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 into 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 on where you live. From 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
Vehicles/Motorists 14826 13728 16177 17211 20040 20677 19186 18793 19116 18657 17431 16426
Fatalities 2248 1821 2590 2977 3632 3692 3466 3473 3643 3195 3388 3096
Bicycle Accidents 287 149 328 418 585 636 566 576 598 609 474 374
Pedestrians Killed 6 7 9 14 15 6 8 9 7 12 8 6
Cyclists Injured 258 135 300 412 560 638 460 480 466 516 382 309
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
Vehicle/Motorists 2008 1732 2258 2516 2931 3096 2988 2889 3011 3181 2819 2469
Motorists Killed 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
Pedestrians Killed 0 1 5 1 2 5 1 4 1 2 1 1
Cyclists Injured 77 45 78 115 162 184 131 133 132 145 118 105
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
Vehicle/Motorists 2871 2507 3298 3376 3951 3839 3486 3582 3419 3513 3232 2976
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
Pedestrians Killed 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 2 1 2
Cyclists Injured  38 21 39 54 72 71 55 51 51 61 45 23
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
Vehicle/Motorists 4875 4702 5446 5733 6603 7192 6332 6188 6442 6196 5819 5554
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
Pedestrians Killed 2 4 2 94 100 90 80 63 110 115 148 110
Cyclists Injured 92 49 115 157 209 254 182 201 187 193 136 120
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
Vehicles/Motorists 4371 4026 4486 4791 5586 5574 5390 5443 5366 5622 5334 4724
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
Pedestrians Killed 1 1 3 2 5 1 4 1 1 2 2 2
Cyclists Injured 49 20 58 75 107 117 85 88 88 107 75 46
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
Vehicles/Motorists 701 761 689 795 969 976 990 836 878 986 906 865
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
Pedestrians Killed 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
Cyclists Injured 2 0 10 11 10 12 7 7 8 10 8 5
Truck Accidents 17 0 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 8654 8389 9255 9109 8559 8481
Injured People 1429 1421 1779 1759 2061 2112 1952 1936
Fatalities 3 6 3 2 8 7 14 8
Bicycle Accidents 212 248 360 435 561 664 637 648
Bus Accidents 300 266 363 316 361 326 240 188
Motorcycle Accidents 64 56 169 224 287 336 351 365
Truck Accidents 557 577 678 585 650 695 639 711

Manhattan Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 1125 7261 1432 1485 1547 1591 1419 1412
Injured People 157 1421 206 204 261 248 216 239
Fatalities 0 6 1 0 2 1 1 1
Bicycle Accidents 72 99 129 163 212 209 200 188
Bus Accidents 50 50 79 77 74 64 50 52
Motorcycle Accidents 14 16 27 42 54 70 57 64
Truck Accidents 99 122 156 127 138 145 128 131

The Bronx Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 1460 1336 1555 1503 1644 1563 1517 1482
Injured People 312 267 353 357 402 388 367 356
Fatalities 2 3 2 1 2 3 5 1
Bicycle Accidents 24 14 31 53 53 72 85 71
Bus Accidents 44 42 32 67 71 67 46 30
Motorcycle Accidents   11 8 39 55 82 65 94 67
Truck Accidents 123 134 136 112 139 122 109 156

Brooklyn Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2505 2367 2817 2677 3064 3017 2801 2765
Injured People 409 469 535 541 668 689 632 624
Fatalities 1 0 0 1 1 2 3 3
Bicycle Accidents 80 104 150 142 203 257 238 244
Bus Accidents 110 94 117 98 110 113 78 68
Motorcycle Accidents 18 16 60 84 84 113 107 122
Truck Accidents 196 178 111 136 215 237 231 239

Queens Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 2230 2367 2402 568 2558 2460 2370 2358
Injured People 457 469 2339 552 615 656 613 583
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 2 1 4 3
Bicycle Accidents 33 104 49 70 83 112 100 129
Bus Accidents 61 53 70 65 88 68 52 29
Motorcycle Accidents 18 16 50 57 59 81 86 99
Truck Accidents 122 130 135 111 141 168 146 167

Staten Island Motor Vehicle Collision Report – 2022

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
Total Accidents 409 338 448 385 442 478 452 464
Injured People 94 86 117 105 115 131 124 134
Fatalities 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
Bicycle Accidents 3 0 1 7 8 12 13 16
Bus Accidents 11 10 18 9 18 14 14 9
Motorcycle Accidents 3 0 3 10 8 7 7 13
Truck Accidents 17 13 29 38 17 23 25 18