Brooklyn Car Accident Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), every 10 seconds someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. In the state of New York in 2007 there were 323,106 motor vehicle accidents, including roughly 183,000 accidents resulting in property damage and 139,000 resulting in personal injury. There was approximately one injury caused by motor vehicles for every 100 residents of the state of New York.
A total of 1,220 fatal accidents resulted in 1,317 deaths. The accident total for 2007 includes 15,701 collisions with pedestrians, 5,535 collisions with bicycles, and 5,426 motorcycle accidents. Approximately 0.5 percent of vehicle accidents in 2007 were fatal. Another 4.3 percent resulted in serious injury. About 73 percent of traffic accidents in 2007 were reported to involve negligence. The most common factors contributing to a crash were distracted driving (17.4 percent of accidents), failure to yield right of way (14.7 percent), following too closely (14.4 percent), and unsafe speed (12 percent). Slippery pavement was a factor in 11.7 percent of accidents. These high and ever increasing numbers are evidence that traffic is only getting worse in New York and that it is getting increasingly dangerous to travel the roadways. If you have been a victim in a New York auto accident the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC Brooklyn accident lawyers can help you.
Auto accidents can by very traumatic and often difficult experiences. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident the injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC in Brooklyn have over 20 years of experience representing New Yorkers and visitors who have been injured in a car crash. Don’t delay and contact us today at 212-564-2800. It is essential that measures be taken promptly to preserve evidence, investigate the accident in question and file a lawsuit before the deadline imposed by the statute of limitations.
Property Damage Vs. Personal Injury Auto Accidents
A property damage auto accident is an accident that is the result of the direct negligent actions of another person or party. A property damage accident is an accident caused by another’s negligence, purposeful destruction that results in no physical injury to yourself or loved ones, but rather to a tangible piece of property, like a car, boat, house, or other property. Filing a property damage accident differs from a personal injury accident because while property damage may include harm to an automobile, or some type of possession, a personal injury accident is also caused by the negligence of someone else, but instead of just causing damage to your property and or possession(s), personal injury accidents also result in physical harm to you and or your loved one(s). The following bar graph is a visualization we created using data provided by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV). The data set used to create this graphic is the official recorded number of personal injury accidents, property damage accidents, and the total number of both property damage, and personal injury accidents, but also fatal accidents during 2013 in the State of New York. With this visualization we are trying to make specific sets of data easier for people to understand and comprehend by allowing them to also view and study the data in a visual format.
Human Negligence and Error Accounts for 90% Percent of Auto Accidents
The danger of being injured or even killed as a result of an auto accident is a crisis created by humans. Chairman of the International Organization for Road Accident Prevention, Bob Joop Goos, states that his organization has found that human error and negligence on roadways accounts for over 90 percent of all vehicle related accidents. The other factors that contribute to the other 10 percent of automobile accidents are mechanical problems, road conditions, climate, and the overall number of automobiles on the roads. Jose Miguel, chairman of the Portuguese Society for Road Accidents Prevention, defines a road accident as a result of the quality of the road transport structure or a breakdown in the stability between the environmental demand and a driver’s ability to act.
So now that we have determined that human error and negligence is the leading cause of car accidents, what can we do to prevent these types of auto accidents? We can only control and regulate our own actions as drivers and maybe influence our loved one’s driving behaviors somewhat, but not those who are driving next to us. It comes down to each individual making the conscious effort to improve their driving behavior by paying more attention to the road and their surroundings. Two of the most common forms of Human negligence and error while driving are:
- Under the Influence: Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or any other mind altering substance is considered negligent behavior. Deciding to drive while under the influence puts yourself and everyone else on the road in danger.
- Distracted Driving: Distracted driving has been on the rise over the past ten years. As the popularity of cell phones increases so does distracted driving. The one place multi-tasking, texting, and other forms of cell phone use should be illegal is behind the wheel of an automobile.
Free Legal Consultation with Car Accident Lawyers in Brooklyn
Issues may arise when you have been injured in a car accident, including auto liability coverage, no fault and personal injury protection (PIP), hit and run accident protection, uninsured motorist coverage or underinsured bodily injury coverage (SUM coverage). If you have been injured in a car accident our Brooklyn auto accident attorneys can get you the compensation you deserve and assist you with getting the medical care you need. Call our office today to speak with an experienced New York auto accident attorney.
Insurance in New York is complicated. Contact an attorney at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC to represent you. Our attorneys will review both your insurance coverage as well as the other parties and make sure you are fairly compensated for your losses. The Brooklyn car accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC bring more than 20 years of experience with New York auto accident claims. It is important to act quickly after you’ve been injured in a car accident. Call 212-564-2800 today for a free legal consultation with an experienced auto accident lawyer. There is never a fee unless we win your case. We have successfully litigated cases on behalf of injured motorists throughout the state of New York, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, and more.