In a city as busy as New York, pedestrian accidents are common. From tourists who aren’t familiar with traffic patterns to locals on the unlucky end of an inattentive motorist, vehicle collisions can lead to devastating injuries or wrongful death. In Queens, however, many pedestrian deaths have been linked to a specific section of highly-traveled road in what has been called “the boulevard of death.”
Pedestrian accidents are increasing
Historically, locals knew Queens Blvd. as “the boulevard of death.” However, numerous steps were taken to improve safety and visibility including the addition of more pedestrian islands and several roadway re-designs. Since these features were implemented, pedestrian accidents have seen a dramatic decrease. Unfortunately, the moniker has traveled to Northern Blvd., the new “boulevard of death.”
What is the history of the boulevard?
Between January 2012 and September 2018, eight pedestrian deaths have occurred along Northern Blvd. with four of those deaths occurring in 2018 alone. In May of 2019, a man was struck while crossing the road. He was sent to the hospital with traumatic injuries.
What can be done?
On Northern Blvd. and throughout the five boroughs, pedestrians are cautioned to remain aware when crossing the road. Even if the all-clear traffic signal has been given, this doesn’t mean that drivers are aware of your presence. The extra few seconds you take to ensure traffic has actually stopped could save you a lifetime of pain and recovery after a vehicle collision. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a bicycle or pedestrian accident, it is crucial that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney at once.