Why New York City is Dangerous for Drivers and Bikers

  • September 7, 2019

New York City is one of the most wonderful places to live in the world, but it is also one of the smallest and most congested cities in the U.S. Car accidents in New York are not uncommon, and this is, in part, due to the fact that the drivers in NYC aren’t doing their part to keep the roads safe. 

We have described some of the ways drivers are negligent while traveling around New York City below in the hopes of preventing as many accidents as possible while opening the driver’s eyes to some of the unsafe driving practices they may be engaging in.  

Drunk Driving

Arguably the number one cause of motor vehicle accidents is drunk driving. If you thought that New York residents being able to walk or take the Subway when they are intoxicated would stop accidents from occurring, you couldn’t be more wrong. 

Operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol still causes a significant number of serious injuries and fatalities every year. If you hope to do your part to prevent collisions, do yourself a favor and don’t get behind the wheel or on the bike after you’ve had one too many, or are even “just a little tipsy”.

Drowsy Driving

Driving while fatigued isn’t as common as drunk driving, but it still happens often enough to be a cause for concern. When someone drives while too tired to do so safely, they can cause serious damage to not only themselves, but anyone who might come into contact with them. 

Most drowsy driving accidents result in a single-car crash, but even this could have been prevented if the driver hadn’t tried to drive while drowsy.

Distracted Driving

When cell phones became wildly popular in the early 2000s, the number of car accidents did as well. In 2019, 48 states have laws against texting while driving due to the number of deaths and injuries that have been caused by distracted driving. 

Drivers aren’t only being distracted by their cell phones though. Fiddling with the radio station or navigation system, reaching for a beverage, and even the passengers can easily distract a driver from where their attention should be. 

Aggressive Driving

It’s safe to say that aggressive driving is the number one reason why New York City is dangerous for drivers. The amount of traffic and congestion on the roads is one thing, but drivers across NYC are becoming more and more aggressive. 

Tailgating, speeding, running red lights and stop signs, changing lanes without using a turn signal and road rage are all significant contributors to the cause of accidents in New York. As tough as it might be when you just want to get home after a long work day, by remaining calm, you may be able to contribute to a decrease in the number of accidents caused by aggressive driving.