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Can a driver who helped cause a crash recover compensation?

New York law allows the injured to recover compensation for their damages when their injuries were caused by someone else's negligence. It's somewhat easy to see how this principle works in a relatively straightforward case. For instance, when a drunk driver carelessly smashes into a car that is stopped at a traffic light, it should not be hard for the driver who was stopped at the light to prove that the other driver's negligence caused her injuries.

Young teen drivers at higher risk of causing an accident

Warmer weather has hit New York, which means that many teens are out of school for the summer. These youngsters will likely be taking to the road more frequently, whether to get to and from work or to get to social gatherings. Unfortunately, despite public service initiatives, training, and parental supervision, these young motorist are at a significantly increased risk of being involved in a serious car accident.

Truck accidents and vicarious liability

Driving to work, school, or a social gathering may be inherently dangerous, but if everyone were to be attentive, rested, and sober behind the wheel, then driving would be much safer. Unfortunately, though, far too many motorists are distracted, careless, and intoxicated when they drive, putting themselves and others at risk. When an auto accident occurs, significant damages can be suffered by victims in the form of physical and emotional pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. This is particularly true for those who are hurt in a truck accident.

How does alcohol affect driving abilities?

The last several decades have seen an enormous push to curtail drunk driving. Public safety initiatives have sought to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated, and local laws have promised to increase punishments for those caught driving under the influence of alcohol. Sadly, despite these efforts, drunk driving remains a very real problem for New Yorkers and others across the nation. Intoxicated drivers can put unsuspecting motorists at risk of serious harm and death, as they typically don't understand, or don't care about, how alcohol affects their driving abilities.

Distracted driving in New York is common and dangerous

Driving is an inherently dangerous activity. Swiftly moving vehicles, when driven errantly, can turn into missiles of destruction. Motorcyclists, bicyclists, pedestrians and those in other motor vehicles can all be put in harm's way by a negligent driver. Although defensive driving may help some avoid these devastating car accidents, it isn't always enough.

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