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New York Pedestrian 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.

  • There were 14,952 motor vehicle collisions involving pedestrians in 2014, including 269 fatal accidents which killed 271 people. Fatalities included 268 pedestrians and 3 vehicle drivers. Of the 15,428 persons injured in pedestrian collisions, 14,906 were pedestrians and 502 were motor vehicle occupants. Collisions involving a pedestrian and a motorcycle numbered 65.
  • Nearly all collisions involving a pedestrian, 14,331 out of 14,952, were single-vehicle accidents.
  • Approximately 75 percent of pedestrian accidents were reported to involve a human factor. Commonly reported human factors included distracted driving, failure to yield right of way, pedestrian error or confusion, and backing unsafely.
  • Males made up 208 of the 301 drivers of known gender who were involved in fatal collisions with pedestrians. Males also made up 59 percent of all drivers involved in collisions with pedestrians.
  • Over a quarter of pedestrians who were struck by vehicles in 2014 were crossing a street with the signal at the time of the accident. Another 9 percent were crossing against the signal. Crossing a road at a location with no signal or crosswalk was a factor in 20.4 percent of accidents.


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