The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) investigated the causes of New York car crashes on state highways from 2002 through 2005 in the Strategic Highway Safety Plan 2007. The good news coming out of the study is that from 1996 through 2005, fatal accidents on New York roadways have declined 10%. Further, although driving while intoxicated continues to be a significant problem in causing roadway deaths, the number of people killed on New York state roadways from driving while intoxicated has dropped from 979 in 1981 to 382 in 2005. The most significant problems causing serious New York car crashes and fatal accidents are aggressive driving, DWI’s and speeding.
There are 113,000 miles of highway in New York State and 16,000 of those highways are operated by the state. Intersection crashes account for approximately 25% of all highway fatalities in New York. There were 77,161 fatal intersection crashes in 2005. Overall, there were 142,287 fatal and personal injury accidents in 2003; 133,314 in 2004, and 128,581 in 2005. Rear end and left turn accidents are responsible for about ½ of all New York motor vehicle crashes. There were 479 fatal accidents from cars overturning or colliding with fixed objects in 2005, and 203 fatal accidents or injuries from crashes in construction zones.
From 2003-2005, failing to yield the right of way contributed to 16% of New York fatal car accidents; following too closely 13.5%; and unsafe speed was partially responsible for 11% of the deaths on New York highways. These driver behaviors have remained constant despite the reduction in overall accidents between 2003 and 2005.
In Part 2 of this series, we will the DOT’s findings regarding New York motorcycle accidents, large truck accidents and pedestrian accidents.
Please contact the Westchester County Injury Lawyers at The Law Office Of Mark A, Siesel if you or a loved one is seriously injured in a car accident or any type of accident for a free consultation with an experienced, knowledgeable attorney who will fight to obtain the maximum compensation for your injuries, lost earnings, medical expenses and loss of enjoyment of life.