Anyone who lives on Long Island is familiar with Long Island traffic. All of those cars and all of that traffic is often accompanied with motor vehicle accidents. Long Island is a unique area in that it has higher amounts of traffic because of its proximity to the city, as well as more serious accidents because it has more highways and higher speed limits than the city. News 12 stated that seven out of the ten most dangerous roads in the state of New York are on Long Island. This is not surprising.
While New York City is packed with cars and people, the cars move pretty slowly due to heavy traffic. In fact, many who live in the city seldom own a car due to the availability and practicality of public transportation. Only very popular roads, such as Broadway, really pose a threat as being dangerous due to the sheer number of pedestrians populating the streets. The rest of the state of New York is far more widespread, and much less populated. So although Upstate has many highways, it is not heavily populated. Long Island however, has that perfect combination of dense population and an abundance of major roads.
The most dangerous roads on Long Island include Jericho Turnpike, Sunrise Highway, Wicks Road, Hempstead Turnpike, Middle Country Road, Route 110 and Merrick Rd. Jericho Turnpike (Route 25) is reported to be the most dangerous for pedestrians (based on a 2014 report), with approximately half of all pedestrian accident deaths occurring between Centerreach and Ridge. The reason a road like Jericho Turnpike has 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.
Notice that many of these roads, including Jericho Turnpike, aren’t highways. While a road like the Northern State Parkway has a higher speed limit at 55mph, it is a straight highway with only entrances and exits (and no pedestrians). Roads like Jericho, Wicks and 110 however, have stoplights, crosswalks, sidewalks, parking lots, shopping centers, center turning lanes, and many intersections. Because these roads are very commercial, they are very busy and have higher speed limits. All these factors play into why more accidents occur on these roads. Ultimately, drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists all need to exercise caution when driving on these roads. Here are some safety tips for each.
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.