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Drunk Driving: How Much Is Too Much?

Getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol is never a good decision. Not only is it a criminal offense, it carries the potential to result in a devastating collision. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 29 people are killed in car accidents involving drunk drivers in the United States every day. This equates to roughly one death every 50 minutes.

Encountering an intoxicated driver on the road is a very real risk. Since 1993, over 100 million people each year have self-reported getting behind the wheel when they’ve had too much to drink. “Too much” can mean different amounts of alcohol for different people, depending on height and weight.

Fortunately, there is a system to medically define a person’s intoxication level. According to data from Stanford University, blood alcohol concentration levels (BAC) refer to the percentage of alcohol within a person’s bloodstream. Drivers with BAC levels of more than 0.08% are significantly more likely to be involved in fatal car accidents.

It is important to understand the kind of effects alcohol can have on an intoxicated driver. Here is some information on what different BAC levels can have on someone who is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

BAC 0.02%  

  • Changed mood
  • Increased body temperature
  • Judgement loss
  • Decreased visual function
  • Decreased ability to multitask

BAC 0.05%

  • Impaired response time
  • Decreased coordination
  • Decreased ability to steer
  • Altered judgement
  • Reduced muscle control

BAC 0.08%

  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Reduced ability to detect danger
  • Impaired speed control
  • Loss of concentration
  • Loss of short-term memory

BAC 0.10%

  • Swerving, skidding between lanes
  • Heavily impaired reaction time and muscle coordination
  • Inability to judge risks in certain situations
  • Lack of motor control
  • Inability to use brakes appropriately

BAC 0.15%

  • Vomiting can take place during this stage of intoxication
  • Extreme loss of balance and motor control
  • Inability to focus
  • Heavily impaired vision and judgment
  • Extreme loss of short and long-term memory

Contact a New York Drunk Driving Accident Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured in a car accident because of an intoxicated driver, you have the right to pursue legal action. No one should have to suffer through the devastating consequences of someone else’s poor choices. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we will fight for justice on your behalf. Our experienced team of attorneys will do everything possible to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

 


Uber Accidents: The Cost of Convenience

For many people, using a ride-share application like Uber can be a much safer alternative to driving under the influence of alcohol. According to a 2017 study by Stonehill and Providence Colleges, the use of Uber has reduced DUI’s and alcohol-related accidents by as much as 62 percent in observed areas.

However, those who use the ridesharing services or who share the road with Uber drivers are still at risk of being involved in severe and potentially fatal collisions. According to a 2016 report from the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), Uber-affiliated vehicles were involved in 753 injury-causing accidents. Although a representative from Uber stated that this data was inaccurate, TLC spokesman Allan Fromberg stood by the organization’s studies.

 “Measuring incidents solely by a vehicle’s base affiliation attribute incidents to Uber bases even when other services are dispatching drivers,” said Wing from Uber. However, Fromberg highlighted the importance of matching cars to bases, stating that the agency’s methods “[provide] a level of accountability that is central to public safety and consumer protection.”

Since 2016, the monthly number of Uber’s active global users has increased from 50 million to 110 million, providing nearly 15 million rides per day to customers worldwide. In New York alone, ride-share applications like Uber gave an average of over 15 million trips per month by the end of 2017. With more and more consumers gravitating toward ride-share apps like Uber, a new report from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business estimates that as much as 2 to 4 percent of collisions in a studied area may be due to ride-sharing applications. According to this study, ridesharing services like Uber increase the number of cars out on the road, effectively contributing to traffic congestion and crowding on the road.

Because Uber drivers are technically considered contractors instead of employees, Uber can deny liability for collisions. In their terms and conditions, the company states that it cannot be held responsible for the negligence of its drivers. However, there are some cases in which Uber may be held responsible.  

Contact a New York Uber Accident Attorney

Have you been injured in a collision because of the negligent actions of an Uber driver? Hach & Rose, LLP wants you to know that you have the right to seek compensation if your accident was caused by negligence. Although ridesharing services and injury lawsuits against them are relatively new, our experienced team of attorneys has the knowledge to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our Uber Accident lawyers at Hach & Rose, LLP to discuss your rights and legal options. We’re here to support you, so call us at (212) 779-0057 or reach out to us online.


Speed Cameras Work: Collisions Significantly Reduced at Intersections With Cameras

Photo: Kevin Coughlin/State of New York

The city’s school-zone camera program was expanded in July, adding 40 cameras across the city each month and the operating hours for the systems were expanded. The number of cameras will have expanded from 140 cameras to 750 camera systems by next June.

Perhaps the most significant factor in reducing the number of traffic accidents in these zones across the city was not just the number of cameras but the hours in which they operate. With the systems online and working from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (not just during school hours), the statistics show that traffic incidents have dramatically decreased.

Drivers are clearly slowing down, as proven by the dramatic reduction in the number of tickets issued, and the number of accidents at these intersections. Statistics show that there was a more than 10 percent decrease in collisions across the five boroughs from July to October as compared to the same time period in 2018.

State Senator Andrew Gounardes told StreetsBlog

Speed cameras work. Period. They change driver behavior and cause people to slow down, protecting New Yorkers from injury and death in traffic collisions.”

While total crashes increased in 2015 and 2016, school zone cameras have largely disrupted the trend. With the numbers returning so favorably, it is only a matter of time until city politicians realize that red light cameras are not just a source of ticket revenue, but actually encourage drivers to slow down. This behavioral adjustment undoubtedly saves lives.

Unfortunately, accidents still happen across New York City. Whether they are caused by reckless driving, distracted driving, aggressive driving, or any one of the countless common factors that result in severe injury accidents, innocent people still get hurt far too often. When this happens, they have the right to seek fair compensation from the individual who caused them harm.

Contact Us

Hach & Rose, LLP has built a reputation in New York as being the firm to turn to if you’re hurt in a car accident, truck accident, bike accident, or a pedestrian crash. Our trial lawyers have been recognized for their compassionate treatment of their clients and aggressiveness at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. If you’ve been hurt, our team can help. Call us at (212) 779-0057 or fill out a contact form to discuss how we can help you today.

 

 

 


Deaths Caused by Red Light Accidents Reached Ten-Year High in 2017

Running red lights is a careless and dangerous driving offense that can cost the lives of innocent people on and near the road. According to a report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 939 people were killed in accidents caused by running red lights in 2017. This figure represents a 28% increase since 2012, and a 10-year high for red light accident deaths. Almost half of those killed were people in other vehicles or passengers, and over 5% were cyclists or pedestrians.

The AAA Foundation’s most recent Traffic Safety Culture Index raised concerning questions about red light-running. According to the index, over 80% of people surveyed said they believed red light-running to be a seriously dangerous driving offense. However, the report showed that one third of the responders admitted to having run a red light within the past month. This careless driving act, often committed simply to save a few minutes on one’s commute, needlessly endangers those around all of these drivers.

Fortunately, the implementation of red light cameras has decreased the number of fatal red light-running accidents in large cities by as much as 21%. Since red light cameras increase the chances of reckless drivers getting caught in the act, well-publicized camera implementation can dissuade people from taking the opportunity to zoom through stale yellow lights at intersections, and thus decrease the odds of fatal accidents. As of August 2019, more than 20 states were reportedly utilizing red light cameras, including Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, California, Oregon, Florida, and Alabama.

How To Prevent Red Light Running

The AAA Foundation recommends that drivers examine their own driving behaviors and take measures to make the roads safer for all. The following tips can help drivers avoid running red lights and getting hit by red light-runners:

  • Prepare to stop by lifting your foot off the gas and hovering over the break when approaching lights at intersections.
  • Tap your breaks to alert drivers behind you that may not be paying attention that you will need to come to a stop.
  • Drive defensively to protect yourself from others who may run red lights by looking both ways after the light has turned green before proceeding.

The AAA Foundation also recommends these tips for pedestrians and cyclists to avoid getting hit by red light-runners:

  • Wait for cars to come to a complete stop from all directions before proceeding across an intersection, even if the walk sign is on.
  • Stay visible by wearing reflective clothing if possible, and avoid walking at night when you can.
  • Make eye contact with drivers approaching intersections to be sure that they see you.

Hurt By a Negligent Driver? Hach & Rose, LLP Can Help 

If you or a loved one have been injured in a red light-running accident caused by someone else’s careless disregard for your safety, we want to help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. We have a demonstrated history of successfully representing injured individuals, and we can help you through this trying time. Contact Hach & Rose, LLP at (212) 779-0057 for a free consultation today.

 

 


DWAI and DUI Injury Collisions in New York

DWAI and DUI Injury Collisions in New York

Driving while intoxicated in New York is not a minor crime. Individuals who are arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol (DWAI) or driving under the influence (DUI) could face heavy fines, loss of driving privileges, and incarceration, depending on the specifics of their situation. If they cause a severe injury or fatal accident, they could be held civilly liable for the harm and property damage they cause due to their carelessness.

DWAI and DUI are two different crimes in New York, and they are distinguished by the amount of alcohol in the driver’s blood. They are:

  • DWAI – Impairment due to alcohol consumption, but BAC is below .08 percent
  • DUI – Impairment due to alcohol consumption and BAC is above .08 percent

In New York, it is a crime to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of any kind of substance or intoxicant that would impede safe driving behavior. This includes all forms of alcohol and drugs–even prescription drugs that are taken irresponsibly. Alcohol, of course, is what most people think about when they hear “DUI,” but there are many ways for someone to be charged with a DUI offense. Unfortunately, there are also many ways for them to hurt innocent people before they’re stopped.

Injuries Sustained in DWAI and DUI Crashes in New York

Some common injuries sustained in DUI accidents are:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Neck, back, and spine injuries
  • Internal injuries/bleeding
  • Whiplash
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Broken bones and fractures

Sadly, accidents involving drivers under the influence of drugs or alcohol often prove to be fatal. These fatalities–when they’re not the drivers themselves–can include passengers in the same car, other drivers or passengers, or pedestrians. Pedestrians are put in danger when drivers lose control of their vehicles and swerve onto sidewalks or into cyclists and joggers who are sharing the road.

Road conditions and time of day also affect the level of damage that is sustained in a DUI accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, in 2017, 70% of fatal alcohol-related accidents occurred in the dark, and 55% occurred in urban areas. These accidents happened on principal large city/suburban thoroughfares more often than highways. Additionally, certain holidays and times of the year have a higher percentage of fatal crashes in which alcohol or drugs were involved. The same report from the NHTSA shows that the percentage of alcohol-impaired drivers involved in fatal crashes is higher in the summer months than any other time of year, peaking in July.

Hurt in a DUI Crash? We Can Help

A personal injury claim for DUI-related damages operates on separate track from any criminal case against the driver, however. A conviction in the latter scenario is not always necessary to purse civil damages although it can provide decisive evidence for your case.

If you were hurt in a DUI accident because of the irresponsible decision made by another driver to drink and drive, you should be fairly compensated for the harm you’ve suffered. Hach & Rose, LLP is prepared to help you understand your rights and help you get the compensation you deserve, when you call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule a free consultation.


The Dangers of Distracted Driving

The Dangers of Distracted Driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10% of all fatal car accidents in the U.S. from 2012 to 2017 were caused by distracted drivers. Distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,166 people in 2017 alone.

Distracted driving is a broad term because there are so many things that could divert a driver’s attention from the road. A few examples of distracted driving include:

  • Texting, talking, or using social media on your phone while driving
  • Eating or drinking
  • Adjusting driver controls
  • Attending to the needs of another passenger in the car, including young children
  • Grooming
  • Daydreaming
  • Using a GPS system or navigation app

The NHTSA considers mobile phone texting as the most alarming distraction, and the problem seems to be increasing each year.

While texting and driving affect millennials more than any other generation, including Generation Z, it seems that this problem affects every demographic, and is particularly hazardous to the safety of everyone on the road.

Texting while driving comprises of all three types of distracted driving: manual (taking your hands off the wheel), cognitive (distracting your mind), and visual (taking your eyes off the road).

How to Prevent Distracted Driving

As drivers, we all must pay attention to the road and other vehicles around us. To make sure you’re paying attention at all times, keep these tips in mind:

  • Put your phone away. If you need to, put it in a purse, backpack, or console until you reach your destination. Even hands-free features like speakerphone or other settings can be distracting, so the best thing to do is to put conversations on hold until you’re done driving.
  • Get a good night’s sleep and never drive while exhausted.
  • Don’t eat or drink while driving.
  • Always get ready before you leave the house. The car is no place to apply makeup or do your hair.
  • Set your navigation system, and don’t touch it. GPS systems or mobile apps are helpful, but only if they get you to your destination in one piece.

Hurt in an Accident with a Distracted Driver? We Can Help

If a distracted driver causes you harm, you have the right to hold them accountable for your injuries and damage to your property. Turn to the New York car accident lawyers of Hach & Rose, LLP as soon as possible, and we’ll help you understand your rights and legal options during a free, no-obligation consultation. Call us at (212) 779-0057 to schedule yours today.


Bulls Head, NY – Injuries Sustained Following Two-Vehicle Crash in Staten Island

Bulls Head, NY – Injuries Sustained Following Two-Vehicle Crash in Staten Island

Bulls Head, NY (July 5, 2019) – A two-car crash in the Bulls Head neighborhood of Staten Island ended with injuries on Friday, July 5th, according to firefighters who were called to the scene. The crash occurred at approximately 3:33 p.m. at the intersection of Victory Boulevard and Goller Place for reasons that are being investigated.

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Wheatfield, NY – One Person Hospitalized After Car Crash in Niagara County

Wheatfield, NY – One Person Hospitalized After Car Crash in Niagara County

Wheatfield, NY (July 5, 2019) – Traffic was snarled following a motor vehicle accident that took place on Lockport Road in the town of Wheatfield on Thursday, July 4th. The crash happened at an unspecified time near the air base on Lockport Road for reasons that are being investigated.

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Mayor’s Heights, NY – Motor Vehicle Accident with Injuries Along Columbia Avenue

Mayor’s Heights, NY – Motor Vehicle Accident with Injuries Along Columbia Avenue

Mayor’s Heights, NY (July 4, 2019) – A car crash in the Mayor’s Heights section of Rochester was stated to have resulted in at least minor injuries on Thursday afternoon, July 4th, according to police. The collision, which is believed to have involved no more than two vehicles, happened at 3:43 a.m. along Interstate 390.

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East Rochester, NY – Accident on West Chestnut Street Results in at Least Minor Injuries

East Rochester, NY – Accident on West Chestnut Street Results in at Least Minor Injuries

East Rochester, NY (July 4, 2019) – Tuesday morning, July 2nd, emergency medical crews were sent to the scene of a motor vehicle crash with injuries that took place along Chestnut Street in East Rochester. Authorities stated that the accident, which is presently believed to have included two vehicles, happened at 7:49 a.m.

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