New York Accident And Lawsuit Attorney Legal Overview
On April 29, 2012, seven people, three generations of a family, were killed after a SUV veered off the road and plunged 50 feet in New York City’s Bronx Zoo area. It was the second such incident at the site in less than a year. Three of the victims were less than ten years old. In January, a fatal New York auto accident on Long Island claimed the life of award-winning journalist Richard Threlkeld. Six months ago, a car driven by two local teens hit two Chinese students of a Plattsburgh-based school and burst into flames after crashing into an embankment in Peru Township. All the four were killed on the spot. A 15-year-old died and another was seriously injured in an accident in July 2011 involving NBA star Lamar Odom. In July 2009, a horrible accident involving a minivan, a SUV, and a car resulted in the death of eight people, including four children, in Westchester County. The minivan driven by a woman in the wrong direction hit the other two vehicles and burst into flames, killing five of the six occupants.
New York Auto Accidents : Counties and Causes
Auto accidents and related injuries cause the highest number of injury-related deaths and the second highest number of hospitalizations in New York. Traffic accidents in the state result in 0.96 deaths, on an average, per 100 million miles driven. According to the state Department of Motor Vehicles, there were 315,377 New York auto accidents in 2010, resulting in 1,119 deaths. On daily average, 864 auto accidents claim lives of almost three to four New Yorkers every day. These accidents also caused deaths of 646 drivers, 311pedestrians, and 198 passengers. Of the total 187,566 injured, the number of injured drivers was almost double of the hospitalized passengers.
Driver distraction and inattention was the leading cause of New York car accidents, which account for almost 20 percent of crashes. Traffic crashes were second major cause, while speed contributed to 10 percent of the accidents in New York. DUI driving was found to be responsible for just three percent of the accidents in 2010.