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New York Alcohol-Related Crash Statistics

Steven Schwartzapfel -Founding Partner Feb 10, 2016

For more than 35 years, Steven Schwartzapfel, the founding member of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C., has been one of New York’s most prominent personal injury attorneys. Steve represents clients in all types of personal injury cases. His experience, skill, and dedication have enabled Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. to recover hundreds of millions of dollars for their clients.

  • In 2014, there were 7,849 alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in the state of New York. This includes 3,605 property damage accidents, 3,974 personal injury accidents, and 270 fatal accidents resulting in 292 deaths.
  • Alcohol-related crashes in 2014 included 447 collisions with pedestrians, 101 collisions with bicycles, and 165 motorcycle crashes. There were 71 pedestrian deaths and 11 deaths of bicyclists which resulted from alcohol-related crashes. There were also 401 pedestrian injuries and 90 bicyclist injuries. Of the 292 persons killed, 152 were drinking drivers.
  • Approximately 0.3 percent of all motor vehicle accidents in New York in 2014 were fatal. In comparison, 3.5 percent of alcohol-related accidents were fatal. Another 10.9 percent of alcohol-related accidents resulted in serious injury.
  • The highest percentage of alcohol-related crashes occurred over weekends in 2014. Saturdays and Sundays together accounted for 47.1 percent of all alcohol-related crashes. Additionally, 44 percent of fatal alcohol-related crashes occurred on the weekends. Late-night hours accounted for the highest numbers of crashes; 45.8 percent of alcohol-related crashes occurred between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. (25 percent of the day).
  • Most fatal alcohol-related crashes, 72.5 percent, were single-vehicle crashes. Fatal crashes involving 2 vehicles made up 19.6 percent, while 7.7 percent involved 3 or more vehicles.
  • Males made up 70.2 percent of drivers involved in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents in 2014. Males between the ages of 21 and 24 made up 12.5 percent of drinking drivers involved in crashes, and males aged 25-29 made up an additional 13.0 percent. Among both sexes, the frequency of involvement in alcohol-related crashes decreased with age. Persons aged 21-29 made up 34.1 percent of those killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes.



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