Data Reveals a Concerning Trend of Traffic Fatalities in New York

Lever & Ecker, PLLC January 13, 2023 Car Accidents

According to a 2022 study by Transportation Alternatives, fatal car accidents may be on the rise in New York City. The first quarter of 2022 was the deadliest to date, showing a 44% increase in traffic deaths versus the year before. While 2023 data has yet to be released, this data indicates a concerning trend about accidents and fatalities.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New York City car accident, you deserve an experienced and compassionate attorney on your side. At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our attorneys are committed to providing top-notch legal services to our clients in New York. We are dedicated to fighting for your rights and interests as we pursue the maximum compensation available on your behalf. Our award-winning attorneys have a 99% success rate and are ready to apply their ample knowledge and skills to your case. 

4 Alarming New York City Traffic Fatality Statistics

The Transportation Alternatives study revealed several concerning findings regarding the sharp increase in traffic fatalities in New York City. A few of the most alarming statistics include:

  • Manhattan and Queens saw increases in traffic fatalities by over 120% compared to the same time the previous year. 
  • Nearly half of the reported fatalities were pedestrians. 
  • A quarter of the reported fatalities occurred on streets with speed limits over 25 mph. 
  • Children under 18 and adults over 65 accounted for nearly 40% of reported traffic fatalities. 

Many traffic-related deaths are avoidable, a fact which is compounded by the terrible sorrow and grief every family experiences as a result of the death of a loved one. If you have lost a family member in a New York City motor vehicle accident, you may have grounds to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover damages for your family’s losses. While monetary compensation cannot reverse the loss of your loved one, it may, among other things, be able to provide some relief from the financial burdens associated with their passing. 

What Causes Fatal Traffic Accidents in New York City?

Fatal traffic accidents are typically devastating for the victim’s surviving family members. The grief associated with losing a loved one can become even more challenging if the accident was avoidable. While no two accidents are exactly alike, many deadly collisions in New York City are caused by several careless and reckless behaviors:

  • Excessive speeding
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Distracted driving, including cell phones in particular
  • Failure to yield to pedestrians
  • Following too closely (tailgating)
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Reckless passing
  • Drowsy driving
  • Failure to safely maintain roads
  • Manufacturer defects

When you retain the services of a skilled attorney from Lever & Ecker, PLLC, you can have peace of mind knowing that your case is in experienced and professional hands. We will investigate every detail of your case to determine the cause of the accident involving your loved one and who may be responsible for their untimely passing. We understand how challenging the aftermath of a fatal crash can be, and we will handle every aspect of your case while you focus on yourself and your family. 

Speak to a First-Class Car Accident Attorney at Lever & Ecker, PLLC

At Lever & Ecker, PLLC, our attorneys have more than six and a half decades of combined experience representing car accident victims and their families pursuing the justice they deserve. We understand the unique complexities of New York’s personal injury laws and will guide you through every step of the legal process. We are prepared to take your case to trial to protect your rights and interests. 

To schedule a free consultation and learn more about what our skilled attorneys can do for you, call us today at (718) 933-3632 or (914) 288-9191. You can also reach us via our contact form.

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