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New York sees drop in vehicular fatalities

If you are like many people in New York, you have at times been very concerned about the number of people killed in automobile accidents, especially when these accidents could easily have been avoided if another driver had made a more responsible choice. Good examples include crashes caused by drugged or drunk drivers, wrecks that happen when a driver is distracted by a phone or other device and even those that occur when a driver maneuvers their vehicle in a reckless fashion.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that over the five-year period from 2012 to 2016, New York State experienced something of an up and down trend when it comes to the number of deaths in vehicle accidents. Overall, in 2016 there was a slight decline in the total number of fatalities as well as the number of fatalities in crashes involving alcohol, excessive speed, large trucks, motorcyclists and pedestrians. However, 1,025 people still lost their lives that year alone.

In 2015, the 1,136 deaths statewide represented an increase over the 1,041 that were recorded in 2014. In 2013, the state saw 1,202 people killed in vehicle accidents and another 1,180 died in the prior year in 2012. Clearly more is needed in the effort to keep people safe on New York roads.

If you would like to learn more about how you or a loved one can get help after being involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by someone else's negligence, please feel free to visit the crash compensation page of our New York personal injury website.

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