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Pedestrian accidents continue to plague Great Neck Plaza

The New York State Department of Transportation has identified Middle Neck Road by Station Plaza in Great Neck Plaza as a hot spot for pedestrian accidents. A review of data from 2014 to 2016 showed that at least 20 accidents that injured pedestrians or bicyclists happened on or close to that stretch of road. Most recently, a 2007 Lincoln struck a 71-year-old man, causing him to sustain serious head injuries.

This pedestrian accident took place only days before a scheduled event meant to improve safety for pedestrians. The surviving wife of a 43-year-old man who died after being hit on that road in 2016 had organized a safety event to raise awareness about the dangers of crossing Middle Neck Road. She had become an activist for pedestrian safety and said that the accident involving the 71-year-old man represented the third person hit by a vehicle on the road in only the last month.

The director of a nonprofit on Long Island that's committed to helping communities become pedestrian friendly cited the proximity of the train station to Middle Neck Road and the commercial density of the area as reasons for the high rate of pedestrian accidents. Her group has suggested painting fresh lane stripes, narrowing the road to reduce speeds and extending curbs to promote safety.

Pedestrians frequently suffer serious injuries when hit by motor vehicles. A person coping with broken bones or head trauma could expect high medical bills and significant time away from work. An insurance settlement from the responsible driver might relieve financial pressure, but an insurer might try to limit liability. The representation of an attorney who is knowledgeable about motor vehicle accidents could help a victim receive adequate compensation. A lawyer could file a lawsuit that details the evidence about the accident and the person's damages.

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