NEW YORK – Your risk of getting seriously injured in a car crash goes up with every mile per hour. In fact, nearly every accident over 60mph is fatal to pedestrians while 90-percent could survive a car crash at 25mph.
According to a AAA study, the average risk of severe injury for a pedestrian hit by a car reaches 10% at just 16mph – and it escalates as a car slowly moves faster:
- 25% at 23mph
- 50% at 31mph
- 75% at 39mph
- 90% at 46mph
A Manhattan car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says speed is clearly dangerous and often deadly but many places in American still combine high speeds with at-risk pedestrians.
“The numbers show that a car traveling at just 30mph can cause severe injuries to a person crossing the street in Manhattan,” car accident attorney Ross Cellino said. “The city recently dropped its speed limit from 30 to 25mph but many vehicles ignore this rule and cruise at speeds above 40mph.”
According to recent statistics, a New Yorker is seriously injured by a vehicle every two hours. Since 2014, the city has made several changes in the hopes of reducing the number of accidents and last year, New York recorded the fewest traffic deaths since 1910.
Many other cities haven’t dropped their speed limits. In fact, speed limits have increased on average and vehicles can travel as fast as 80mph in some states.
“Once cars reach a certain speed – usually above 20mph – things can get deadly very quickly,” Cellino said. “There are more speed-related pedestrian deaths in Manhattan than in any other city so speed can literally be the difference between life and death.”
If they’re not reducing speed limits, cities are finding unique ways to enforce active speed limits. The National Association of City Transportation Officials found that lane width effectively reduced a driver’s speed.
But lanes can only get so narrow.
Manhattan car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes say in the end, it’s up to the driver to travel as safely as possible and adhere to the local road laws and speed limits.
“In many cases, like if it’s raining, it may be necessary to adjust your speed well below the speed limit in order to safely pass through an area,” Cellino said. “Unfortunately some drivers push the limits and someone gets seriously injured.”
The attorneys at Cellino & Barnes have investigated thousands of car crashes and Cellino says speed is often a factor.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a speeding driver, you may be entitled to compensation. The Manhattan car accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes have helped recover more than $1.5 billion for their clients. Contact them today for a free consultation.