News headlines throughout the country, including New York, have been blazing with news of record cold temperatures. In mid-winter, it’s not uncommon to feel cold blasts, of course, but this winter has been one for the history books.
Reckless, drunk, and distracted drivers cause thousands upon thousands of deaths and injuries every year, not to mention property damage. But there’s another hazard on the roadways: Potholes. Potholes can severely damage your vehicle, causing everything from punctured tires to engine damage. They can also damage your suspension system, exhaust system, steering system, wheel rims, shocks, and struts.
On top of the pain and cost of medical bills, many injury victims face an indirect loss – the inability to work after the accident. In some cases this is very temporary, and in others it is long-term or permanent. While there are no hard and fast rules on how long you should stay out of work after a car accident, here are some considerations.
If you are in an accident in New York state, insurance companies will reimburse you for repair, as long as the repair costs are under what the insurers deem the fair market value of the car. But if estimated repairs are close to or over the fair market value, insurance companies declare the car a total loss.
With New Year’s Eve just days away, it’s the perfect time to brush up on precautions that are especially important around the holiday season. According to the National Institutes of Health, the number of vehicle accidents involving alcohol spike dramatically between Christmas and New Year’s Day. And while seasonal binge drinking is a popular way to celebrate with friends and family, New Year’s isn’t – statistically speaking – the most dangerous day to drive in New York.
During the holiday season, many people take to the road. Whether you’re literally going over the river and through the woods to grandma’s house, driving to the mall for last-minute shopping, or going to see extended family in another state, it’s very important to stay safe as you drive.
The latest statistics indicate that the number of driving while intoxicated (DWI) felonies in Long Island’s Suffolk County is double that of neighboring Nassau County. The recent data is a continuation of a two-decade trend, in which Suffolk County has led Nassau County in DWIs. Until roughly 1970, Nassau County had more DWIs.
Usually, children on a school bus are safer than children in cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that they are 70 times more safe traveling to school in a school bus rather than a car.