According to the latest data from County Health Rankings, Ulster and Dutchess County have more fatal accident victims than the average New York county, while Orange County is slightly better than average. The data tracks the number of deaths resulting from accidents between 2014-2018, for people residing in these counties.

Hudson Valley Car Accident Deaths

In most years, car accident deaths are the most common cause of accident fatalities in our community; in 2018 alone, 68 people passed away due to car accidents across the Mid-Hudson Valley. We’ve written previously that many of these accidents occur on local highways. It’s believed that most serious car accidents occur on local highways within 25 miles of home. Some of the most common places where local fatal accidents occur include:

  • Route 9
  • Route 44/55
  • Route 28
  • Route 9W
  • Route 209
  • Route 22
  • Route 9D
  • Route 32
  • Route 52
  • Route 82
  • Route 9G
  • Route 216
  • Route 375
  • Route 376

If a loved one has died as the result of another party’s negligence, a wrongful death claim can hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and compensate you for your pain and suffering. Give us a call at 845-600-0000 to schedule a free consultation at our offices in either Kingston or Poughkeepsie.

There are five necessary elements to a wrongful death suit in Kingston, NY, Poughkeepsie and New York State as a whole:

  1. A death has occurred
  2. The death resulted from another party’s negligence
  3. If the victim had survived, they were eligible to sue for damages
  4. The victim has a survivor that is suffering a loss
  5. There are damages that are recoverable

Orange County Accident Deaths

1,066 Accident Deaths (2014-2018)
56 Accident Deaths Per 100,000 Residents
22nd Most Fatal Accidents Per Capita in NYS

Dutchess County Accident Deaths

911 Accident Deaths (2014-2018)
62 Accident Deaths Per 100,000 Residents
38th Most Fatal Accidents Per Capita in NYS

Ulster County Accident Deaths

603 Accident Deaths (2014-2018)
67 Accident Deaths Per 100,000 Residents
48th Most Fatal Accidents Per Capita in NYS

How Can We Have Fewer Fatal Accidents in the Mid-Hudson Valley?

County Health Rankings recommends the following measures:

  • Automated speed enforcement cameras
  • Bicycle helmet laws
  • Car seat distribution and education programs
  • Car seat education and enforcement campaigns
  • Car seat incentive & education programs
  • Child bicycle helmet promotion programs
  • Enhanced seat belt enforcement programs
  • Home water temperature safety education
  • Multi-component fall prevention interventions for older adults
  • Primary seat belt enforcement laws