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City vehicles can be dangerous on New York roadways

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported over 5.5 million car accidents in 2012. Since then, New York has been making significant progress in reducing the number of accidents on the roadways. Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration have attempted to cut down on car accident fatalities on the streets of New York with his Vision Zero plan. The plan works to increase law enforcement efforts, improve road safety and upgrade equipment and technology.

Despite these improvements, there is still a lot of work to be done when it comes to city agency vehicles. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2016, there were 1,056 ambulance collisions, marking a 31 percent jump from the previous year. In fact, accidents involving city agency vehicles in general (excluding NYPD) in 2015 increased nearly 11 percent.

De Blasio has attempted to reduce the number of city agency vehicle accidents by requiring city workers to attend defensive-driving training courses. Nearly 8,000 city workers attended training courses in 2016. This is a significant jump from the 2,262 employees that attended in Mayor Bloomberg's final year. City officials hope that they can continue to make improvements and lower the number of city agency vehicle accidents.

Defensive-driving courses and other training programs may be helpful when it comes to reducing car accident injuries and fatalities. Many devastating New York accidents are caused by driver negligence. Speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving and failure to abide by traffic laws are all forms of negligence. If the negligence is a proximate cause of the accident that occurred, the driver may be held liable for damages. Damages can cover the victim's medical expenses, lost wages and other expenses.

Source: New York Post, "Accidents involving city vehicles spike nearly 11 percent," Michael Gartland, Sep. 20, 2016

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