In former Mayor Bill de Blasio’s final year in office, the rate of traffic fatalities increased to alarming numbers. The New York Post reported that as of December 26th, 2021, 266 people died in car crashes in New York City. Throughout the former mayor’s eight years in office, traffic fatalities were reduced by 10 percent. However, the former mayor had initially promised zero traffic-related deaths by 2024, as a part of his “Vision Zero” project.
The year 2021 brought New York City the most deaths due to car crashes since 2013, when approximately 293 people died in motor vehicle accidents. Even with strict regulations to protect pedestrians and drivers, fatalities continue to increase in New York City. With traffic accidents increasing in record numbers, many people question how to stay safe while driving around New York City.
New York is known for its hectic roads and a high number of car accidents. With traffic-related fatalities increasing, more New York residents are expressing concern for road safety. Even with new laws and programs working to protect drivers, car accidents continue to impact residents and visitors alike.
To keep yourself safe while driving in New York, see our tips below:
Staying calm is essential when there is high traffic congestion. Many drivers can get overwhelmed when they feel boxed in or unfamiliar with the area in which they are driving, but keeping your eyes on the road and staying focused can significantly reduce the likelihood of getting into an accident.
When you look at your navigation, you take your eyes off the road and put yourself and others at risk. Before you start driving, familiarize yourself with the route so you know where to go. Even if you still require navigation, familiarizing yourself with a map beforehand can make you feel more confident and focused.
Anything can happen while on the road, and if you are too close to another vehicle, you might end up in an unfortunate situation. Keeping a safe distance can give you time to stop or prevent an accident from happening.
Speeding is a common cause of accidents because it decreases reaction time and mobility. If you are driving and someone merges into your lane unexpectedly, you won’t have enough time to stop or move out of the way.
One of the best ways to travel in New York is through public transportation. Whether by train, subway, or other means of travel, you can get to most places in New York without having to drive your vehicle.
Taking the time to understand the risks associated with driving in New York is vital to keeping yourself and others safe. While you may not control what others do on the road, there are many ways you can keep yourself safe.
A severe car accident can significantly change your life, or the life of a loved one. The pain and suffering, as well as the costs of medical treatment, hospital fees, loss of income, and other financial losses can feel overwhelming, but the lawyers at Lever & Ecker, PLLC, can help you recover your damages. With over 65 years of experience representing clients across New York State, we have the knowledge and tools to help you receive the best possible outcome for your case. We understand that every person and accident is unique, so we provide client-tailored services you can trust.