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A QUICK REVIEW OF CHART BELOW PROVES AXIOM THAT ONE LOOK IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

There are many lessons to be learned by New Yorkers who take a few minutes to review the chart below provided by the NYPD for the month of January 2020. In fact, what jumps out at readers are lessons that if heeded could prevent serious injury, even death, when moving around the City by vehicle or on foot.  

The chart hardly needs an explanation. It’s a compilation of data gathered by the NYPD of the citywide number of motor vehicle collisions, the number of persons injured or killed, the causes of injury or death, types of vehicles involved and the contributing factors that were the proximate cause of in many instances catastrophic outcomes due to reckless behavior by people behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.

“I hope the readers of this blog take the data in this chart to heart,” Jay W. Dankner, Managing Partner of the top midtown car accident injury law firm of Dankner Milstein P.C. said. “What jumps out at me immediately are the number of injuries and deaths caused by driver inattention. It hardly needs to be spelled out that the use of digital devices such as smartphones while driving is just plain stupid and can cost you your life, or someone else’s. Don’t take my word for it. Just look at the numbers.”

(Chart below provided to Dankner Milstein by the NYPD)

CITYWIDE January 2020

Number of motor vehicle collisions: 14183
Persons involved (*):
MOTORISTS (**) PASSENGERS CYCLISTSPEDESTRIANS28059  1219   235   861
Injury or fatal collisions: 3105
Persons injured or killed:InjuredKilled
MOTORISTS18544
PASSENGERS12172
CYCLISTS2341
PEDESTRIANS84912
Vehicles by type:
Vehicle TypeNumber of Vehicles
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE1
AMBULANCE79
BICYCLE274
BUS514
FIRE TRUCK15
LARGE COM VEH(6 OR MORE TIRES)1042
MOTORCYCLE82
PASSENGER VEHICLE11522
PICK-UP TRUCK833
SMALL COM VEH(4 TIRES)116
SPORT UTILITY / STATION WAGON10288
TAXI VEHICLE1131
VAN152
OTHER2
Contributing factors in injury and fatal collisions:
Contributing Factors (***)Number of Vehicles
AGGRESSIVE DRIVING/ROAD RAGE74
ALCOHOL INVOLVEMENT168
BACKING UNSAFELY644
CELL PHONE (HAND-HELD)4
DRIVER INATTENTION/DISTRACTION4329
DRIVER INEXPERIENCE232
DRUGS (ILLEGAL)3
EATING OR DRINKING1
ERR/CONFUSN PED/BIKE/OTHER PED74
FAILURE TO KEEP RIGHT18
FAILURE TO YIELD RIGHT-OF-WAY1149
FATIGUED/DROWSY10
FELL ASLEEP45
FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY1333
ILLNESS14
LOST CONSCIOUSNESS19
OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE2
OTHER UNINVOLVED VEHICLE276
OUTSIDE CAR DISTRACTION30
PASSENGER DISTRACTION43
PASSING OR LANE USAGE IMPROPER696
PASSING TOO CLOSELY614
PHYSICAL DISABILITY4
TEXTING2
TRAFFIC CONTROL DISREGARDED251
TURNING IMPROPERLY309
UNSAFE LANE CHANGING473
UNSAFE SPEED282
VEHICLE VANDALISM2

For more information, or if you have been in an auto accident and are injured, contact the top New York auto accident injury law firm of Dankner Milstein, P.C. by calling 212-751-8000. Or you can E-mail one of the firm’s lawyers for a free consultation.

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Jay W. Dankner

JAY W. DANKNER was born, raised and educated in Brooklyn, New York. After graduation from law school in 1973, he joined the firm of the legendary, Harry H, Lipsig, under whose tutelage he learned the intricacies of civil litigation and trials. He tried and won his first case against General Motors in a case involving a design defect within weeks after his admission. Thereafter, he focused his attention on the emerging and developing field of law known as products liability litigation.

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