Drivers in Staten Island and throughout New York certainly understand the dangers of being on the road in a city that is so busy. However, the cause of the auto accidents can vary. When there are serious injuries and fatalities, those who have been injured will face many issues that might necessitate legal action if they want to be compensated.
Knowing about studies that examine these crashes and what sparked them can also be integral to the case.
One recently released report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) says that August is the month in which there have been the most crashes in recent years. Specifically, August 2 has been the worst driving day of the years in terms of fatalities with an average of 101 in the years that encompassed the study.
From 2012 to 2016, there were a total of 505 deaths on that date. This was more even than other dates, like July 4 or Memorial Day, where heavy drinking is common,
The number of vehicles on the road is considered a reason why August has so many accidents. In the first week of the month, many people are on vacation and take to the road. With more vehicles, more accidents are likely. In 2016, there were nearly 61,000 auto accidents in August. That is more than any month in the previous four years. This accompanies the rise in fatal accidents overall. In 2017, there were more than 40,000 deaths on the road in the U.S. This is a rise of 6 percent from 2015 and the first time in a decade that more than 40,000 people died in auto accidents. IIHS advises drivers to avoid drinking and driving, distractions and drowsy driving.
Medical expenses, lost wages and long-term physical and mental issues from a car accident are common. For those who have lost a loved one in a crash, there are funeral costs and the emotional impact of having faced an untimely death. A legal filing can be critical to move forward with the accident investigation and maximize compensation for all that was lost. A law firm with a history of helping those who have been affected by car accidents can help.