New York City has experienced an increase in traffic fatalities. Reports from the first quarter of 2022 reveal the exact numbers.
A significant increase in fatalities
Data examining the first quarter of 2022 reveals concerning news about traffic accidents. Traffic fatalities increased 44% from 2021 as 59 people lost their lives. The number reflects the worst level of deaths since 2014.
Accidents may happen in a city due to a mix of congestion and confusion. Simply put, many drivers, bicyclists, pedestrians, and others travel to and from locations on crowded streets. Rush hour traffic might result in people furiously picking up the pace to arrive or leave. Other issues, such as construction zones and road work, might add to distractions and chaos.
New York City is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, meaning more drivers and other commuters are placed in potential jeopardy. Distracted drivers who text behind the wheel could hit another car or someone crossing the street. Avoiding accidents may be harder when placed in congested conditions, especially when a driver does not pay attention.
Drivers could also make dangerous mistakes at intersections. Performing right or left turns without looking may lead to deadly pedestrian accidents. Not coming to a complete stop at the intersection line may do the same. And other reckless behaviors may inflict harm when a driver is negligent.
Negligence and city driving
New York is home to many bars and nightclubs. Someone who chooses to drive home while intoxicated could become involved in a fatal (car crash). Even persons traveling on a day-to-day commute while using OTC cold medicine could be too impaired to drive.
Speeding is both reckless and commonplace on roads. Speeding drivers cause many accidents and will continue to do so. Those hurt by someone’s recklessness may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover losses.