New York Car Accident Statistics

Car accident statistics can tell us a lot about a state. Suppose you suffered traumatic or life-altering injuries in a car accident. In that case, you may want to submit an insurance claim or file an auto accident injury lawsuit to recoup full monetary compensation for all your car accident-related costs (like medical bills, vehicle repairs, pain and suffering, lost income, and any other crash-related damages). 

But when it comes to New York car accidents, the comprehensive laws may surprise you, especially when you have significant accident expenses. 

But how often do these kinds of car accidents occur? Who do these life-changing car collisions affect? And who can you call for help if you are among them?

Here is a look at car accident statistics in New York, including Erie County.

New York Car Accident Statistics

Every year in New York state, an average of 1,098 people die in car crashes—5.6 out of every 100,000 people. Each year, New York has an average of 12,093 car-accident-related hospitalizations (61.5 out of every 100,000 people) and 136,913 emergency department visits (696.6. out of every 100,000 people). 

The following is a detailed look at the above annual statistics broken down by occupants, motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and unspecified.

  • Occupants
    • 292 deaths per year (1.6 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 6,207 hospitalizations per year (31.6 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 106,612 emergency department visits per year (542.4 out of every 100,000 people)
  • Motorcyclists
    • 141 deaths per year (.7 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 1,558 hospitalizations per year (31.6 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 106,612 emergency department visits per year (542.4 out of every 100,000 people)
  • Pedestrians
    • 312 deaths per year (1.6 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 3,207 hospitalizations per year (15.4 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 12,506 emergency department visits per year (63.6 out of every 100,000 people)
  • Bicyclists
    • Thirty-six deaths per year (.2 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 637 hospitalizations per year (3.2 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 3,795 emergency department visits per year (193 out of every 100,000 people)
  • Unspecified
    • 316 deaths per year (19.3 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 561 hospitalizations per year (2.9 out of every 100,000 people)
    • 8,455 emergency department visits per year (43.0 out of every 100,000 people)

Erie County Car Accident Statistics

The fifth top cause of injury-related fatalities in Erie County is traffic crashes, the fifth leading cause of hospitalizations, and the third leading cause of emergency department visits. 

Every two months, on average, 8 Erie County New Yorkers die in car crashes, while 71 get hospitalized, and another 1,198 receive treatment during emergency department visits.

Every year, on average, 49 Erie County New Yorkers die in car accidents (of which 18 are occupants) while 426 get hospitalized (of which 256 are occupants), and another 7,190 receive treatment during emergency department visits (of which 5,995 are occupants).

Driver distraction, failure to yield to the right of way, and speed-related crashes result in the highest total number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations per year. 

Car accidents can also result in traumatic brain injuries or TBI. 

TBIs manifest in 24% of car-accident deaths, 31% in car-accident-related hospitalizations, and 16% of car-accident-related emergency department visits. 

Out of bicyclists, motorcyclists, car occupants, pedestrians, and unspecified/other, car occupants have the highest number of hospitalizations (180/6.5%), emergency department visits (4,850/91.4%), and TBIs (870/32.9) caused by traffic collisions, on average, per year.

Here is a breakdown for the remaining car-accident-related victims listed above:

  • Bicyclists: 115/2.2% emergency department visits, 7/2.5% hospitalizations, and 20/2.2% TBI
  • Motorcyclists: 100/1.9% emergency department visits, 34/12.3% hospitalizations, and 12/1.3% TBIs
  • Pedestrians: 204/3.8 emergency department visits, 52/18.8 hospitalizations, and 66/17.15% TBIs
  • Unspecified/other: 36/.7% emergency department visits 
    • The rest of this category’s data is unavailable. 

The following car-accident-related causes result in the yearly averages found above. 

  • Distracted driving. 1,160/21.9% emergency department visits, 59/21.3% hospitalizations, and 233/17.6% TBIs.
  • Failure to yield. 1,158/21.8% emergency department visits, 60/21.7 hospitalizations, and 206/18.45% TBIs.
  • Following to close. 849/16% emergency department visits, 15.54% hospitalizations, and 151/16.7% TBIs.
  • Passing or lane violations. 363/6.8% emergency department visits, 28/101% hospitalizations, and 76/8.3% TBIs.
  • Disregard for traffic controls. 380/7.2 emergency room visits, 26/9.4% hospitalizations, and 59/8.5% TBIs.
  • Alcohol-impairment or speeding. 848 emergency department visits, 87/15.7% hospitalizations, and 184/13% TBIs.

Contact Us

If your loved one or yourself have been involved in a car accident that did or did not result in injuries, reach out to Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers. Available 24/7, the personal injury attorneys at Buffalo Car Accident Lawyers have aggressiveness, confidence, and experience to fight for you and your case in any way they can. Contact their office today! 

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