Lever & Ecker, PLLC June 5, 2019 Car Accidents
Getting hit by a transfer-trailer truck may rank among many people’s worst nightmares, but it’s also something that most people suspect will never happen to them.
Unfortunately, truck accidents occur more frequently than you might think, especially on New York’s commerce-heavy highways and interstates.
While some of these accidents produce only minor damages, many are more serious. Given the size and weight of a fully-loaded semi, you can imagine how catastrophic the risk of any truck/car collision can be. Truck/motorcycle, truck/bicycle, and truck/pedestrian collisions can prove even more devastating. Indeed, many are fatal.
Below, we share some of the latest truck accident statistics in New York. While preliminary data for 2018 (and the early months of 2019) are slowly beginning to roll in, our report here is based on the most recent complete year on record: 2017.
Each of the numbers used in our report are obtained directly from the New York State Traffic Safety Statistical Repository (TSSR), as made available online by the New York Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research (ITSMR).
To begin with, let’s look at the raw totals for truck accidents in the two cities where we focus much of our legal practice — New York City and White Plains — as well as the statewide totals for all of New York:
|New York (Statewide)||New York County (Home to New York City)||Westchester County (Home to White Plains, NY)|
|Total Number of Large Truck Accidents||12,838||694||661|
|Number of Fatal Large Truck Accidents||93||6||4|
|Number of Non-Fatal Large Truck Accidents Causing Injury||4,096||265||191|
|Number of Large Truck / Pedestrian Crashes||199 (20 of them fatal, 176 causing injury)||28 (4 of them fatal, 24 others causing injury)||8 (2 of them fatal, 6 others causing injury)|
|Number of Large Truck / Bicycle Crashes||75 (5 of them fatal, 70 others causing injury)||27 (1 of them fatal, 26 others causing injury)||0|
|Number of Large Truck / Motorcycle Crashes||50 (8 of them fatal, 37 others causing injury)||5 (0 fatal, 4 of them causing injury)||1 (non-fatal but caused injury)|
Now let’s turn our attention to some of the most startling observations from these truck accident statistics in New York:
Now let’s take a closer look at the truck accident statistics in New York from the previous section, breaking them down by cause of crash.
Below, we share the ten most common causes of truck accidents in New York, based on the statewide data from the year 2017:
|Fatal||Non-Fatal but Caused Injury||No Injuries or Fatalities but Caused Property Damage||Total|
|Improper Lane Changing / Passing||16||857||2,304||3,177|
|Following Too Closely||4||891||1,027||1,922|
|Environmental Factors / Road Conditions||6||414||1,229||1,649|
|Failure to Yield Right of Way||18||503||816||1,337|
|Traffic Control Device Disregarded (e.g. running a red light)||8||198||288||494|
Here are a few of the key takeaways from these truck accident statistics in New York:
While we believe it is important to regularly monitor the truck accident statistics in New York, if you or your family has suffered in one of these terrible accidents, we want you to know: you are not just a statistic.
Every truck accident injury represents real suffering, hardship, or loss. You shouldn’t have to bear those alone. If someone else’s carelessness contributed to your accident, you are entitled to financial compensation for your damages. Depending on the circumstances, you may have a claim against not only the truck driver but also their employer.
Lever & Ecker, PLLC is a New York truck accident injury firm with years of experience in helping truck accident victims and their families claim the financial justice they deserve.
We will not charge a fee for our services unless and until we get you money. Your initial consultation is free and confidential, with no obligations whatsoever.