When drivers think of the best places to navigate the road, New York may not be at the top of their list. However, you might be surprised to know that New York has recently been shown to be one of the safest places to drive in the country.
According to a study conducted in the last year on “States with the Worst Drivers,” New York has climbed the ranks in terms of safety and least occurrences of accidents on the road, which is encouraging news for residents and visitors alike.
The Facts and Figures
In 2020, SmartAsset conducted a study to uncover key data points about state-by-state driver safety and accident statistics, which ranked each state according to specific criteria. The study used four metrics to get a well-rounded view of each state’s road safety.
The criteria included for each state were:
- Number of total DUI arrests per 1,000 individual drivers
- Total number of road fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled
- Percentage of drivers insured
- Google trends on “speeding ticket” terms (how often “speeding ticket” and “traffic ticket” were searched according to Google Trends)
The key findings revealed Mississippi to be the worst state in terms of driver performance and incidents of arrests and fatalities for the third year in a row.
Massachusetts performed best in the nation overall, with the lowest number of deaths and ranking in the top 10 for the three other metrics included in the study.
New York Road Safety Statistics and Details
New York is currently listed in the 6th position for states with the “best drivers,” or the highest rate of road safety according to the above study and factors.
According to recent statistics, there were 228,047 accidents in New York in 2018, and of those collisions, 44,300 resulted in injuries. However, the numbers for 2020 are likely significantly lower because of COVID-related restrictions on travel and quarantine orders.
Most accident-related injuries occurred in passengers involved in the crash. The cause of those crashes resulted from multiple factors, but the most common causes of crashes were driver distraction and following other cars too closely. Other factors leading to accidents include DUI, speeding, improper lane use, and passing.
It’s estimated that there are, at minimum, over 12,000 hospitalizations because of traffic crashes each year in New York. Still, New York is quickly becoming one of the safest states for motorists, a positive change from decades past where the figures were not as low.
Some Safety Tips New York Drivers Should Remember
It is important for New York drivers to remember to travel with caution while using the roads regardless of the area you drive or live in because auto accidents can happen at a moment’s notice. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 52% of accidents take place within 5 miles of the driver’s home.
Driving with caution and using the appropriate road rules for speed and lane use, and avoiding distraction can help prevent accidents.
If you find yourself involved in a motor vehicle accident in New York, immediately enlist the services of a New York auto accident lawyer. At Napoli Shkolnik, we can help you navigate the complex process of submitting documents and getting the compensation necessary to pay for medical bills and more. Don’t wait to reach out for professional help from skilled legal professionals for the best results.