A 39-year-old Brooklyn man lost his life in a rear-end crash in the early morning hours of a recent Sunday in late October. Naturally, family members of those who are killed in car accidents have many questions after such tragedies. This is also the case for the sister of the deceased man who was a passenger in the car operated by an alleged negligent driver.
It’s been nearly four months since an off-duty NYPD officer shot another man in the midst of a road rage dispute. The officer has been stripped of his gun and badge and faces criminal charges. However, the event still sparks questions about how people should handle road rage, and whether more people are susceptible to being violent while behind the wheel.
The holiday driving season is nearly two months away; but in New York, traffic is a constant. The dangers that come with more than three million people and countless motor vehicles cannot be ignored. With that, it is common to see public service announcement pleading against widespread bad habits such as talking on the phone while driving, texting while driving and drunken driving; all of which lead to accidents and horrible injuries.
New York City is the city that never sleeps for a number of reasons. But when most people are awake, the relationship between motorists and pedestrians is a delicate and sometimes contentious one. Even with the passion that comes from pedestrians (who coined the phrase “Hey! I’m walkin’ here!), car-pedestrian accidents, can be especially harmful to the pedestrian.
Indeed, while you are behind the wheel, you are supposed to watch other cars and look out for hazards; whether it is debris in the road, animals crossing the road, or bicyclists who may not be paying attention. With all the advancements being offered through crash avoidance systems, where the car watches out for external hazards that the driver may not see, it is only a matter of time before your car starts watching you.
What used to be largely considered science fiction is growing ever so closer when it comes to autonomous vehicles. Several automakers including Toyota, Mercedes Benz and General Motors, as well as tech giant Google are working on driverless cars. Some aspects of these vehicles can already be seen on cars right now, such as parking assist and crash avoidance systems that use tiny cameras and radar to detect vehicles (or objects) that could be hazards. In addition to these scanning devices, some cars have auto braking systems that will stop the car before the driver may be able to react.
It may be very difficult to maintain your composure after a car accident. You may be shocked and scared, or even feel some sense of guilt over what just happened. However, there are a number things that can harm your legal position that you may not consider. As such, this post will highlight some important things that you should NOT do after a car crash.