The following statistics provide information about the frequency and outcomes of traffic accidents in New York City:
- New York City was ranked 172 on Allstate’s 2013 report on driver safety in 200 cities in the U.S.
- New York City drivers go an average of 7.3 years between accidents.
- The likelihood of an accident in New York City is 37.8 percent greater than the national average.
- The number of traffic fatalities in New York City increased 23 percent from 2011 to 2012. This was the first increase since 2007.
- In 2011, 236 people were killed in traffic accidents in New York City. In 2012, a total of 291 individuals lost their lives.
- Although the overall number of accidents declined in New York City from 2011 to 2012, the number of cyclists and pedestrians who suffered fatalities increased. A total of 158 cyclists and pedestrians were killed in 2011, and 176 were killed in 2012.
- Speeding, driving while impaired, running red lights and running stop signs accounted for 54 percent of motorist and passenger fatalities in New York City.
Statewide Risks for Drivers
- There were 294,757 auto accidents in New York State in 2012.
- A total of 1,082 fatal crashes occurred in New York State in 2012.
- A total of 123,296 non-fatal personal injury crashes occurred in N.Y. State in 2012.
- There were 1,163 deaths in New York in 2012. These deaths included 612 drivers, 194 passengers, 312 pedestrians and 45 bicycle riders.
- A total of 169,206 people in New York suffered non-fatal injuries in auto accidents in 2012, including 101,605 drivers, 45,532 passengers, 15,607 pedestrians and 5,929 bicycle riders.
- Driver distraction was listed as a contributing cause in 19.4 percent of accidents – a total of 48,714 statewide.
- Failure to yield the right of way was a contributing cause in 39,736 accidents statewide, or 15.8 percent of crashes.
- Tailgating or following too closely was a contributing cause in 42,246 accidents, or 16.8 percent of collisions.
Many of the top causes of accidents, both statewide and in New York City, can be attributed to driver negligence. Motorists must pay attention behind the wheel, follow road safety rules and exercise caution when operating vehicles. When they don’t, crash victims can make a claim for compensation against the negligent or unsafe driver.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in New York City, the attorneys at David Resnick & Associates, P.C., understand that you are more than just a statistic. Your car accident injuries or the death of a loved one had real consequences, and our attorneys can fight to ensure you get fair compensation for your losses.
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