Motor Vehicle Crashes/Accidents

FACT: Use of Seat Belts Reduces the Risk of Death by 45%

Motor Vehicle Crashes/Accidents

Facts About Motor Vehicle Crashes in the United States

In 2014, there were more than 32,000 people killed and more than 2.3 million people injured in a motor vehicle crash in the US. These crashes impact occupants of cars, pick-up trucks, vans, large trucks, motorcycles, as well as pedestrians and bicyclists.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, from 2005 to 2014, car passengers and light-truck passengers made up the majority of vehicle fatalities. During this time, there was an increase in the number of fatalities among motorcyclists and non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists.

5 Facts About Motor Vehicle Crashes in New York State

  1. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there are more than 11 million registered vehicles in NYS, and 11.6 million people with a driver’s license.
  2. Every year from 2010 to 2014, there were at least 250,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes in NYS. Among these crashes 11% involved these injuries:
    • Fatal (0.4%)
    • Serious (~4%)
    • Moderate (~7%)
  3. From 2000-2014, there was a decrease in the number of people killed in a crash by passenger cars and light trucks.
  4. In 1984, New York became the first state to require use of a seat belt restraint in vehicles. More than 3 decades later, it is estimated that the use of the lap and shoulder seat belts among front seat passengers reduces the risk of death by 45% and moderate to severe injury by 50%. Seat belts prevent ejection, or being thrown from the vehicle. In the fatal crashes of 2013, 8 out of 10 people who were thrown from the vehicle were killed. Seat belts prevent ejection; only 1% of people who were wearing their seatbelt were thrown from the vehicle.
  5. In 2014 alone, there were more than 250,000 motor vehicle accidents in NYS, involving more than a million people. Four out of 10 of these crashes involved a personal injury. The majority (2 out of 3) of motor vehicle accidents involved human factors.

4 Most Common Accidents Involving Human Factors

  1. Driver inattention/distraction (19%)
  2. Following too closely (17%)
  3. Failure to yield the right of way (16%)
  4. Unsafe speed (11%)

Fatal Crashes

In 2014, there were just over 1,000 deaths due to motor vehicle crashes in New York State. These deaths included drivers and passengers of vehicles, as well as motorcyclists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Together, drivers and pedestrians make up 2 out of 3 (67%) crash fatalities. Motorcyclists and passengers account for 27% of the deaths.

Passenger cars and light trucks were the most common vehicles involved in fatal crashes, followed by large trucks, motorcycles, and buses.

6 Things You Should Do After a Motor Vehicle Crash

  • Get medical care that you need. Keep records and receipts from these visits.
  • Take photos of the accident scene. Include stop signs or traffic lights.
  • Take photos of your vehicle to show any damage.
  • Get the names and contact information for any witnesses.
  • Call the police so they can prepare an accident report.
  • Notify your insurance company of the crash.

Protect Your Rights

Any motor vehicle crash can be stressful to those involved. It can be very confusing when people start calling you after a crash. The best advice is to not talk to anyone from any insurance company unless you are certain they are from your insurance company and they are helping you with your claim. Tell every other insurance person that your attorney will speak with them. You may not know who is on your side and who is working for the person that caused the crash. People may ask you for recorded statements. People may even offer you money right away. To protect yourself and your family you should speak with a lawyer right away to get advice.

How your case is handled will depend on the types of vehicles and persons involved. The Kuehner Law Firm represents drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists.

Learn more about specific types of motor vehicle crashes handled by the Kuehner Law Firm

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