Driving in a parking lot may seem like a breeze, but thousands of collisions occur in these lots and parking structures each year. Some estimates report that nearly 50,000 crashes occur in lots annually, and hundreds of people lose their lives in what most people would assume would be fender benders.
There are numerous factors that impact a driver's likelihood of being in an accident. Weather conditions and construction all play a role, but another factor could be the exact road you choose to travel down.
New York City is famous for its high-rise buildings and architecture, and construction is one of the city's leading industries. Construction workers make up a large portion of the workforce in the city, and their work is hazardous. Construction workers are at risk for a wide range of on-the-job injuries that can lead to serious personal injury.
All New York area motorists can probably recall a time when they felt like nodding off behind the wheel. Though many manage to remain awake and make it safely to their destination, some drowsy drivers are not as fortunate.
Distracted driving, most often a result of drivers looking at their smartphones, is a leading cause of traffic collisions on New York roadways. When you operate an automobile, your eyes need to remain on the road at all times. Unfortunately, far too many people do not see the harm in responding to a text really quick. It only takes a few seconds for an accident to occur.
New York has been incredibly proactive at reducing the number of traffic-related fatalities. The number of deaths as a result of a car accident has decreased over the last couple of years. However, the number of pedestrian deaths has gone up.
Well into the 21st century, we have no flying cars as many people predicted, but we do have some amazing technology nonetheless. One of the most groundbreaking features in motor vehicles is the Autopilot feature introduced in Tesla cars. If you are one of the fortunate New Yorkers who own a Tesla, you may appreciate the convenience and added safety that this feature offers.
On a daily basis, construction workers risk serious personal injury due to the numerous hazards present at construction sites, from heavy equipment malfunctions to potential falls, slips or accidents while performing job duties.
It seems that every week there is a train derailment occurring somewhere in the United States, at times right here in New York City. However, train travel may still be safer than traveling in a vehicle on the roadways.
For many people in New York City, walking is a fun activity that allows them to exercise while getting places. Win-win. However, being a pedestrian is not without its share of risks, and they seem especially high for pedestrians 65 and older. In fact, city data show that the death rate for pedestrians per 100,000 people in this age group is 5.7 people. It is a much leaner 1.7 people for those aged 18 to 64 and drops to 0.6 for children 17 and younger.