New York City Car Accident Statistics

People are seriously injured in car accidents every day. In 2018, 943 people were killed in New York state car accidents, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. That’s almost three people per day. 

Many of these accidents are entirely preventable. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our personal injury lawyers believe understanding the New York City car accident statistics is an important step to keeping people safe on the roads. 

If you or a loved one were hurt in a car accident and need help, call our personal injury law firm today. Our New York City car accident lawyers offer a free case review so that you can learn more about your rights after an accident.

June 2020 New York Car Accident Statistics

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According to the New York Police Department, there were 7,456 motor vehicle accidents in June 2020 alone–at a time when the entire city remained largely shut down in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Regardless of the shutdown, 2,644 people were injured or killed in traffic accidents in a single month. Bicyclists and pedestrians were far more likely to be injured, as illustrated by the following statistics:

  • 1,581 motorists were injured, out of 14,690 motorists involved in crashes
  • 951 vehicle passengers were injured, out of 956 passengers involved
  • 580 bicyclists were injured, out of 581 bicyclists involved in accidents
  • 399 pedestrians were injured, out of 408 pedestrians involved in accidents

By way of comparison, when the city was operating normally in June 2019, the NYPD reported 19,356 motor vehicle accidents citywide. 4,180 of those crashes caused injuries or fatalities.

These statistics are startling. They also show that driver negligence causes most NYC car accidents whether the city is bustling or relatively quiet. The primary causes of New York City car accidents in both June 2020 and June 2019 were distracted driving and “following too closely”. 

Leading Causes of NYC Car Accidents

NYPD data provides a monthly statistical analysis of the most common causes of NYC car accidents. Some of the common causes of NYC car accidents for June 2020 include:

  • Driver distraction (2,127 crashes)
  • Following too closely (577 crashes)
  • Failure to yield the right of way (484 crashes)
  • Improper passing or lane usage (311 crashes)
  • Speeding (293 crashes)
  • Drunk driving or illegal drug use (138 crashes)

In June 2019, the highest number of accidents (6,245) involved driver distraction and 2,226 accidents involved following too closely (tailgating). 

NYPD attributes only a handful of auto accidents to cell phone use each month. However, it’s likely that the use of smartphones and other devices contributes significantly to “driver distraction” as the leading cause of accidents.

If you were hurt in a crash, it is important to understand that New York is a no-fault insurance state. That means your own car insurance policy reimburses you for medical bills and damage even if someone else caused the accident. Unfortunately, most NYC car insurance policies have limits in place so that your own insurance is unlikely to cover the full cost of a serious injury.

Common Car Accident Injuries

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Preliminary reports for 2019 show that 42,446 NYC car accidents resulted in personal injuries that were reported to law enforcement officials.

That statistic includes accidents in Kings County, Bronx County, New York County, Queens County and Richmond County. 2,575 of those injuries were classified as “serious”–and nearly 5,000 more were classified as moderately serious.  

Victims of serious car accidents in New York City often sustain:

While NYC car accident victims most commonly suffered only minor injuries in 2019, even minor injuries can be expensive to treat. Whiplash, for example, is commonly classified as a minor injury at the time of the accident. Unfortunately, whiplash injuries tend to progress over time and can impact your life for months or years.

Whether your injuries are classified as serious, moderate or minor for statistical purposes, you may have the right to financial compensation. When someone else’s negligence caused your accident, New York law gives you the right to hold them responsible–especially if your own car insurance is insufficient to cover the damages.

At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our personal injury attorneys are here to help. If you have questions about your rights after a NYC motor vehicle collision, call our law firm to schedule a free consultation today.

Fatality Rate for New York City Car Accidents in 2019

The New York Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research has released preliminary data for 2019 car accident fatality rates. Over 200 people died in fatal accidents in 2019. 

Unfortunately, the fatality rate increased dramatically when the crash did not involve two motor vehicles. Bicyclists, pedestrians and even motorcyclists are always more vulnerable to the most serious car crash injuries.

According to the 2019 data:

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While helmet use and other safety precautions can greatly reduce the risk of fatalities for bicyclists and motorcyclists, the risk of serious injury and death remains. 

If you lost your loved one in a NYC car accident, our lawyers can help you pursue your right to compensation for wrongful death. You may have the right to get compensation for your loved one’s medical bills, funeral and burial costs. Wrongful death damages also include compensation for your loss more generally, such as:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional trauma
  • Loss of consortium
  • Loss of your loved one’s financial support

At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our NYC car accident attorneys are here to help. We know that you’re suffering if you have recently lost a loved one. You shouldn’t have to suffer financially. Call us today to learn more about how we can work to protect your loved one’s legacy.

Statute of Limitations to File a NYC Car Accident Claim

Under New York law, you have three years to file a personal injury claim and two years to file an action for wrongful death. These deadlines are important. If you wait longer, you can lose your right to any compensation for your injuries.

While most cases don’t end up in court, your lawyer needs time to prepare your insurance claim. A strong insurance claim is based upon strong evidence–and the more quickly we can get that evidence, the better. 

If you aren’t sure what to do after an accident, it doesn’t hurt to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer. At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our lawyers offer a free case review for every client, so schedule yours today.

Damages Available for New York Car Accident Victims

Car accidents don’t discriminate. You can be involved in a car accident in the city regardless of how careful you’re driving–and even if you aren’t driving at all. In fact, 305 of the 7456 motor vehicle accidents in NYC in June 2020 involved a taxi. 114 more involved a bus.

If you’re hurt and someone else caused the accident, you have the right to be compensated for all of your expenses. You also have the right to be compensated for more subjective losses, like pain and inconvenience. 

Our personal injury attorneys at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. have a proven track record of getting clients the fair verdicts and settlements they deserve. With over 40 years’ experience and hundreds of satisfied clients, we know how to fight to protect your interests. 

We will work to get a fair compensation package that accounts for:

  • Hospital and ER room expenses
  • Ambulance transportation
  • Medical expenses
  • Physical therapy
  • Lost wages
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Property damage
  • And more

If you’re unsure about your rights after a New York City car accident, don’t wait to call. You can speak with an experienced lawyer for free, so there’s no risk in learning about your legal rights. Our legal team at Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C. is here to help and you can call us anytime, day or night.

Why it’s Important to Hire a Lawyer if You Were Hurt in a NYC Car Accident

Many accident victims consider handling their insurance claim alone. However, having an experienced personal injury lawyer by your side greatly increases your odds of recovering fair compensation. Our lawyers will:

  • Investigate to find out what happened
  • Gather and analyze all police and accident reports
  • Examine your medical records and work with experts to make sure your claim is valued properly
  • Handle all of the negotiations with the insurance company to get a settlement that’s fair

Our injury lawyers are here to fight for every dollar you deserve. Reach out for help today if you were hurt in an accident.

Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Lawyers for a Free Consultation Today

At Rosenbaum & Rosenbaum, P.C., our New York personal injury lawyers are equally dedicated to advocating on your behalf. For over four decades, we have worked to protect the rights of injured motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians across NYC, including Long Island and Staten Island. 

We know that the car accident statistics can be daunting. But you don’t have to become a New York City car accident statistic yourself.  To learn more about how we can help, give us a call to schedule a free case review today.