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NYPD statistics provide insight into why traffic accidents occur

On a daily basis, hundreds of thousands of motor vehicles flood the streets of New York City and every month thousands of drivers, passengers, bicyclists and pedestrians are involved and injured in traffic accidents. For the individuals who suffer painful and debilitating injuries and the families whose loved ones suffer fatal injuries, life is often never the same.

Every month, the New York City Police Department releases statistics that detail the number of motor vehicle accidents that occurred. Additionally, these reports provide detailed information about the number of injuries and deaths among motorists, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians as well as the type of vehicle involved in and the factors cited as contributing to the accident.

For the month of June 2015, the NYPD responded to a total of 19,428 motor vehicle collisions throughout the city’s five boroughs. With 5,749 reported accidents, Queens ranked first among all boroughs as having the highest number of crashes and collisions followed by Brooklyn with 5,459 and Manhattan with 4,384.

Throughout all of the city’s boroughs, driver inattention and distraction was cited as the number one contributing factor in those accidents that resulted in injuries or fatalities followed by drivers who were following too closely. Other factors that were frequently cited as contributing to crashes include failure to yield right-of-way, backing unsafely, unsafe lane changing, speeding, passing too closely and improper lane usage.

In all five boroughs, the vast majority of motor vehicles involved in crashes were passenger vehicles. Statistics like these are revealing and prove that distracted driving continues to be a major problem and one that threatens the safety of anyone who drives, bikes or walks the city’s streets.

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