NEW YORK – If you’ve ever watched the cars whiz by you in the Big Apple, you might conclude that many of them are speeding well above the speed limit.
We now have data to confirm your suspicions, and it’s estimated that 60-percent of New York’s drivers are traveling faster than the law allows.
The data, put together by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, surveyed drivers in an attempt to tap into their driving habits. The survey not only found that most of the city has a need for speed; it also found that roughly one-fifth of its motorists are texting and driving.
These aren’t minor offenses either – speeding was defined as “driving at least 10 miles above the speed limit.”
- 64% said they sometimes sped
- 13% said they sped “often”
- 19% reported they were distracted; either by texting or emailing while driving
The report also found that as age increased, the prevalence of texting or emailing while driving went down, from an astounding 34-percent among drivers under 24 years-old to just 3-percent of drivers over 65.
A Manhattan car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says distractions and speed are often major factors in crashes, and many victims have taken offenders to court for their bad habits.
“Speeding and texting are two of the deadliest habits drivers have while on the streets in Manhattan,” car accident attorney Steve Barnes said. “When our team investigates a crash, we often try to find if either of these bad habits were a factor because that evidence could help injured victims maximize their compensation.”
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City officials tout that these numbers are still below national averages, but the statistics are eye-opening. Another shocking statistic: more than 160,000 people are injured in car crashes every year in New York alone.
The unfortunate reality is that car crashes happen in the city every day, and there’s almost always an innocent victim.
If you or a family member has been injured, the medical costs, lost work and the pain can be overwhelming, but the Manhattan car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have helped New Yorkers get compensation after these devastating crashes.
When you or a loved one is injured, count on the law firm that has helped thousands of victims get the best result possible. Call the Manhattan car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes for a free case evaluation.
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