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Most Dangerous Roads/Intersections in Queens, NY



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Queens is one of the most dangerous places to drive in New York City. Every year, it leads the city in the number of reported car accidents. No other borough reports more collisions.

And while car accidents can happen anywhere in Queens, certain roads and intersections in the borough are more dangerous than others.

If you’ve been hurt in a car accident at one of the most dangerous roads or intersections in Queens, call Oresky & Associates, PLLC. Our Queens car accident lawyers can help you understand your rights and pursue compensation from those responsible.

Give our law office serving Queens, New York a call at (718) 993-9999, or contact us online to learn more and arrange a free, no-obligation case evaluation now.

How Oresky & Associates, PLLC Can Help After a Car Accident at a Dangerous Road or Intersection in Queens, NY

How Oresky & Associates, PLLC Can Help After a Car Accident at a Dangerous Road or Intersection in Queens, NY

What caused your accident? Who’s to blame? Do you have to seek compensation from your own insurance company? What happens when your costs exceed your policy limits? How do you get the money you need and deserve?

Our car accident lawyers in Queens, NY can help you get the answers you need and guide you through the process. In fact, while you focus on recovering from your catastrophic injuries, we’ll take care of the entirety of your legal claim for you.

When you hire our award-winning attorneys, we’ll:

  • Investigate the circumstances surrounding your accident at a dangerous intersection in Queens
  • Gather evidence, including video footage, photographs, accident reports, witness statements, physical evidence from the scene, and medical records
  • Consult with experts and specialists, including accident reconstructionists, doctors, vocational rehabilitation specialists, tire track experts, and more
  • Determine the precise causes of your accident and identify who’s at fault
  • File all claims and/or lawsuits on your behalf
  • Negotiate to get you the best possible settlement deal
  • Bring your case to a jury if insurance companies refuse to negotiate fairly and offer a fair settlement

Our law office works on a contingency fee basis, so there’s no cost to hire us unless we win your case.

Where Do Most Accidents in Queens, NY Happen?

Where Do Most Accidents in Queens, NY Happen?

Like anywhere else, some parts of Queens see more motor vehicle accidents than others.

According to NYPD crash data, the roads and intersections that saw the highest rates of traffic accidents in April 2022 included:

  • Cross Island Parkway & Hempstead Ave
  • I-678 & Liberty Ave
  • Vermont Pl & Cypress Ave
  • Linden Blvd & South Conduit Ave
  • Broadway & 56th Street
  • Borden Ave & Van Dam St
  • Queens Blvd & Yellowstone Blvd
  • Atlantic Ave & I-678
  • 53rd Ave & 69th St
  • Sunrise Highway & Francis Lewis Blvd
  • Cross Bay Blvd & Conduit Ave
  • 50th Ave & Jackson Ave
  • Queens Blvd & Thomson Ave
  • Atlantic Ave & Woodhaven Blvd
  • Merrick Blvd & Sayres Ave
  • Cooper Ave & Cypress Ave

These are among the most dangerous intersections in New York City.

Knowing where most car accidents happen in Queens can help you avoid a crash. While you might not be able to avoid these roads and intersections entirely, you can use extra caution when traveling there.

Hesitate before moving through an intersection when the light turns green. Take an extra look for pedestrians or bicyclists in the walkway before moving through. Move slowly through the intersection and leave yourself plenty of space between your vehicle and others.

Taking these steps – particularly at the intersections mentioned above – can help decrease the risk of a collision.

How Common Are Accidents at Queens Intersections?

Statistically speaking, three out of every four car accidents in Queens happen at an intersection.

In 2021, there were a total of 12.739 auto accidents in Queens. At least 9.773 were recorded at intersections in Queens. That’s a staggering 76.7 percent of total crashes.

That year, Queens accounted for 28 percent of all intersection accidents across New York City.

What Causes Most Car Accidents at the Most Dangerous Intersections in Queens?

Most intersection accidents in Queens happen because someone is negligent.

When a person drives in Queens, they have a responsibility to follow state and local traffic laws and operate their vehicle in a way that doesn’t put others at an increased risk of harm. If they fail to do this and someone else gets hurt, they can be considered negligent.

Some of the leading examples – and common causes of traffic accidents at dangerous intersections in Queens – include:

  • Failure to obey posted traffic signals
  • Speeding up to beat a red or yellow light
  • Failure to yield the right of way when merging or making a turn
  • Failure to look for pedestrians, bicyclists, or other motorists in the roadway
  • Driving at unsafe speeds
  • Texting while waiting for a light to change from red to green
  • Other instances of driver distraction
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Fatigued driving
  • Road rage
  • Assuming other vehicles will stop or move through an intersection
  • Failure to pay attention to changes in traffic patterns
  • Changing lanes at an intersection or while merging

There are other reasons that some intersections and roads in Queens are more dangerous than others. Some suffer from obstructed signage, damaged or uneven pavement, or other road defects. In some instances, a vehicle can stall, or its brakes can fail. Weather conditions – particularly snow, ice, and rain – can also create a hazardous situation that makes it difficult to see or brake properly.

Never assume that you’re at fault for a car accident at one of Queens’ most dangerous roads or intersections. Collisions are complicated, and there can be many different contributing factors. Until a thorough investigation is completed, the true cause(s) won’t be known. And if you apologize or admit fault, you could watch your right to compensation disappear.

What Happens If Someone Tries to Blame Me For an Accident at a Dangerous Intersection in Queens?

You should expect this to happen if you’re in a crash. At-fault parties – and their insurance companies – will do anything to avoid liability. This includes taking advantage of any stress you may be experiencing, as well as the complexity of intersection accidents in general.

In New York, sharing fault won’t prevent you from filing a personal injury claim or recovering compensation. It will, however, limit how much money you can get if you win your claim.

New York has a pure comparative fault law, which means your damages will be reduced in direct proportion to your own negligence. If you’re assigned 15 percent of the blame, your financial settlement or jury award will be reduced by 15 percent.

You can protect yourself by hiring an experienced Queens car accident attorney to handle your case. At Oresky & Associates, PLLC, we’ll be prepared for these strategies and ready with arguments and evidence to defend you. The less fault you’re assigned, the more money you can potentially get when your car accident claim is resolved.

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What Should I Do After a Car Accident on a Dangerous Road or Intersection in Queens?

While it might not seem like it at the moment, the decisions you make immediately after a crash can have a huge impact on your personal injury case.

Here’s what you need to do (and avoid doing) to protect yourself and your rights to compensation.

  • Call 911 and report the accident. Call the police and report the crash as soon as you can. The dispatcher will send a police officer and, if necessary, emergency medical assistance.
  • Move to a safe location, but stay near the scene of the crash. Don’t hang around the crash site if you can help it. Oncoming traffic can collide into the wreckage, causing even more devastation. You won’t want to be around if and when that happens. Instead, find a safe spot nearby to wait for the police to arrive.
  • Take pictures of the scene. If you have the opportunity to do so, don’t hesitate to grab a few photos of the accident scene. Preserving that moment in time can be an invaluable asset to your attorney when they investigate and build your case.
  • Don’t apologize. While it might seem rude, it’s best to keep quiet and save apologies for another time. It’s important to make sure everyone is okay and get them medical attention if they need it, but don’t admit fault or say you’re sorry. Those words can be taken out of context or used to hurt your personal injury case in the future.
  • Seek medical attention. If you’re not transported by an ambulance, make sure you get to the closest hospital in Queens as soon as you can. Prompt medical treatment will keep you safe and create an important piece of evidence for your claim for damages.

Finally, don’t try to deal with an insurance company (yours or someone else’s) on your own. Insurance companies know that people who hire lawyers are more likely to win and walk away with higher financial awards.

Oresky & Associates, PLLC is standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Give our team a call whenever you need our help. We’ll be there to offer the guidance and support you deserve.