According to reports and data collected by driver-education organizations and the New York Police Department (NYPD), there are nearly 6 million car accidents across the United States every year. The most recent statistics by the NYPD reveal that there were over 228,047 motor vehicle accidents in New York City alone, which is about 625 accidents a day and five car-accident injuries every hour. These incidents include accidents involving pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists. About 60 percent of the accidents occur in Queens and Brooklyn, followed by Manhattan, Bronx, and Staten Island.
The rate and severity of accidents vary by month, day of the week, and time of day. Most accidents occur during the summer months, specifically May and June. Bike accidents typically occur in August, July, and September. The summer months, especially in tourist towns, prove to be a time of increased motor vehicle accidents. There are many reasons that accidents occur during this time including, distraction, tailgating, improper passing, speeding, aggressive driving, and impaired driving.
Tourist towns often provide the public with various nightlife and entertainment options that may lead to dangerous driving. For example, late last month, five people died in a Hamptons crash involving speeding. According to the New York Times, a group was traveling in the Hamptons when a speeding driver slammed into them head-on. The victims were an Uber driver, two brothers, a friend, and the speeding driver. Another passenger suffered serious injuries and is currently in critical condition. The accident was one of three crashes that occurred the same weekend. All of the accidents involved speeding, alcohol, or a combination of both.
A witness who lives near the accident scene commented that the incident occurred on a blind curve, where motorists rarely slow down. She explained that she witnesses a driver speeding around the curve nearly every day. Law enforcement claimed they did not receive reports of the dangerous curve; however, they acknowledged that the turn is steep and potentially dangerous, significantly so if drivers are speeding.
Another accident over the same weekend took the life of a 10-year-old girl who was riding in a car with her mother when an incoming driver slammed into them. When officers reported to the scene, they administered two field sobriety tests to the other driver, both of which he failed. The driver’s three passengers, including two minors, suffered serious injuries in the crash.
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