If you’re from Manhattan, you undoubtedly know a tourist when you see one. They tend to look very out of place, they stare at the skyscrapers and they may be consulting the GPS on their phone, even if they’re just walking, confused about where they are or where they need to go.
All of these characteristics are not just an issue with pedestrians, though. Tourists who try to drive in the city may run into the same issues. They may get distracted by the sights and sounds, they may feel overwhelmed by traffic levels that they never see back home and they may get lost or confused while driving. A GPS can help, but a driver who is just blindly following the GPS can certainly cause an accident.
Studies confirm that this is a problem
When the issue of tourists causing car accidents is examined, studies have confirmed that they do in fact cause car wrecks that would never happen otherwise. There is a statistical rise in accidents to the point that they’re one of the leading causes of injury.
This is a serious issue in New York City, a place that is constantly flooded with tourists. It’s already the biggest city in the United States, and this influx of people from other parts of the country can make it a crowded and dangerous place to drive, walk, run or ride your bike. If just one tourist makes a mistake, it can cause a serious accident.
If you have been injured in such a crash, you need to know how you can seek financial compensation to cover medical bills and other costs.