2012 | Former NYS Supreme Court Justice Leonard L. Finz

The issue of whether the plaintiff suffered a “serious injury” as defined in the Insurance Law §5102 (d) is raised constantly in those cases in which a plaintiff claims soft tissue injuries, bulging discs, disc herniations, and other cervical and lumbar syndromes. Where the court concludes that a claimed injury fails to meet the criteria set forth in the New York State Insurance Law that defines “serious injury”, the case will be dismissed. Thus, such issues must be dealt with by the plaintiff submitting convincing medical affidavits sufficient to satisfy Section §5102 (d).

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The Failure to Use Turn Signals Can Be Deadly

July 30, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

Turn signals are not always on the minds of today's drivers, but a recent study suggests that they should be. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recently researched driving practices and found that motorists miss making turn signals about 25 percent of the time. This results in two billion signal failures daily.

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NHTSA Proposes Mandatory Brake-Override Systems

June 29, 2012 | Finz & Finz, P.C.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed a new regulation that would mandate the installation of a brake-override system in all new cars in order to allow drivers to stop their vehicles in the event of a brake failure.

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