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  • Writer's pictureLeitner Varughese Warywoda

Can Scare Tactics Prevent Speeding Accidents?

New York has a serious problem when it comes to motor vehicle collisions involving other vehicles, pe, and bicyclists caused by speeding. Speeding-related collisions are currently at the highest level they have been in eight years, according to a recent report in The New York Times. That statistic suggests that the accident prevention strategies employed in the city in recent years, including the “Vision Zero” campaign, have not been effective in actually reducing the overall rate of injuries and deaths caused by traffic collisions linked to speeding. A new tactic aims to scare drivers into slowing down, but it is not yet clear whether playing to a motorist’s emotions—and to fear in particular—can play a role in reducing speeding-related accidents.

Our New York car accident attorneys want to provide you with more information about current efforts to combat collisions caused by speeding in New York, and to give you more information about filing a claim if you are injured in a wreck caused by a speeding driver.

Effort to Stop Speeding Involves Scaring Drivers

New York will soon unveil a series of billboards that are designed to scare motorists into slowing down in order to prevent car accidents caused by speeding. According to the article in The New York Times, “the campaign will feature 18 high-profile billboards along high-crash roads and highways, as well as posters on the back end of public buses and at gas station pumps.” These city-wide billboards and posters will go up as television ads also show similar images designed to scare drivers, and some of the images will be posed on social media and will show up as advertisements in online searches.

What kinds of images are designed to scare drivers? The billboards, posters, and television ads show images like “a pedestrian or cyclist being thrown backward in slow motion.” The article describes a specific billboard in East New York that “shows a pedestrian thrown into the air bouncing off the front of a car, as his coffee splashing everywhere.”

Filing a Claim After a Car Accident in New York

If you are injured in a car accident caused by a driver who was speeding, how can you seek financial compensation for your losses? Most New York car accident victims will need to initially file an auto insurance claim through their personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which is also known as “no fault” coverage. Then, since New York is a no fault state, if you want to file a car accident lawsuit against the negligent motorist, you will need to prove that your injuries meet the serious injury threshold established under New York law.

One of our experienced New York auto accident lawyers can tell you more about the serious injury threshold in New York and can evaluate your case to determine your eligibility for filing a lawsuit.

Contact an Auto Accident Lawyer in New York

If you or somebody you love sustained injuries in a collision caused by a motorist who was speeding or was otherwise negligent, you could be eligible to file a claim for compensation. One of our auto accident attorneys in New York can speak with you today about insurance claims and lawsuits following traffic crashes. Contact Leitner Varughese Warywoda PLLC for more information and to get started on your case.


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