Driving on city highways increases the chances of suffering a motor vehicle accident. There are many factors that make freeways more difficult to drive: heavy traffic, traffic jams, diverse road and weather conditions, dangerous stretches of the freeway, distracted and impaired drivers, etc. A study found that three places on Highway 95 (1-95) in New York City are among the most dangerous in the United States. Two of them span Washington Heights in Upper Manhattan, and another in the Bronx.
The Washington Heights side of the Alexander Hamilton Bridge, where the highway intersects Harlem River Drive, is the most dangerous of the three locations. 208 accidents occurred in 2019, the second-highest number of locations in the United States. The Bronx side of the bridge, where the highway intersects Sedgwick Avenue, 142 accidents occurred last year, ranking fifth on the most dangerous list. Likewise, 132 accidents happened at the crossing of the George Washington Bridge and Riverside Drive in 2019, ranking seventh.
Overall, the number of accidents increased by 6.8% between 2018 and 2019, although some specific cities saw a decrease. The BQE freeway, in particular, has steadily been on the decline, though collisions still remain common in the borough of Queens. New York does not appear among the 10 cities with the most accidents in 2019. In that ranking, Houston ranks first. Nevertheless, below are the most common causes of these accidents in New York City and the United States.
Driver Inexperience: This can be a key factor that causes an accident. Many people venture to drive a vehicle without the proper instructions to do so, and, therefore, can cause accidents that cause damage to vehicles to death. Not knowing how to handle a vehicle correctly is a high risk of traffic accidents throughout the world. Driving without knowing how to do it correctly, many times implies being more prone to making certain mistakes that an experienced and more prudent driver would not happen to you.