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New York Post analysis shows Manhattan has angriest drivers

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With any big city one can expect a high volume of people traveling on the roads; this is especially true in a city like New York City. The danger of an auto accident is always present, which makes it vital that all drivers be cautious and careful in their actions.

According to a New York Post analysis of collisions so far this year, the streets of Manhattan had the most — nearly 400 road-rage-fueled accidents. There were 107 car accidents as of July 31, followed by 92 in Queens and 90 in Brooklyn, according to NYPD data. Seventeen of those crashes were in the Midtown North precinct, which has had the most road-rage accidents so far, including a car accident that happened recently near Rockefeller Center.

A spokesman for AAA said driving conditions in New York can trigger aggression because it is a congested city with people walking on foot, and driving cars, motorcycles, large buses, and trucks. You can also add bicycles, scooters, and pedicabs to the list.

The New York Post study also showed that Manhattan has the angriest drivers, while Queens has the most alcohol-fueled crashes and drivers there are more likely to nod off while driving. Almost 32 percent of the city’s 888 alcohol-fueled accidents happened in Queens — showing that those drinking in Manhattan are more likely to take the subway or cab to their home. Queens drivers were also most likely to doze off behind the wheel, with 95 sleep-related accidents, out of the 235 chronicled citywide.

The accidents that the New York Post reported on encompass reckless driving. Examples of reckless driving include driving while impaired or driving while distracted, speeding, passing improperly, ignoring traffic signals, and failing to yield right of way. It is incumbent upon victims and their families to be aware of their rights to compensation for such accidents and the proof required.

Source: 
Nypost.com, “Manhattan is worst for road warriors” Rebecca Harshbarger, Aug. 26, 2013

By: Howard Raphaelson

Howard A. Raphaelson founded Raphaelson & Levine Law Firm, P.C. in 1992 after graduating from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Established in New York, NY, his personal injury law firm has obtained numerous million-dollar verdicts. With over twenty-five years of experience as a personal injury attorney, he has earned a trusted reputation from his peers, judges, and top leaders, including recognition among the top 5% injury attorneys as a “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) and “New York’s Best Lawyers” (New York Magazine). View all posts by Howard Raphaelson

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