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Posted By Gruenberg Kelly Della || 27-Feb-2020
Long Island is known for iced teas and expensive weekend getaways to the Hamptons, but it’s also increasingly becoming known as a dangerous place to drive. A recent study showed that seven out of the ten most dangerous roads in New York are on Long Island.

The seven dangerous roads in Long Island include:

  • Jericho Turnpike
  • Wicks Road
  • Middle Country Road
  • Merrick Road
  • Route 110
  • Hempstead Turnpike
  • Sunrise Highway

Jericho Turnpike is dangerous for pedestrians to walk around, as the road has higher speed limits and more traffic than a typical road, resembling a highway, but in a residential and commercial area. 16 people were killed on Jericho Turnpike between 2010 and 2012, according to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

According to the study, the turnpike is most dangerous during the winter, as sidewalks that aren’t shoveled force pedestrians to walk in the street.

Safety Tips on the Road
While some roads are structured in a way that can be naturally hazardous, it’s also important for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians to practice safety in order to reduce human error that can lead to accidents.

For Drivers

  • Slow down at every crosswalk – just because you can’t see someone doesn’t mean there’s no one trying to cross the road.
  • Slow down at bus stops – It’s common for pedestrians to run across the street in order to get to their bus before it leaves.
  • Be careful when passing a bicycle and drive at a safe distance so as to not hit them with your car.
  • Never use your phone while driving, as these types of roads require focus in order to navigate them safely.
  • Observe the speed limit, as you must be prepared to stop suddenly for any pedestrians or slowed traffic. Speeding doesn’t give you much time to brake if you need to quickly.
  • Don’t tailgate, as cars on these streets are often slowing down to turn into business parking structures or shopping lots.

For Cyclists

  • Avoid these roads if possible, as they’re made for cars, and many drivers don’t know how to share the road with bicyclists.
  • Make yourself seen by riding with the flow of traffic, staying on the right side, and don’t weave in and out of lanes. Wear reflective clothing and lights at night.
  • Use your hand signals so cars know when you’re slowing or making a turn.
  • Slow down to check for traffic before you enter a street or intersection.
  • Avoid wearing headphones, as you won’t be able to hear vehicles approaching.

For Pedestrians

  • Always use crosswalks – even if you have to walk farther to get to them, they’re present for your safety and to help other drivers spot you.
  • Stay alert by not looking at your phone, and not wearing headphones.
  • Stay on the sidewalk. If you need to walk in the street, whether it’s because there is snow or ice on the sidewalk or no sidewalk is present, walk against the flow of traffic.

We Know How to Take Care of Our Clients
With more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements recovered for our past injured clients, the personal injury lawyers at Gruenberg Kelly Della have proved that we can produce results in and out of the courtroom. Our car accident attorneys are active in our community, and we genuinely care about using our legal experience to help our neighbors navigate their case with ease. We also offer free consultations and don’t accept payment until we win, because we understand that this may be a difficult time financially.

Involved in a car accident? If you’re suffering from injuries caused by another driver’s negligence, call Gruenberg Kelly Della at (888) 305-6372, or contact us online. You deserve to be able to heal without worrying about property damage or medical bills.