The Area’s Most Dangerous Roads For Pedestrians

Scott Wiss and Joel Levine,, discuss pedestrian accidents. Pedestrians need to be vigilant when crossing.

In September of this year two children, a boy aged 10 and a girl aged 13, were struck by cars on Long Island roads on the same day.

  • John Johnson, 10, was struck by a vehicle as he crossed Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst with his mother.

  • Only 3 ½ hours later, 13-year old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while crossing Hempstead Turnpike in Levittown.

Congressman Steve Israel has responded to the epidemic of pedestrian fatalities by proposing that federal transportation subsidies address pedestrian safety. While Rep. Israel works to further pedestrian safety through the law-making process, personal injury attorneys play an important role in protecting citizens while the government catches up.

Many of the most pedestrian-unfriendly stretches of roads are well-known. In fact, a non-profit advocacy group called the Tri-State Transportation Campaign has published a list analyzing the roads in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Suffolk County

  • Middle Country Road (also known as Route 25 and the Jericho Turnpike)

  • Sunrise Highway

  • Route 110

  • Wicks Road

Nassau County

  • Jericho Turnpike (also known as Route 25 and Middle Country Road)

  • Hempstead Turnpike

  • Sunrise Highway

  • Merrick Road

In the City, Broadway in midtown and all of Queens Boulevard were judged to be the most dangerous to cross for pedestrians.

If you or a loved-one are ever struck by a car, especially on a notoriously dangerous street, there may be legal options – however suing a municipality has certain strict requirements, as we detailed in a previous blog post which can be found here.

Even if there is no case against municipalities, victims of negligence can still make a claim against the careless driver, as we discussed in a previous blog post about driving under the influence, which can be found here.

Most roads in New York are well-maintained and pedestrian-friendly, especially compared to other states, but that doesn’t excuse inaction on the part of municipalities for known trouble spots. Levine and Wiss, PLLC has the experience to take on state and local governments and compel them to do the right thing – all while providing tenacious representation for our clients. Call 1.888.GOT.HURT to learn more.

Joel L. Levine Joel L. Levine
Levine And Wiss, PLLC 
Scott Wiss Scott L. Wiss
Levine And Wiss, PLLC 
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