What New York City Bicycle Accident Statistics Reveal

When Mayor de Blasio adopted a Vision Zero Initiative plan for New York City, the goal was not only to prevent all pedestrian deaths through accident awareness and improved road conditions, but to also protect bicyclists in the city. Distracted driving and road hazards frequently put cyclers at serious risk of being in a bicycle accident. Even when wearing a helmet and other safety gear, a bicyclist could be severely injured in a low-speed collision with a car. But just how widespread is the problem?

Examining the issue using New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) statistics creates a clearer picture:

  • 25%: According to a recent survey handled by the NYC Department of Health and Hygiene, 25% – or 1,594,000 people – of New York City residents ride a bicycle throughout the city, either to avoid traffic, for leisure, or for exercise at least once a year. About half of that survey population ride “several times a month.”
  • 2.35: For everyone one million cycling trips in a year, 2.35 bicyclists in New York City will be struck and killed or severely injured in a bicycle accident. This number has actually decreased dramatically since 2000, when it was more than three times as high, which could be evidence of Vision Zero’s effectiveness.
  • 1: In 2015, only one bicyclist lost their life in an accident that involved no pedestrian or vehicle. Only one New York City bicyclist perished in an accident that involved a pedestrian and no vehicle.
  • 14: However, in 2015, a total of 14 bicyclists lost their lives in bicycle accidents involving or caused by a motor vehicle. Another 4,433 suffered injuries that required medical attention.

The statistics are evidence of the dangers that distracted drivers create for bicyclists, especially when considering that the incidence of bicyclist fatality is 14 times greater when a motor vehicle is involved in the crash. For these reasons and more, it is often determined that a negligent driver is the cause of NYC bicycle accidents, rather than the inverse.

If you would like to review NYC DOT bicycle accident statistics yourself, click here to visit the organization’s official website. If you or someone you love was hurt in a bicycle accident, you should schedule a free initial consultation with our New York City personal injury attorneys at Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP. With more than 150 7-digit settlement and verdict amounts under our belts, you can be confident that we have the skill and know-how to manage your case effectively.

Categories: Bicycle Accidents