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Tragic Binghamton-Area Car Crash Brings Awareness to New York Accident Statistics

Published January 10, 2012 by Scott Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Two adults and two children lost their lives in a tragic automobile accident Saturday afternoon on Airport Road near Binghamton, NY. While police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident, it appears that a minivan carrying three children crashed head-on into an SUV. The driver of the minivan died at the scene of the accident, and two of the children died later at the hospital. The SUV driver succumbed to her injuries shortly after the accident.

Our Binghamton car accident attorneys extend our condolences to all the families involved in this accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the number of fatalities on American roads is at the lowest level in more than six decades. In fact, 2010 saw the lowest fatality rate ever recorded with 32,885 highway deaths. Unfortunately, too many lives are still lost in devastating car accidents.

NHTSA’s “Traffic Safety Facts: New York 2006-2010” study reports in New York in 2010 there were 1,200 traffic fatalities. This figure is slightly up from the 1,158 deaths recorded in 2009. 184 of the deaths were classified as alcohol-impaired fatalities.

Of the 625 passenger fatalities in New York car accidents in 2010, 342 of the deceased were wearing proper safety restraints; 190 of them were not; and in 93 cases the use of safety restraints was not known. Based on this and other data, the NHTSA estimates 445 New York lives were saved due to seat belt use. Further, the agency predicts an additional 86 lives could have been saved if properly restrained.

NHTSA’s mission is to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities while ensuring the highest standards of safety on the nation’s roadways. To that end, NHTSA Administrator David L. Strickland, relies on the results of the yearly traffic accident data to ensure America’s roadways are deemed safer each year. In December, Strickland said of the Traffic Safety Facts report, “Data is the lifeblood of our safety work at NHTSA. And our work in changing driver attitudes and behavior behind the wheel is grounded in that data, which lays the foundation for sound science and careful engineering.”

Our NY personal injury attorneys will continue to keep you apprised of the latest traffic data and safety efforts in place in New York. We will also continue to encourage drivers to stay alert and to drive defensively when traveling on New York highways. Also, remove all distractions, wear proper safety restraints and never drink and drive.

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Experience counts. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a careless or negligent driver in a New York car accident, contact Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, to help.  Our New York personal injury law office handles all types of accident, injury and medical malpractice cases.

As you work on recovering from your injuries, let our Binghamton, New York accident attorney’s office take care of the rest, including the paperwork, insurance documents and other legal issues related to your accident. Contact our personal injury attorney today at (607) 235-2754 or use our online contact form. There is no charge for the consultation.

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