Most Common Causes Of Car Accidents in New York
Published on:March 7, 2022

Do you know that 5 out of every 100 car accidents that happen in America do so in New York? According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, there were over 124,500 collisions in 2013 alone where 1,109 lost their lives.

If you were involved in a car accident, finding out the cause will help determine your next line of action. But before you do anything, ensure you preserve as much evidence as you can while you seek immediate medical attention.

Without further ado, here are some of the most common causes of car accidents in New York.

  1. Human Error

According to researchers at Standford Law School, human error accounts for the most common cause of car accidents at a whopping 90%. Just because you didn’t see the crash doesn’t mean every accident is accidental. It could be a simple mistake or probably legal negligence.

There’s no doubt that mistakes happen all the time. But when it comes to road collisions, you have to hold the driver responsible for their actions. Before you trundle along this part, make sure you’re working closely with an experienced personal injury attorney.

Drunk Driving

Drunk driving is a proven killer and happens when one is driving while intoxicated or under the influence. According to the FBI, more than 300,000 Americans drunk drive every year. However, only less than 4,000 are caught.

Driving while under the influence account for 4% of New York’s accidents, and comes with a hefty penalty for the defaulter.

Vehicle Malfunction

Although human error contributes to the most part, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found out that over 6.8% of car accidents involved some type of vehicle malfunction.

Either because of bald tires, ineffective brakes, steering system malfunction, engine failure, inadequate suspension, improperly maintained transmission, or broken head or brake lights. The fact is, over time, your car breaks down and will eventually become unfit to drive.

Potholes and other road defects

It is no longer breaking news that the streets of New York are riddled with potholes and cracks. Although tons of potholes have been filed, there are still more that have been left gaping that could cause mayhem.

Inexperienced Drivers

Young drivers who lack adequate understanding of the City’s driving rules account for 7% of New Yorks’s accidents. The reason is simple, as driving in such an urban area can be pressurizing.

Whatever be the cause of your accident, get in touch with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. We have decades of experience and have been helping numerous of our clients get compensated for the loss, pain, and suffering. Go ahead and give us a call or fill out our contact form to book an appointment.