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How dangerous are New York roads?

Car accidents in New York have proven to have devastating results. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, in 2013, there were over 300,000 motor vehicle accidents with just under 260,000 reported to police. Out of these reported accidents, about 1,109 were fatal crashes and about 1,188 people were killed. As for the other reported car accidents, over 157,000 people were injured.

Many of these accidents were the result of human error. Some errors include aggressive driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, and driver inattention or distracted driving. In fact, 203,457 accidents out of those reported involved human factors. This number is significantly higher than the 10,101 accidents involving vehicular factors and 56,884 involving environmental factors.

As for the drivers themselves, drivers between the ages of 25 and 29 were involved in 10.7 percent of accidents with fatalities or injuries. This percentage is higher than that of any other age group. Male drivers were involved in 56.2 percent of accidents.

From these statistics, we can see that the state of New York has a lot of work to do to make the streets safer for motorists and pedestrians. Many of these accidents can be prevented if drivers are more cautious while on the road. If you have been involved in a car accident, you may want to hold someone liable for your injuries and damages. It is therefore important to gather as much information as possible about the incident and stay organized. It can also be helpful to seek legal advice from an experienced attorney if you need help making your case.

Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, "Summary of Motor Vehicle Crashes," accessed on Oct. 21, 2014

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