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Insurance Institute Recommends Stricter Driving Rules to Save Lives

Published September 22, 2011 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Highway safety data recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) showed that traffic fatalities were lower in 2009 than in any other year despite a larger number of highway miles being traveled in the United States.

To continue the downward trend of fatalities, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has determined that making seven existing, basic state driving laws tougher, highways can be safer. Our injury attorneys in Binghamton, NY, applaud NY legislators for making the state laws among the toughest in the country to help keep our state highways safe.

Following are the seven categories where safety across the country may be improved by making changes to those that are already in the books. By adhering to NY laws while driving in other states, NY drivers improve their chances of avoiding serious injuries or death from a car accident.

  • Seatbelt laws. Data shows that over 12,000 lives were saved in 2009 from seat belt laws.  NY requires all passengers be restrained in seatbelts. Cars may be stopped and ticketed in NY if law enforcement sees there is a violation. Drivers should make sure their passengers are properly restrained at all times to save lives of their loved ones and friends.
  • Mandate Motorcycle Helmets. NY state law requires all motorcyclists wear helmets. Some states do not mandate helmets be worn, but IIHS recommends that riders wear them to improve their chances of surviving a head injury or death. Statistics show that motorcycle helmets are 42% effective at preventing death and 69% effective at preventing head injuries.
  • Tougher teen driving laws. NY’s graduated driver licensing restricts new drivers with passenger and nighttime driving limitations up to age 17 (or 18 without driver’s education). In addition, drivers must have their learners permit for six months before they may be given a license – once meeting supervised driving hours. The IIHS recommends a restricted licensing period be mandated through age 18 for all states.
  • Lower speed limits. In 2009, nearly 11,000 fatalities occurred in vehicle crashes where speeding was a factor. NY has speed limits on its rural interstates at 65 mph and lower than that on more urban roads in accordance with optimal IIHS limits. Thirty-four states have speed limits 70 mph or greater.
  • Automated enforcement. In 2009 more than 130,000 people were injured in vehicle accidents where drivers ran red lights – 39% of these resulted in injuries. NY law allows for red light cameras in cities with over 1 million residents (to 150 intersections in each city). Drivers in NY should stay alert to red lights and stop as they approach them.
  • Sobriety checkpoints. Approximately 30% of all traffic fatalities involve alcohol. NY is among the most aggressive states in the country for allowing law enforcement to set up sobriety checkpoints to prevent drunk drivers from being on the roads. These stops occur weekly to help discourage drinking and driving.
  • Build roundabouts. While drivers complain about roundabouts, they have become increasingly popular as a means for reducing T-bone accidents. An AOL Autos.com article cited data where roundabouts can reduce crashes by as much as 40%. They require drivers to reduce their speed and controls traffic direction.

The accident attorneys at the offices of Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, encourage drivers to observe these New York driving laws. Following the guidance that IIHS supports can save lives even in states where their laws are not as tough as these recommendations.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to another person’s carelessness in a New York car accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help. Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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