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Walking Injuries and The Most Dangerous NYC Intersections for Pedestrians

Posted by on Monday, October 31st, 2016


If you’re a male Baby Boomer in New York City, look before you leap! Your demographic is most likely to be struck by a car while walking around NYC. According to statistics collected from 2011-2015, there were 30 male baby boomers hit by cars per month. You’re also more at risk if you are walking during the evening rush or if you’re walking in Brooklyn. Continue reading to hear more about NYC pedestrian injuries and safe walking in the Big Apple from New York City’s best foot and ankle specialists.

Male baby boomers in Brooklyn are most likely to suffer NYC pedestrian injuries, warn NYC podiatrists
Male baby boomers in Brooklyn are most likely to suffer NYC pedestrian injuries. Image Source: Flickr CC user Janne Hellsten.

Statistics On Pedestrian Safety In NYC

The collection of data was not put together by a government agency, as you would expect but by personal injury lawyers at Hecht Kleeger & Damashek, who work firsthand with injured victims and family members of decedents. Here is an overview of their findings:

  • Of all the five boroughs, Brooklyn has the most pedestrian collisions with an average of  235 per month.
  • The most common factors in pedestrian/automobile accidents in New York are the “Failure to Yield Right-of-Way” and “Driver Inattention/Distraction,” relevant to more than 50% of accidents.
  • The most dangerous times and days to walk include: 5-6pm on Mondays; 6pm on Tuesdays; 12 pm and 7 pm on Wednesdays; 5pm and 8pm on Thursdays; and 7pm on Fridays.

The Most Dangerous Intersections For Pedestrians In NYC

There is danger wherever massive floods of pedestrians meet with heavy traffic. Not surprisingly, the riskiest places to walk in NYC include the locations of major public transit hubs where floods of people have to cross at once.

The two most-dangerous intersections overall were both in Manhattan:

  • East 125 Street and Lexington Avenue near the IRT Lexington line (11 collisions in 2014)
  • West 42 Street and 8 Avenue near the Port Authority Bus Terminal (11 collisions in 2014)

Other dangerous intersections in Manhattan to especially watch out for are:

  • West 42 Street and 7 Avenue around the corner from the Times Square Ball Drop (10 collisions in 2014)
  • West 125 Street and Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem (9 collisions)
  • West 34 Street and 5 Avenue near the Empire State Building (9 collisions)
  • East 14 Street and 3 Avenue near the Union Square East Urgent Care Clinic (8 collisions)
  • East 125 Street and Park Avenue near the Metro North Station in Harlem (6 collisions)
  • West 23 Street and Avenue of the Americas near shopping plazas and Metro stop (6 collisions)
  • Essex Street and Delancey Street near the Subway station (6 collisions)
  • Amsterdam Avenue and West 125 Street near the apartment complexes (6 collisions)

Visit the Open Data Project to see dangerous intersections in Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island.

Making NYC Roads Safer For Walking

It should come as no surprise that a lower speed limit yields fewer NYC pedestrian injuries. The City of New York lowered the speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour in late 2014, which led to a drop in pedestrian incidents in all five boroughs in the first three months of 2015 compared to the year prior. Total collisions went down from 696 to 555. These policies are helpful in preventing accidents, but what should you do if you’ve already sustained a NYC walking injury?

What To Do If You’re Hit By A Car In NYC

Has a car just hit you or a loved one? Your mind will undoubtedly be reeling. If you can, take a look around and try to jot down any information you can at this critical time, including:

  • The date, time, place, and which direction you were traveling
  • The make/model/color/license plate of the car that hit you and any identifying features of the driver
  •  Weather conditions and traffic signal patterns
  • Contact information of any witnesses

Take photographs of the area, the other vehicle, and any injuries sustained. Call the police to file a report.

Naturally, you’ll need treatment for any NYC pedestrian injuries sustained as well. If it’s a foot or ankle injury you’ve sustained, you can call 212-996-1900 to be seen at our Manhattan office immediately instead of waiting in line forever at a NYC emergency room. We are located at 111 East 88th Streeteast of Park Avenue in Carnegie Hill, near Central Park. Our team consists of board-certified podiatric surgeons, podiatrists, sports medicine doctors and rehabilitation specialists who can see you through diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. Contact us for more information about foot injuries.


If you have any foot problems or pain, contact The Center for Podiatric Care and Sports MedicineDr. Josef J. GeldwertDr. Katherine Lai, Dr. Ryan Minara and Dr. Mariola Rivera have helped thousands of people get back on their feet. Unfortunately, we cannot give diagnoses or treatment advice online. Please make an appointment to see us if you live in the NY metropolitan area or seek out a podiatrist in your area.