Are the Odds of New York Car Accidents Increased by Lower Gas Prices?

by William Mattar | January 23rd, 2015

Gas prices have been plummeting across New York in recent months to averages of around $2.00 per gallon. For many, this slash in prices is a good thing. However, a recent study shows that a decrease in gas prices of this magnitude could mean a greater risk of being involved in a New York car accident.

My FOX News reports South Dakota State University Professor, Guangqing Chi, analyzed the relationship between gas prices and highway fatalities. He found that a $2.00 decrease in gas prices could lead to an additional 9,000 traffic fatalities per year in the United States. He went on to explain that even a $0.20 drop in gas prices could lead to an additional 15 motor vehicle collision deaths per year.

Dr. Chi explains that when gas prices are lower and the economy is doing well, U.S. citizens tend to drive more. With more motorists on the road more frequently, it comes as no surprise that an increase in serious accidents will occur.

Be prepared for the unpredictable and read what to do after a New York car accident. The attorneys with William Mattar Law Offices point out there are four steps you should take after being involved in a collision.

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