Motor Vehicle Traffic Crash Statistics: New York State Residents

Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes are the leading cause of injury related death for New York State residents. During the period from 2005-2007 there was an annual average of 1,430 deaths, 15,251 hospitalizations and 143,611 emergency department visits because of motor vehicle traffic injuries among New York State residents.

Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries

Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries – State Level Data

Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries

  • There was a yearly average of 1,464 deaths due to unintentional motor vehicle traffic-related injuries, killing 7.6 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 20 – 24 followed by those aged 65 and older.
    • The rate of deaths due to unintentional motor vehicle traffic-related injuries has remained consistent, with a high of 8.4 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2001 and a low of 7.5 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2005.
  • There was a yearly average of 15,435 hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries, hospitalizing 80.1 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 20-24 followed by ages 15 – 19.
    • The rate of hospitalizations due to unintentional motor vehicle traffic-related injuries has decreased, with a high of 87.8 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2002 and a low of 78.9 hospitalizations per 100,000 in 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 146,337 emergency department (ED) visits due to unintentional motor vehicle traffic-related injuries, treating 759.0 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for females and New Yorkers ages 20-24 followed by ages 15 – 19.
    • The rate of ED visits due to unintentional motor vehicle traffic-related injuries decreased from 778.7 ED visits per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2005 to 739.3 ED visits per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2006.

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Specific Statistics for Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries

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Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Occupant

  • There was a yearly average of 491 deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries among vehicle occupants, killing 2.5 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 15 – 19 and 20 - 24.
    • The rate of deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries among vehicle occupants has remained fairly consistent, with a high of 3.0 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2001 and 2002 and a low of 2.5 deaths per 100,000 in 2003, 2005, and 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 8,962 hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries among vehicle occupants, hospitalizing 46.5 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 20-24 followed by New Yorkers ages 15 – 19.
    • The rate of hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries among vehicle occupants has decreased, with a high of 53.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2002 and a low of 45.3 hospitalizations per 100,000 in 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 118,070 emergency department(ED) visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries among vehicle occupants, treating 612.4 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for females and New Yorkers ages 20-24 followed by New Yorkers ages 15-19.
    • The rate of ED visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries among vehicle occupants decreased from 632.0 ED visits per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2005 to 592.9 ED visits per 100,000 in 2006.

Specific Statistics for Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Occupants

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Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Motorcyclist

  • There was a yearly average of 165 deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related motorcyclist injuries, killing 0.9 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 20 - 24.
    • The rate of deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related motorcyclist injuries has increased from 0.6 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2000 to 1.0 deaths per 100,000 in 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 1,606 hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related motorcyclist injuries, hospitalizing 8.3 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 20-24.
    • The rate of hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related motorcyclist injuries has increased from 6.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2000 and a high of 8.8 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2005. There were 8.2 motorcyclists hospitalized per 100,000 in 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 4,092 emergency department (ED) visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related motorcyclist injuries, treating 21.2 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 20-24.
    • The rate of ED visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related motorcyclist injuries decreased from 21.8 ED visits per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2005 to 20.6 ED visits per 100,000 in 2006.

Specific Statistics for Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Motorcyclists

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Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Pedestrian

  • There was a yearly average of 312 deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries, killing 1.6 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers 65 and older.
    • The rate of deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries has remained fairly consistent with a high of 2.0 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2001 and a low of 1.6 deaths per 100,000 in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 3,446 hospitalizations due motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries, hospitalizing 17.9 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers 65 and older, followed by New Yorkers aged 10-14.
    • The rate of hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries has decreased slightly from a high of 19.5 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2000 to a low of 17.6 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2005. There were 18.3 pedestrians hospitalized per 100,000 in 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 12,104 emergency department (ED) visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries, treating 62.8 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 15-19 followed by New Yorkers ages 10-14.
    • The rate of outpatient ED visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian injuries increased from 62.3 ED visits per 100,000 in 2005 to 63.2 ED visits per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2006.

Specific Statistics for Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Pedestrians

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Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Bicyclist

  • There was a yearly average of 31 deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedal cyclist injuries, killing 0.2 of every 100,000 New Yorkers.
    • The rate of deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedal cyclist injuries has remained consistent with a high of 0.2 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2001 and 2006, and a low of 0.1 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2005.
  • There was a yearly average of 635 hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedal cyclist injuries, hospitalizing 3.3 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers aged 10-14.
    • The rate of hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedal cyclist injuries has remained constant with a high of 3.6 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2001 to a low of 3.1 hospitalizations per 100,000 in 2004. There were 3.3 pedal cyclists hospitalized per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 3,209 emergency department (ED) visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedal cyclist injuries, treating 16.6 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers ages 15-19 followed by New Yorkers ages 10 – 14.
    • The rate of ED visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related pedal cyclist injuries decreased from 16.8 ED visits per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2005 to 16.5 ED visits per 100,000 in 2006.

Specific Statistics for Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Bicyclists

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Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Unspecified

  • There was a yearly average of 465 deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries where role of injured person is unspecified, killing 2.4 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers aged 20 – 24, followed by those aged 15 – 19.
    • The rate of deaths due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries where role of injured person is unspecified has remained consistent with a high of 2.6 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2002, and a low of 2.3 deaths per 100,000 in 2000. There were 2.4 deaths per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 613 hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries where role of injured person is unspecified, hospitalizing 3.2 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were highest for males and New Yorkers 65 and older, followed by New Yorkers aged 20-24.
    • The rate of hospitalizations due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries where role of injured person is unspecified has remained constant with a high of 3.3 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2001, 2003, 2004, and 2005, to a low of 2.8 hospitalizations per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2002. There were 2.9 per 100,000 hospitalized in 2006.
  • There was a yearly average of 7,775 emergency department (ED) visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries where role of injured person is unspecified, treating 40.3 of every 100,000 New Yorkers. The rates were similar for males and females and highest for New Yorkers ages 20-24.
    • The rate of ED visits due to motor vehicle traffic-related injuries where role of injured person is unspecified increased from 40.1 ED visits per 100,000 in 2005 to 40.5 ED visits per 100,000 New Yorkers in 2006.

Specific Statistics for Motor Vehicle Traffic Injuries, Unspecified

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Overview of County Level Crash Statistics

This collection of county level data is based upon the county of residence. Data is derived from the Vital Statistics death files, Hospitalization Discharge Data Set, and the Outpatient Emergency Department Data. Please be advised that not all information may be available for all counties, as data based on means of less than two are not reported to maintain the confidentiality of the crash victims.

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For Direct Inquiries Contact:

  • New York State Department of Health
    Bureau of Injury Prevention
    Riverview Center
    150 Broadway, Suite 302
    Albany, New York 12204-0677
    PHONE: (518) 473-1143
    FAX: (518) 474-3067
    E-MAIL:
    injury@health.state.ny.us

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