Parker Waichman LLP

Fatal Car Crashes Rise in New York City Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

MANHATTAN, N.Y. — The number of fatal car accidents that occurred in New York City during the COVID-19 outbreak soared even though the number of cars on the road fell dramatically. According to a recent article published by the New York Daily News, the total number of miles traveled by New York City motorists across […]

Fatal car crashes rise in new york city due to covid-19 pandemic

Fatal car crashes rise in NYC

MANHATTAN, N.Y. — The number of fatal car accidents that occurred in New York City during the COVID-19 outbreak soared even though the number of cars on the road fell dramatically. According to a recent article published by the New York Daily News, the total number of miles traveled by New York City motorists across the five boroughs of the City dropped by 76% from late March through early April. The number of road miles traveled by car in New York since that period has increased to almost 30% of the pre-pandemic traffic volume. Meanwhile, the traffic accident fatality rate from January of 2020 until July 15, 2020, decreased by nine percent compared to 2019 death rates, despite many fewer vehicles on the road.

Data derived from the New York Police Department’s database suggests that 103 people died in New York City car accidents from January 2020 to July 15, 2020. During the identical timeframe in 2019, 113 people died in auto accidents in New York City. The number of motorcycle accident deaths and vehicle passenger deaths have soared during the pandemic. The Department of Transportation for New York City indicated that 52 motorcycle riders and motor vehicle passengers died in the first six and one-half months of 2020 compared to 39 in 2019 during the period from January to July 15.

Fewer cars on the road in New York City also meant fewer pedestrian and bicycle deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic. Bicycle deaths and pedestrian fatalities, combined as one statistical category, dropped to 50 from 74 recorded between January to July of 2019.

Traffic experts say that empty streets invite motorists to speed. Speed cameras mounted throughout New York City caught one and a half times more speeders than in the first part of 2019.

City traffic experts were amazed at the statistics generated during the COVID-19 pandemic. A generally accepted principle of traffic management suggests that traffic congestion leads to more deaths. However, the numbers generated in 2020 prove that speeding on open roads is also deadly.

What Our Clients Say About Us
We have worked with thousands of clients and we appreciate them and their positive reviews. Here are just a few recent client reviews...
5 Star Reviews 150
I would like to thank Kathy and Alex for all their hard work and dedication through out the entire process. I am very happy with the outcome of the case. I would highly recommend to my family and friends.
Alanah Rotunno
7 months ago
5 Star Reviews 150
I’m really satisfied with my experience dealing with Parker and Waichman and especially my attorney, Mathew Hinrichs, along with the support staff (Jacqueline & Theresa). My attorney is very professional and thorough but very approachable. He always returns calls/emails even in the early evening if necessary. His support staff of Paralegals are professional and thorough as well. This law firm gets things done! My confidence in Parker Waichman is very high, and I have been recommending this law firm to others here in Milwaukee by word of mouth. This recommendation will continue.
Daniel Kasten
3 years ago
5 Star Reviews 150
Michelle Josama was very helpful and informative through our process. She was very friendly and made us feel very comfortable asking questions!
Irma Inez Sayz
5 years ago

Why Choose Us to Help You?

We Take Care of Everything
Your situation is stressful enough: Let us take on the deadlines, paperwork, investigation, and litigation. We'll handle every detail so you don't have to worry.
No Recovery = No Legal Fees
We work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning that we only get paid from a portion of your settlement or jury award. If you don't get compensation, you owe us nothing.
Decades of Experience
Your situation is stressful enough: Let us take on the deadlines, paperwork, investigation, and litigation. We'll handle every detail so you don't have to worry.
Respected by Our Peers
Judges, insurance adjusters, and fellow attorneys all speak highly of our skills, and we've earned numerous accolades, including a flawless rating from AVVO.
We Have Many Locations To Serve You
We have the experience and the skilled litigators to win your case. Contact us and speak with a real attorney who can help you.
Long Island – Nassau
Parker Waichman LLP
6 Harbor Park Drive
Port Washington, NY 11050
Long Island – Suffolk
Parker Waichman LLP
201 Old Country Road – Suite 145
Melville, NY 11747
New York
Parker Waichman LLP
59 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Queens
Parker Waichman LLP
118-35 Queens Boulevard, Suite 400
Forest Hills, NY 11375
Brooklyn
Parker Waichman LLP
300 Cadman Plaza West
One Pierrepont Plaza, 12th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
New Jersey
Parker Waichman LLP
80 Main Street, Suite 265
West Orange, NJ 07052
Florida
Parker Waichman LLP
27299 Riverview Center Boulevard
Suite 108
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Nationwide Service
Parker Waichman LLP
59 Maiden Lane, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10038