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There are around 300,000 auto crashes in New York every year, according to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. That is an average of 822 daily crashes in our state. About 40 percent of these crashes lead to serious injuries or death. Why do these crashes happen so often in New York? Below, you’ll learn:

Our New York City car accident attorneys have decades of experience helping those who have been killed and seriously injured in these accidents. The compensation a victim receives after a crash can help alleviate the physical, emotional and financial challenges they face.

The Most Common Causes of Auto Accidents in New York

There are many causes behind the staggering number of accidents. They include drinking and driving, failure to obey traffic controls and aggressive driving. But distracted driving continues to be the leading cause of car accidents. The most significant distraction to drivers today is the use of cellular phones and other mobile devices. Studies show that texting takes a driver’s eyes off the road for approximately five seconds. If a driver is traveling at 55 miles per hour, he will travel the length of a football field without looking at the road while sending a text.

Leading Causes of New York Auto Accidents: By the Numbers

Of the 254,829 vehicle crashes in New York in 2014:

  • 48,774 crashes (nearly 20 percent) were caused by driver inattention or driver distraction.
  • 44,219 crashes (17.4 percent) were caused by a driver’s following another vehicle too closely.
  • 40,099 crashes (15.7 percent) were caused by failure to yield right of way
  • 27,859 crashes (10.9 percent) were caused by unsafe speeds.
  • 11,093 crashes (4.4 percent) were caused by unsafe backing.

Fast Facts on New York Car Crashes

  • In 2014, 160,497 people were injured in New York vehicle crashes.
  • 1,026 people were killed on New York roads in 2014.
  • Vehicle fatalities in New York cost $1.59 billion in 2013; $19 million of these costs came from medical bills and another $1.57 billion stemmed from work-related costs.
  • The most dangerous time of day on New York roads is rush hour (from 3pm to 6pm) on Monday through Friday.
  • 68.6 percent of auto accidents involved two or more vehicles.

Car Accident Studies

New Research about Causes of Car Accidents Reveals Fresh Dangers

Sometimes it seems as if life used to be simpler. When we drove, we had fewer distractions and fewer things to worry about. Were they truly the good old days? Perhaps, because increases in the number of distractions around us while we drive would hardly appear to be a good thing. New research now available reveals the risks, and the links to the risks, that raise the chances of a car crash. Read Full Article

What to Expect After an Auto Accident in New York

After a vehicle crash, police officers and possibly emergency medical responders will come to the scene of the crash. The police officer will ask you some basic questions about the incident. If you have suffered injuries, you will be treated and may be taken to the hospital for further examinations. It is always best to seek medical treatment, even if you suspect your injuries are minor. Keep copies of police reports and medical bills. In the days or weeks that follow, you will be contacted by insurers (both your own and that of the other driver). You DO NOT have to speak to another driver’s insurance company. Instead, tell them to speak to your attorney. After a vehicle crash, you might be able to receive compensation for the damages suffered, even if you share some fault for the incident.

No-Fault Laws in New York

In 1973 the New York State Legislature passed what is commonly referred to as the “No-Fault Law” to provide for the economic needs of people injured in automobile accidents. No-fault coverage will pay for medical bills, prescription costs, household services, transportation to medical providers, and lost wages up to the amount of coverage selected by the policyholder. However, there are many restrictions and filing requirements relating to no-fault laws, so it is essential that you consult with our car accident lawyers to ensure that you receive all the benefits you are legally entitled to. Additionally, the true intent of the no-fault law was to limit an injured person’s ability to collect money for their pain and suffering. The statute is very restrictive, and many people who suffer significant injuries do not receive compensation for the impact that an accident has had on their lives.


  • Admitting fault at the scene of the accident before you have all the facts
  • Not filing an accident report with the police
  • Assuming you will feel better and not seeking medical attention
  • Believing that an insurance company will deal with you fairly
  • Not hiring an experienced attorney who will complete all filings to protect your rights and ensure that you will receive the compensation that you deserve.

The vehicle accident attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC have decades of experience and a proven track record of helping people who have been hurt in a car accident receive the money that they are entitled to. Contact us for a consultation to learn what benefits you are eligible for. The consultation is free, and we charge no fee unless we recover compensation for your pain and suffering.


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