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Accident Stats Show Times, Dates and Driver Gender and Age

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles publishes motor vehicle accident statistics that provide detail about car accidents and other crashes that occur in New York City.  The most recent year available, 2012, provides data about the days and times when  crashes are most likely to occur.

The largest number of motor vehicle crashes in the city occurred between 3 and 6 PM.  In 2012, there were 11,040 crashes that happened during that time period.  The busiest day for car and other motor vehicle accidents is Friday. 


Injury and Death Causes from the New York Department of Health

The City of New York tracks the reasons for hospitalizations from injuries in the city.  Statistics from 2009 to 2011 provided by the Department of Health and Hygiene show that in all age groups, the most frequent type of accident is an unintentional fall.  The most common outcome of falls is traumatic brain injury, with the second being fractures. In addition, falls were the cause of 130 deaths in New York in 2008, according to the Department of Health website.

This changes when we look at the second cause of hospitalizations from injuries. It turns out that the second most common reason for hospitalizations is unintentional poisoning among people who are age 34 and older.  Among younger age groups, fires, pedestrian accidents and assaults send the most people to the hospital.

Pedestrian Accidents More Common Among New Jersey Seniors

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The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a regional non-profit, has released the results of a study that reveals the disparity between pedestrian accidents among the elderly in New Jersey and those in other states.  Elderly pedestrians in New Jersey are more likely to be involved in fatal accidents than both older people in other states.

The study showed that pedestrians in New Jersey who were age 60 and older were killed by motor vehicles at the rate of 2.85 per 100,000 state residents. The national rate is 2.23, making seniors in New Jersey 28 percent more likely to die in pedestrian accidents than senior pedestrians in other states.

Another NYC Bike-Car Accident Along Viaduct

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There have been three bicycle fatalities at the intersection of Park Avenue and East 108th Street under the Metro-North viaduct in East Harlem in the past two years.  After the most recent incident, which happened early this morning, a driver of a livery cab was taken into police custody. Reporters were told that he would probably be charged with driving with a suspended license. A news update reported that he was actually charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, careless driving and a right of way violation. 

Tour Bus Accidents Not Recorded

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This blog recently reported on two tour bus accidents, including a two-bus collision in Times Square last week. Interestingly, there is no agency charged with tracking the seemingly growing The bus companies have no obligation to report incidents to the city licensing agencies.

The use of the word "agencies" rather than "agency" may be part of the problem. There are at least five entities that oversee the operation of tour buses in New York City. A recent article in Insurance Journal described the situation.

New Part of Vision Zero Approved; Will Help Reduce Traffic Fatalities and Injuries

Vision Zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate motor vehicle accident fatalities in New York City, includes an initiative to lower the speed limit on the streets of New York City.  Last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will lower the default speed limit in the city from 30 mph to 25 mph. The new law takes effect within 90 days, during the first week in November. 

Recent Federal Court Decision Impacts Personal Injury Law in New York State

The New York lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy are always studying important legal decisions handed down by lower and appellate courts. Sometimes a decision can greatly impact the practice of lawyers. Often though, the decisions impact everyday people. This is a decision that impacts both the practice of law and the people that the law is intended to protect. We encourage you to read the decision, particularly if you have a present personal injury action in New York State. If you don't have the time or inclination to read the actual decision, we break it down for you below.

Bus Accident Update: Driver Had 11 Prior Suspensions

The lawyers at Block O'Toole & Murphy continue to provide updates on the harrowing bus accident yesterday involving two tour buses in the Times Square section of New York City. Now it is being reported that the driver of the double decker tour bus that slammed into another bus was allegedly high on drugs and had had his driver's license and vehicle registration suspended a combined 20 times.

Manhattan Tour Bus Accident: 1 Driver Busted

The accident attorneys at Block O'Toole & Murphy are following a serious bus accident that took place this week in bustling Times Square.

Two tour buses collided in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday afternoon, causing injuries to passengers taking in the sights of Manhattan. The collision took place at 47th Street and 7th Avenue. How did this violent collision occur?