New York City Records Lowest Traffic Deaths in Over a Century

Author: Rosenberg & Gluck, LLP
Suffolk County Car Accident Attorneys

New York City first began keeping records of traffic fatalities in 1910. According to a New York Times article released on September 2, 1913, the 1910 statistics recorded 471 traffic fatalities: 112 automobile deaths, 148 streetcar deaths, and 211 from horse-drawn vehicles.

Mayor Bloomberg, Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan, and Police Commissioner Kelly recently issued a press release stating that as of December 27, 2011, there were 237 NYC traffic fatalities, which were lower than the 1910 figure and 40 percent lower than in 2001.

Significant statistics that they announced included:
 134 pedestrian fatalities in crashes with vehicles, 40% lower than 2001
 47 senior pedestrian fatalities, 27% lower than 2001
 Three child pedestrian fatalities, a record low

Improved statistics are attributed to the fact that the Department of Transportation implemented safety programs in 78 corridors and at 72 intersections within the past four years. It accomplished safety upgrades for 60 miles of streets and put in motion the Neighborhood Slow Zone in the Bronx which set speed limits at 20 mph. Electronic speed boards went into use that indicate passing motorists’ speeds and proved effective for enforcing speed limits.

DOT is setting targets for even greater improvements in 2012.

A NYC car accident lawyer perspective

The aftermath of car accidents brings untold suffering and economic stress for victims and families. While it is encouraging to see statistics improving, those victimized by accidents still need legal help to pay for physical and financial recovery. If you suffer injury in a car accident, consult an experienced Suffolk County car accident attorney to find out about your legal rights.