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Guilty Plea in New York Crash

  • 21
  • January
    2011

High-traffic areas can lead to high accident rates for vehicles and pedestrians. Improving safety conditions within these regions is a point of emphasis when designing or changing roadways. The accidents that happen underscore why drivers may avoid specific routes. Many highways go through many various cities, forcing more and more vehicles into places that are unaccustomed to the volume of traffic. When auto accidents happen, officials want to understand why, so they can better prevent them in the future.

A New York woman recently pleaded guilty to an accident she caused this past July. Sybil Monk was traveling on Route 5 in Montgomery County when she had a head-on collision with two motorcyclists. The accident killed one and injured three others. Monk was charged with DWI after it was discovered that she was under the influence of prescribed narcotics at the time of the crash.

Keep the Holidays Safe: Don't Drink and Drive

  • 30
  • November
    2010

A drunk driver recently drove his van into an off-duty NYC police officer. While the drunk driver, Michael Bowen, was only slightly injured in the auto accident, Officer Andre Menzies was killed, leaving behind his wife and two children.

The risks and potential consequences of drunk driving cannot be overstated.

Reforming New York No-Fault Law

  • 07
  • September
    2010

This year, the New York legislature passed a bill that increased the property damage threshold for accident surcharges. Automobile insurance companies may not assess a surcharge on premiums unless the damage to property in an accident exceeds $2,000. According to Professional Insurance Agents (PIA), the most recent increase to the threshold was in 1991, when the bar was raised from $600 to $1000.

Since even a minor fender-bender can result in over $1,000 in damage, nearly all car accidents could result in surcharges before the recent change. Moreover, New York drivers arguably bear the burdens of the state's no-fault insurance system, at least indirectly. The American Insurance Association (AIA) claimed in a recent news release that no-fault claim costs in the state have increased by 58 percent since 2004, and no-fault fraud and abuse in New York is costing insurers and drivers more than $200 million per year. Soaring costs have both insurers and drivers calling on the legislature for reform.