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New York Bicycle Accident 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 the state of New York, there were 5,827 motor vehicle accidents involving bicycles in 2014. Most of those, 5,722 accidents, caused some type of personal injury. A total of 47 accidents were fatal. There were 27 collisions involving a bicycle and a motorcycle.
  • Of the 47 fatalities, 47 were bicyclists. The vast majority of persons injured in bicycle-vehicle accidents, over 97 percent, were bicyclists. At least 28 of the 47 fatally injured bicyclists were not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Helmet use is unknown for 13 fatalities.
  • Accidents causing minor injury made up 53 percent of bicycle-vehicle accidents, while those causing moderate injury made up another 32 percent. Approximately 10 percent of accidents resulted in serious injury, and 1 percent proved fatal.
  • The highest numbers of accidents occurred between noon and 9 p.m. Approximately two-thirds of bicycle accidents occurred during these hours. Accidents were also somewhat less frequent on Saturdays and Sundays compared to weekdays.
  • Nearly all, over 98 percent, involved a single motor vehicle.
  • A few human factors were involved in large numbers of bicycle accidents. 26 percent involved failure to yield right of way. An additional 24 percent involved driver inattention. The most common human factor, cited in over 26 percent of accidents, was bicyclist error or confusion. Alcohol involvement contributed to 1.6 percent of bicycle accidents.


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