New York Car 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 Auto 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 – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 7431 6859 8120 8634 10086 10385 9771 9562 9735 9982 9183 8452
Injured People 1415 1243 1675 1947 2330 2367 2057 2152 2138 2103 1972 1783
Fatalities 4 1 5 8 11 10 13 10 10 8 8 10
Bicycle Accidents 287 149 328 418 585 636 566 576 598 609 474 374
Bus Accidents 216 233 240 268 292 265 246 199 327 348 358 305
Motorcycle Accidents 64 29 153 217 309 353 335 324 351 298 222 130
Truck Accidents 558 609 652 642 660 781 656 635 690 716 674 586

Manhattan Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 1070 934 1367 1367 1591 1674 1643 1562 1654 1720 1530 1360
Injured People 146 124 163 227 254 240 233 279 232 286 249 201
Fatalities 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 2 3 1 3 2
Bicycle Accidents 93 57 99 136 187 192 176 170 190 191 161 139
Bus Accidents 35 37 41 57 59 45 54 54 66 89 62 66
Motorcycle Accidents 8 7 19 54 65 1252 78 66 72 71 61 28
Truck Accidents 107 95 115 126 116 78 142 129 141 143 126 112

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 1908 1768 1771 1700 1761 1643 1518
Injured People 269 228 372 391 471 480 421 434 382 409 377 319
Fatalities 0 0 2 2 2 4 2 3 3 1 1 3
Bicycle Accidents 42 26 34 43 67 66 66 58 70 68 54 39
Bus Accidents 104 96 67 5 18 21 22 24 30 65 52 90
Motorcycle Accidents 17 2 32 55 76 86 87 71 71 61 43 20
Truck Accidents 112 111 169 147 155 134 127 132 112 143 149 92

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 3167 3135 3258 3171 2913 2776
Injured People 448 415 546 649 736 795 627 658 695 626 610 583
Fatalities 1 0 1 1 0 4 3 2 2 0 0 0
Bicycle Accidents 104 47 119 156 209 258 215 236 222 220 165 137
Bus Accidents 84 101 94 94 100 90 80 63 110 115 148 110
Motorcycle Accidents 18 14 50 56 97 108 97 101 105 81 68 39
Truck Accidents 188 220 225 208 231 297 221 199 200 249 261 208

Queens Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2143 1971 2342 2342 2753 1750 2688 2669 2667 2833 2637 2349
Injured People 476 394 508 581 741 727 639 666 711 650 627 558
Fatalities 2 0 1 2 4 5 3 1 3 2 3 3
Bicycle Accidents 45 19 64 72 111 109 100 101 107 119 85 54
Bus Accidents 47 45 49 57 67 57 62 39 68 65 52 50
Motorcycle Accidents 16 6 44 47 59 72 57 72 90 76 46 37
Truck Accidents 134 158 121 146 145 161 142 152 167 145 140 142

Staten Island Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2021

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 362 387 355 400 479 496 505 425 456 497 460 449
Injured People 76 82 83 99 128 125 137 115 118 132 109 122
Fatalities 1 1 1 0 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 2
Bicycle Accidents 3 0 12 11 11 11 9 11 9 11 9 5
Bus Accidents 6 8 6 8 14 12 9 8 21 16 17 15
Motorcycle Accidents 5 0 8 5 12 9 16 14 13 9 4 6
Truck Accidents 17 25 22 15 13 20 24 22 21 24 19 20

New York City Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 7729 7261
Injured People 1429 1421
Fatalities 3 6
Bicycle Accidents 212 248
Bus Accidents 300 266 240
Motorcycle Accidents 64 56
Truck Accidents 557 577

Manhattan Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 1125 7261
Injured People 157 1421
Fatalities 0 6
Bicycle Accidents 93 57 99
Bus Accidents 50 50
Motorcycle Accidents 8 7 19
Truck Accidents 107 95 115

The Bronx Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 1443 1248 1628
Injured People 269 228 372
Fatalities 0 0 2
Bicycle Accidents 72 248
Bus Accidents 44 42 32
Motorcycle Accidents   14 16
Truck Accidents 99 122

Brooklyn Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2505 2367
Injured People 409 469
Fatalities 1 0
Bicycle Accidents 80 104
Bus Accidents 110 94
Motorcycle Accidents 18 16
Truck Accidents 196 178

Queens Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2230 2367
Injured People 457 469
Fatalities 0 0
Bicycle Accidents 33 104
Bus Accidents 61 53
Motorcycle Accidents 18 16
Truck Accidents 122 130

Staten Island Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 409 338
Injured People 94 86
Fatalities 0 0
Bicycle Accidents 3 0
Bus Accidents 11 10
Motorcycle Accidents 3 0
Truck Accidents 17 13