An auto accident on the Long Island Expressway early Friday morning claimed one life and shut down the highway for nearly four hours near Jericho, N.Y.
Authorities told WABC-TV that a 47-year-old man died shortly after being rushed to a nearby hospital after he was involved in a one-vehicle crash along the Long Island Expressway. The accident was first reported around 3:30 a.m. Friday and the highway was not reopened to traffic until about 7 a.m.
The accident occurred at Exit 42 near Jericho, N.Y., right near the crossover to the Northern State Parkway, WABC-TV reports. The Nissan SUV the man was driving reportedly lost control and bounced off the center divider of the Long Island Expressway. The impact caused the SUV to come back across the road until it eventually came to rest on the shoulder.
Authorities were forced to divert traffic away from the scene and the LIE onto a service road and then to Routes 106 and 107, according to WABC-TV.
This is just the latest auto accident on Long Island roadways that has claimed a life. We’ve been reporting on the data that shows Long Island roads to be among the most dangerous in the Tri-State region, specifically in Suffolk and Nassau counties. There were 242 fatalities on those counties’ roads in 2010, alone. That’s a figure that jumped 20 percent over the previous year.
Accidents Due To Distracted Driving
Lately, our reporting has focused on distracted driving and efforts by authorities to curb this behavior, which is the cause of most auto accidents on Long Island. Data from the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles from 2008 shows that drivers not paying attention behind the wheel or driving distracted accounted for the most auto accidents in the state.
In the past few months, New York officials have taken steps to crack down on distracted driving, which has evolved to include texting while driving, a recent phenomenon that has sprung up with the rampant use of cellphones. Our recent reports show that New York plans to suspend new drivers for 60 days if they’re caught texting while driving and will assess five points on the license of a more experienced driver.
The state also announced plans recently to enforce distracted driving laws even more by dispatching at least 30 unmarked highway patrol officers in SUVs that will be able to catch texting drivers in the act, according to our recent reports.