Although all state governments do their best to ensure the safety of motorists, accidents continue to happen. That being said, some roads and highways seem to be much more dangerous than others. Of course, any road can be dangerous under the right circumstances. Highways can be especially dangerous because of the high speeds at which cars travel. All it takes is a momentary lapse of concentration from any driver on the road, and multiple people can be in serious danger.
If you have been involved in a crash on any of New York’s roads, you should immediately seek medical attention for your injuries. After you have taken care of your health, enlist the help of a qualified, experienced personal injury attorney who can help you file a personal injury claim. After you receive a fair and adequate settlement for your injuries, you can handle medical costs, lost wages, and other expenses with greater ease.
According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, New York’s deadliest highway is Interstate 90. Between 2015 and 2017, 26 fatalities occurred on Interstate 90 during the summer months alone. Many people may assume that the winter months would be more deadly, due to ice, snow, rain, and limited visibility. However, a much greater risk is posed by teen drivers during summer break, families on road trips, and other factors. When there are more people on the road, there is a greater potential for fatal crashes.
Other dangerous highways in New York include Interstate 81 (20 fatalities during the summer months) and Interstate 87 (18 fatalities during the summer months). With all that said, it is worth pointing out that New York has some of the safest highways in the entire nation. The top three most deadly highways in the nation are in California and Florida. The I-5 in California is responsible for close to 200 fatalities per year during the summer months, while Florida’s US-1 is responsible for more than 150 summer deaths per year, on average.
Rural Roads are Also Dangerous
According to NPR, rural roads are actually more dangerous than highways in the United States. Over 37,000 traffic fatalities occurred on rural roads in 2008, which amounts to 56% of total traffic fatalities in the nation. In some states, more than 90% of traffic fatalities occur on rural roads. These statistics prove that you should never assume that you are totally safe while behind the wheel in New York.
New York is a “No-Fault” Insurance State
New York’s “no-fault” insurance laws mean that you can file a personal injury claim regardless of who is to blame for a car crash. In this situation, you don’t really need to worry about proving whether one party was negligent, or how responsible you are for your own injuries. You can receive between $25,000 and $50,000 for bodily injury from your insurance company.
Get Help from a Qualified Attorney Today
If you have suffered injuries in a New York highway crash, reach out to The Glassman Law Group today.