In New York the most common cause of car accidents according to the NYPD is driver distraction. Determining fault is the most important question that victims face in an injury related accident.
Ajlouny Injury Law has top investigators available that have a decade of expertise must be done that will help you figure out what caused the crash and who was to blame for it. The police on scene will investigate and issue a police report that will be available at the designated precient within 3 working business days of the accident. Ajlouny Injury Law will then start putting the peices of the puzzle together in order to build a solid case.
In situations where a driver ran a red light or rear-ended you is almost 99.9% the other drivers fault. However, not all accidents are that clear cut.
Determining the cause and fault of a car accident, is what Ajlouny Injury Law top New York personal injury attorneys do best. We know the “what caused the accident” and “who is at fault pretty quickly.” Some of the most common causes of car crashes include the following:
Distracted Driving: – Driving while distracted is a recipe for disaster ending in serious injury even death. New York driving laws regarding distracted driving according to the Zebra has the most lenient distracted driving penalty; a cell phone use violation increases insurance rates for New York state drivers by just 5%. Cell phone apps are one reason for the increase in distracted driving. Apps like Snapchat record the speed of a vehicle, the navigation app Waze rewards drivers for reporting traffic conditions in the moment, and games like Pokemon Go encourages drivers to search for virtual creatures along roads and highways. (New York Times, 2016) (Source: https://driving-tests.org/driving-statistics/)
Driving under the Influence – New York has established severe penalties for DUI. The reason for the severity is not only to punish people who have been arrested for driving drunk, but to set an example to those who haven’t yet. That way, if they are ever in a position where they are considering drunk driving, they will think better of it. Penalties increase for repeat offenders. (Source: https://www.idrivesafely.com/)
Speeding – Under New York’s Vision Zero trafffic fatalities from speed have signifanctly lowered since last year. Lowering the speed limit on most New York streets to 25 miles per hour has helped. However, according to The New York Times, pedestrian deaths, which account for the largest share of traffic fatalities, increased last year to 114, from 107 in 2017 — a troubling sign that the city’s streets remain dangerous for many New Yorkers. Motorcyclist deaths increased to 39, from 33 in 2017. (Source: https://www.nytimes.com/)
Faulty Auto Parts – Tens of millions of vehicles with Takata air bags are under recall. Long-term exposure to high heat and humidity can cause these air bags to explode when deployed. Such explosions have caused injuries and deaths. NHTSA urges vehicle owners to take a few simple steps to protect themselves and others from this very serious threat to safety. Injured due to a vehicle defect? Hire Ajlouny Injury Law. Call 718-233-3913. Check for Recalls using your vehicle identification number (VIN).
Drowsy Driving – In 2018, according to statistics from the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR) at the Rockefeller College and the University at Albany, “fatigue/drowsy driving” and/or “driver fell asleep” were listed 5,708 times as contributing factors on police crash reports statewide. So far in 2019, according to preliminary figures from ITSMR, those same factors have been listed 3,512 times on police crash reports from across the state. Nationally, it is estimated that in 2017, drowsy driving contributed to 91,000 police-reported crashes and nearly 800 deaths, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. (Source: https://dmv.ny.gov/)
Poor Road Conditions – New York ranked among the top 10 states in terms of poor highway conditions, placing seventh in highest percentage of highway miles in poor condition, at 18 percent. Whether it be a parade of potholes lining local streets, or uneven roadways on the borough’s highways and service roads, Staten Islanders have grown far too accustomed to deteriorating infrastructure. (Source: https://www.silive.com/)