Driving in New York City is a hassle, but it is something we must do on a regular basis. Even if you are not driving, being a pedestrian puts you in close proximity to motorists. Motorists and pedestrians alike should be aware that some roads in New York City are more dangerous than others.
The eight most dangerous roadways in New York City
One source identifies the eight most dangerous roadways in New York City. The following is a list of these roadways in no particular order.
- First is Broadway. The portion of Broadway that goes into the Bronx is the site of many pedestrian accidents.
- Second is Upper Broadway, particularly around 96th Street and accessing the George Washington Bridge in Washington Heights.
- Third is Neptune Avenue. Although this road is short, it has a high fatality per mile ratio.
- Fourth, Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens is also the site of many pedestrian accidents, especially at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue.
- Fifth is the Henry Hudson Parkway, which is also a roadway prone to pedestrian accidents.
- Sixth, the Hempstead Turnpike in Long Island is especially dangerous. There are few crosswalks for pedestrians, drivers often speed along this roadway and the roadway is in serious need of repair.
- Seventh is the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, due to its lack of crosswalks and the propensity of drivers to speed.
- Eighth is Hylan Boulevard in Staten Island, particularly at the intersection of New Dorp Lane. This roadway is especially prone to pedestrian accidents.
As you can see, these roads are hazardous for drivers and pedestrians alike.
What should motorists know about negligence?
It is important for motorists to pay attention to the rules of the road, keep an eye out for pedestrians and drive safely around other motorists. If you are struck by a motorist on one of these streets, it is important to determine whether that motorist was negligent. There are five factors you need to meet to prove negligence. First, the plaintiff must owe the defendant a duty. In car accident cases, all motorists have the duty to drive safely and prudently. Second, the defendant must breach this duty, for example by crashing into the plaintiff. Third, the crash must be the cause of the plaintiff’s injuries. Fourth, the crash must have been foreseeable. Fifth, the plaintiff must suffer compensable damages.
Ultimately, if you are driving on one of New York City’s most dangerous roads you will want to slow down, keep an eye out for pedestrians and follow the rules of the road. Doing so can prevent motor vehicle accidents from occurring and can make New York City a safer place to drive.