New York Accident Statistics

New York is home to nearly 20 million people. It is known for its towering skyscrapers and sprawling city skylines, as well as the iconic and majestic Niagara Falls. Almost half of the state’s residents live in New York City and the five boroughs within its borders: Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. It is the gateway for legal immigration to the United States and home to more than 3.2 million immigrants. It is one of the largest cities in the world.

It is also a dangerous place to drive a motor vehicle. From car accidents to truck crashes and everything in between, residents of New York suffer serious injuries in accidents on virtually every major street and freeway.

Some of the most dangerous roads in the state include:

  • Interstate 90
  • Interstate 81
  • Interstate 87
  • Hempstead Turnpike
  • Sunrise Highway
  • Jericho Turnpike
  • Upper Broadway
  • Henry Hudson Parkway
  • Broadway
  • Grand Concourse
  • Neptune Avenue
  • Hylan Boulevard
  • Woodhaven Boulevard

These are just a few of the dangerous streets and intersections throughout the state where accidents frequently occur.

How Bad Are New York City Accidents?

In the last decade, motor vehicle accidents have been on the rise across the state. Since 2009, motor vehicle crashes in New York increased by 38 percent. While personal injury crashes decreased slightly during that time thanks to improvements in safety features, property damage increased.

During that decade, fatal crashes decreased, as well as moderate crashes. Minor crashes, however, did increase slightly from 86,580 minor accidents in 2009 to 87,295 minor accidents in 2018. During that time property damage crashes increased from 135,534 accidents in 2009 to 287,144 accidents in 2018—more than double!

Unfortunately, alcohol-related car accidents rose during the last decade. In 2009, there were 8,873 drunk driving accidents. By 2018, that number had increased to 9,429 accidents. Speeding accidents also increased drastically during the last ten years. In 2008, speeding drivers caused 28,877 accidents. By 2018, over 36,000 speeding drivers contributed to injury and property damage accidents across the state.

Accident numbers vary from year to year and borough to borough, but New York City has seen increases in total traffic injuries in recent years—from 49,882 in 2013 to 60,652 in 2018. We tend to see more crashes in warmer weather months—May through September—than in the rest of the year.

In 2020, the COVID-19 shutdown of the city reduced the number of accidents from previous years, but crashes started increasing again as people adjusted to the pandemic. Bicycle accidents are at an all-time high.

What About Truck Accidents in New York?

Sadly, truck accidents in New York increased 85 percent over the last decade, from 11,100 truck accidents in 2009 to more than 20,500 truck accidents in 2018. These accidents contributed to numerous injuries and fatalities across the state. An average of 80 people every year lose their lives in New York truck accidents.

We’ve Collected the Data for You

At Jacoby & Meyers, LLP, we know that one of the best ways we can advocate for our injured clients is by understanding the accident trends in New York. These trends can give us insight to the accidents and issues facing New York residents. We want to help you understand those trends and how they may affect your injury case. To do this, we have compiled the latest statistics and research where you live. From the Staten Island to Manhattan, and across the state, these statistics can help you learn more about the dangers you face on the road in New York.

Car Accident Statistics in New York


Source: https://www.itsmr.org

If you did suffer an injury in an accident in New York, call our law firm immediately. We have offices located in major cities located throughout New York and New Jersey, including Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Kingston, Middletown, Newburgh, Rochester, Wappingers Falls/Poughkeepsie, and White Plains.

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New York City Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2020

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 14186 13585 10876 4035 5923 7454 9100 9583 9429 9475 8892 8296
Injured People 1854 1770 1408 675 1157 1581 1858 2057 2017 1825 1795 1529
Fatalities 4 4 2 9 7 11 8 9 14 7 8 7
Bicycle Accidents 234 232 249 124 329 580 679 697 693 585 504 317
Bus Accidents 514 472 338 47 105 114 142 139 211 272 207 228
Motorcycle Accidents 82 79 103 89 184 273 320 264 297 209 184 73
Truck Accidents 1042 1084 880 246 435 573 636 661 640 679 611 628

Manhattan Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2020

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2372 2480 1841 529 786 1048 1325 1402 1383 1462 1379 1223
Injured People 166 199 124 85 141 170 220 210 199 199 208 175
Fatalities 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
Bicycle Accidents 93 113 91 40 99 153 165 157 151 155 139 83
Bus Accidents 116 126 99 10 17 30 34 34 47 62 33 60
Motorcycle Accidents 13 21 15 16 42 60 72 44 54 42 35 18
Truck Accidents 254 283 217 43 65 113 100 131 99 126 109 93

The Bronx Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2020

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2572 2379 1980 874 1264 1532 1803 1958 1868 1896 1845 1548
Injured People 379 339 299 131 241 311 353 386 409 401 382 292
Fatalities 1 2 0 1 2 5 1 3 3 1 0 2
Bicycle Accidents 26 33 38 19 57 107 105 108 100 77 76 40
Bus Accidents 104 96 67 5 18 21 22 24 30 65 52 90
Motorcycle Accidents 20 10 18 25 37 50 63 51 76 54 49 10
Truck Accidents 200 218 175 65 112 124 141 162 148 166 132 243

Brooklyn Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2020

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 4288 4117 3468 1282 1914 2476 2994 3085 3126 2963 2861 2671
Injured People 542 509 408 208 392 514 583 670 644 535 566 487
Fatalities 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 3 2 1 2 4
Bicycle Accidents 95 80 124 60 136 207 246 292 272 237 195 119
Bus Accidents 180 151 95 14 32 35 41 50 80 87 75 89
Motorcycle Accidents 23 28 38 27 47 83 108 75 86 56 55 25
Truck Accidents 327 308 280 68 139 179 206 199 206 218 204 210

Queens Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2020

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 4488 4203 3235 1136 1674 2086 2606 2655 2612 2683 2412 2402
Injured People 655 615 508 203 321 498 592 659 662 596 558 475
Fatalities 2 0 1 6 5 4 3 2 8 4 4 1
Bicycle Accidents 59 51 43 28 80 130 142 147 164 116 92 78
Bus Accidents 101 90 63 13 34 21 42 25 47 45 43 36
Motorcycle Accidents 24 19 28 18 45 68 66 74 72 50 35 18
Truck Accidents 236 257 191 63 103 138 171 158 167 147 153 164

Staten Island Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2020

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 466 406 352 214 285 312 372 483 440 471 395 452
Injured People 112 108 69 48 62 88 110 132 103 94 81 100
Fatalities 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Bicycle Accidents 1 1 5 7 8 14 7 18 16 9 4 5
Bus Accidents 13 9 14 5 4 7 3 6 7 3 4 6
Motorcycle Accidents 2 1 4 3 13 12 11 20 9 7 10
Truck Accidents 25 18 17 7 16 19 18 11 20 22 13 16

New York City Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 7431 6859 8120 8634 10086 10385
Injured People 1415 1243 1672 1947 2330 2367
Fatalities 4 1 5 8 11 10
Bicycle Accidents 287 149 328 416 585 634
Bus Accidents 216 233 240 268 292 265
Motorcycle Accidents 64 29 153 217 309 353
Truck Accidents 558 609 652 642 660 781

Manhattan Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 1070 934 1209 1367 1591 1674
Injured People 146 124 163 227 254 240
Fatalities 0 0 0 1 0 0
Bicycle Accidents 93 57 99 153 187 190
Bus Accidents 35 37 41 57 59 45
Motorcycle Accidents 8 7 19 54 65 1252
Truck Accidents 107 95 115 126 116 78

The Bronx Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 1443 1248 1628 1670 1958
Injured People 269 228 372 391 471
Fatalities 0 0 2 2 2
Bicycle Accidents 46 26 34 43 67
Bus Accidents 44 42 32 52 52 61
Motorcycle Accidents   17 2 50 55 76 86
Truck Accidents 112 111 169 147 155 134

Brooklyn Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2413 2319 2704 2855 3305 3557
Injured People 448 415 546 649 736 795
Fatalities 1 0 1 3 0 1
Bicycle Accidents 104 47 119 156 119 258
Bus Accidents 84 188 94 94 94 90
Motorcycle Accidents 18 14 50 56 97 108
Truck Accidents 188 220 225 208 231 297

Queens Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2143 1971 2224 2342 2753
Injured People 476 394 508 581 741
Fatalities 2 0 1 2 4
Bicycle Accidents 45 19 64 72 64 72
Bus Accidents 47 45 49 57 49 57
Motorcycle Accidents 16 6 44 47 44 47
Truck Accidents 134 158 121 146 121 146

Staten Island Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 362 387 355 400 479 496
Injured People 76 82 83 99 128 125
Fatalities 1 1 1 0 1 0
Bicycle Accidents 3 0 12 11 12 11
Bus Accidents 6 8 6 8 14 12
Motorcycle Accidents 5 0 8 5 8 9
Truck Accidents 17 25 22 15 22 20