Legal News Archive by Area: Car Accidents
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.
Continue Reading: Proper Lane Design and Markings Important
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.
Continue Reading: Design Errors Lead to Unsafe Roads
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.
Continue Reading: Certain Intersections More Dangerous Than Others
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.
Continue Reading: Ice Storms Continue to Plague New York
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.
Continue Reading: Drag Racing Causes Accidents on New York Roads
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.
Continue Reading: Proper Post-Accident Protocol Lowers Risk of Chain Reaction Accidents
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.
Continue Reading: Limo Accident Draws Attention to Poor Regulation
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.
Continue Reading: 100 Deadliest Days
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.
Continue Reading: Err on the Side of Caution at Accident Scene
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.
Continue Reading: Hit and Run Accidents Leave Evidence Behind
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.
Continue Reading: Car Accidents and Pregnancy: Not a Good Combination
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.
Continue Reading: No Excuses: Potential Reasons For Hit and Run Behavior
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.
Continue Reading: After an Accident: When Further Injury and Harm Can Occur
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.
Continue Reading: Nexar: A Vehicle Collision Detection App Still Needs Refining
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.
Continue Reading: Winter Weather Safety Tips to Avoid Accidents in the Ice and Snow
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.
Continue Reading: Frightening New Statistics on Teenage Drivers
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.
Continue Reading: Sun Glare is No Excuse for an Accident
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.
Continue Reading: The Dangers of Being a Teenage Driver
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.
Continue Reading: Traffic Delays and Car Accident Fatalities in the U.S. Continue to Increase
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.
Continue Reading: New York Attorney Provides Car Seat Tips to Prevent Accidents
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.
Continue Reading: More Potholes on the Road Equal More Problems for Motorists
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.
Continue Reading: Campaign Season versus Car Accidents: Related?
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.
Continue Reading: Reckless Driving: Taking it to the Limit
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.
Continue Reading: The Fine Line Risk of a Good Samaritan
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.
Continue Reading: Driving Without Permission Puts Others at Risk
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.
Continue Reading: Vehicle Safety Profiles Do Not Guarantee Perfect Design
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.
Continue Reading: Drivers, Driving and Liability Issues
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.
Continue Reading: Low Impact Crashes Just as Frightening
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.
Continue Reading: A List of Don'ts for Car Accident Victims
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.
Continue Reading: Depression as an Aftermath to Car Accidents
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.
Continue Reading: Videotaping at the Scene Hinders Medical Care
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.
Continue Reading: Car Accidents with Pets on the Rise
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.
Continue Reading: Car Accidents: Selfie-Centered
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.
Continue Reading: Automobile Accidents and Reports: Hidden Items You Need To Know
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.
Continue Reading: Car Accidents: When No Good Deed Goes Unpunished
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.
Continue Reading: Accident Victim Vulnerability: Hospitals Sometimes Add Insult to Injury
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.
Continue Reading: Amber Alerts and Ways to Stay Safe
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.
Continue Reading: New Report by CDC Cites High Incidents of Child Deaths in Car Accidents
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?
Continue Reading: High Speed Chases and Erratic Drivers – What You Should Do For Your Safety
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.
Continue Reading: The Proper Car Seat Makes All the Difference
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.
Continue Reading: Black Ice: The Holiday Visitor You Don’t Want to Encounter
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?
Continue Reading: Car vs. Animal: Serious Accidents Can Result
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?
Continue Reading: School Has Started: Teens Taking the Wheel
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.
Continue Reading: Avoiding Car Accidents: Tips from New York Law Firm
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.
Continue Reading: Wet Weather Means Watch the Road!
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?
Continue Reading: Driving Near a Golf Course? Watch for Errant Balls
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?
Continue Reading: Road Rage and Accidents
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.
Continue Reading: Pink Jeep and Other Tours: Use Caution When You Are A Passenger
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?
Continue Reading: Is a New Car on Your Grad’s Wish List? New York Attorney Offers Advice for Staying Safe
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.
Continue Reading: Avoiding a Vacation Car Accident in Heavy Traffic
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?
Continue Reading: New York Car Accident Attorney Warns Drivers About Black Ice Conditions
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.
Continue Reading: New York Appellate Court Reversed the Dismissal of an Automobile Accident Injury and Awarded Summary Judgment to the Plaintiff
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).
Continue Reading: The Serious Consequences of New York’s “Serious Injury” Law
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.
Continue Reading: The Failure to Use Turn Signals Can Be Deadly
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.
Continue Reading: NHTSA Proposes Mandatory Brake-Override Systems