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New York Car Accident Statistics

new york traffic An average of 19.75 million residents wander the streets of New York. The state is known for its congested roads and high traffic value. Given the number of people and cars in a relatively small area, drivers need to use the utmost care when they operate their vehicle. A moment of negligence can lead to catastrophic accidents.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the Highway Loss Data Institute conducted studies that tracked the number of car accidents that happened in the nation. There were 29,989 motor vehicle accidents in the United States, which resulted in 32,675 deaths. 1,039 crashes occurred in New York, with 978 deaths.

A Breakdown of New York Motor Vehicle Accidents

Road Users

  • Cars – 386 deaths (37%)
  • Pedestrians – 263 deaths (25%)
  • Pick-up / SUVs – 146 deaths (14%)
  • Motorcycles – 147 deaths (14%)
  • Bicycles – 46 deaths (4%)
  • Large Trucks – 11 (1%)

Crash Types

  • Single vehicle crash – 645 deaths (62%)
  • Multiple vehicle crash – 394 deaths (38%)

Alcohol Involvement

  • Total drivers killed – 418 deaths
  • Drivers with known BAC results – 335 deaths (80%)
  • Drivers with estimated BAC higher than .08 – 109 deaths (26%)


  • Urban – 649 deaths (62%)
  • Rural – 390 deaths (38%)

Motor vehicle accidents can be debilitating and can ruin the lives of not just the drivers involved, but their loved ones as well. At The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C., we help injury victims seek the compensation they deserve. If you were injured because of someone else’s negligence or inattention, they should be held responsible. We help our clients investigate and examine the crash sites. We look through the details to help build their case. We handle all aspects of a lawsuit, including depositions. We worry about legal issues so that our clients can focus on healing. If you sustained serious injuries because of another driver’s negligence, contact our New York car accident lawyers today.

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