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On texting while driving

New York residents should be aware of the dangers of texting while driving a car. The challenges of weather and traffic conditions are best met with undivided attention, and several studies have come out that demonstrate a clear link between texting while driving and the unsafe operation of a motor vehicle.

The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that texting while driving increases the risk of an accident by 23 times. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that distracted driving was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal and injury-causing crashes in 2010 with 3,092 fatalities and approximately 416,000 people suffering various injuries.

New York livery cab accident injures pedestrian

A livery cab was turning right onto Atlantic Avenue in Cobble Hill in the afternoon of September 2 when it hit a flatbed truck that was also turning right onto Atlantic. The male driver of the cab, a Lincoln town car, lost control of the car after it ran into the truck. The car ended up rolling onto the sidewalk and striking a 29-year-old female pedestrian. The woman was critically injured with a crushed leg and transported to Lutheran hospital.

A 39-year-old woman witnessed the incident while on her way to the Trader Joe's on Atlantic Avenue. She said there was a considerable amount of blood and that the female pedestrian was on the ground shaking after the accident.

Woman dies despite rescue efforts after she was hit by taxi

A 58-year old pedestrian died in New York after she was hit by a cab while crossing a street on the Upper East Side. The fatal accident happened on August 29 at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Madison Avenue's intersection with 79th Street.

The Nissan NV200 cab, also known as the 'Taxi of Tomorrow," had been traveling north on Madison and was turning left onto 79th street when it hit the woman and drover over her.

Head-on crash kills 1 and injures 4 in New York

A head-on collision between two vehicles on Cat Hallow Road, which is also known as Route 7, in Colchester left one person dead and four injured on August 21. No charges had been filed on the day after the incident, and New York State Police were still investigating as of that date.

According to the deputies, the fatal accident took place at about 10:00 a.m. when a Jeep Grand Cherokee travelling north crashed head on into an Isuzu Amigo that had been travelling south. The Jeep was in the southbound lanes when the two vehicles collided.

New York accident kills 2

A fiery two-vehicle car accident in the early morning hours of Aug. 15 left two people dead along Route 25 in Washington County. The vehicles involved possessed Vermont license plates, but the identities of the drivers have yet to be confirmed by authorities.

According to information released by the Washington County Sheriff's Department, the car accident occurred at approximately 5:15 a.m. when a 2003 Dodge Intrepid traveling eastbound along Route 25 collided head-on with a 1991 Chevy Camaro heading westbound. Witnesses told police that the Intrepid was attempting to pass another vehicle across the double lines along an uphill section of road and apparently could not see the Camaro heading the opposite direction in the westbound lane. The crash resulted in both vehicles being engulfed in flames and flung across the roadway.

2-car crash near entrance to Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Two people were injured in an accident on the Brooklyn-Queens expressway on Aug. 3. The two-car crash happened shortly before 7 p.m. when a 20-year-old man rolled his Toyota Corolla near the entrance to the lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The Toyota then struck a Mercedes Benz that was driven by a 75-year-old woman.

According to an MTA spokeswoman, the crash actually looked worse than how it turned out. Both of the drivers each suffered one minor car crash injury after their cars ended up sitting next to each other on the zebra stripes away from the path of oncoming vehicles. The Brooklyn-side approach to the lower level of the bridge was shut down for 10 minutes after the accident.

Woman killed by possible drunk driver

A New York crash on July 26 killed one person and injured two others, including a minor. The collision occurred in Henrietta, and police say that wreck was caused by an intoxicated driver.

According to responding officers, the car accident happened on Calkins Road and Hylan Drive. Witnesses reported that they saw a vehicle matching the description of one of the cars involved in the crash traveling at a high rate of speed on Calkins Road and crossing over the double yellow line. At the intersection, the two cars collided.

1 killed, 5 injured in multi-vehicle crash in New York

One person was killed and five others were injured in a three-car crash that occurred on July 17 in the Town of Milo. The incident happened at around 4 p.m. nearby Route 14 and Randall Crossing Road in Rome. Police said the accident occurred when an 26-year-old female driver failed to navigate the curve on Randall Crossing.

One of the vehicles struck was being driven by a 63-year-old Dundee woman, and the other was operated by a 37-year-old Montour Falls man. A 55-year-old passenger inside the former vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, where she was listed in guarded condition as of the next day. The 37-year-old driver was transported to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital.

Alcohol considered a factor in deadly 3-car crash

New York State Police report that a multi-car accident on Route 14 in Milo around 5 p.m. claimed the life of a 55-year-old Dundee woman and injured six other individuals involved. According to the report, police believe that the fatal crash was caused by an intoxicated 26-year-old driver who faces charges including second-degree vehicular manslaughter, a felony and driving while intoxicated.

The police stated that the accident occurred on Route 14 after a 26-year-old woman from Rome in Oneida County suddenly lost control of her vehicle while trying to negotiate a curve towards Randall Crossing Road. She then drove off the road and through a landscaped area, crashed into several railroad tracks and struck a northbound vehicle on Route 14. A third car that was traveling in the south lane of Route 14 was also struck in the accident.

Comedian sues Walmart after highway accident

According to authorities, the comedian Tracy Morgan recently filed a lawsuit against Walmart in connection with a June 7 auto accident that left the comedian with injuries to his leg and ribs. Reportedly, Morgan and several other individuals occupied a limo-bus that was heading to New York when it was rear-ended on the New Jersey Turnpike by a semi-truck owned by Walmart. How much the lawsuit is seeking in damages was not immediately clear.

According to the lawsuit, the driver of the Walmart truck was speeding and fell asleep at the wheel at the time of the accident. The suit claims that the driver was going 65 mph in a 45-mph stretch of the highway. The suit also claims that the driver was in violation of federal regulations for long-distance truckers since he had traveled 700 miles just prior to commencing his June 7 shift. Furthermore, the trucker was driving a Peterbilt truck with a collision-avoidance system that did not activate, the suit alleges.

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