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Wrongful death: Most NYC fatal crashes involve male drivers

Residents in Broome County might find accident statistics interesting that show men in SUVs and pickup trucks cause most New York City crash fatalities. The city's transportation commissioner announced the imminent launch of an ad campaign that will target those drivers and appeal to their conscience with billboards that will ask whether it was worth it. Many of these accidents lead to wrongful death claims in the New York civil courts.

The commissioner says the recent death of a toddler who was struck by a pickup truck driven by an unlicensed man is an example of the magnitude of the problem. According to city records, almost eight in every 10 fatal crashes from 2013 through 2017 involved male drivers. Analysis of deadly accidents further shows a significant increase in the involvement of pickup trucks and SUVs in 2018 and 2019.

The planned Vision Zero campaign hopes to create awareness that will ultimately lead to male drivers being more cautious while driving. The commissioner says this trend has motivated authorities to take a harder stance when it comes to reckless drivers. Too many families lose loved ones in road accidents that could have been prevented.

The surviving families of those who lose their lives in car accidents might have grounds to pursue a claim for financial relief through the New York civil justice system. Although no amount of money can replace a loved one, a successful wrongful death claim can ease the unanticipated financial burden. Such circumstances are challenging, and the support and guidance of an experienced attorney can be invaluable throughout ensuing legal proceedings.

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