Car Crashes Involving City Vehicles Result in Millions in Payouts

A new report shows that a record number of victims of crashes involving city employees operating city-owned vehicles filed claims in fiscal year (FY) 2023, and that those settlements with victims have jumped 23%. According to a report in, claims against the city for reckless driving by its employees shot up by 14% in fiscal year 2023 rising to 1,693 compared to the 1,480 claims filed in the prior fiscal year, which runs from July 1 to June 30. These claims represent the highest number of car accident claims against the city since fiscal year 2000, well before the Vision Zero initiative mandated new levels of driver safety training for city workers.

What the Data Shows

car crash attorneyThe data showed, according to Streetsblog, that total motor vehicle settlements with victims rose to $173.7 million in the period from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023 — up 23% from $141.1 million in the prior fiscal year. Personal injury claim settlements from auto accidents are the costliest category of city settlements despite the fact that the number of claims (1,693) is far lower than claims from police action, city transgressions in jails and sidewalk claims.

The report stated that FY 2023 is the seventh consecutive fiscal year in which personal injury car accident claim settlements topped $100 million. Last year’s report called for implementing fleet safety initiatives, reducing the number and size of vehicles in the city’s fleet, improving street design and better accountability for both city drivers and agencies. According to Streetsblog, many of those recommendations have been implemented.

Also, the agency that oversees Vision Zero, the New York City Department of Transportation, is doing better when it comes to reducing employee-related crashes, the report says. The city’s Comptroller is calling for the cost of settlements to be taken directly from a city agency’s budget with the hope of providing an incentive for the top officials in each of those agencies to make safety a priority. That measure is yet to be implemented.

If You Are Injured in a Crash Involving a City Employee

There are several steps that a car accident victim should take, especially if the accident involves a New York City employee:

  • Check for injuries. First, ensure everyone involved in the accident is okay. If there are any injuries, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Call the police. Regardless of the severity of the accident, it is crucial to report it to the authorities. This is especially important when involved with a city employee as they may have specific protocols to follow.
  • Exchange information. Exchange contact and insurance information with the city employee and any other involved parties.
  • Document the scene. Take photos of the accident scene, including any damage to vehicles and any relevant road conditions.
  • Notify your insurance company. Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
  • Seek legal advice. Contact an experienced New York personal injury lawyer who can help protect your rights every step of the way.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

Injured victims of negligent (careless) drivers can seek compensation from at-fault parties for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost wages and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families that have lost loved ones in car accidents can seek compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical and funeral costs, pain and suffering, etc.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or pedestrian accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 52 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. We recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and $2,000,000 in a hit-and-run accident, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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