Although motor vehicle accidents remain a problem on New York and Pennsylvania’s busy roads, recent statistics show a slight decrease in car accident fatalities for the first nine months of 2022.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accident deaths decreased 0.02% from January to September of 2022, when compared with the same period in 2021.
Traffic deaths were very high the previous two years
While this is positive news, the prior two years saw a sharp increase in traffic deaths. The cause of the increase is thought to be due to less traffic on the roads because of the many stay-at-home orders in effect at the time.
Apparently, less traffic on the roads led to drivers engaging in risky behavior, such as speeding and not wearing seat belts. This caused a major rise in deadly accidents.
Negligent driving leads to unsafe roads
Not following the speed limit and not wearing a seat belt are just some examples of negligent driving. Every driver on the road has a legal duty to drive safely and reasonably.
This means following all traffic laws and speed limits. In bad weather conditions, even driving the speed limit could be considered negligent driving.
Other examples of negligent driving include driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, distracted driving or aggressive driving.
Learn about your rights and options after a car accident
An accident caused by a negligent driver can seriously impact your life. You can sustain major injuries, causing you to miss work and disrupting your daily activities.
Many car accident victims also experience significant mental or psychological trauma after an accident, resulting in post-traumatic stress disorder or other conditions. Some are even afraid to drive again.
When you are injured because of a negligent driver, you have a legal right to compensation for your damages. This requires proving negligence, which can be complicated. It is best to seek legal advice after an accident to explore your options.