In the past, auto accidents were the most frequent cause of fatal injuries among residents of Long Island. Consequently, the local government had to go to great lengths to encourage motorists to drive with due care and attention whenever they operated their vehicles. Notwithstanding, in recent years, the number of fatal car accidents has reduced throughout the island. Some Long Island auto accident statistics that might surprise are included below.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over the course of 2017, one-hundred people died in Long Island as a result of ninety-four crashes. 1073 fatal auto accidents occurred between 2012 and 2016, where 1143 people lost their lives. This data also highlights the following:
- Speeding was responsible for the deaths of no less than 298 people, accounting for twenty-five percent of the fatalities in the 1064 reported incidents where motorists were proven speeding.
- Drunk driving was responsible for the deaths of no less than 154 people, accounting for almost fifty percent of the fatalities in the 307 reported incidents where motorists were proven to be intoxicated behind the wheel.
- 421 cyclists and pedestrians lost their lives, which makes up over thirty-five percent of all road accident victims.
- No less than eighty-one people were killed in collisions where both speeding and drunk driving were involved, accounting for nearly twenty-five percent of the fatalities in the 304 reported incidents when both crimes were proven.
- No fewer than 198 accident victims were not wearing seat belts or suitable restraints, which makes up over thirty percent of all vehicle occupant fatalities.
Happily, Police in Nassau County recorded a ten percent reduction in fatal car accidents in 2017. There are several reasons for this, such as younger motorists being better informed about the hazards of aggressive driving and speeding. Also, modern vehicles have more safety features, like blind spot alerts, and the Police Force in Suffolk County issued nearly nine percent more summons in 2017 than it did the previous year.
There are not many areas of America where you don’t need a car to get around, which is why safe driving is so vital to the health of the nation. You should understand how to stay protected, whether you are a motorist or not. Essentials, like not driving while intoxicated, keeping your seatbelt on constantly, and observing highway rules are all important things to remember. If you are involved in a road accident, despite your best efforts to avoid it, make sure you contact trusted injury attorneys like Jaghab Jaghab & Jaghab, P.C.