It's no secret that driving in Manhattan can be tough. The sheer number of cars, buses, and trucks can create traffic nightmares. Add in the number of pedestrians and bicyclists, and it is no wonder that frustrations can boil over and cause drivers to make mistakes and be involved in accidents.
According to a recent New York Post report, there are numbers that support this notion. Of the city's 400 accidents caused through road rage, 107 occurred in Manhattan. This was the most compared to other boroughs. (Queens had 92 such accidents, and Brooklyn recorded 90.)
The epicenter for road rage accidents appears to be the Midtown North precinct. 17 accidents have occured there this year, and this includes last week's taxicab accident near Rockefeller Center.
Despite the frustration that is generated by congested traffic, drivers still owe a duty to use reasonable care in operating their vehicles in Manhattan. This means that they must obey traffic laws, yield to pedestrians (and bicyclists) and drive without being under the influence of alcohol and other mood altering drugs. If a driver fails to do this, and such a failure leads to an accident, the offending driver could face civil liability.
With that, a person injured by a negligent driver could seek compensation for his or her injuries. Injured parties can also seek money for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and property damage. Indeed, driving in Manhattan can be a treacherous task, but the law essentially requires drivers to keep their cool.
Source: NYPost.com, Manhattan is worst for road warriors, August 26, 2013