Car crashes in New York, as in the rest of the country, are one of the major preventable causes of death. Data from the Department of Transportation for 2017 shows that there were more than 37,150 fatalities caused due to car accidents. While you may not be able to anticipate an accident, the fact remains that they are growing increasingly common and in order to stay safe, it’s necessary to practice defensive driving.
When you are injured in a car accident in New York, it causes not just serious physical injuries but also results in emotional trauma and financial loss. Under New York laws, persons who own a car are therefore expected to show financial responsibility before they begin driving. Most people meet this requirement by purchasing personal injury protection insurance, also called no-fault insurance, although there are other types of coverage also available.
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.