With almost 5,000,000 registered vehicles traveling the roads in New York in 2016, it’s no wonder that there were more than 299,000 motor vehicle crashes in 2014. Below, we discuss some of the quick facts you should know about driving in New York and some of the most common causes of collisions. This way, you’ll be able to keep your eye out and drive in as safe a fashion as possible when driving throughout New York.

Quick Statistics for 2016 Auto Wrecks

When you’re driving in any state, you’re at risk for being injured. No matter how safe a driver you are, there is always a chance that someone else could make an irresponsible decision that could alter your life. Here are some of the stats you need to know about auto accidents in New York State:

  • 160,497 auto crash injuries in 2014
  • More than 1,000 fatalities in 2016
  • Distracted driving accounts for almost 20% of accidents
  • Drunk driving saw over 7,000 accidents in 2014
  • 10,000 mechanical failures cause crashes
  • Environmental factors account for 58,131 accidents in 2014

These are just a few of the statistics you should keep in mind when you are traveling in New York. Environmental factors such as an animal, glare from the sun, or slippery roads yield almost ⅓ of the accidents that occur every year, while distracted driving has become far more common that drunk driving. Wherever you travel, it’s important that you do your part to drive with care.

Common Causes of Car Crashes

In 2016, New York State saw more than 1,000 fatalities due to traffic accidents across the state. The cause of these accidents vary, but drunk driving accounted for almost half of these deaths where the blood alcohol content of a drunk driver was 0.08% or higher. Other driver negligence in traffic crashes includes driving while distracted, driving aggressively or driving while fatigued.

Distracted driving occurs when a driver is paying attention to something other than the roads in front of them whether that be due to a navigation system, cell phone, another passenger, the radio station or anything else that takes the driver’s focus off the roads.

Aggressive driving could include a number of different dangerous driving decisions such as road rage, following too close, changing lanes without signaling, speeding and the like.

In addition to these driver errors, there are many cases where the vehicle parts manufacturer or technician who maintains the vehicle is responsible for causing the crash. This is due to a faulty or malfunctioning part on the vehicle that the manufacturer or tech should have known was at-risk for causing an accident.

Instances where a large pothole, debris in the road, missing streetlamps or signs, or unsecured construction zones result in liability on the part of the New York State Department of Transportation. When your attorney investigates the cause of the accident he or she will be able to establish who the at-fault party is in your case.

Reach Out to a New York Car Accident Lawyer

When you’re ready to bring the person or persons who caused your injuries to justice, get in touch with Greenstein & Milbauer car accident attorneys. Your lawyer will ensure that you get the most out of your auto wreck claim so that you can achieve full compensation for your losses and begin to move forward with your life.