If you live in Queens, you likely know about the “Boulevard of Death.” For many years, this route along Queens Boulevard has become known for its high rates of pedestrian and fatal motor vehicle collisions.
According to the Queens Daily Eagle, 186 people (138 of whom were pedestrians) died while driving or walking along this road since 1990. Although city officials have made efforts to improve the safety of traveling down Queens Boulevard, it remains one of the most dangerous roads in the area.
The hazards on this road
There are several reasons why the “Boulevard of Death” is the site of many injuries and fatal pedestrian and car accidents. One of these reasons is that the boulevard sits next to many elevated train tracks, making lighting an issue.
Many parts of the boulevard are wide, which also makes it hard for pedestrians to travel from one side of the road to the other during a green walk signal. Additionally, this boulevard often experiences heavy vehicle traffic because of the commercial scene surrounding it.
Efforts for a safer Queens Boulevard
In 2021, according to the City of New York, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to make Queens Boulevard safer. Safety improvements included adding new crosswalks, elongating left turn bays and adding new stop controls.
Even with these safety initiatives, Queens Boulevard remains a hazardous place to drive or walk. If you sustain injuries while walking or in a motor vehicle collision on this road, carefully document your injuries.