It is not surprising that New York is one of the most dangerous places to drive in America, according to a New York Post article. In 2015, New York law enforcement dedicated close to 2,000 officers whose sole purpose was to crack down on dangerous driving. At least 12,000 hours each day was focused on targeting drivers who engage in distracted driving, speed, fail to yield, and park in traffic lanes, among other violations. The New York post is not alone. In its 2015 study of America’s Safest Drivers, Allstate ranked New York City as the 151st safest city to drive in.
By the Numbers
Each year, an average of approximately 1,464 people die as a result of car accident-related injuries in New York, according to the state’s Department of Health. This results in the death of more than 7 out of every 100,000 New Yorkers. Male New Yorkers have a higher risk of dying in a car accident than females, especially if they are between the ages of 20 to 24 or age 65 and older.
An average of 150,000 emergency room visits were required in New York due to injuries resulting from a car accident, most of which were females. More than 15,000 victims required hospitalization because of car accident-related injuries. This translates to more than 80 out of every 100,000 New Yorkers. Again, males ages 15 to 19 and 20 to 24 are at a higher risk of injury and hospitalization than their same-aged female counterparts or older males.
Although New York City drivers compare better than drivers in Philadelphia and Los Angeles when it comes to safe driving, they are more dangerous than those behind the wheel in several other cities, including Chicago, Dallas, San Diego and Phoenix, to name a few. If you take a closer look at New York state specifically, drivers are twice as likely to be involved and killed in an auto accident in an urban area than a suburban one. In 2014, there were as many as 649 car-related deaths in metropolitan New York as opposed to 38 in more rural parts of the state according to data compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. New York city drivers are 30 percent more likely than the national average to be involved in a car crash.
Brooklyn Auto Injury Attorney
Accidents occur to millions on America’s roads each day. New York’s roads are no exception. Car accident cases can be complex. Sometimes liability is not always clear. If you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident because of the negligence of another an skilled attorney should be contacted immediately. The legal professionals at the Law Office of Jeffrey K. Kestenbaum serve all five boroughs and handle many different types of personal injury. Click here or call (718) 237-5586 today to schedule your case evaluation.