The Tri-State Region’s Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians

The tri-state region’s most dangerous road for pedestrians is Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau County, according to a new analysis by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, a policy watchdog organization. Between 2005 and 2007, 15 pedestrians were killed along the 15-mile stretch of roadway, with most of those fatalities occurring as the road passes through Elmont, Franklin Square and Hempstead. The TSTC analyzed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, years 2005, 2006 and 2007.

The results:1. Hempstead Turnpike (Route 24), Nassau County, NY 2. Sunrise Highway (Route 27/39), Suffolk County, NY 3. 3rd Avenue, Manhattan 3. Broadway, Manhattan 5. Grand Central Parkway (Route 907M), Queens 5. Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island 5. Whitehorse Pike (Route 30), Atlantic County, NJ 5. Route 130, Burlington County, NJ 9. Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn 9. Route 1, Middlesex County, NJ 9. Route 9, Ocean County, NJ The Tri-State Transportation Campaign analysis of most dangerous roads excludes Interstates, highways and other roads where pedestrians are prohibited.

A report released in 2007 by the New York State Department of Transportation that did not have such exclusions showed that the Southern State Parkway is the most dangerous state road on Long Island and Hempstead Turnpike has the highest concentration of crash-prone locations.

The Southern State had five of Long Island’s 10 worst-rated spots when compared with similar state roads throughout New York. Hempstead Turnpike had 12 segments with above-average accident rates west of the Meadowbrook Parkway. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign also posted county-wide pedestrian fatalities for the years 2005, 2006 and 2007:
Manhattan – 128 total;
most dangerous roads – Third Avenue, Broadway, 1st Avenue, Seventh Avenue, Amsterdam Avenue;
The Bronx – 53 total;
most dangerous roads – East Gun Hill Road, Broadway, Grand Concourse;
Brooklyn – 147 total; most dangerous roads – Atlantic Ave 4th Avenue, Flatbush Avenue, Neptune Avenue;
Queens – 95 total;
most dangerous roads – Grand Central Parkway, Woodhaven Boulevard;
Queens Boulevard, Cross Bay Boulevard, Main Street, Northern Boulevard;
Staten Island – 26 total; most dangerous roads – Hylan Boulevard, Forest Avenue;
Nassau County – 95 total;
most dangerous roads – Hempstead Turnpike/Fulton Avenue, Merrick Road, Sunrise Highway (Rt 27), and Jericho Turnpike (Rt 25);
Suffolk County – 89 total;
most dangerous roads – Sunrise Hwy, County Rd 39, Montauk Hwy (Rt. 27) Jericho Turnpike, Middle Country Road, Main Road (Rt. 25), Route 25.

This past summer following an accident in which syndicated columnist Robert Novak struck a pedestrian and fled the scene we reported about statistics contained in the National Pedestrian Crash Report released by the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This report analyzed trends in pedestrian fatalities and police-reported motor vehicle crashes involving a pedestrian in the United States between 1997 and 2006.

The lawyers at Levine & Slavit have decades of experience getting results for our clients, including personal injury claims of pedestrians injured by negligently operated motor vehicles. We have offices in Manhattan and Long Island, handling cases in New York City, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and surrounding areas. To learn more, contact the personal injury lawyers at Levine & Slavit for their help, or watch our videos.

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