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Jay Dankner Provides Statistics Behind Motor Vehicle Related Injuries and Deaths In New York City


New York Police Department statistics show that although there was a slight decline in motor vehicle accidents in 2015 and 2016 in New York City, surprisingly, pedestrian injuries involving motor vehicles rose.

Still, city officials note that traffic deaths were at their lowest level in a century — down from 234 in 2015 to 229 last year.

As for this year, among those injured or killed in February 2017 in an accident involving a motor vehicle were:


Among the contributing factors of collisions that caused injuries and fatalities in February 2017 are the following:

Contributing Factors# of Vehicles
Aggressive Driving/Road Rage80
Alcohol Involvement198
Backing Unsafely823
Cell Phone (Hand Held)6
Cell Phone (Hands Free)1
Driver Inattention/Distraction4453
Driver Inexperience335
Drugs (Illegal)13
Eating or Drinking3
ERR/Confusion, Ped/Bike/Other102
Failure to Keep Right48
Failure to Yield Right of Way1213
Fell Asleep43
Following Too Closely1706
Lost Consiousness19
Use of Other Electronic Device2
Other Uninvolved Vehicle307
Outside Car Distraction67
Improper Passing/Lane Usage869
Passing Too Closely802
Physical Disability11
Traffic Control Disregarded379
Turning Improperly467
Unsafe Lane Changing652
Unsafe Speed300
Use of On Board Navigation Device1
Vehicle Vandalism1

In response to the NYPD’s recent report, Mayor de Blasio defended his traffic safety program, known as “Vision Zero.”

“We are very committed to Vision Zero 110 percent” Mr. de Blasio said. “We have three years running where it’s produced better results each year.”

Mayor de Blasio has defended his driver/pedestrian safety program by comparing the incidence of injury and fatalities on New York City streets to overall averages of motor vehicle related injuries and deaths nationally.

Comparatively, according to Mr. de Blasio, the city has managed to make progress on Vision Zero even as there has been a sharp increase in traffic fatalities nationwide. “I think it’s remarkable that the city has seen three years in a row of reduced traffic fatalities, very much bucking the national trend,” the Mayor said.

More than 35,000 people died in traffic crashes in the United States in 2015 — on par with at least 33,000 deaths from the opioid epidemic, according to federal officials. The number of traffic fatalities rose by 7.2 percent nationwide in 2015, and estimates available for the first half of 2016 show further increases nationwide.

Still, caution is the mantra, especially here in New York City.

According to Jay Dankner, managing partner in the car accident law firm of Dankner Milstein, “Employment is up,” Dankner said, “the economy is doing better, spring is here and therefore there are more cars, bicyclists and pedestrians out in our streets – thereby leading to more injuries and fatalities.

“Our law firm chooses to publish this data for the good of the readers of this blog,” Mr. Dankner added. “My partners and I feel a responsibility to contribute to a reduction in accidents and injuries by regularly providing a glimpse of the statistics that point to the reasons behind the number of tragic traffic crashes the result in injuries and deaths of New Yorkers.

“Our goal,” Dankner explained, “is to do what we can do to make drivers of motor vehicles, and the pedestrians who walk the streets of our great city, more aware of the problems in the hope that operators of motor vehicles will be cognizant of the special need to drive safely in our City and take more responsibility, and also for pedestrians to be more aware of their surroundings, to unplug their headphones and earbuds, stop talking and texting on their mobile devices and pay more attention to what they are doing as they make their way around the city on foot.”

For more information, 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
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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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