According to the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), auto accidents are one of the most common causes of fatal injury among state residents. The staggering numbers emphasize the importance of each driver’s duty of reasonable care every time we operate our vehicles.
Just because they are called accidents, doesn’t mean that they actually are random and beyond our control. Rather, they often involve various driving patterns and risk factors which are easily identifiable, providing you time to prevent serious or fatal injury.
What Happens If I Get in an Auto Accident in New York?
In New York State you only have 30 days to file an application for No Fault benefits with your car insurance company for your medical bills to be paid. Your private health insurance will not pay for your injuries if you were involved in a car crash unless your car insurance company, denies no-fault coverage.
You should always get a police report when you are involved in a car crash because that will often be used to determine who was at fault. You should get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the crash if possible.
If you are seriously injured and are unable to work, your no-fault insurance coverage may also pay your lost wages. In order to obtain maximum compensation for serious injuries, reach out to a personal injury attorney.
The following is an overview of the NYSDOH statistics in New York State, as well as Suffolk County & Nassau County:
New York State Car Accident Injuries
In a 2017 report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 993 fatal crashes occurred that resulted in 999 deaths, which is five deaths per 100,000 population. Twenty-four percent of those fatalities involved pedestrians (242 deaths total), 18 percent involved pickup and SUV occupants (182), 15 percent involved motorcyclists, five percent involved bicyclists (46) and one percent involved large trucks (10). Fifty-nine percent of the crashes involved a single vehicle (587) and 41 percent involved multiple vehicles (412). Fifty-six percent of these traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver (375).
From 2012 to 2014, car accidents were the second leading cause of hospitalizations to treat injuries (12, 093 total), the third leading cause leading cause of emergency room visits (136,913), and the fourth leading cause of fatal injury (1,098). Due to car accidents, an average of 91 state residents passed away, 1,008 state residents went to the hospital, and 11,409 state residents were treated in the emergency department.
Annually, auto collisions resulted in $729 million in hospital expenses—approximately $31 million was billed to federal programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and VA health care—and $350 million toward emergency visit costs. Ten percent of hospitalized patients were sent to another facility (e.g. hospital, long-term care facility, rehabilitation center), resulting in additional costs.
Thirty-two percent of hospitalized cash victims were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Nearly half of bicyclists involved in auto accidents sustained a TBI. The risk of TBI is greatly reduced when bicyclists and motorcyclists wear helmets, as well as when vehicle occupants wear seatbelts. There is a high percentage of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorcyclists who suffered severe injuries after colliding with a motor vehicle.
Suffolk County Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents were the second leading cause of hospitalizations (1,469 total), the second leading cause of emergency room visits (17,590), and the fourth leading cause of death (129) in Suffolk County between 2012 and 2014. This translates to a monthly average of 11 deaths, 122 hospitalizations, and 1,466 emergency department visits by Suffolk County residents each month.
Auto accidents led to an average of $114.2 million in hospital expenses each year—with $12.6 million being charged to federal programs—and $57.4 million in emergency department bills. Seven percent of hospitalized patients incurred additional costs by transferring to another health care facility.
Thirty-three percent of hospitalized crash victims suffered TBI—with approximately half of the bicyclists being diagnosed with the condition.
Car accidents are the second leading cause of death (93 total) in Nassau County in 2007. This comes out to a weekly average of two deaths, 32 hospitalizations, and 274 emergency department visits within the county, resulting in $55.5 million in hospital fees—with over $7 million charged to public programs—and $24.1 million in emergency room charges.
Crash victims who were involved in an accident with an intoxicated driver were more likely to suffer serious injuries, which led to high hospital bills.
If you have suffered an injury in a car accident caused by a negligent party in Suffolk County or Nassau County, contact our Long Island personal injury attorneys at Law Offices of Sandra M. Radna, P.C. today.