Binghamton Car Accident Lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb Salutes Lower Highway Fatality Figures and Urges More Safety Improvements

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Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, says that new NHTSA statistics show New York is among the 10 worst states for car accident fatalities despite fewer traffic deaths in 2011.

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We will continue to tackle such careless and reckless driving issues as distracted driving and texting while driving, fatigued driving and drunk driving by standing as advocates for those who are injured by these careless drivers.

Binghamton car accident attorney Scott C. Gottlieb said today that a decrease in car accident fatalities in New York last year is good news, but the state’s highways are still among the nation’s most deadly.

“New Yorkers can be happy about a decline in car accident deaths that outpaces the national trend, but our state remains among the worst in the nation for the total number of people killed in car crashes,” said Gottlieb, who practices with the Binghamton law firm Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney.

“New York needs to double-down on the work it is doing to reduce careless and reckless driving, and hold these drivers accountable for their contributions to more than 1,100 fatal car accidents in our state each year,” he said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics earlier this month that show a 1.9 percent decrease in motor vehicle accident deaths nationwide in 2011 compared to 2010. NHTSA says there were 32,367 traffic fatalities in 2011, the fewest since 1949. Traffic fatalities in the U.S. have declined by 26 percent since 2005.

New York car accident fatalities dropped by 2.7 percent year-to-year in 2011, according to NHTSA. New York saw 1,169 fatal car accidents in 2011 as compared to 1,201 in 2010.

New York had the seventh largest number of car crash fatalities in the nation in 2011 behind Georgia, which had 1,223. Texas led the country in car crash deaths in 2011 with 3,016, followed by California with 2,719, Florida with 2,398, Pennsylvania with 1,286 and North Carolina, with the fifth-highest count at 1,227 fatalities in car crashes.

“The latest numbers show how the tireless work of our safety agencies and partners, coupled with significant advances in technology and continued public education, can really make a difference on our roadways,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a news release announcing the NHTSA statistics. “As we look to the future, it will be more important than ever to build on this progress by continuing to tackle head-on issues such as seat belt use, drunk driving, and driver distraction.”

Gottlieb said he agreed that there is more work to be done to make the roads safe for all travelers.

“While law enforcement, public awareness and technology have helped to reduce traffic fatalities and, as Secretary LaHood said, such work should continue, that is only part of the picture,” he said.

“Surer punishment of reckless drivers by criminal courts, as well as ultimately holding negligent drivers accountable for the harm they do through the civil justice system, is also necessary,” the New York car crash lawyer said.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney investigates New York car accidents in the pursuit of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits on behalf of car crash victims in Binghamton and in Broome, Tioga, Chenango, Delaware, Cortland and Tompkins counties, as well as other locations throughout New York.

“We will continue to tackle such careless and reckless driving issues as distracted driving and texting while driving, fatigued driving and drunk driving by standing as advocates for those who are injured by these careless drivers,” Gottlieb said.

He encouraged anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one in a New York car accident to seek advice from a qualified personal injury lawyer.

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney

Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, handles all types of Binghamton personal injury and motor vehicle accident cases, including cases involving cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, snowmobiles and boats. The firm also represents clients in actions for wrongful death, cancer misdiagnosis, dog bites, hunting accidents, birth injuries, brain injuries, construction accidents, fall-down injuries and insurance settlements. The firm regularly employs accident reconstruction experts, investigators, photographers and economists to assist in evaluating and preparing personal injury cases. In 2008, the firm reached the $100-million mark in combined lifetime verdicts and settlements. Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, features a nearby office in Binghamton at 29 Riverside Drive, Binghamton, NY 13905. For more information, call the firm at (607) 724-7700 or use its online contact form.

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