In general, car accidents in New York City are most common on the weekdays, and even more common during the lunch hour and evening commute. However, there were hundreds if not thousands of accidents during the hours of 9pm and 3am, especially on the weekends.
NEW YORK CITY CAR ACCIDENT STATISTICS
According to the New York City Police Department, there were 228,047 car accidents in 2018 citywide. That breaks down to:
- 19,000 Car Accidents per month
- 4,750 Car Accidents per week
- 678 Car Accidents per day
- 28 Car Accidents per hour
- 1 Car Accident every 2 minute
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NEW YORK CITY CAR ACCIDENTS MARCH 2019
The New York City Police Department’s most recent statistics are from March 2019. They reveal that citywide there were 17,521 car accidents in New York City.
Additionally, 4 motorists, 1 passenger, 1 cyclist, and 11 pedestrians have been killed due to the injuries sustained in their car accident.
Breaking these statics down by borough the statistics look something like this:
There were 3,922 car accidents. In those accidents, 221 drivers, 173 passengers, 76 cyclists, and 185 pedestrians were injured in these car accidents. Of these, 1 driver, 1 passenger, and 2 pedestrians were killed.
Manhattan has approximately 40 people killed each year due to traffic accidents, and over 4,000 people a year ending up in the emergency room due to an injury sustained in a car accident.
In the Bronx, there were 2,021 car accidents. As a result of these accidents, 319 drivers, 302 passengers, 22 cyclists, and 169 pedestrians were injured. As a result of their injuries due to their New York City car accidents 4 pedestrians were killed.
In fact, there are approximately 48 deaths in the Bronx every year due to car accident injuries according to the Department of Health, and the fourth leading cause of all injury-related hospitalizations.
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In Brooklyn there were 5,543 car accidents as of March 19, 2019. Those injured in these accidents included 578 drivers, 410 passengers, 78 cyclists, and 322 pedestrians. Three pedestrians died as a result of their injuries.
As a result of traffic accidents, there are approximately 94 deaths per year.
In Queens during the same time period as mentioned above, there were 5515 car accidents resulting in 606 drivers, 339 passengers, 42 cyclists, and 237 pedestrians were injured. Three pedestrians were killed.
Queens comes in close to Brooklyn in the number of traffic-related deaths each year with 93. Queens also has the distinction of being the borough with the highest number of total traffic-related injuries of the Five Boroughs with over 1,400 people requiring hospitalization and over 15,000 people being treated for traffic-related injuries in the emergency room.
In Staten Island there were 1,054 car accidents. Of those involved in the crashes, 110 drivers, 72 passengers, 3 cyclists, and 23 pedestrians were injured. As of March 2019, there were no deaths associated with the car accident injures in Staten Island.
Of the Five Boroughs, Staten Island is the least dangerous with only 17 deaths related to traffic-related injuries per year. They also have over 554 people hospitalized and over 4,000 people being treated in the emergency room due to traffic accidents.
CAUSES OF THE CAR ACCIDENTS IN NEW YORK CITY
According to the March 2019 Motor Vehicle Collision Report Statistics Citywide report put out by the New York City Police Department, the leading cause of car accidents was driver inattention/distracted driving.
In 5,553 of the reported accidents distracted driving was found to be the main contributing factor to the car accident. All of these accidents could have been prevented if the drivers would pay attention to the road, and not their handheld devices or other distractions.
The second most contributing factor in New York City car accidents was following too close, commonly known as tailgating. When you drive too close to the vehicle in front of you, reaction times decrease dramatically if the car in front of you stops suddenly.
In March 2019 1,417 car accidents were due to a driver failing to yield the right of way to another vehicle. While we are all guilty at one time or another of being in a hurry, or getting frustrated in heavy traffic, many car accidents can be avoided simply by obeying traffic laws.
NEW YORK STATE FATALITIES DUE TO CAR ACCIDENTS
According to the New York State Department of Health, car accidents are the 4th leading cause of death throughout the state. Statistics show that there are approximately 91 traffic-related deaths a month in the state of New York.
Additionally, the New York State Department of Health estimates there are approximately 11,500 emergency room visits every month statewide due to car accidents.
Drunk driving plays another major role in the number of traffic deaths each year in the United States. According to NHTSA, approximately 10,497 people were killed in 2016, that boils down to 1 alcohol-related car accident death every 51 minutes in the United States.
Distracted driving is a major problem as it relates to car accidents nationwide. NHTSA recorded 3,450 distracted driving related car accident deaths.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York City car accident, it’s important that you seek medical treatment as soon as possible. Once you’ve seen your medical professional, you should contact a New York City car accident attorney to make sure you and your loved ones receive all the compensation that you deserve for your injuries.
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