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New York State Motor Vehicle Fatalities

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 1,220 fatal accidents in the state of New York in 2007, resulting in 1,317 fatalities. That year, the death rate due to traffic accidents was 0.96 deaths per 100 million miles traveled in the state. The fatalities represent 6.82 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers.
  • The number of fatalities in 2007 represents an 8 percent decrease from the 2006 total. The year 2007 was the safest year on New York’s highways since the New York DMV began collecting data on highway safety early in the 1920s. In addition to the overall reduction in fatalities, motorcycle accident fatalities dropped about 11 percent, large truck crash fatalities dropped almost 20 percent, and pedestrian deaths were reduced by 14 percent.
  • Deaths in 2007 included 762 motor vehicle drivers, 231 vehicle occupants, 272 pedestrians, and 50 bicyclists. The largest percentage of fatal accidents, nearly 19 percent, occurred between midnight and 3 a.m. Fatal accidents were also more common on the weekends, with over a third occurring on Saturday or Sunday. The largest proportion of fatal accidents, 480 out of 1,220, occurred on state routes. Another 293 fatal accidents occurred on city streets. Approximately 22 percent of statewide fatal accidents in 2007 occurred in New York City.
  • About 56.5 percent of fatal accidents in 2007 involved a single vehicle. Alcohol was known to be involved in 13.4 percent of fatal accidents. Other human factors which frequently contributed to fatal crashes included distracted driving (10.8 percent of crashes), failure to keep right (10.5 percent), failure to yield right of way (12.8 percent) and unsafe speed (29.7 percent).
  • Males represented 1,347 of the 1,858 drivers involved in fatal accidents in 2007. Males in their 20s were involved at the highest rates. Persons in their 20s also made up the highest proportion of fatalities.
  • Of the 822 motor vehicle occupants who were killed in 2007, 191 were wearing a lap belt and harness. Another 191 were using no restraint, while 119 were restrained by a deployed airbag. Finally, 188 fatally injured persons were restrained by an air bag, lap belt and harness at the time of the accident.


Additional Information:
2008 Fatal Vehicle Accident Statistics: View Data by City | County
2007 Fatal Vehicle Accident Statistics: View Data by City | County
2006 Fatal Vehicle Accident Statistics: View Data by City | County

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