If you call the New York City area home, you see every type of transportation possible: cars, bicycles, subway, foot and beyond. Each transportation type has its own pros and cons, but unfortunately, all come with the potential con of car accidents and the bodily harm that results, like a recent Staten Island accident.
A recent Staten Island crash
A recent auto wreck shut down multiple lanes of the West Shore Expressway. The lanes were shut down after a car wreck resulted in a significant emergency response and two people were sent to different New York City hospitals.
This accident represents one of the many accidents that occurs in the city every day and month.
New York City accident data for February 2023
City data on auto accidents provides surprising numbers regarding the frequency of crashes. For just the month of February, the city recorded over 6,500 car accidents, with over 2,500 of those accidents resulting in injury or death.
Different transportation methods were involved: pedestrians, cyclists and car drivers were all affected.
In addition to the high number of injuries, multiple negligent actions were listed as causes of accidents. Failure to yield right of way, following too closely, alcohol use and driver distraction were found as causes of many accidents.
Negligent actions can lead to damages
When a driver operates their vehicle negligently, they may cause both property damage to your vehicle, and cause injury to you and your passengers. Under New York’s comparative negligence law, two parties in an accident could be held 50/50 liable, one party 100% liable or anywhere in between.
This is why it is often beneficial to contact an attorney knowledgeable about personal injury claims and car accident liability. They can help you recover the proper amount of damages for your case.