Fatal Car Crashes In New York City
Protecting Families from Disaster after a Fatal Car Crash Claims a Loved One
Every year in the United States, over 30,000 people lose their lives in motor vehicle crashes. They are one of the leading causes of unintentional injury deaths in the United States and are – ironically – almost entirely preventable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that up to 94 percent of all vehicle crashes in the United States are due to human error.
For the surviving family members of a fatal vehicle crash victim, the loss is often staggering. In addition to the incredible burden of losing a loved one, survivors also face expensive medical bills, funeral expenses, burial costs, loss of income provided by the deceased family member, and other end-of-life costs. The New York City fatal vehicle accidents attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC represent the survivors of traffic accident victims to assure that the negligent party which caused their loved one’s tragic death is held responsible for their actions.
Fatal Car Crashes in New York
- In 2016, the total number of people killed in traffic-related accidents in New York’s five boroughs, including pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, drivers and passengers, was 229, down from 234 in 2015.
- In 2015, 1,121 people in New York State died from motor-vehicle collisions, a seven percent rise from 2014 when 1,041 died, according to the NHTSA.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every day, nationwide, nine people die and more than 1,000 are injured in crashes attributed to distracted driving.
Causes of Fatal Car Accidents
Fatal car crashes are caused by any number of factors. Often, a single crash can have several contributing factors. Examples of common contributing factors to fatal crashes include:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Speeding or travelling too fast for conditions
- Improper changing of lanes
- Failure to yield to right of way
- Failure to yield to traffic signs or lights
- Failure to pay attention at intersections
- Drowsy driving
- Failure to drive according to weather or road conditions
- Defective vehicle parts.
Where Do Fatal Crashes Occur?
While fatal crashes can occur on any type of road at any time of day, they are more common in certain settings. For example, freeways where vehicles travel at greater speeds in higher volumes of traffic are often the scene of fatal car crashes. Certain types of accidents are also more likely to occur at specific times of the day. For example, drunk driving crashes frequently occur on weekends, especially during overnight hours.
Fatal Crash Types
Many types of crashes produce relatively minor injuries and property damage, such as rear-end collisions at lower speeds. But on the other hand, some crashes are notorious for being fatal for car occupants. These deadly crash types include:
- Rollover crashes
- Head-on collisions
- Side-impact (T-bone) wrecks
- Crashes in which occupants are ejected from the vehicle.
The Cost of a Fatal Vehicle Accident in New York
According to the CDC, the total value of all fatal vehicle wrecks in New York State in 2013 was $159 Billion: $19 Million in direct medical costs and $1.57 Billion in work loss costs – essentially lost family income represented by the death of a working adult.
The breakdown by user was also compelling. The largest amount of loss – $402 Million – was suffered by pedestrians, who made up 25 percent of total state fatalities. They were followed by:
- Vehicle occupants – $362M/23 percent of fatalities
- Motorcyclists – $253M/16 percent
- Bicyclists – $62M/four percent.
Ages of victims of fatal vehicle accidents was also noted by the CDC:
- Young adults (20-35) – 47 percent
- Adults (36-64) – 34 percent
- Teens (13-19) – 11 percent
- Children (12 & under) – four percent
- Older adults (65+) – four percent.
When Negligence Causes a Road Tragedy
Sadly, many crashes are caused by the mistakes or carelessness of another driver. Surviving family members are right to seek financial compensation for the losses they suffer through a wrongful death claim. Nothing can fill the emotional void left by the loss of a loved one. But the negligent party can be made to pay survivors for the financial burdens they have caused. Wrongful death claims can aid families by making compensation available for emotional pain, medical bills, loss of income, funeral expenses and burial costs. These claims are an important form of justice for so many families whose lives have been impacted by negligent drivers and protect those families from the financial ruin which the wrongful death of a family member can cause.
If your loved one was the victim of a negligent driver in New York, the attorneys at Kaplan Lawyers PC might be able to help. We have fought for the surviving family members of fatal car crash victims to ensure that they receive compensation to cover many of the incredible costs they suffer after losing their loved ones. Contact us today for a free consultation or call us at (516) 399-2364.
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