No vehicle on Kingston, New York roadways is exempt from getting into traffic
accidents. Cars crash into each other, pedestrians are run over, personal
and real property is damaged by careening vehicles, motorcycles wipe out,
trucks run off roads, buses collide with other vehicles, and bicyclists
are run into.
Kingston car accidents attorneys know that certain types of car accidents are common. Regardless of the
vehicle being driven, rear-end collisions, accidents related to speeding,
cars backing into other roadway users, and left turn vehicle accidents
wreak havoc on the road, injuring other drivers and
Rear-end Car Accidents
More than two and a half million of these types of accidents are reported
every year in the United States of America. Like most other collisions,
rear-end car accidents are entirely preventable. This is because they
are typically caused by distraction, inattention, and/or following the
front vehicle too closely.
For example, sometimes two cars are stopped at a red light; one is in front
of the other. Both drivers are looking at the traffic signal. When the
light turns green, the rear vehicle punches the gas and runs into the
front car that had not accelerated so quickly. The rear driver is simply
not paying attention to the surrounding traffic.
Of course, using cell phones causes distractions too; so does turning around
to fiddle with something in the back seat while driving. New York laws
specifically address issues such as these and the law favors the front
vehicle in a rear-end collision.
Accident Caused by Excessive Speed
Speeding is common, so common in fact that it is normal to drive at the
pace of traffic even if such pace is seventy miles per hour. Regardless
of this, speeding is a problem on New York roadways in that countless
motor vehicle accidents are caused by excessive speed.
The next time any driver considers exceeding the speed limit, it should
be remembered that speeding can result in a charge of negligence if an
accident happens while driving too fast. Driving over the speed limit,
and/or driving faster than roadway conditions permit is unreasonable in
the eyes of the law. Readers paying close attention will realize that
this means even driving under the posted speed limit may also be too fast
in certain situations – i.e. in heavy rain, fog, congested traffic,
narrow roads, etc.
Cars in Reverse Backing into Other Drivers
The law in New York states that vehicles should not be driven in reverse
unless the maneuver can be completed safely. This makes perfect sense.
However, we have all seen vehicles back out of driveways and right in
front of oncoming traffic. People walking through neighborhoods are always
faced with this danger. Of course, this danger is also a major concern
in parking lots.
The plain fact is that all drivers must see what there is to be seen, even
when backing out of driveways and parking spaces. Proceeding slowly, using
the rear view mirror and side view mirror, and looking around all sides
of the car is the only reasonable way to proceed in reverse.
Left-Turn Car Accidents
This is one of the most common types of car accidents on New York roadways.
Here is a good example: a driver is at an intersection and wants to turn
left. He makes the turn and runs over a pedestrian in the sidewalk. He
simply did not look out for pedestrians, as he should have. Another example:
the driver is turning left, oncoming traffic is approaching. She knows
the oncoming traffic is close, but feels she can make it through. Unfortunately,
the oncoming driver runs into the side of her vehicle.
The laws of New York State are also on the side of the victims in these
examples. Left-hand turning vehicle must yield to oncoming traffic and
to pedestrians within crosswalks.