NYC’s Most Dangerous Intersections and Streets

NYC’s Most Dangerous Intersections and Streets
Calendar icon October 13, 2023

Too often, New York streets are the scene of serious traffic accidents, leaving motorists, pedestrians, and cyclists severely injured in the aftermath. Despite efforts to eliminate traffic fatalities and devastating injuries, these dangerous intersections and streets remain high-risk locations.  

At Cellino Law, our personal injury lawyers believe that negligence should not go unanswered. Whether your injuries are attributable to an issue like a drunk driver, speeding motorcyclist, malfunctioning traffic light, or poorly designed intersection, we can help protect your right to seek compensation for your damages. 

As New York personal injury lawyers, we are familiar with the multitude of costs that accompany traffic accident injuries, and we have the resources and expertise to successfully maximize your compensation. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at (888) 888-8888 or contact us through our online form today.

NYC's Most Dangerous Intersections and Streets

Understanding Reasons for Dangerous Intersections in New York  

The best thing that a road user—whether that be a driver, motorcyclist, bicyclist, or pedestrian—can do to avoid a collision is to behave predictably and make themselves visible. Unfortunately, this is not always enough to prevent an accident, especially at a busy intersection where distractions abound

At an intersection, drivers must account for the vehicle in front of them, cyclists in the bike lane next to them, pedestrians waiting to cross, and the color of the light. The disruption of traffic flow and the congregation of vulnerable road users can increase the chance that a crash will occur.

That being said, New York intersections are not a monolith; some are much more dangerous than others. Certain characteristics can contribute to the likelihood of a traffic accident at an intersection, such as: 

  • Convoluted traffic patterns
  • Stop signs or traffic lights located around a curve
  • Inadequate lighting
  • Intersections on high-speed roads
  • Lack of crosswalks or bike lanes
  • High volume of foot traffic
  • Damaged infrastructure

Obviously, road users like pedestrians and cyclists are more vulnerable to catastrophic injuries as compared to passenger vehicle occupants. Their smaller size makes them more difficult to see, which leaves their fellow road users with less time to react and avoid a serious collision.

Dangerous Intersections and Streets in New York City

In 2023, several New York City intersections and streets already stand out as problem areas, with numerous crashes involving a variety of road users. Based on data collected from police reports on traffic accidents, the intersections with the highest number of traffic collisions include:

  • Boston Rd. & Bronx River Parkway, Bronx
  • Major Deegan Expressway & W Fordham Rd., Bronx
  • Buffalo Ave. & Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
  • Cross Bronx Expressway & & Jerome Ave., Bronx
  • Francis Lewis Blvd. & Grand Central Parkway, Queens
  • Brookville Blvd. & Rockaway Blvd., Queens
  • East 96th St. & Madison Ave., Manhattan
  • Avenue R & Ocean Ave., Brooklyn
  • Clove Rd. & Narrows Rd. N, Staten Island
  • 3rd Ave. & E 40th St., Manhattan

Streets with high accident rates include Neptune Ave., Eastern Parkway, Broadway, and Lenox Ave., among others. This is only reflective of traffic collisions that were serious enough to warrant a police report, so there are likely other intersections that see comparable or higher rates of crashes.

How New York is Working to Make Dangerous Intersections Safer For All Road Users

Over the last decade, New York City has adopted an agenda called Vision Zero, which refers to a multifaceted approach to eliminating traffic deaths. It includes stricter penalties for reckless drivers, additional monitoring, and the implementation of technology like leading pedestrian interval signals.

Another recent method involves raising crosswalks by four inches to force drivers to slow down. Raised crosswalks are also favored because they are affordable and simple to install. Thus far, they have been somewhat successful in reducing traffic fatalities and injuries among pedestrians and cyclists. 

The city is also testing traffic control patterns like the Barnes Dance. Basically, the lights are coordinated so that all pedestrians, scooter riders, and cyclists at an intersection cross the road at the same time to make intersections safer. The hope is that a mix of enforcement, equipment, and other innovative solutions will eventually reduce the number of traffic accident casualties to zero.

Why You Should Choose the Personal Injury Attorneys of Cellino Law to Represent You

If you are considering taking legal action after being injured in a dangerous intersection accident, you may be unsure where to begin or what types of damages you can be compensated for. At Cellino Law, our team has been guiding injured clients through the personal injury claims process for more than 65 years.

We will take over the administrative duties of filing your claim, as well as crafting an effective strategy to maximize your compensation. Our award-winning team can provide you with the organizational skills, expert legal insight, and valuable resources required to settle your claim. 

As former clients will verify, the personal injury attorneys of Cellino Law are communicative and reliable advocates. We will not hesitate to stand up to insurance companies who want to reduce or deny your accident injury claim because we understand what is at stake for you and your family.

Contact Cellino Law About Your New York Personal Injury Lawsuit Today

The fallout of a New York City traffic accident can reverberate through your life, causing you to lose income, incur staggering medical bills, and suffer from both physical and mental health issues long after the accident. In this situation, you need a diligent and experienced negotiator to pursue compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.

As a leading New York personal injury law firm, our team at Cellino Law has repeatedly demonstrated our dedication to New Yorkers who have been injured by another party’s negligence. Our team will be with you from the evidence-gathering and deposition stage all the way through the trial phase if needed.

We can offer the legal guidance you need to successfully settle your New York personal injury lawsuit for the compensation you deserve. To begin the process of filing a claim, call us at (888) 888-8888 or contact us via our online form today to schedule a free consultation with our team.

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Content checked by the personal injury attorney Ross Cellino. As a family man and a trial attorney, I pride myself on winning cases and serving the community. With over 35 years of experience, I understand the function of a jury, how juries arrive at conclusions, and the role that the jury plays in administering justice. I know how to win cases. You can find us in Manhattan, Buffalo, Melville, Rochester, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and other locations throughout New York.

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