New York Distracted Driving Statistics

New York Distracted Driving Statistics

Steven Schwartzapfel -Founding Partner Feb 10, 2016

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  • Driver inattention or distraction was listed as a factor in 19.1 percent of all crashes in New York in 2014. The same year, distraction was a factor in 10.4 percent of all fatal crashes. Distraction contributed to almost a quarter of crashes which resulted in personal injury.
  • Distraction was a factor in 24.9 percent of collisions with pedestrians in 2014 and contributed to 47 of the 269 fatal collisions.
  • Distracted driving-related accident rates were higher in New York City in comparison to rates for the state overall in 2014. Driver distraction was a factor in 25.5 percent of all accidents, and 15.9 percent of fatal accidents.
  • Driver inattention or distraction was a factor in accidents involving large trucks at similar rates to all accidents. Distraction was involved in 18.4 percent of large truck accidents in New York in 2014, compared to 19.1 percent of all accidents.
  • In New York City as well as statewide, driver inattention or distraction was the most commonly cited human factor associated with motor vehicle accident.


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