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NSC estimates that car crash deaths topped 40,000 in 2017

In New York and across the U.S., the number of car crash fatalities is increasing. The National Safety Council made a preliminary estimate back in February stating that there were 40,100 car crash deaths in 2017. The rate came to 12.28 deaths for every 100,000 people in the U.S. and 1.25 deaths for every 100 million vehicle miles traveled. While the number was lower than in the previous year, it wasn't by much: There were 40,327 reported deaths in 2016.

Small car drivers more likely to be injured

Car accidents in New York can be dangerous and painful no matter what kind of vehicles are involved. There is an escalating fatality rate due to motor vehicle crashes across the country despite the advances in safety features that have been developed by auto manufacturers. New vehicles often feature 10 airbags around the cabin in an attempt to avoid injuries as well as backup cameras, lane detection technologies and other systems that aim to prevent crashes from taking place.

Travelers warns of more distracted drivers in summer

In the summer, as most drivers in New York are aware, more people are on the road for vacations and holiday celebrations. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that drivers travel 20 percent more miles in summer than in winter. It also states that the months of June, July and August see 29 percent more deaths on America's roads than the months of December, January and February.

Distracted driving poses a growing threat

Distracted driving is on the rise in Brooklyn and across the country. There are a number of factors that can play a role in the proliferation of distraction on the road, but one of them could be the built-in entertainment and guidance systems that are featured in many of today's most popular vehicles. Because these systems are much more full-featured than the car radios of the past, they present a comparatively greater potential for distraction. A study by the AAA's Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that this could undermine safety on the roads.

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