Where Do Most Truck Accidents Happen in New York?


As one of the most populated cities in the U.S., hundreds of truck and large commercial vehicle accidents occur in New York City every month. While some crashes may only involve minor damage, other accidents can have devastating consequences, including causing life-threatening injuries for multiple accident victims. According to crash data published by the New York Police Department, Brooklyn has the highest number of truck accidents out of the five boroughs, with Manhattan, Bronx, and Queens having roughly similar accident rates. Specific neighborhoods in each borough also stand out for the number of accidents they have.

When you’ve been injured in a truck accident in NYC, turn to the truck accident attorneys at Finz & Finz, P.C. for help pursuing compensation and justice from liable truck drivers and trucking companies. Contact us for a free initial case review to learn how we can help you recover from catastrophic injuries from a truck crash. 

Truck Accident Statistics in New York City

Truck accidents occur multiple times per day on average in New York City. According to the NYPD, NYC had 561 large commercial vehicles involved in accidents. This included 129 vehicles involved in accidents in Manhattan, 102 vehicles in the Bronx, 190 in Brooklyn, 127 in Queens, and 13 in Staten Island.

NYPD precincts that had ten or more large commercial vehicles involved in accidents in one recent month included:

  • Midtown North Precinct (Manhattan): 12 vehicles
  • 19th Precinct (Manhattan): 18 vehicles
  • 20th Precinct (Manhattan): 10 vehicles
  • 41st Precinct (Bronx): 23 vehicles
  • 43rd Precinct (Bronx): 15 vehicles
  • 44th Precinct (Bronx): 14 vehicles
  • 45th Precinct (Bronx): 13 vehicles
  • 60th Precinct (Brooklyn): 10 vehicles
  • 75th Precinct (Brooklyn): 17 vehicles
  • 83rd Precinct (Brooklyn): 11 vehicles
  • 88th Precinct (Brooklyn): 10 vehicles
  • 90th Precinct (Brooklyn): 25 vehicles
  • 94th Precinct (Brooklyn): 18 vehicles
  • 102nd Precinct (Queens): 14 vehicles
  • 104th Precinct (Queens): 11 vehicles
  • 108th Precinct (Queens): 21 vehicles
  • 109th Precinct (Queens): 11 vehicles
  • 111th Precinct (Queens): 10 vehicles 

Common Causes of Truck Accidents

Many truck accidents in New York City occur due to a negligent truck driver. Careless driving of a vehicle as large as a commercial truck in a city as dense as NYC can quickly lead to a devastating crash. Some of the most frequent causes of truck accidents in New York City include:

  • Speeding or driving too fast for conditions
  • Tailgating/following too closely
  • Reckless driving, such as excessive speeding or swerving through traffic
  • Running red lights and stop signs
  • Disregarding road restrictions for trucks/commercial vehicles
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Not signaling or checking mirrors before turning, changing lanes, or backing up
  • Improper wide turns
  • Drowsy/fatigued driving
  • Distracted driving, especially using a cell phone while driving
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Traveling the wrong way down a one-way street
  • Truck driver inexperience or unfamiliarity with local streets
  • Inadequate truck/trailer maintenance
  • Excessive cargo loads
  • Failing to balance cargo weight
  • Not securing cargo to prevent shifting during travel
  • Truck/trailer defects
  • Poor road conditions, including rainwater, snow, or ice on the road, roadway debris, or potholes/broken pavement 

Compensation Available in Truck Accidents

A truck accident claim or lawsuit can compensate you for various financial and personal losses you suffer from a truck crash. A truck accident attorney from Finz & Finz, P.C. will vigorously advocate for your right to recover maximum compensation for your:

  • Costs of care or support for long-term or permanent disabilities that result from your accident injuries
  • Lost future earning capacity and employment benefits if you become disabled from your job or other work
  • Loss of wages or income if you need to take time off work or temporarily transfer to a lower-paying part-time or modified-duty position while you recover from your injuries
  • Medical treatment and rehabilitation expenses, including emergency medical care, surgeries, hospitalization, prescriptions, doctor’s visits, or physical/occupational therapy
  • Pain and suffering, including lost quality of life caused by disabilities or disfigurement/scarring
  • Vehicle repair expenses or reimbursement of the value of your totaled vehicle 

How Can a Lawyer Help You with a Truck Accident Lawsuit

A truck accident can inflict catastrophic, life-altering injuries. When you’ve suffered severe injuries in a truck crash in New York City, you deserve to focus on your medical treatment and rehabilitation. However, you may also have a legal claim for compensation from a negligent truck driver or trucking company at fault for the accident and your injuries.

A lawyer from Finz & Finz, P.C. can help you by handling all the details of preparing and pursuing your claims, freeing you to devote more time and energy to healing and putting your life back together after devastating injuries. Let a lawyer from Finz & Finz, P.C. assist you with your recovery from a truck accident by:

  • Thoroughly investigating the truck accident to recover critical evidence of the truck driver’s or trucking company’s fault, such as hours-of-service logs, truck “black box” logs, cargo manifests, truck inspection/maintenance records, surveillance/traffic camera footage, or police accident reports
  • Reviewing the facts and evidence in your case to identify potentially liable parties, such as the truck driver, the trucking company, the shipping company, or the truck/trailer manufacturer
  • Documenting your injuries and losses to gather evidence, including expert witness reports and testimony, to prove the full extent of your ongoing and future losses
  • Filing insurance claims and sending demand letters to the trucking company to begin pursuing compensation for your injuries and losses
  • Aggressively negotiating with trucking company representatives and insurance adjusters to pursue maximum compensation for you in a settlement, if possible
  • Fighting for your rights and interests in court and at trial if litigation becomes necessary to give you the best chance for obtaining the financial resources you need for your recovery 

Contact a Truck Accident Attorney Today

After you’ve gotten hurt in a truck accident in New York City, turn to experienced legal advocates to help you stand up to the trucking companies and demand compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact Finz & Finz, P.C. today at (855) TOP-FIRM for a free, no-obligation consultation. You’ll get to speak with a New York truck accident attorney about your legal options for seeking compensation for vehicle repairs, medical bills, or lost wages.

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