People are struck by reckless drivers who fail to stay off the road after drinking or stay within the speed limit. However, a car accident victim may also have his or her life turned upside down due to someone's poor vision or an obstruction that temporarily blocked their eyesight. Tragically, the consequences of these wrecks can be just as serious, which is why innocent victims of these wrecks deserve any benefits they are able to gain access to. Across New York, traffic accidents not only shatter the lives of those directly involved in the wreck, but may even have a major impact on their loved ones.
Like many people, you may feel lucky to walk away from that crash on a New York highway without a scratch. The insurance company of the at-fault driver may want you to settle your claim quickly. However, at Bendall & Mednick, we often see clients who do not suffer from health issues until the days and weeks after their accident.
When going over car accidents, many people understand the serious consequences of a crash, such as death and severe injuries. However, some may not be aware of just how common auto accident injuries are in New York, and all across the country. Even when a car crash victim has the fortune to survive a crash, they may struggle with other hardships, such as financial complications, mental trauma, or a disability that keeps them from working, to name a few problems. For everyone who gets behind the wheel, it could be beneficial to go over just how many auto accident injuries occur per year.
Despite the numerous health benefits associated with walking and cycling, these activities put people at risk for serious injury or even death if they are hit by a car. The national statistics, as well as those for New York, are very concerning.
Distracted driving has been a long-debated issue, but is one worth staying aware of. While many New York residents consider cellphones to be the main source of distractions, there are multiple other factors that lead to negligent driving. Keeping these factors in mind can make one a more responsible driver, and can potentially save lives on the road.
In spite of laws forbidding the use of handheld electronic devices such as cellphones while behind the wheel, distracted driving continues to be a problem in New York. When a vehicle drifts across the center line into oncoming traffic or fails to stop at a red light, many people may immediately wonder if the crash was distraction related.
Like many New Yorkers, you probably want law enforcement to go after the bad guys, particularly when they are considered dangerous. However, according to the Democrat and Chronicle, a high-speed chase often turns vehicles into deadly weapons, as well, and anyone nearby could be injured or killed. In fact, statistics indicate that between two and nine people are killed every year in New York as a result of these pursuits.
Seat belt laws have been around in New York so long, you and your passengers probably buckle up without even thinking about it. Since your dog lacks opposable thumbs, it relies on you to provide this protection. Our team at Bendall & Mednick have represented many clients who were injured in motor vehicle accidents that occurred because an animal was roaming free in a vehicle.
Although many of us are already dreaming of spring, we are still looking at several more weeks of cold and snowy weather. The thought may be unpleasant to those who drive on icy roads, but can be even worse for Schenectady residents who walk to get around. If you walk to work, to the store or for exercise, you face numerous dangers in the winter from traffic and slippery walking surfaces.
You may be planning a memorable celebration to ring in the New Year. While there is nothing wrong with having a good time with friends and family, there is always the chance of an accident when alcohol is involved. At Bendall & Mednick, we would like you and other Schenectady residents to not only have a great New Year’s celebration, but to stay safe as well.