As home to more than eight million people, New York City has a lot of cars. This is despite having one of the lowest personal car ownership rates in the nation. 13,270 are licensed taxi cabs and there are now even more Uber cars on the road. Because of the congestion of the city and the sheer number of vehicles, drivers and passengers on New York City streets have a significant risk of being injured in an accident.
If you have been injured in a New York City car accident, it is important that you seek medical attention for your injury right away. Do not speak with a personal injury attorney until you have received a diagnosis and appropriate treatment for your injury. Below are some facts and figures about the traffic-related injuries and deaths that occurred in New York City last year and in years prior.
Deaths Per Year
In 2014, 249 people died in car crashes in New York City. In total, 66,554 collisions occurred in the city that year. This is down from the 286 people killed in car accidents in New York City in 2013.
Car accidents and the injuries sustained in them are the leading cause of death for New York children under the age of 13. Victims of car accidents can include pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and passengers of vehicles involved in crashes.
Types of Injuries
A car accident can lead to a wide variety of injuries. Some examples of injuries that can occur as a result of a car accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Broken bones;
- Tissue, muscle, and organ damage; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
Some of these injuries are relatively minor, like sprains and strains, and can be easily treated. Others, like spinal cord injuries, can result in lifelong disabilities for victims. After any type of accident, it is important that you seek medical attention to determine if you were injured and if so, the extent of your injury. Delaying medical attention can mean allowing your injury to become worse, requiring you to undergo much more extensive medical treatment to make a recovery. It can also harm your claim by making it appear as though you were not in enough physical pain to seek medical attention and thus not in great need of receiving compensation for your medical bills.
Brooklyn Auto Accident Attorney
If you are suffering from an injury sustained in a car accident, work with an experienced Brooklyn car accident attorney to seek compensation through a personal injury claim. Our team of experienced car accident attorneys at Peters Berger Koshel & Goldberg, P.C., can work with you to help you get the money you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your free legal consultation in our Brooklyn office. We are here to help you get the money you need – do not wait to begin working on your car accident claim with us. Call us at 718-596-7800 today.