October 11, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- It won't come as a surprise to New York City residents that it's a dangerous place to drive. The sheer size of the metropolitan area, combined with a huge number of vehicles on the roads at all times, make for a volatile combination that has resulted in New York City being named by Yahoo! as one of the top ten cities in America for the worst drivers. Compared with the national average, New York City drivers are almost 38 percent more likely to get into an accident
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles reported a staggering 49,634 crashes that resulted in personal injury in New York City in 2011. There were also 250 accidents that resulted in fatalities.
Drunk driving and distracted driving are big problems in New York
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that distracted driving is a growing epidemic in the country. About one in five crashes involve some form of driver distraction. This especially includes texting and driving, which is one of the most dangerous types of distraction as it involves taking the driver's complete attention away from the wheel for several seconds at a time. Young and inexperienced drivers are at the most risk for getting hurt in a distracted driving crash.
Reckless drivers are another common cause
for auto accidents. The New York Daily News reported on the incident of a motorcyclist who was killed when he sped through a red light in the Village and hit the side of a minivan. Reckless driving is just one cause for New York City accidents that result in injury or death; others include road rage, driver inexperience, fatigue and following too closely.
Contacting an attorney
If you've been injured in a car accident that was caused by another driver, it's important to contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Medical expenses for serious crashes are notoriously high, and can skyrocket when long-term care and physical therapy are included. Additionally, people who are injured in an accident may face a loss of income if an injury prevents them from returning to work. In extreme cases, an accident victim may be permanently disabled and unable to work at all, while racking up huge medical bills.
Accident victims have the right to pursue legal action for their medical expenses. Families can also seek compensation for the funeral expenses of a loved one. People who were injured by someone else shouldn't have to face insurmountable medical bills on their own.
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