What Is the Most Common Cause of Car Crash Deaths in NY?

By Barry KantrowitzAuto Accident

Motor vehicle accidents are the fourth leading cause of injury-related death in New York State. Annually, 1,098 New York State residents die in collisions. There are multiple causes, including impaired driving, distracted driving, and driving under the influence. If a family member lost their life in a car accident, you could pursue a civil lawsuit to obtain justice. When you need a full-service law firm that takes cases on a contingency basis, you can depend on our team at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C.

Driver Inattention

Inattentive and distracted drivers make up a large part of fatal car accidents in New York. In some cases, careless drivers might fail to notice other drivers, pedestrians, or cyclists. Other drivers cause serious accidents due to distraction which can include texting, adjusting the radio, and eating or grooming while driving.

Failure to Yield

The failure to yield the right-of-way frequently leads to fatal car accidents. In addition, drivers who ignore right-of-way rules could strike unsuspecting motorists, cyclists, or pedestrians. These accidents can be especially devastating at high speed.

Ignoring Traffic Signals

Stop signs and traffic signals ensure all drivers can safely navigate intersections in an orderly and safe way. Unfortunately, when drivers ignore them, accidents can happen. This frequently involves colliding with other motorists that have the right-of-way within an intersection.

Impaired Driving

The use of drugs or alcohol does not mix well with driving in New York, and it is illegal. In addition, impaired drivers suffer from poor decision-making and diminished reflexes. This makes it difficult to avoid a collision. Impaired driving also can combine with other factors like traveling at unsafe speeds to cause a crash.

Following Too Closely

Tailgating is a common cause of motor vehicle accidents. Following too closely at high speed could cause one or both vehicles to lose control and strike a fixed object. In these accidents, passengers in both cars could have severe injuries.

Vehicle Defects 

Not every fatal car accident is the result of human error. Many collisions would not have occurred but for a dangerous defect in one or both of the vehicles involved. Catastrophic accidents can happen when a car has a defective component, such as faulty brakes or tires. In these cases, it could be possible to pursue legal action against the manufacturer of the vehicle.

Talk to an Attorney About a Car Accident Case

If you have lost a family member in a car accident, our team at Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C. could help. Pursuing financial compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit can provide you with a measure of justice for your lost loved one and financial security so that you can focus on rebuilding your life. Reach out to accident attorneys in Rockland County for your free consultation.

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