How Big a Problem are New York City Pedestrian Accidents?

Whether you are a lifelong New Yorker or a tourist, you know that cars and pedestrians must travel in rather close quarters in New York City. If you've been injured as a New York City pedestrian or if you've lost a loved one in a New York City accident, then you also know the anguish that can follow a pedestrian accident.

It is important to know that you are, unfortunately, not alone. In 2009, there were 15,682 pedestrian accidents reported in New York State. 10,289 of those accidents were reported by the New York City Police Department.*

New York City Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Last August, the New York City Department of Transportation released the first ever New York City Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan.* Here is some of what the City found:
  • Pedestrians are 10 times more likely to die in a crash than occupants of a motor vehicle.
  • Pedestrians accounted for 52% of New York City motor vehicle fatalities between 2005 -2009.
  • Driver inattention was cited as a reason for the crash in more than one third of accidents that killed or seriously injured a New York City pedestrian.
  • More than a quarter of New York City pedestrian fatalities occurred because of a motorist's failure to yield.
  • Accidents where a motorist is speeding are about twice as likely to result in a fatality. Most New Yorkers did not know that the standard speed limit in the city is 30 m.p.h.
  • 80% of serious or fatal pedestrian accidents involve male drivers.
  • 79% of serious or fatal pedestrian accidents involve private vehicles, not buses, taxis or trucks.

Call a New York Accident Attorney After a NYC Pedestrian Crash

Statistics are most useful when we learn from them and use them to improve safety. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a New York City pedestrian accident, you can also be an important part of improving safety in the future.

By pursuing a possible claim for damages you may not only receive compensation for your injuries or loss, but you may also encourage others to drive safely and avoid the consequences of a pedestrian wreck. For more information, please contact a New York accident lawyer at 1-800-PAGAN-911.

*Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, Summary of Pedestrian/Motor Vehicle Accidents 2009

*Source: The New York City Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan, New York City Department of Transportation, August 2010