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The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in New York

July 14th, 2017

Causes of Car Accidents

With the increase in population and traffic in NY, car accidents are also increasing. In fact, car accidents are responsible for a high number of fatalities every year on New York roads. Various factors such as speeding, drunk driving, tailgating, etc. may contribute to car accidents. Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents in New York:

Distracted driving: This is the number one cause of car accidents in NY. Driving while looking away from the road for just two seconds doubles the risk of accidents. Some common driver distractions include talking to another passenger, talking on the phone or texting, playing with the radio, applying makeup, eating and drinking.

Following another vehicle too closely: Following a vehicle too closely leaves little time to react when the car in front stops suddenly or slows its speed. This may lead to serious rear-end collisions.

Speeding: Driving beyond the speed limit is dangerous. Speeding not only reduces the amount of time it takes to avoid an accident, but greatly increases the risk of one, and makes the accident more severe if it does occur.

Drunk driving: Alcohol impairs any person’s ability to speak, move and make rational decisions. Drunk driving continues to be another major cause of many car accidents in New York.

Jumping red lights or stop signs: Red lights and stop signs control the flow of traffic. Drivers who jump red lights or stop signs may strike those who have the right of way and cause serious accidents.

Reckless driving: Reckless behaviour on the part of drivers such as street racing, unsafe lane changes and improper turns, may put other drivers in serious danger.

Defective equipment: Defects in the design and manufacture of various vehicle parts may cause vehicles to malfunction and cause accidents. Defective equipment may include brakes, steering wheels, tires, seat belts, etc.

Weather conditions and poor roadways: Weather conditions such as snow, ice, rain, hail, sleet, etc. can create unsafe conditions for drivers and put them at greater risk of accidents. Large potholes on the road, uneven roadways, and stones or loose gravel are some road defects that may also cause serious car accidents.

Contact Our Car Accident Lawyers Today

At Dervishi Law Group, P.C., we specialize in personal injury cases. You can depend upon our knowledge and skills when it comes to representing your car accident case. We can help you recover the maximum compensation for the injuries you have sustained. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email us at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

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