The number of traffic accident fatalities in New York and across the country dropped from 2017 to 2018, and the trend is continuing into 2019. According to statistics published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there was a decline of 2.4% in the number of traffic deaths between 2017 and 2018. The NHTSA attributed the drop at least in part to advanced safety technologies that are being installed in new vehicles. Estimates released about the first half of 2019 indicate that traffic fatalities are 3.4% down year over year.
Drivers in New York and every other state are concerned about road safety. The unfortunate truth is that every seven seconds, someone is injured in a car accident. However, there are a couple of ways that drivers can prevent motor vehicle accidents from occurring.
Lawmakers in New York City have been debating the issue of electric bicycles and scooters for years. Those in favor of e-bikes and e-scooters say that they offer a clean and green alternative to diesel and gasoline engines, but they are currently banned in Manhattan due to concerns over pedestrian safety. Companies like Lime and Bird will soon be able to rent e-scooters in other parts of the Empire State, but New York City residents will still have to rely on leg power, motor vehicles or public transportation to get around. A recent study of e-scooter injuries will add weight to the arguments made by supporters of the ban and is unlikely to change the minds of many city lawmakers.
Many people living in New York and around the country are cyclists. While cycling is a popular sport and mode of transportation, it is not without its risks. In many areas, streets are primarily occupied by automobiles, which can pose a significant danger to those riding bicycles.
Some people in New York may have purchased a Subaru Crosstrek because the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety gave it the highest safety rating. However, the vehicle has also been involved in the highest number of at-fault accidents.
When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the Vision Zero program in 2014, he said the goal of the initiative was to eliminate all traffic accident deaths and serious injuries within 10 years. De Blasio now admits that the program is facing a crisis, but he insists that its ultimate objective remains achievable. Total traffic fatalities in the city are up by 15% in 2019, and the pedestrian death toll is even more worrying. Pedestrian deaths in New York City increased alarmingly in 2018, and they are on pace to rise even further in 2019.
Drivers in New York may be surprised to hear that women run a higher risk for car accident injuries than men. For a study published in July's edition of Traffic Injury Prevention, researchers looked at some 22,000 front-end crashes. They found that women were 73% more likely to be hurt in these types of collisions. Not only that, females were also twice as likely to suffer spine, abdomen and leg injuries.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are preventing crashes, especially ones with other vehicles and with pedestrians. A 2018 study from J.D. Power shows that new car owners are largely satisfied with the performance of these devices. New York motorists should know that more than half of the respondents said that ADAS helped prevent a crash for them within the first 90 days of having their vehicle.
In New York and across the U.S., drowsy driving is becoming an epidemic. In a AAA survey, nearly one-third of respondents said that at least once in the past month, they drove while having trouble keeping their eyes open. Many drivers are not getting the seven hours of sleep every night that the CDC recommends, and some may have a disorder like obstructive sleep apnea that makes them tired even when they get seven hours.
Car accidents in New York can be devastating and may cause people to sustain catastrophic injuries and even die as a result. Many factors, from increased distraction due to smartphones to outdoor weather conditions, can combine to make driving on the roadways a more dangerous experience. One study revealed that even light rainfall can significantly increase the risk for a dangerous or fatal crash. Rain, snow and ice can make roadway fatalities 34% more likely, according to a study from the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.