Fatal Car Accidents in NYC Reach 8-Year High
Speeding and reckless driving continue to wreak havoc on the city's roads
“We have seen just too many people dying on our streets, with crashes disproportionately concentrated in certain New York City communities,” said New York City transportation commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez.
According to Rodriguez, New York City neighborhoods experiencing the largest increase in car accident fatalities include Hunts Point in the South Bronx, Bushwick and Canarsie in Brooklyn, Jamaica in Queens, and Harlem and Washington Heights in Manhattan.
NYC fatal car accident statistics
The New York Times reports there were 64 car accident fatalities in New York City through April 26 of this year. In contrast, there were 61 motor vehicle deaths in the city during the same period last year.
One reason why this year’s figures are so much higher has to do with the number of car accident deaths involving drivers and passengers. Of the 64 deaths this year, 23 involved drivers or passengers. Last year’s 61 deaths only involved 13 passengers or drivers.
If this year’s death toll continues to climb, it will carry on the trend that started statewide in 2020. The year after car accident fatalities in New York State fell to their lowest level in a decade, deaths due to motor vehicle accidents soared in 2020 and 2021 statewide, according to accident statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Specifically, car accident fatalities in New York State increased by about 12 percent in 2020. That upward trend continued in 2021 when car accident deaths in New York increased by about 9 percent to 1,139 roadway fatalities.
Common causes of fatal crashes
While car accidents happen for many different reasons, traffic safety officials in New York City blame speeding drivers for the recent sharp increase in car accident fatalities. The same has been true throughout the country over the past two years, as people have been driving faster since the start of the pandemic.
“There has been an epidemic of speeding and reckless driving around the country during the pandemic in part as some drivers have become emboldened by emptier roads,” The New York Times reported. The Times also noted that the number of speeding tickets issued by New York City Police Department officers doubled in 2020 compared to 2019.
Along with speeding, other contributing factors include drunk driving and people not wearing seatbelts.
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