NEW YORK – If you’ve ever driven on Hylan Boulevard, you know just how dangerous Staten Island’s traffic can be. In fact, many of the most dangerous accidents occur along this risky stretch of roadway.
There were more than 560 car crashes at Staten Island intersections during the month of August alone, according to NYPD car crash statistics. More than 130 people were injured in these August crashes and many safety advocates say they could be prevented with better street infrastructure.
A New York car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes says there’s a higher vehicle ownership on Staten Island, which can make the major roadways more dangerous – but the infrastructure design can also be a dangerous factor.
“Many roads on Staten Island were designed for higher speed limits and it may not be meshing with today’s variety of transportation in New York,” car accident lawyer Ross Cellino said. “We now see more people walking to the bus stop, biking to work and more distractions on the road which can make higher speed limits very dangerous.”
Of the 130 people injured in August car crashes, nearly 20-percent were pedestrians or bicyclists.
Since 2014, the intersections along Hylan Boulevard appear to have become more dangerous. The 14-mile long roadway that stretches across the borough recorded 12 traffic deaths over the two-year period. Nine of those fatalities occurred in just the last 12 months safety advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives, writes.
New York car accident lawyers say commercial traffic has also played a major role in making Hylan Boulevard a risky road for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
“Busy roads can have high amounts of commercial traffic and many of those drivers don’t know the area, its speed limits or its intersections as well as residents do,” Cellino said. “When we investigate a crash, we look at every aspect – from the driver’s record to vehicle maintenance to road maintenance and safety issues – and when we see heavy commercial traffic and foot traffic coupled with high speeds, it can often be disastrous.”
A recent analysis of Staten Island intersections found that six out of the ten most dangerous street corners crossed Hylan Boulevard. Transportation Alternatives reports there have been over 180 injuries or fatalities along Hylan Boulevard over the last four years.
Here’s the list of the top 10 most dangerous intersections on Staten Island:
10) Rockland Avenue and Manor Road; 21 injury/fatality crashes
9) Hylan Boulevard and Old Town Road: 22 injury/fatality crashes
8) Hylan Boulevard and Guyon Avenue: 22 injury/fatality crashes
7) Clove Road and Victory Boulevard: 23 injury/fatality crashes
6) Arthur Kill Road and Drumgoole Road West: 28 injury/fatality crashes
5) Hylan Boulevard and Richmond Avenue: 28 injury/fatality crashes
4) Father Capodanno Boulevard and Sand Lane: 29 injury/fatality crashes
3) Hylan Boulevard and Nelson Avenue: 29 injury/fatality crashes
2) Hylan Boulevard and New Dorp Lane: 37 injury/fatality crashes
1) Hylan Boulevard and Allison/Ebbitts St: 43 injury/fatality crashes