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Long Island Family Has Had Multiple Vehicles Crash Into their Property

A family in Seaford recently had a car crash right into its backyard, experiencing a destroyed deck as a result. The collision caused a major wreck of glass, car parts and deck pieces strewn about the property.

This isn’t the first time, though, that the DuBois family has had a car crash into its property. Just the previous month, a vehicle exited the nearby highway and flipped over into its yard.

The family lives close to where the Sunrise Highway meets the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway. There is a ramp off the 135 where vehicles exit the highway in a direction pointing toward the DuBois family’s property, and these couple accidents in recent months have caused the family to (understandably) be concerned for their wellbeing, particularly that of the children in the family.

The family has requested the Department of Transportation find ways to make the exit safer, such as extending a guard rail that would protect the family’s property. However, letters to congressmen and other public officials had gone unanswered.

After the family began to go public with the issue, however, a spokesperson from the state’s DOT did release a statement indicating the department is “expediting safety enhancements, including new signage” and “will look at taking additional steps to install protective measures at this location.”

Municipalities can be responsible for accidents

There are some circumstances in which government entities and municipalities can bear liability for accidents that occur. A failure to implement proper signage or safety measures or to keep up with ongoing maintenance of roadways could lead to accidents for which the municipality could be held liable.

If you believe your accident and resulting injury were caused by a municipality failing to create a safe roadway, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia, LLP for more information about how to being your case.