There are a several common factors in New York car accidents. Human error is behind many, especially distracted driving. This has become a widespread issue with more and more drivers using their smartphones behind the wheel. Virtually anything, though, from talking to passengers to eating, can become a distraction. Another factor is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Some accidents are caused by drivers having uncontrollable medical episodes like seizures, strokes and heart attacks. For this reason, drivers should take into account all risk factors. If they feel unwell or have forgotten their glasses, they may not want to go out. Also, if they are in a different state, they should be aware of its traffic laws. For instance, that state may prohibit right turns on red. Being lost can also make drivers negligent.

Other accidents arise because of poorly maintained vehicles. Drivers should not have bald tires, bad brakes or broken tie rods. On the other hand, drivers may crash because of a defective part, in which case the automakers may be to blame. Drivers may crash because a traffic light is burnt out or because an animal suddenly crosses the road. Other well-known factors are dense fog, excessive rain, icy roads and other examples of bad weather.

When there is a motor vehicle accident, police will in many cases conduct an investigation. A person who has been injured in such a crash that was caused by the negligence of another motorist might want to meet with an attorney to see what steps should be taken to seek appropriate compensation.