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Proposal Would Allow Pothole Damage Claims Year-round

Some New York lawmakers are pushing a bill that would require the state to reimburse drivers for pothole-related repairs all year-round. Currently in New York, who is responsible for car damage from potholes depends on the time of the year. If it’s between November and May, when most potholes form, you cannot file a claim. Some state legislators are proposing a bill that would change that. One version of the legislation would create a reporting system that gives the state 14 days to fix the pothole – otherwise it would have to start paying claims. AAA New York says something needs to change...

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Intoxicated Driver Struck 41 Cars

Rhode Island police have arrested a man they say was driving under the influence when he struck more than 40 other vehicles. Police say 45-year-old Christopher Paolissi, of Foster, was “zig-zagging” his pickup truck when he struck 41 vehicles in Providence on Tuesday afternoon. Police say Paolissi was intoxicated, and he was driving about 15 mph when officers stopped him. He was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported. Police Chief Hugh Clements says officers are compiling a “lengthy report” due to the number of vehicles hit. Paolissi is facing multiple charges, including driving under the influence, reckless driving and failure to...

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Limo Drivers Settle for $750K over Misclassification as Contractors, Not Employees

A limousine company dispute in Connecticut has resulted in a $750,000 settlement for 23 current and former drivers. The Connecticut Law Tribune reports that drivers for Connecticut Limousine recently agreed to settle their lawsuit over allegations the New Haven-based company illegally withheld wages by misclassifying the drivers as independent contractors, instead of employees. A lawyer for Connecticut Limousine said the company would have no comment on the settlement. The company had filed court papers denying allegations of unjust enrichment and illegally withholding wages. A lawyer for the drivers, Michael Petela Jr., said the company improperly shifted many business expenses onto the drivers, who had...

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Winter Coats Can Hinder Car Seat Safety for Children

Winter brings cold weather and potentially slick roads, but families still need to travel every day. We bundle up our children to help them brave the elements, but a bulky coat and a car seat can be a dangerous combination. There are ways to safely transport children in child car seats while still keeping them warm. Here are some tips for parents to follow from the experts at CR's Auto Test Center. Puffy Coat Check As a general rule, winter coats should not be worn underneath a car seat harness because that can leave the harness too loose to be effective in a...

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82-Year-Old Man With Dementia In Critical Condition After Wrong-Way Crash On LI

An 82-year-old man with dementia is in critical condition after a wrong-way crash on Long Island. Police said Burgess Moore, of New Britain, Connecticut, was reported missing shortly before the wreck. Investigators say he drove his Subaru Legacy north on the southbound lanes of the Wantagh State Parkway, crashing head-on into a Toyota Rav 4, driven by a 48-year-old man from Long Beach, police said. A Saturn Vue, driven by a 20-year-old Levittown man, then struck the other two vehicles, police said. Moore suffers from dementia, yet he has a valid driver’s license. Experts say it’s not that uncommon. “There’s a provision within the Department...

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Old headlights may produce only 20 percent of the light created by new ones

As your car gets older, its headlights may be giving you far less visibility than you think, according to a new study. Over time, the plastic coating on headlights can become so clouded or yellowed that they give off only 20 percent of the light they had when you first bought the car, the AAA study says. That puts drivers at great risk of crashes as their car ages. The findings reinforce the idea that car owners should routinely check the coating on their headlights and, if necessary, get them restored. (See tips on how to do that below.) There are inexpensive kits...

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Driverless Industry Surges Forward While Hill Hiccups on Regulation

Sen. John Thune was test-driving a car of the future when he ran into a very 20th-century problem: traffic. In 2016, Washington’s local laws forced Thune’s autonomous-capable Chrysler sedan to motor into neighboring Virginia before it could show off the no-hands navigation. That’s where the South Dakota Republican got stuck in a tide of commuters. “Evidently driverless cars are not going to help our traffic jams,” he said. Thune was an early advocate for autonomous vehicles, but his experience among a fleet giving Congress test rides that day is a good example of why Capitol Hill needs to set uniform standards for driverless cars before the technology...

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Taking Multiple Medications Could Raise Crash Risk for Older Drivers

Nearly 50 percent of older adults report using seven or more medications while remaining active drivers, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. An evaluation of the medications people are taking found that nearly 20 percent of older drivers are using medications that generally should be avoided because they have very limited therapeutic benefit, pose excess harm, or both. Drugs like these are called potentially inappropriate medications, or PIMs. Most of these potentially inappropriate medications, such as benzodiazepines and first-generation antihistamines, are known to cause impairing effects such as blurred vision, confusion, fatigue or incoordination, and can...

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Trial Win in Wrongful Death Case Against Distracted Driver

Distracted drivers caused 54,302 crashes, injuries, and wrongful deaths in North Carolina in 2016.  If you travel on the streets or highways, you are at risk for being injured or killed by someone who is more interested in their phone than their driving. On the morning of May 10, 2016, Russell Rutledge was driving his Chevrolet Silverado from a business meeting in Garner to meet a colleague in Durham. As he drove, Rutledge was using his cell phone to text, email, and make and receive phone calls.  The evidence showed that Rutledge drifted onto the shoulder of Highway 98 in Durham...

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Man Ejected From Car During Truck Collision Agrees to $2.1M in Settlements

A man who suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was ejected from a sedan during a multivehicle accident has ended his case after agreeing to more than $2.1 million in settlements. Plaintiff Nagesh Roy has settled his claims against trucking company Freymiller for $2.1 million, and accepted a $15,000 insurance policy tender from another driver who was involved in the collision. The case, Roy v. Freymiller, had been filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. It ultimately settled following mediation before retired Judge Annette Rizzo. According to Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg & Jeck attorney Fredric Eisenberg, who, along with Daniel...

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