Database: The Bronx leads the city in highest percentage of serious injury car crashes
A new public dashboard created by Transportation Alternatives is tracking serious injury car crashes in New York City.
From Jan. 2022 to June 2023, 4,224 people were seriously injured in crashes. That includes pedestrians, cyclist and drivers.
"Serious injuries" are those that lead to debilitating injuries, including loss of limbs, organ function and lifelong disability.
The database is the first of its kind in the city. It uses data from the Department of Transportation's public serious injury reports and NYPD incident reports.
"Our new research reveals that this preventable public health crisis touches every neighborhood in New York City and requires bold action from City Hall,” said Philip Miatkowski, Senior Director of Policy & Research at Transportation Alternatives.
The data reveals the serious injury crashes are 23% higher per-capita in the Bronx than anywhere else in the city.
District 8, District 14 and District 17 are in the top five City Council Districts with the most serious injuries. The report also found that crashes are 21% higher in districts with the greatest number of people living below the poverty line.
"Sadly, as we've seen for infrastructure projects in the past decades, they haven't always been in the places with the most need, in the places where residents have lower incomes," said Jacob deCastro, Communications Director for Transportation Alternatives. "We really need the city to reverse this trend, and reverse decades of bad policy."
Transportation Alternatives said areas with bike lanes, bus lanes and pedestrian plazas can help prevent serious injury crashes.