In 2018, the National Safety Council reported that two-car collisions were the most commonly occurring motor vehicle accidents. Of these, unsurprisingly, close to 50 percent of cases were found to involve rear-end collisions. Like any other busy city, New York is no exception to such accidents that mostly occur because drivers do not have the patience to maintain the specified distance from the car in front.
Research from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has shown that the risk of a head-on collision is greatest at intersections. This happens because when traffic flows in opposite directions, vehicles that cross the center line may hit another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. Sometimes, a car going the wrong way on a one-way lane can also cause a head-on collision.
When driving in an unfamiliar area, it is not uncommon to miss taking the correct turn in the road. In such a situation, the car driver may try to make up for the error by making a U-turn to proceed in the opposite direction. This type of maneuver requires a lot of space and if the driver tries to execute it in a narrow space, or across several lanes of traffic, it can quickly turn dangerous and cause a horrific crash.
While the word ‘accident’ implies that an event occurred unexpectedly, when it comes to car accidents, this may not always be true. A Stanford Law School study has in fact shown that close to 90 percent of motor vehicle collisions arise, at least partially, due to human error. This is the reason why it is important to hold errant individuals accountable for their actions.
To compensate for the expenses that accident victims incur on their medical treatment and recovery, the personal injury law in New York allows them to claim damages. Based on the nature of the injury, it is possible for the injured person to get compensation from either their own insurance company and/or from the party at fault for the accident.