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New York City Dangerous Roads & Intersections

New York City isn’t exactly known for its light traffic and exceptionally safe roads. In fact, NYC sees more than its fair share of dangerous accidents, including pedestrian and bike accidents. Taking a closer look at some of the City’s trouble spots can help you avoid the worst of the worst. If another motorist’s negligence leaves you injured in a car accident, discuss your case with an experienced NYC traffic accident attorney today.

Safe Roads USA

Safe Roads USA shares a variety of dire statistics related to traffic collisions on the streets of NYC, including the following issued by the City of New York Police Department for the month of December 2020:

  • There were 8,300 total vehicle accidents.
  • These accidents resulted in 1,531 motorist injuries, 958 passenger injuries, 317 cyclist injuries, and 596 pedestrian injuries.
  • These accidents resulted in 7 motorist fatalities, 4 passenger fatalities, 3 cyclist fatalities, and 4 pedestrian fatalities.

Distracted driving plays an outsized role in these dangerous statistics, including one of the most dangerous distractions of all, texting. When a motorist’s thoughts wander to his or her phone, the driver puts everyone on the roadway at increased risk of being seriously injured – or worse.

Additional primary causes of accidents on our streets include:

  • Failing to yield the right-of-way
  • Backing up without looking (or otherwise unsafely)
  • Tailgating
  • Changing lanes improperly, such as crossing a solid line to pass another vehicle

Some of the City’s Most Dangerous Streets and Intersections

According to Brick Underground, a buying, selling, and renting real estate guide for NYC, it’s important to pay careful attention to the safety of the street you choose to live on. If you walk (and who doesn’t do a lot of walking in this bustling city), ride your bike, or need to make your way to the subway often, some streets are more dangerous than others, and doing your research ahead of time may help you and your loved ones stay safe out there.

Forty percent of all of the intersections in our fair city are one-way streets, and because these intersections are less chaotic, they tend to have fewer pedestrian and bike accidents and are generally safer overall. Unfortunately, there are some notable exceptions, including:

  • The intersection at 37th Avenue and 101st Street in North Corona is the most dangerous in the borough. A hit-and-run driver injured a teenage boy there in 2018. A block away, there’s another dangerous contender, and reports indicate that these two spots were responsible for more than a dozen injured pedestrians and cyclists from 2013 to 2018.
  • Both sides of the Williamsburg Bridge have dangerous intersection situations.
  • The intersection where Rivington Street connects with Clinton Street and Ludlow Street on the LES has left 18 pedestrians and cyclists injured (in the five years from 2013 to 2018).
  • The Ditmas Park intersections of Newkirk Avenue with both Rugby Road and Argyle Road saw a combined total of 13 injury-causing pedestrian and bicycle accidents (over the same 5-year period).

Speak with an Experienced NYC Traffic Accident Attorney Today

The dedicated NYC traffic accident attorneys at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman have sterling reputations in the City’s personal injury arena and are standing by to help. To learn more, please don’t wait to contact or call us at 917-268-6710 today.


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