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Suffolk County is a big area, with a lot of people. Although it is less urban than the Western side of the island, it is far from rural. With nearly 1.5 million people in Suffolk County, the roads can get pretty hectic. Even with the Covid-19 pandemic, traffic in Suffolk County seems to have returned back to normal.
What makes Suffolk County unique is that the roads seem to change with the environment of the island. If you are driving near the north shore, you’ll find yourself in roads surrounded by forest. This means you may find roads that are windier, steeper and with more blind spots. If you drive near the south shore, the roads are flatter, with more businesses and heavier traffic. If you are driving out east, you may notice the roads having less cars and less lanes; and you’ll probably pass a farm or two. And if you drive near a colonial village such as Northport or Port Jefferson, you will notice the roads becoming much more narrow. With the unpredictability of the roads in Suffolk County, it is imperative that drivers are always defensive. The most dangerous roads in Suffolk County include roads like Jericho Turnpike and Middle Country Rd. Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) is reported to be the most dangerous for pedestrians, with approximately half of all pedestrian accident deaths occurring between Centereach and Ridge. The reason these roads have so many pedestrian accidents is due to the fact that its purpose is designed to serve as a high volume road for residential and commercial areas. It isn’t a highway, but has higher speed limits and more traffic than a typical road. Additionally, unlike a highway, it has businesses, parking lots, sidewalks and crosswalks. Drivers need to be especially careful on these roads to prevent causing an accident.
Steven Palermo is the managing partner for Palermo Law, Long Island’s Personal Injury Law Firm. He has been helping people receive compensation for their injuries for over 21 years. He focuses on cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents and slip and fall injuries.
His book The Ultimate Guide to Handling New York Car Accident Claims details the ins and outs of a car accident claim in a simple, easy-to-read manner.