There were 32,675 Americans who died in car crashes in 2014, which is about 10,000 less than in 2004. Advanced safety features in cars as well as better road design are credited in part for this decline. Nationally, there are an average of 10.2 deaths per 100,000 people. Researchers say that accidents are more common on rural roads in New York and elsewhere because drivers tend to drive faster.
Three people were killed in a wrong-way driving accident that occurred just after 11 a.m. on Nov. 7. According to reports, an elderly man was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of New York State Route 481 before he collided head-on with another vehicle. The wrong-way driver and two occupants of the second vehicle died in the accident.
Anyone who lives in or who has visited New York City knows that traffic there can be heavy much of the time. The conditions can lead to aggressive driving. The definition of aggressive driving according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is one or more moving traffic offenses that endanger other people or their property.
New York drivers may have safer commutes in the decades ahead if a proposal by the Obama administration is successful. The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a program that aims to end fatalities and injuries within 30 years. As part of its preliminary steps toward this goal, on Oct. 5 it said that it would begin focusing on encouraging seat belt use and discouraging drunk and distracted driving as well as expanding the use of rumble strips. A plan to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries was first proposed in 1997 in Sweden and has been adopted by other cities and countries in the years since.
New York motorists may want to pay closer attention to their surroundings after seeing statistics on traffic fatalities for 2015 that have been released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The percentage increase in road deaths from 2014 to 2015 was the highest in nearly 50 years.
New York motorists who have been involved in an accident might consider visiting a lawyer to assist them with the legal aspects of filing a claim. Before beginning the process of filing a claim, the lawyer needs to receive several documents to get a whole picture of the situation.
Many motorists on New York's roadways have probably seen other drivers preoccupied with their smartphones while at the wheel. Perhaps they were reading their emails, visiting a popular social networking website or even playing a video game, such as Pokémon Go. In any case, using a mobile phone device while driving accounts for around 25 percent of all vehicle wrecks, according to an estimate by the National Safety Council.
A New York man who allegedly killed a woman and injured her daughter in a July 17 car accident has been charged with multiple crimes, including vehicular manslaughter. The charges were announced by the district attorney on July 20.
As more companies work to increase the automation of the vehicles they manufacture, some are also installing systems that automatically upload data about the behavior of the drivers. Tesla is one company that manufactures vehicles that are sold in New York and that send information about driver behavior via the Internet.
New York residents may not be surprised to learn that inexperienced motorists are more likely to be involved in an accident than those who have spent decades behind the wheel, but they may be shocked to learn just how much of a danger teen drivers represent to other road users. Data compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that accidents involving teen drivers claimed 2,927 lives in 2013, and individuals other than the teen motorist made up about two thirds of these fatalities.