Staying Alert to the Most Dangerous Roads for Pedestrians in Long Island
Many people who live in the tri-state area believe that the most dangerous roads in the New York City Metro area are found in places like Manhattan and Queens. In reality, however, data shows that several roads in Long Island are among the most dangerous in the area. Many of these roads are state or county-owned and tragically see a large number of pedestrian accidents each year.
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Long Island’s Most Dangerous Roads
Several roads in Long Island have been identified as the most dangerous roads in the tri-state area. Route 25 has been consistently ranked one of them. Spanning the length of Long Island, Route 25 (Jericho Highway) sees a number of deadly crashes every year. Some of the other deadly roads in Long Island include:
- Sunrise Highway
- Montauk Point State Highway
- County Road 39
- Route 1
- Route 24
- Route 27
- Hempstead Turnpike
- Merrick Road
Navigating New York Pedestrian Accident Laws
The New York Department of Health reports that an average of 12,506 emergency room visits each year occur due to traffic-related pedestrian injuries. Additionally, each year in the area there are approximately 312 fatalities due to accidents. There are several state laws that pertain personal injury claims, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you should remember the following:
- New York’s statute of limitations gives a person two years from the date of a pedestrian accident in which to file a personal injury lawsuit.
- New York law requires accident victims to establish that the driver was negligent in causing a person’s injuries.
- In New York, if an accident victim is partially at fault for an accident, the victim’s recovery is reduced by the percentage that an accident victim is at fault.
What You Can Do to Avoid Pedestrian Accidents
There are some helpful strategies that you can follow to avoid ending up injured or killed in a pedestrian accident. Some of these safety tips that you should make sure to follow include:
- Remember, children are small and are more difficult for drivers to spot. Always hold on to your children when crossing the street.
- Stay visible. Many pedestrian accidents occur after the sun has gone down. Make sure to wear light-colored or reflective clothing when out walking – day or night.
- Do your best to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street in front of them.
- If you are walking, do your best to eliminate all distractions. Do not look down at your smartphone, and do not wear headphones while walking.
- Only walk on sidewalks and other designated pedestrian areas. Stay out of the roadways.
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Speak With a Long Island Pedestrian Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian crash and someone else is responsible for your resulting injuries, you should not hesitate to speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Contact the Law Office of Cohen & Jaffe LLP today to schedule a free case evaluation.