How Common Are Car Accidents in New York City

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Car accidents in New York City usually happen during the weekdays and they usually happen during evening commutes and lunch hour. However, there were hundreds if not thousands of accidents between 9 PM and 3 AM, especially on the weekends.


According to the NYPD, there was a total 228.047 car accident in 2018. This breaks down to:

1. Car Accidents Per Month = 19.000
2. Car Accidents Per Week = 4.750
3. Car Accidents Per Day = 678
4. Car Accidents Per Hour = 28
5. Car Accidents Per 2 Minutes = 1

New York City Car Accidents During March 2019

The New York City Police Department’s most recent statistics are from March 2019. There was 17.521 car accident citywide. In the text below, you will be able to read statistics for the 5 boroughs of NYC:

1. Manhattan

There were 3.922 car accidents in Manhattan. In those accidents, 221 drivers, 173 passengers, 185 pedestrians, and 76 cyclists were injured. Of those, 1 passenger, 1 driver, and 2 pedestrians were killed. Manhattan has close to 40 people killed each year due to these accidents, and over 4.000 people every year end up in the hospital due to the injuries sustained.

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2. Bronx

There were 2.021 car accidents in the Bronx. 319 drivers, 22 cyclists, 302 passengers, and 169 pedestrians were hurt. And as a result of these accidents, 4 pedestrians sustained injuries that they could not recover from. Every year, there are approximately 48 deaths in the Bronx, and the Bronx is the fourth in leading cause of injury-related hospitalizations.

3. Brooklyn

Brooklyn is a part of New York that had the most accidents in 2019. There were a total of 5.543 accidents. The people injured includes 578 drivers, 78 cyclists, 322 pedestrians, and 410 passengers. Three people died as a result of the injuries they sustained. And as a result of car accidents, 94 people die every year in Brooklyn.

4. Queens

During the same period as mentioned in the previous statement, 5.515 traffic accidents happened, resulting in 339 passengers, 606 drivers, 237 pedestrians, and 42 cyclists getting injured. Three people were killed during this period. Queens comes in pretty close to Brooklyn in the number of deaths related to traffic, each year 93 people die. Queens is also one of the boroughs with the highest number of traffic-related injuries, with over 1.400 people visiting the emergency room and over 15.000 people being treated for injuries gained from car accidents. Keep in mind that you should always wait for the police to arrive when in a car accident. And if you want to see what an attorney can do for you in case of a car accident, visit here.

5. Staten Island

There were 1.054 car accidents in Staten Island where 72 passengers, 110 drivers, 3 cyclists, and 23 pedestrians getting injured. There were no deaths as of March 2019, which makes it one of the least dangerous parts of NYC with only 17 deaths per year. There were also 554 people hospitalized and over 4.000 people being treated due to car accidents.

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Causes of Car Accidents in New York City

According to the Motor Vehicle Collision Report Statistics, the leading cause of these accidents was inattention/distracted driving. In 5.553 reported crashes, distracted driving was found to be one of the main factors to car accidents. All of these could have been prevented if the drivers were paying attention to the road and not to their smartphones or other distractions. The second factor to the accidents in NYC is tailgating. Which is a situation when you drive to close to another car, hence, your response time decreases if the car stops suddenly.


As you can see, these statistics prove that you should always pay attention to the road ahead of you. Keep focused, do not look at your smartphone, and follow traffic rules. You will be able to save your life, the life of pedestrians and other drivers, as well as the life of your passengers. There are countless reasons a car accident may occur, no matter how safe you are on the road. If you do find yourself in an accident, be sure to reach out to experienced attorneys at Serious Injury Law Group to help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.