Some residents in New York may be very excited to see the development of self-driving cars. Other people may be a bit concerned about ceding control of driving to a computer. Regardless of their feelings on the topic, these vehicles are the future and it is important to understand what is really meant when the term "autonomous vehicle" is used.
Every day, New York residents trust that their own well-cultivated driving skills will help them avoid accidents with other vehicles. While there certainly may be something to be said about the ability of defensive driving tactics to help avoid collisions, oftentimes people are left at the mercy of others' negligent actions. One cannot control whether another choose to drive recklessly; rather, they can only hope to not be in such a driver's general vicinity when any negligent action occurs.
The Memorial Day holiday is a time set aside for people in New York and across the nation to remember and honor those who have died in the act of serving the country. Unfortunately, for some people, it also becomes a time when their own personal grief sets in and leaves them with new people to remember. This happens when reckless people make selfish choices that endanger the lives of others.
If you are like most people in New York, you have no doubt seen ads for new cars, trucks or sport utility vehicles that tout the inclusion of advanced safety features. Many of these features rely on technologies that in some way shape or form take over some of the responsibility of driving from the driver. While said to be focused on improving safety, some believe that these technologies might have the opposite effect.
So you have been involved in a car accident with a reckless driver in Manhattan, and you are now learning that not only does he or she not have auto insurance, but that the vehicle he or she was driving belonged to someone else anyway. This scenario is that same that many of those that we here at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. have worked with have faced. Like them, you are likely concerned that were you to seek compensation from the driver that causes your accident, he or she would not be able to offer you much. This raises the question of whether or not the person whose vehicle the driver was using can also be held responsible.
Even the most careful Manhattan drivers may find themselves involved in car accidents. If this happens to you, it’s essential that you know how to handle the situation to ensure you and the other people involved remain safe. Your actions are also important if you choose to file a personal injury claim, which can result when another driver behaves in a negligent manner (which can result in physical harm and property damage). Esurance.com offers the following advice to help you when involved in an auto accident.
New York residents who must use wheelchairs when getting around the city may understandably feel a sense of vulnerability when near cars, trucks or other vehicles as they may be limited in their ability to avoid being hit more so than a person on foot might be. Every pedestrian whether on foot or on wheels deserves to know that they are safe yet sadly this is not always the reality as too many drivers make reckless choices that put innocent people in harm's way.
New York residents who want to make wise choices about how they can or should get from one place to another this time of year have no shortage of options anymore. Certainly there is a strong public transportation infrastructure in the city that most parts of the country do not enjoy. There are also ridesharing services and the good old-fashioned taxi cab. All of these allow people to get home safely if they have been drinking and they also allow riders to use their phones as they wish.
It is a fact of modern life that most residents in New York likely carry a cell phone with them most places they go anymore. There are many advantages to this technology and the role it has come to play in one's business and personal world. However, like most things with benefits there are some drawbacks. One of these drawbacks of cell phones actually comes with very serious and tragic consequences when a driver chooses to manipulate a phone while behind the wheel of a car.
For several decades now, New York residents have benefited from the knowledge shared with them by advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Organizations like MADD have worked tirelessly to spread the word about just how dangerous it is to operate a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. At the same time, laws have become stronger and penalties harsher for those people who are arrested for and convicted of drunk driving offenses.