If you've been involved in a car accident and suspect that a faulty car may have contributed to the accident or injury, you're probably wondering if, and when, a car manufacturer can be held liable for the accident.
In 2022, just in the five boroughs of New York City, there were 100,508 vehicular accidents, with Brooklyn leading the statistics at 32,788 crashes. The leading cause of all accidents was distracted driving, which resulted in 28,753 events. The second leading cause—failure to yield right-of-way—accounted for only 7,823 crashes.
If you were hurt while driving in New York and your vehicle was the only one involved in the accident, you might believe that you are not entitled to file a personal injury claim. While it is true that drivers can be held liable for single-vehicle accidents if they are negligent, drivers in single-vehicle accidents are not always at fault.
According to the New York State Department of Health, each day, 10 people are sent to the hospital or even fatally injured by a teen driver. The leading cause of crashes by teens is unsafe speed at 21 percent, whereas drivers aged 25 to 49 involved in crashes are only 10 percent at fault for unsafe speed.
According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 300,000 reported traffic accidents in the state each year. With so many crashes happening every year, there is a high risk of suffering injuries or at least having your car damaged beyond repair.
If you were involved in a car accident in New York, you might be entitled to compensation. However, there are quite a few misconceptions about car accident claims in New York that may give you the wrong idea about the claims process. This could potentially hurt your ability to obtain the compensation you deserve.
According to statistics compiled by the New York City Police Department (NYPD), in January 2023, there were 7,191 motor vehicles involved citywide in accidents, with 1,530 motorists and 1,017 passengers injured.
New York is one of the largest cities in the world, and as such, there are a tremendous amount of car accidents. In November of 2022 alone, there were 7,818 vehicle collisions in the city, with nearly 40% of these resulting in an injury.
Accidents happen every day, but their commonality does not dismiss the devastating impacts they can have on people’s lives. After being involved in a traffic collision or any accident, a million questions may be running through your mind.