The most recent year of automobile accident statistics made available by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) is 2014. Out of 299,552 motor vehicle accidents, 966 fatal crashes occurred, 1,026 people lost their lives and there were 160,079 non-fatal injuries.
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New York City’s Statistics for 2014
2014 Accident Fatalities
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2014 Accident Non-Fatal Injuries
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The severity of automobile crashes varies, but the reality of the numbers is clear; and so is what day of the week – Friday – is the most prevalent for an accident. The highest fatality number fell on Monday from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at 28 deaths in 2014; and Friday between the hours of 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. is recorded to have the highest number of personal injuries at 4,598 across NYS.
The reasons automobile accident occur are an infinite number and common causes are avoidable.
Distractions while driving are common and a major contributing factor in automobile accidents. In 2016, drivers are equipped with handheld electronics – cell phone for example – raising concerns of distracted driving. Out of 299,552 motorized vehicle accidents in New York State 48,774 accidents in 2014, were a direct result of drivers being inattentive while driving, according to NYSDMV. These accidents rank as the number cause of all car accidents in NYS for year 2014.
Total Number of Automobile Accidents – 48,774
Deaths – 100
Non-Fatal Personal Injuries – 24,201
Resulting in Property Damage – 24,473
Alcohol and Drug Impaired
Despite the efforts to eradicate drunk driving accidents, in 2014, alcohol related crashes contributed to a total of 270 automobile accidents with a total of 292 deaths. Out of 3,974 alcohol related automobile accidents, there were 5,674 personal injuries.
2014 DWI/DUI Fatalities
Impaired driving does not only include illegal drugs ingested by a driver, it also includes prescription and over-the-counter drugs. The statistics below may, or may not accurately give a complete picture. Often drug related accidents are incorrectly reported, “falling asleep at the wheel” is a good example. An accident listing this as the cause may have actually been the driver falling asleep because of ingested drugs – also true in alcohol related accidents.
Drug Impaired Accidents
Common causes for automobile accidents are many, but some stand out over the rest as leaders.
Drug Impaired Fatalities
Tailgating – Following Too Closely
Drivers get in a rush at times, and some drive aggressive in general. Tailgating – following too closely, unsafe lane changes, speeding and other reckless driving actions are listed as common causes of car accidents in NYS. Driving at an unsafe speed alone attributed to 277 fatalities and 11,959 personal injuries.
The Drowsy or Fatigued Driver
Some experts regard drowsy driving as dangerous as drunk driving. As travel times to and from work get longer, drivers are becoming more fatigued, making this a more common contributing factor in crashes.
Road and Weather Conditions
Road defects and weather conditions can contribute to a vehicle accident. New York State is known for inclement weather conditions, and that bad weather (freezing and thawing) can create less than safe roads for driving. Not only can it break up asphalt, weather in general is an attributing factor in car accidents. Snow, black ice, sleet and even fog and rain contribute their fair share of accidents.
If you have suffered injuries in an auto accident in NYC, whatever the cause, contact Dansker & Aspromonte Associates today to discuss how we can help you recover the damages you deserve.