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The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ Summary of Motor Vehicle Accidents indicates that there were 315,377 New York motor vehicle accidents in 2010, of which 258,988 were reported to the police. Pedestrians were involved in 16,357 traffic accidents, while 6,276 bicyclists and 5,570 motorcyclists were involved in New York accidents with a motor vehicle.

Types of Motor Vehicle Accidents

There are a variety of accidents that are classified as motor vehicle accidents. These accidents include:


In New York State alone, over one thousand people are killed each year in motor vehicle accidents. Many more sustain serious and permanent injuries. In just 2010, 187,566 people sustained personal injuries in New York Motor vehicle accidents.

Motor vehicle accidents are caused by human error, mechanical breakdown, product defect, or a combination of these factors.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death of children, teens, and young adults of the ages 5 to 34, and among the top ten causes of death for people of all ages.

In addition to the toll on human life, a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has found that in 2005 auto accident deaths resulted in $1.33 billion in medical and work loss costs. Nation-wide these costs resulted in $41 billion in medical and work loss costs.


Motor vehicle accidents are caused by human error, mechanical breakdown, product defect, or a combination of these factors.

One of the leading causes of crashes involving human error is known as driver inattention or distracted driving. Distracted driving is any activity that causes the driver to fail to pay attention to the road and traffic conditions ahead. Such activities may include talking on a cell phone or texting while driving.

Alcohol involvement is another major factor in contributing to motor vehicle accidents. According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles there were 8,613 alcohol related accidents in 2010 alone. These accidents resulted in 354 fatalities.


A driver of a motor vehicle has a duty to operate the vehicle and a careful and reasonable manner. The failure to do so, may result in civil liability for any damages or injuries caused by the negligent operation of the motor vehicle.

In New York, in order to recover damages for non-economic loss, or personal injury, the injured party must establish that he or she sustained a “serious injury” as defined by the Insurance Law. The law can be complex and there are many factor that go into proving this burden. It is, therefore, best to speak to a personal injury lawyer to explain your rights and options, instead of making any assumptions on your own.

What can be done?

The frequency of accidents can be reduced by graduated drivers licensing laws, sobriety checkpoints, ignition interlock, and education to help prevent driving while intoxicated, and texting while driving.

New York Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney

People injured in vehicular accident face undo hardships, including medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. They need an experienced personal injury lawyer on their side.

Since 1987, Mr. DiMartini has been representing people who have been hurt in motor vehicle accidents throughout the New York City metropolitan area. He knows how to protect your interests and assert your claim to get you the maximum money compensation you deserve. He has obtained millions of dollars in compensation for his injured clients. Let him put his experience to work for you!

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If you or a loved one has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, we are here to fight for your rights. Call Mr. DiMartini directly at 1.844.299.0030. You can also contact us online. The consultation is free. There is never a fee unless we win your case!

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