Most auto accidents in New York are the result of human error, and the following are just some of the most common errors. At the top is distracted driving as more and more drivers let themselves become inattentive by using their smartphones. Other distractions include eating and drinking, putting on makeup and even talking with passengers. All it takes is for one’s eyes or mind to be off the road for a few seconds to cause a crash.
Speeding and DUI are other causes
Speeding is the second most frequently reported cause of crashes, and drivers should be aware that the faster they go, the harder it is to avoid hazards up ahead. Next is drunk driving, which can be prevented if drivers were to only call an Uber or Lyft driver or take advantage of alternative transportation.
Bad weather, red-light running and more
Reckless driving, which includes speeding as well as tailgating and cutting vehicles off, contributes to many accidents. Then, there are the cases where drivers travel too fast on wet, icy or snowy roads or in foggy or windy weather. Many crashes arise from drivers who run red lights. Much of this stems from haste. Lastly, drivers raise their risk for a crash when traveling at night, when visibility is limited.
For the victims of another’s error
You suffered serious auto accident injuries that have left you out of work and dealing with exorbitant medical bills. Fortunately, you can seek compensation for your losses from the responsible driver’s auto insurance company. Filing a claim and negotiating for a settlement can be hard, especially since insurers can be aggressive in denying payment or forcing plaintiffs into a low-ball settlement, so you may want legal representation. The lawyer may evaluate your case in light of New York’s comparative negligence law.