Are Drunk Driving Accidents Still a Problem in New York City?

For decades the dangers of drunk driving have been known, public service campaigns have warned drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving, and state laws have criminalized the behavior. Yet, drunk driving accidents still happen. Each year, people are hurt and killed in New York City drunk driving accidents and in DUI cases throughout the state.

How Big is the Problem? New York Drunk Driving Statistics

According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles*:
  • Alcohol was a contributing factor in 1,015 accidents in New York City in 2009 and illegal drugs were a contributing factor in 97 New York City crashes.
  • In New York City, 22 people died in alcohol related accidents and 777 were injured.
  • In New York State, there were 8,873 alcohol related crashes in 2009.
  • 329 of those crashes were fatal and 4,676 of the accidents resulted in other personal injuries.
  • The majority of crashes happened between midnight and 6 a.m. However, drunk driving accidents also occurred during the daytime hours.
  • Unsafe speed, distracted driving, following too closely and other factors were often cited along with alcohol involvement as a cause of the crash.

Why You Need a New York City Accident Lawyer After a Drunk Driving Crash

If you suspect that the driver who caused your crash was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of your accident then it is important to mention that to the investigating police officer so that a breathalyzer or other sobriety test may be performed at the officer's discretion. If the driver fails the test, the officer may arrest the driver and charge the driver with drunk driving.

Regardless of what happens with the state's drunk driving case, you have the right to pursue a civil case for damages if you have been hurt, or if you have lost a loved one, in a New York drunk driving crash. To learn more about your rights, please call an experienced New York accident attorney today at 1-800-PAGAN-911.

*Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Summary of New York City Motor Vehicle Accidents 2009

*Source: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Summary of Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents 2009