On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every two hours
The streets of New York can be rough – for pedestrians, apparently. Each year, approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed in traffic crashes. Being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related deaths for children under 14 and the second leading cause for seniors. On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every two hours.
Brooklyn, according to an analysis of Diamond Law Offices, surpasses the other boroughs in regards to pedestrian-inolved accidents. While Brooklyn has the second lowest fatality rate of all the boroughs, it had the most pedestrian accident injuries between 2013 and 2016, totaling 13,207 compared to the city’s total of 44,360.
The NYC Open Data portal reveals that seven of the ten most accident prone neighborhoods in the city are located in Brooklyn. Between 2013 and 2016, Flatbush experienced with a total of 670 injuries and 6 fatalities the most accidents affecting pedestrians, followed by East New York with 568 pedestrian injuries and 8 fatalities, Brownsville with 525 pedestrian injuries and 6 deaths. With the other three neighborhoods located in Manhattan, Queens, Bronx and Staten Island don’t even make the unfavorable list.
And the city’s Open Data portal narrows it down even further: In Brooklyn, the most accident prone streets are Nostrand with a total of 483 accidents, Third Avenue with 382 accidents, Atlantic Avenue with 365 accidents, Fourth Avenue with 343 accidents and Fulton Street with 340 accidents.
Distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the nation, and also in NYC. Other contributing factors are road rage, alcohol, pedestrian error or confusion, and fatigued driving.
On a good note: Only 64 accidents were caused by unsafe speed which is a particularly deadly factor for pedestrians when they are hit by a car. Fortunately, in the congested streets of NYC, it is unlikely that cars are able to reach excessive speeds that increase the likelihood of death.