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Distracted Driving Laws in New York: What You Should Know

Drivers have a responsibility to always be alert and aware. If they are distracted, they could cause serious injury to themselves and others. There are specific laws designed to prevent distracted driving, most of them revolving around electronics use. With the cultural rise in cellphones, there are more and more cases of car accidents involving people texting or talking while…

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Safety Tips for Winter Driving

The winter brings unique challenges to drivers, especially those who live in areas that see snow and temperatures regularly at or below freezing. For example, the cold weather can freeze your car’s fluids, affect how the battery works, and change the pressure of your tires. As temperatures drop here in Oneonta, we thought now would be a good time to…

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Who’s Liable If I Am Injured as a Passenger in an Uber or Lyft?

Rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are growing in popularity, but when passengers are injured in an accident, liability can be confusing. These services aren’t subject to the same regulations and laws that taxi companies are, which can leave passengers in the lurch after an accident. Read on to learn more about liability in rideshare car accidents from our Oneonta…

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Road Safety Tips for Halloween

Driving at night always comes with the extra risk of getting into a car crash due to the decreased visibility of night and the increased likelihood of drunk and fatigued drivers on the road. Halloween night is especially dangerous, however. An influx of pedestrians, many of them excitable children wearing dark-colored costumes, take to the streets for trick or treating…

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October is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

It’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month! While usually observed in April, the National Safety Council (NSC) moved Distracted Driving Awareness Month to October this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Ostego County distracted driving accident attorneys explain the most common distractions for motorists and what you can do to avoid texting and driving and other dangerous behavior behind the wheel.…

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Child Passenger Safety Tips for Drivers

How much do you know about child safety in passenger vehicles? In light of Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week, which takes place this year from September 20-26, our Oneonta car accident attorneys at Scarzafava, Basdekis & Dadey, PLLC share some child passenger safety tips for drivers of young children. Why Child Safety Is Important Car wrecks are a leading cause…

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What to Do After a Hit & Run in New York

Getting into a car accident can be a terrifying and stressful ordeal. Yet, the accident itself is often only the beginning—after that, you may have to go to the hospital, undergo medical treatment, get your car repaired, and deal with insurance companies. This already elaborate process can become a lot more complicated if the motorist who caused your accident fled…

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