New York City Car Accident Statistics
New York City is made up of five different counties. Within each county is a borough that sees its fair share of car accidents.
Although it is possible to look at the statistics for each county, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles also compiles reports of New York City car accident statistics that combine the counties and boroughs for an overall view of the city.
Common Causes of Car Accidents in New York City
There are different types of car accidents that occur in New York City. The type of accident and who is at fault are both important factors to consider when pursuing compensation.
What may be most important is the cause of the accident.
In 2013, driver distraction led the way and caused 12,935 accidents. It also caused forty-nine fatalities, 10,270 instances of personal injury, and 2,616 instances of property damage.
Failure to yield the right-of-way and following too closely are not far behind driver distraction.
Unfortunately, these statistics indicate that the most common causes of car accidents in New York City are entirely avoidable.
Accidents Caused by Environmental Factors
Not all car accidents are caused by simple human error. Road conditions, weather, and even animals can cause accidents as well.
In 2013, slippery pavement was the leading environmental factor that caused accidents in New York City. Specifically, it caused 1,643 accidents.
Obviously, there is a wide margin between human error and environmental factors, but drivers themselves still cause the majority of New York car accidents.
Vehicular Factors and New York City Accidents
Vehicular issues can also cause accidents. In some cases, the issues are unknown, but they cause the car to malfunction in some way regardless.
In 2013, there were 1,705 accidents that were caused by “other” vehicular issues.
One of the most common known vehicular factors to blame for car accidents was defective brakes.
It is always important to consider the possibility that your car accident was caused by some kind of defect or malfunction that no one involved in the accident had any control over. If this is the case, the car or part’s manufacturer may be liable for your accident.
Experienced Lawyers and Statistics
At Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP, our experienced lawyers take car accidents in New York City seriously, no matter the type.
When looking at statistics, it’s important to be aware of how these numbers can affect you and your family members when you are on the road. If you want to see an in-depth breakdown, New York has posted public car accident statistics by county.
These New York City car accident statistics narrow things down into different categories. For instance, if you want to know why insurance premiums are higher for men, statistics demonstrate that males between the ages of twenty-five and twenty-nine were in more accidents than anyone else in 2013.
Contact an Attorney
If you have been in a car accident that was caused by someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation. Let us help ensure the right person is held responsible.
Contact us online or call 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) as soon as possible to get started.