How to Handle New York’s Aggressive DriversNY/NJ Legal News
It is a widely known and accepted fact that driving in New York City is difficult, and there is plenty of data designate Brooklyn as the toughest place in New York City to operate any kind of motor vehicle. From March 2014 to April 2015, Brooklyn played host to 28 percent of all traffic accents that took place in New York City, second only to the borough of Queens which clocked in with 29.5 percent. The island of Manhattan was a scattered third with 22.6 percent, and Staten Islan and the Bronx accounted for just 19.9 percent combined.
The Most Aggressive Drivers
Based on information from a New York Police Department report for July 2017, out of the five boroughs, just Queens had had a higher percentage of car crashes that resulted in injury or death than Brooklyn, and not by very much. The remaining three boroughs did not come close.
Although driver distraction was the preeminent cause of car accidents that ended in fatalities in Brooklyn, there were also other causes of these tragic accidents such as failing to yield the right-of-way, following too closely, incorrect passing or improper lane use, passing too closely, ignoring traffic lights, improper turning, dangerous lane change attempts and driving at hazardous speeds.
There should be little confusion, then, over a 2009 study conducted by a private company based out of Stamford, Connecticut discovered that New York drivers were the most contentious and the most hostile in the country.
How To Stay Safe On The Road
Driving around Brooklyn, or anyplace else in New York City, demands that you practice caution. The city provides challenging driving conditions. There are, however, some measures you can take to stay safe, including:
- Shield yourself: Should you come upon a threatening driver in traffic, make sure your doors are locked. If traffic causes you to come to a stop, be sure to leave enough space to be able to pull around the vehicle in front of you. If an angry driver decides to get out of their car and square off with you, remain in your vehicle and call 911
- It isn’t personal: Regardless of how terribly the other driver is acting, always be gracious and polite. Sidestep any fight as much as you can. Moving on is better than getting into a dangerous situation
- Report hostile motorists: Do not wait to report unsafe driving to the police by calling 911
- Be polite: Use the Golden Rule
If you have been involved in any type of accident, it is in your best interest to confer with a personal injury attorney before you speak to anyone else. The driver’s insurance company will typically try to get you to settle the claim for the smallest amount of money possible. Your personal injury attorney will have the skill and the knowledge to make sure you don’t get taken advantage of.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an aggressive driving accident then you may have a right to financial compensation to cover any damages such as hospital bills, lost wages due to time away from work, pain and suffering, or even wrongful death. Here at Metro Law, we will stand by your side throughout your case and make sure your rights are protected. For a free consultation regarding your case, call us today at (800) 469-6476 and find out what we can do for you.