NEW YORK – If you think the traffic is getting worse and your commute is getting dicey, you’re right. America’s roads and highways suffered a deadly year in 2015 and the trend hasn’t slowed down much.
A newly released government report shed a sobering reminder of how dangerous driving a vehicle can be. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 35,000 people were killed in traffic accidents last year. That’s a 7.2 percent spike over 2014.
A New York truck accident attorney at Cellino & Barnes said the last time the nation experienced such a large single-year increase was 50 years ago and addressing the problem will take teamwork.
“Over the last few decades, we’ve seen a gradual decline in the number of car crashes but that all ended last year,” New York truck accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “Even though today’s cars are equipped with the newest safety technology, drivers are more distracted than ever and infrastructure in many areas can be considered outdated or inefficient, so we all have to work together to make our roads as safe as they can be.”
A recent change in infrastructure could be behind a major crash that happened in Binghamton last week. The city released dashcam video of a 10-car pileup that happened on Highway 17 near Interstate 81, according to ABC News.
The video shows a tractor-trailer plow through afternoon traffic on Highway 17, less than a mile before the highway sharply merges into I-81.
The area has been under road construction, which could impact traffic. According to the New York State Department of Transportation, the construction includes lane closures, slow moving traffic and sudden stops.
Police said the truck driver was ticketed for faulty brakes and they are considered a contributing factor in the crash.
“Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and when it’s traveling at 50 miles per hour or more, the brakes had better be in good operating condition or the truck driver risks a disastrous crash,” Cellino said. “Luckily no one was killed in the Binghamton crash but several drivers may have suffered injuries to the head, neck or back; and recovering from these accidents has certain challenges.”
Many victims of truck crashes not only suffer severe injuries, they also face the burden of having to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and time away from work. However, the experienced team of New York truck accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes has helped many victims get compensation after a truck crash.
About 10 percent of all deadly highway crashes involved a large truck, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Part of the reason there were more fatalities on the road in 2015 is also due to more truck congestion.
Since 2009, companies have been putting more and more large trucks on the roads and as a result, deadly truck crashes have increased by nearly 15 percent over that time period. Last year alone, truck crashes spiked by over 4 percent.
If you’ve been injured in a large truck crash, the New York truck accident lawyers at Cellino & Barnes will investigate all of the factors, including truck maintenance issues, driver distractions, driver fatigue, road conditions, and problems with infrastructure.
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