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Crashes and more make New York one of worst driving U.S. cities

New Yorkers who have driven throughout the city will understand the problems that arise from such a bustling and crowded municipality. However, until they hear about the statistical facts regarding driving in New York, they might not realize how difficult it truly is. With the number of vehicles on the road, bicyclists, pedestrians, auto accidents and other factors, recent research found that New York is one of the worst cities in which to drive. This should be considered when there is a crash and people are considering a legal filing to be compensated for all they have lost.

Fatal auto accidents at red lights a growing concern

Auto accidents can happen whenever Staten Island residents are on the road. The circumstances of these crashes will inevitably vary, as will the aftermath. There are, however, certain factors that are common with many crashes. Distracted drivers are a problem that has been increasing in recent years. It is now one of the biggest causes of collisions with injuries and fatalities. Researchers are assessing the available data to gauge how to improve safety. One recent study from AAA shows a worrisome increase in fatal accidents at red lights. This information could be critical to a legal filing for compensation.

Injury and death from bicycle accidents a growing concern

For many New York residents, bicycles are a preferred method of getting around. Others use their bicycles to earn or supplement their income. However, there is no doubt as to the danger bicyclists face on the busy streets of New York City. Despite attempts on the part of legislators and the mayor to improve bicycle safety, 2019 has had a rise in bicycle-auto accidents that is sparking concerns and calls for action. When there is a bicycle accident, people who have been hurt or lost a loved one may need to consider their options for filing a claim for compensation.

Older drivers distracted not by phones, but by the vehicle itself

One of the biggest safety concerns on the New York roadways is distracted drivers. This is frequently perceived as being due to smartphone use behind the wheel. Since devices are becoming more advanced and people of all ages seem to have one, it can spark auto accidents with injuries and fatalities. In the past, common catalysts for auto crashes were driving under the influence, recklessness, negligence and drowsy drivers. Today, distracted driving is a justifiable fear for a significant number of accidents.

Rise of ride hail vehicles might increase fatal auto crashes

For New Yorkers, ride hailing and ride share services are viewed in a positive light as they provide a way to get around without needing to wait for public transportation or to drive. There are undoubtedly benefits to Uber, Lyft and lesser-known services. However, recent research indicates that there could be risks with these services including a rise in auto accidents with serious injuries and fatalities. For people who have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash, it is important to understand the details of this study to determine if a ride hailing vehicle was involved and if this can factor in with a legal filing for compensation.

Study: Many distracted, drunk and drowsy drivers are on the road

When people are behind the wheel in New York and across the nation, there are many activities they will take part in that place themselves and others at risk. Included is driving while under the influence, driving while distracted and drowsy driving. This is risky and happens all-too frequently, but the statistics as to how often drivers behave this way are even more troublesome. If there has been a crash with injuries and death, it is imperative to know whether these behaviors were a factor.

Man and two daughters suffer serious injuries in auto accident

When on the road in Staten Island and throughout New York City, it is common to see drivers who are behaving recklessly and making illegal maneuvers in their vehicles. There are many reasons for this including distraction, driving under the influence or simply being in a rush. When drivers are behaving in such a way, it can cause auto accidents with serious injuries and fatalities. Considering the litany of problems people can face after these crashes including medical costs, the inability to work and more, a lawsuit is vital when thinking about compensation.

Rider share service vehicles fail to adhere to auto recalls

For New Yorkers who want to avoid driving and prefer not to take public transportation, ride sharing apps are a major convenience. Uber, Lyft and other entities that offer these services have grown exponentially in recent years, largely because so many people use them. It is believed to be a safe alternative especially if the passenger has had a night on the town or needs to multitask and does not want to behave in a dangerous way behind the wheel. However, with this convenience comes the need to trust that the vehicles are in proper condition. As a new study from Consumer Reports shows, many are not.

Texting and driving a rising issue with millennials who have kids

In New York, it seems that everyone has a cellphone. Increasingly, people are unable to keep themselves from checking it constantly even during times when they should be focusing on other matters. An especially risky time to be checking a device is while driving. However, texting and driving and accidents linked to it is one of the fastest growing issues across the nation. Researchers seek to understand the phenomenon to devise strategies to reduce the practice and make the roads safer for everyone. As part of this research, a new study shows that there is a surprising category of drivers who are at significant risk: millennial parents.

Driver has separate auto accidents including rear-end crash

Hit-and-run accidents and rear-end collisions are among the most dangerous types of crashes that can happen in Staten Island. In some incidents, there will be a combination of these auto accidents. For people who have been rear-ended, there is a major chance of serious injury including back, neck and head trauma. With that, there can be long-term damage, massive medical costs and the need for extensive treatment and care. If a driver chooses to flee the scene after such an accident, it only makes the situation worse. People who have been hurt in any kind of auto accident must think about the future and weigh their options.

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