A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, found that sleeping just a two hours less than usual can double an individual's risk of getting into a motor vehicle accident. Missing three hours quadruples that risk, and those who slept less than four hours had eleven times the risk of getting into a collision.
A 79-year old man was struck and killed by an SUV as he crossed the street in Queens this past Sunday Night. The pedestrian was crossing at Northern Boulevard and Prince Street in Flushing around 6:00p.m. when he was hit by a Ford Explorer driven by a 56-year old woman. The driver remained at the scene and will not be facing criminal charges. The man was taken to New York Hospital Queens in critical condition, where he later died from his injuries.
An elderly Upper East Side resident was struck and killed by an SUV on East 71st Street and Third Avenue in Manhattan this week. Lee Strong, 83, was beginning to cross at the southwest corner of the intersection when a reckless driver stopped his Chevrolet Traverse in the intersection and began reversing in order to get a parking spot. The driver struck her with the rear driver side of his vehicle, knocking her to the ground.
A bicyclist was killed during his routine morning ride last week in Queens, New York. Michael Schenkman was killed when he was struck by a young motorist while riding on Northern Boulevard in Queens at 6:30a.m. The particular area where Mr. Schenkman was killed is known as one of the most dangerous roadways for pedestrians and cyclists, and has been flagged by the city several times.
On Wednesday July 6th 2016, the much anticipated release of Pokémon Go finally came. The game allows players to "capture" Pokémon in real world situations. The game has taken the New York City area by storm. With already over 15 million downloads nationwide, the new app is overflowing with success. However this early success has resulted in some unexpected consequences. Although the loading screen of the game reads "Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surrounding," players across the country seem to be ignoring this warning leading to personal injuries in many different situations.
Although the introduction of self-driving automobiles comes with the advantage of eliminating human error in operating a vehicle, it appears that these cars are not without flaws. On May 7th, the first self-driving car fatality occurred when a driver of a Tesla S sports car died in collision in Williston, Florida while using the vehicle's "autopilot" system. While driving on the highway, Joshua Brown, put his Model S Tesla into the vehicle's autopilot mode, when he collided with a large tractor-trailer.
On Sunday, June 19th, actor, Anton Yelchin, was found by friends, crushed between his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee and his home mailbox, after not arriving for rehearsal earlier that day. Yelchin, best known for his most recent role in the Star Trek movies, is said to have died within a minute of his car rolling down his Los Angeles driveway, pinning him between the car and the mailbox of his home.
With the rising popularity of the social media app, Snapchat, comes the potential for a wave of lawsuits implicating the photo and video sharing app. Attorneys have recently set up web sites, and sent out press releases detailing Snapchat's involvement in certain motor vehicle accidents. Particularly at issue, are the app's "speed filter", which allows an individual to track how fast they are traveling while taking a photo or recording a video, and the app's feature which allows for photos and videos to disappear after viewing. The latter, attorneys argue, requires users to concentrate harder on the fleeting content, potentially distracting young drivers.
Distracted driving has become an increasingly dangerous problem for drivers. According to the National Safety Council, nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year as a result of texting while driving. Indeed, drivers who text are six times more likely to cause an accident when compared to driving while drunk. This is, in part, a result of the fact that the average response to a text takes five seconds. That is five seconds where the driver is simply not paying attention to what is going on in front of them.
Ari R. Lieberman, an associate of Louis Grandelli, P.C., recently won an appeal in the case of Hormigas v. Village East Towers, et al., which is precedent-setting in expanding plaintiff's rights to sue companies for the negligence of its employees. The plaintiff, Gregorio Hormigas, was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Queens when he was a pedestrian and was struck by a motor vehicle operated by an Nicomedes Sanchez, an employee of a security company, Command Security.