Many people in New York are aware that drinking and driving do not mix. Yet many motorists continue to use alcohol before and while they operate their vehicles. With the number of alcohol-related accidents steadily increasing, drivers should educate themselves on the dangers of alcohol and how its use can affect their driving skills. According to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc., drunk driving was committed by more than 29.1 million people in 2012. Drunk driving accidents impact two-thirds of motorists at least once in their lifetime.
It's a nickname that no one would be proud to have in their neighborhood: the "Boulevard of Death". This nickname refers to a stretch of Queens Boulevard that has resulted in the death of over 185 people in the last quarter of a century. Almost 50 were killed or suffered from serious injuries from 2010 to 2014 alone.
Running a stop sign is a common cause of car accidents. Sadly, the impact of such car accidents can be deadly at times. One recent New York car accident resulted in the death of a driver and the death of a 13-year-old girl.
On Jan. 18, a drunk driver killed a 19-year-old man and injured the teen's 18-year-old girlfriend. The couple was struck while they were leaving the parking lot of a shopping and entertainment complex in Syracuse after a date at a restaurant there. Following the fatal car accident, the 38-year-old man who hit the couple received a slew of criminal charges including driving while intoxicated, first-degree vehicular manslaughter and first-degree vehicular assault.
Whiplash is one of the most common forms of injury that can result from a car accident in New York. Someone may suffer a whiplash injury whenever they're subjected to some kind of violent jolt, and it's important to bear in mind that such injuries can potentially happen even at relatively low speeds.
According to authorities, a 27-year-old woman died at Jacobi Hospital after being rear-ended on Jan. 1. The collision occurred when the driver of a Dodge Charger struck a Mercury Marquis livery cab around 8:15 a.m.; the woman was sitting in the back seat of the Mercury at the time of impact. The incident took place at the Cross Bronx Expressway and Rosendale Avenue intersection when the cab was stopped at a red light. The 54-year-old driver of the Mercury was transported to Einstein Hospital and reported to be considered stable.
Authorities reportedly charged a driver involved in a fatal head-on crash in Greenport on Dec. 6 with driving while intoxicated. The 71-year-old man was driving the wrong way on Route 25 when he collided with an oncoming vehicle, according to police.
A two-vehicle crash in New York critically injured one driver and seriously injured two others on Dec. 8 when one vehicle hit the other head on. Multiple firefighting units were on hand to assist sheriff's deputies at the crash site, and officials indicated that alcohol was involved.
A cardiologist who fled the scene of a car crash that left an aspiring nurse dead on June 14 is now facing upgraded charges. The 55-year-old doctor was indicted on Dec. 1 on charges of manslaughter as well as other charges. After authorities caught him, they reportedly observed that he appeared to be unsteady while standing, had slurred speech, smelled of alcohol and had red eyes. After a test was performed, it allegedly revealed that alcohol was in his system 90 minutes after the crash occurred and that his blood alcohol level was .12 percent. The physician had been drinking at a gentleman's club prior to the accident; police charged him with driving while intoxicated.
Kings County officials recently reported that two men in New York will face multiple charges for their roles in an alleged DUI accident in August that claimed the life of a 32-year-old woman. Officials said that both of the men were intoxicated at the time of the incident.