Car accidents are an everyday occurrence in New York and every other state throughout the country. There are many different causes of these accidents, but a few common causes are responsible for the vast majority of incidents.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 6,452,000 drivers in the U.S. were involved in auto accidents in 2017. New York residents won't be surprised to hear that many of these accidents occurred in metropolitan areas. Allstate Insurance, in its America's Safe Drivers Report for 2019, has ranked 200 metropolitan areas based on how frequently their residents get into car crashes. The results are summarized below.
Drunk driving is a serious offense. In New York, someone arrested for a DUI could face a fine of up to $1,000, have their license suspended for at least six months and may even go to jail for up to a year. Unfortunately, every time there is a major holiday, the number of drunk drivers increases and, with it, the number of DUI accidents.
In New York, many drivers are becoming dangerously complacent because they believe that their advanced driver assistance systems can take over for them behind the wheel. The fact is that all ADAS on the market allow for level two automated driving. Whereas level five allows for fully automated driving, level two requires drivers to operate their vehicles in the same way they always do, or should do: fully engaged and alert to their surroundings.
The results of a study from J.D. Power may confirm what many New York drivers think about new car safety features: namely, that these features really are effective in preventing crashes. Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, as these features are called, can help save the lives of those who use them in addition to the lives of others on the road.
Overall, people in New York are safer than ever before when they get behind the wheel of a car. Safety technologies like airbags or automatically tightening seat belts save lives, allowing people to walk away from car crashes that would have taken their lives in past years. Still, many people are severely hurt and killed in car accidents, and even improved technologies do not provide equal benefits for everyone. For example, many experts note that most of these advanced safety options are only available in a car's front seat. Rear seat passengers have seen little improvement to their safety, even with the advances in recent decades.
Getting into a car accident in New York or elsewhere can be a traumatic experience. Even if there are no injuries, drivers must deal with police reports, insurance claims and even lawsuits. However, getting into a collision with a large truck can be even more complicated.
Residents of New York who have been injured in a car accident should be aware of the factors that help a court determine whether another driver can be held responsible for a wreck. This is referred to as negligent driving, and while negligent driving has a broader definition in the minds of many people, it has a specific legal definition. Knowing how negligence is legally defined can help an injured person decide whether the court might consider his or her case.
In 2017, 37,133 Americans were killed in traffic accidents across the nation, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The accident rate is high even though new vehicles sold in New York and elsewhere have more air bags and accident avoidance technology than ever before. However, a report by iSeeCars.com found that some vehicles are racking up more fatalities than others.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding contributes to 94% of motor vehicle accidents throughout New York and the rest of the U.S. In order to try and curb this problem, law enforcement personnel throughout the country will participate in Operation Safe Driver Week July 14-20. During the event, officers will be focusing on speeding commercial and passenger vehicles.