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Top 10 Deadliest Intersections in NYC Metro Area

New York City is one of the country’s least car-dependent cities, which is why most New Yorkers never imagine themselves becoming the victim of a car accident as they make their way across town. But in an unexpected moment, our lives can change profoundly. In fact, hundreds of people are killed and many more injured every single year throughout the NYC Metro Area due to car accidents.

While we often think of these accidents as random, if you zoom out and look at the data and patterns over time, a different sort of picture begins to emerge. Indeed, one can see a recurrence of accidents around particularly dangerous intersections which account for a disproportionate number of accidents leading to injury and death.

Aleksey Bilogur, a mathematics student at CUNY Baruch College, decided to analyze the data from the publicly available motor vehicle collision dataset in order to identify the worst intersections in New York City.

These are the 10 deadliest intersections in New York City and the places where you should always be sure to exercise a bit more caution than normal, whether you are a driver or pedestrian:

  1. 34th Street and 7th Avenue, Manhattan with an estimated 110 collisions a year.
  2. 42nd Street and 9th Avenue, Manhattan with an estimated 110 collisions a year.
  3. 57th Street and 3rd Avenue, Manhattan with an estimated 110 collisions a year.
  4. Queens Boulevard and Long Island Expressway, Queens with an estimated 110 collisions a year.
  5. The Bowery and Kenmare Street, Manhattan with an estimated 115 collisions a year.
  6. Atlantic Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue, Brooklyn with an estimated 130 collisions a year.
  7. Linden Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, Queens with an estimated 135 collisions a year.
  8. 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, Manhattan with an estimated 140 collisions a year.
  9. 2nd Avenue and East 59th Street, Manhattan with an estimated 150 collisions a year.
  10. Tillary Street and Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn with an estimated 180 collisions per year.

Six of the worst ten intersections are in Manhattan, two are in Queens, and two are in Brooklyn. There are many reasons why an intersection may be unsafe, including poor visibility for drivers, high volumes of traffic, particularly wide avenues with long crosswalks, among many other causes. One thing the data shows is that the most dangerous intersections tend to be near on or off ramps for major bridges or tunnels, which tend to be places where vehicles drive faster, emerge suddenly from areas with poor visibility, and pedestrians don’t always have easy access to cross.

Knowing where and why the bulk of deadly accidents occur in New York can help drivers and pedestrians remain vigilant when passing through known problem areas, but even the most cautious individual may one day find themselves involved in an accident due to the imprudent actions of others.

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