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New York Streets

NYC Sees Spike in Cyclist Injuries, Traffic Deaths in Early 2019

The start of 2019 has not been a good one for bicyclists and commuters around New York City. According to documented crash reports from the NYPD, the first month of the year was particularly alarming.

As the numbers show, the first 28 days of January 2019 saw:

  • 191 reported cyclist injuries – a 20% increase compared to the 158 recorded during the same period in 2018.
  • 19 deaths involving cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists – a 90% increase from 2018.

NYC Streets Blog broke down the data geographically, showing where the most significant spikes in cyclist injuries and other traffic accidents occurred:

  • Brooklyn (North) – 70% increase in cyclist injuries
  • Brooklyn (South) – 21% increase in cyclist injuries
  • Manhattan – 15% increase in cyclist injuries
  • Queens (North) – 7.5% increase in injury collisions, 22% spike in pedestrian injuries, a 10% rise in cyclist injuries, and a 9% increase in total injuries.
  • Queens (South) – Cyclist injuries increased by 233%; pedestrian injuries rose by 6%
  • Bronx – 45% increase in cyclist injuries

The breakdown shows traffic safety problems extend beyond cyclists, and that even when some traffic crash trends are statistically “lower” than previous years, there’s still ample cause for concern. For example, the City saw over 14,500 reported traffic collisions within the first 28 days of 2019 alone. Though that’s actually slightly less than the numbers reported in the same time frame last year, it’s still nothing short of alarming.

Alarming Trends Amid “Vision Zero”

Statistics show NYC was off to a bad start this year in several ways – for bicyclists, pedestrians, those who commute in or through Queens, and all types of motorists. That’s not a welcomed trend, particularly as NYC has struggled with high rates of bicycle accidents, injuries, and deaths in recent years – and because the City’s proposed Vision Zero project pledged to eliminate all traffic fatalities by 2024.

Through Vision Zero has a lofty goal, traffic deaths in NYC were trending down in recent years. Cyclist deaths, however, have not.

In light of the consistently bad data, and the tragic start to 2019, many activities are now calling for the de Blasio administration to uphold its promise to commit more resources for prevention and public safety efforts – including the long-awaited implementation of a dedicated bike lane on Queens Boulevard, notorious for being one of NYC’s most dangerous thoroughfares. Many advocates are also calling for better traffic law enforcement, and increased crack downs on careless drivers.

Fighting for NYC Bicycle & Traffic Accident Victims

The Perecman Firm, P.L.L.C. has spent decades representing men, women, and families throughout NYC following preventable and unfathomable tragedies. We know the power statistics like these can have when it comes to raising awareness about serious problems and needed public safety changes. Unfortunately, we also know the devastating repercussions of carelessness and negligence.

If you or a loved one have been harmed in a bicycle accident or any other traffic crash in New York City or the surrounding areas, our award-winning attorneys are here to help protect your right to hold at-fault parties accountable. We’re available to review your case at no cost, and to explain how we can guide you through the journey toward justice and compensation.

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