The toll of 20 deaths on State Route 25 – also known as Jericho Turnpike and Middle Country Road – put the roadway ahead of Hempstead Turnpike as the area’s most dangerous stretch for the second year in a row.
The Tri-State Transportation Campaign report analyzed data from 2011 to 2013.
Overall, the report estimates that 1,266 pedestrians lost their lives in Tri-State-area crashes – an increase of 30 deaths over the previous analysis.
The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) has begun taking steps to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety on area roads, according to the report. Attempts to repair sidewalks, install new sidewalks and offer access to benches and bike racks have been underway for several months.
The federal Highway Safety Improvement Program, Suffolk County legislators and other groups have contributed funds to improve safety on Long Island roads.
Despite these efforts, pedestrian deaths increased in the most recent study period. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign points to this fact and the results of its recent study as evidence that more work is needed.
The report ranked roadways with five or more pedestrian deaths in the studied time period. It found that Suffolk County’s most dangerous roads include:
Although Suffolk County is home to the stretch of Route 25 dubbed the “most dangerous” road for pedestrians, significant numbers of fatalities occurred on Nassau County roads as well, including:
If you’re injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be entitled to significant compensation. Get immediate help from an experienced Long Island personal injury lawyer.