During one recent year, approximately 223,141 traffic accidents were recorded in New York City. Nearly one quarter of those events resulted in serious injuries or death. Since the borough of Queens accounts for about one-fourth of all these annual tragedies, roughly 13,000 Queens residents (or visitors to the area) suffer major injuries or death each year due to these incidents.
The dangers posed by passing through New York City intersections can also be vividly grasped by recognizing that drivers run over one million red lights in this city every work day. It’s hard to avoid major injuries in Queens and the other boroughs with so many drivers willfully disregarding intersection traffic signals.
Given the high speeds at which many people travel through intersections, it’s not surprising that so many vehicle passengers and pedestrians are regularly killed this way.
After reviewing some of the most dangerous intersections in Queens, this article will review the most common types of crashes that occur in intersections — and then note some of the most dangerous driving behaviors that often cause these types of collisions.
If you’re going to be behind the wheel in Queens, you may want to only pass through the following intersections at non-rush hours since many accidents are regularly reported at these locations.
It’s also wise to anticipate serious congestions around all major tourist attractions. In Queens, be especially careful when driving through intersections near its many museums, the Citi Field area during a New York Mets game – and when searching for the perfect parking spot near Rockaway Beach.
Of course, all these intersections accidents become even more deadly when speeding, drunk or otherwise distracted drivers are involved.
Should you notice an unusually large number of accidents at any one Queens intersection you often pass through, contact your local police department and tell them what you’re observing. Ask if changes can be made to the timing of the traffic lights or various signs to improve safety – and then call back a month later to report if any helpful changes have been made. (If the problems persist, contact New York City’s mayor and respectfully ask that immediate action be taken to improve the situation).
If you’ve been seriously hurt in any Queens intersection accident, be sure to contact our Queens personal injury law firm so we can help you. Once we accept your case, you can rest assured that we’ll thoroughly investigate all the facts and prepare the strongest case possible so that the maximum amount of compensation that’s owed to you for all your losses can be paid