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Potholes in New York City Streets Can Lead to Significant Financial Burdens on Drivers

New York City streets are notorious for the traffic congestion, the incessant honking, and the damaging effects of potholes.
A new study has recently been published by a national nonprofit transportation research group, known as TRIP, reviewing the financially damaging effects that New York drivers are having to support due to potholes and blighted city streets. The study estimated that on average, New York drivers are spending over $20.3 billion annually due to the wear and tear that deteriorated roads and bridges caused to their vehicles. This amount is related to vehicle maintenance and upkeep, a calculation of time lost and fuel wasted while stopped in traffic, and crashes resulting from stop and go traffic.
It was estimated that New York City drivers spend, on average, about $2,300 annually on car maintenance for damage caused by the city streets. These numbers do not even take into consideration the damage caused by the onslaught of ice and snow that has battled the city streets this year. 

Study Findings

The study further goes on to report that:

  • Seventy-four percent of New York City streets are either in poor or mediocre condition;
  • Over 34 percent of New York City bridges are found to be in need of reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement.
  • Deteriorating roads and streets are a contributing factor in one third of all fatal and serious traffic crashes occurring in the state, and the annual cost of these types of crashes is approximately $5.9 million;
  • The average New York City driver incurs over 59 hours of delay annually due to heavy traffic congestion.

New York City Efforts to Improve the Streets and Highways in all Five Boroughs

The Wall Street Journal also published an article reflecting on the condition of New York City streets, its effect on city drivers, and the steps the city has taken to remedy the pothole-speckled streets.

In an interview with Travel group AAA New York, it was reported that in the month of January, they received approximately 13,000 calls for flat tires; this was estimated to be about 30 percent more flat tire-related calls than last year.

New York City officials, in response, have attempted to fill in the incredible number of potholes that ravage the streets and highways. As of this winter, 80,000 potholes have been filled, but there are still many more to go. The 80,000 potholes that have been filled have been broken down into the five boroughs: in Brooklyn, 22,441 potholes were filled; Queens had 22,194 potholes filled; the Bronx had 15,424 potholes filled; Manhattan had 11,697 potholes filled; and Staten Island had 7,809 potholes filled.

This has been a staggering number of potholes filled in, considering in 2012, a little more than 30,000 potholes had been filled, and in 2013, approximately 37,000 potholes were filled. The process, however, requires a significant amount of manpower, where three to nine employees are a part of a crew and more than 50 crews are sent out daily, depending on the borough.

New York City's Experienced Car Accident Attorneys

Maintenance of New York City streets will have a significant, positive impact on New York City drivers and pedestrians, as deteriorating roads can be a contributing factor in one third of motor vehicle accidents. With more funding being directed to filling in potholes and reconstructing bridges and streets, fatalities and serious injuries could be decreased significantly.

If you or a loved one has been involved in car wreck in New York City, please call one of our New York car accident attorneys today. An experienced attorney will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have. Feel free to contact us at 212-818-0600 to speak with one of our many skilled attorneys at Keogh Crispi, P.C. 

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