Posts Tagged ‘car accidents’

Winter Driving Safety and Survival Kit Recommendations

Monday, January 9th, 2012

Winter and hazardous driving conditions will be with us for the few months.  What Can You Do To Be Safe?

One of the most important safety precautions is to slow down. Winter driving conditions can be very deceptive.  Ice beneath the snow, black ice on the roadway or ruts caused by other drivers all present a driving challenge that can dramatically affect the braking distance of a vehicle.  Make sure you adjust both your speed and your distance between your car and the vehicle in front according the winter conditions. (more…)

Car Accident Safety – Deer Season is Upon Us. Be Alert!

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are approximately one million car-deer accidents each year in the United States. These car accidents result in more than 10,000 personal injuries and 200 deaths each year.

Fall is the time of year you need to be on the lookout. More specifically, deer mating season, which runs from late October through Thanksgiving (which is peak). (more…)

Ross Cellino Discusses Impact of Teen Driving Legislation

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

Attorney, Ross Cellino, who works in both the Rochester and Buffalo  offices, weighs the impact of the New York State Senate legislation that will toughen teen driving laws. Not only will it be illegal for drivers of all ages to text message while driving, but the bill further requires that a learner’s permit must be held for at least 6 months before a junior license can be obtained.  In addition, if there is no adult in the vehicle with a junior driver, the number of non-family members allowed in the vehicle will be reduced to one.

Rochester, NY residents may find the news timely and encouraging. Many have been affected by the recent news involving three Rochester teens killed in car accidents, as well as the five area teens killed last year as a result of texting while driving. Parents often worry about the safety of their young adults, particularly when they are driving with their friends.

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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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