Posts Tagged ‘auto accidents’

Teen Driver Safety

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

Auto accidents are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They account for more than one in three deaths among teens, ages 16 to 19.  Luckily, parents can reduce the risks their teens run every time they get behind the wheel by educating them on some safe driving habits.

At the Cellino & Barnes personal injury law firm, we’re here to help educate and keep you and your children safe on the road. (more…)

Driving Tired Means Driving Impaired

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Have you ever been behind the wheel and found yourself dozing off?

Sadly, for two 19-year-old college students, driver fatigue cost them their lives when the driver of a tractor-trailer fell asleep and veered into their lane, hitting them head one.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that driver fatigue is the primary cause of approximately 100,000 accidents reported to the police each year.

Know the warning signs

If you experience any of the following, you may be suffering from driver fatigue:

  • You yawn or find yourself daydreaming
  • You experience blurry vision and have difficulty keeping your eyes open
  • You feel exhausted and want to lay down
  • You don’t notice a vehicle until it passes
  • You don’t recall driving the last few miles
  • You wander over the center-line or shoulder of the road.

How Can You Avoid Causing an Accident 

  • Don’t drink any alcohol. Even one glass of alcohol can add to drowsiness.
  • Avoid driving between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • As soon as you become sleepy, pull over and rest, even if it’s just 20 minutes.
  • Take frequent breaks if driving for long periods.
  • Check to make sure over-the-counter medication doesn’t cause drowsines.

Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to prevent other drivers from falling asleep at the wheel, but you can make sure you take the right steps to keep yourself and family safe.

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Will Red Light Cameras Prevent Auto Accidents?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Recently the New York State Senate passed a bill allowing cameras to be placed at many intersections throughout NYS. These cameras are intended to greatly reduce the number of people running red lights, which will reduce the number of accidents.

The Institute of Highway Safety reports that since cameras were placed at various intersections throughout New York City, drivers running red lights dropped 40% and t-bone accidents dropped by 32%.

Unfortunately, research also shows an increase in the number of rear-end collisions. These collisions are occurring as a result of drivers slamming on their brakes to avoid being ticketed for running the red light.

Although, safety officials are not pleased with the increase in rear-end accidents, they conclude that far fewer serious injuries accidents have resulted.

Cellino & Barnes represents many clients who have suffered serious injuries in rear-end collision accidents. Although placing cameras at intersections is reducing t-bone accidents and saving lives, people need to be aware that there remains a risk for serious injury.

This bill will permit cameras to be placed at intersections on Long Island and in Yonkers, Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo.