At The Law Office of Robert King, our Rochester car accident attorney proudly
provides unwavering and dedicated legal services to people who have been
injured in traffic collisions. More than wanting to help people receive
maximum compensation for their injuries, we want to help people avoid
getting into crashes in the first place. A large part of prevention is
understanding, so we took a look at recent
car accident statistics compiled by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
to find out more.
Promising Trends & Problem Areas
The most recent data collections are from 2014 – it usually takes
about 2 years to get the full scope of information from a year of car
accidents – so we compared those to the statistics of 2013. Overall,
car accidents are declining. This actually mirrors a nationwide trend
that is encouraging and suggests that drivers are becoming more aware
of the consequences of reckless driving.
There were some points of concern, however, that saw increases between
2013 and 2014:
Two-car collisions: Single-vehicle accidents dropped noticeably but two-car collisions rose
slightly. This trend is opposite what safety organizations would like
to see. If there
must be a car accident, the less people involved, the better.
Property damage: There were more incidents of reported property damage after a crash in
New York in 2014 than there were in 2013. It is difficult to assume why
this fluctuation occurred but one guess would be that more people are
colliding in urban areas where property is just off the side of the road.
Unsafe backing: Don’t forget to always check your mirrors and blind spots before
backing up slowly.
Distractions are unsafe! 2014 saw a visible increase in accidents caused by unsafe backing.
Vehicular defects: Perhaps it is not surprising to learn that defective vehicles caused an
increasing number of accidents since every other news story seems to be about
defective auto parts and vehicular failures.
Slippery roads: There was almost a 10% jump in car accidents caused by water or ice on
roads and asphalt. Exercising caution during adverse weather condition
must be a priority while behind the wheel.
Now that we have a better understanding of car accident statistics, we
would like to remind you that we can assist you after you have been injured
in a crash that was not your fault.
Contact our Rochester personal injury lawyer as soon as you know you need a professional’s
help and input with your car accident claim.