What Are Some of the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in NYC?

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What Are Some of the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in NYC?

Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, they’re due to weather, defective car parts, and more, however, they are most often a result of driver negligence. Please continue reading and reach out to a seasoned New York City personal injury lawyer from The Law Office of Richard Kenny to learn more about the most common causes of car accidents and how we can help if you’ve been wrongfully injured in one.

The Six Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in NYC

Some of the most common causes of car accidents here in New York City are as follows:

  1. Tailgating, which means that a driver is following the car directly in front of them too closely. This is the most common cause of rear-end collisions, as there is less time and distance to react if a driver is required to slow down or stop suddenly.
  2. Speeding, which can result in more significant collisions as the impact force is greater due to the following driver’s rate of speed and inability to react to sudden changes in traffic conditions.
  3. Hazardous Weather/Road Conditions, which can increase the time and distance necessary to stop a vehicle. Examples of such conditions include rain, snow, sleet, fog, and ice.
  4. Distracted Driving, which is when the driver of a vehicle is not paying proper attention to the road and traffic conditions by engaging in any activity unrelated to safely operating their vehicle. This can be anything from texting, talking on the phone, or eating/drinking while driving.
  5. Impaired Driving, which is when the driver of a vehicle is under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, or any other intoxicating substance. Driving while over-tired may also be considered driving while impaired.
  6. Failing to Maintain Your Vehicle, examples of such failures may include failing to maintain a vehicle with properly functioning brakes or adequately treaded tires.

What should I do if I’m hurt in a car accident?

If you are injured in a car accident, you should take several steps to maximize your chances of recovering compensation in your personal injury claim. Those steps are as follows:

  • Call 911, as they will send emergency services to the accident and provide you with the necessary medical treatment.
  • Get the other driver’s insurance information.
  • Ask witnesses for their contact information.
  • Take pictures or videos of any damage caused by your accident.
  • Keep copies of all medical documents and bills pertaining to your injuries.

Finally, you should hire a competent New York City personal injury lawyer who can help you fight for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

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Our entire legal team is dedicated to providing the advice you need and the personalized attention you deserve. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, call 866-886-0892 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation with a New York City personal injury lawyer. You may be entitled to financial compensation, which can help you on your road to recovery.

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