Suffolk Locals Warn of Dangerous Curve That’s Been Frequent Accident Site
A pair of victims were killed in an accident at a stretch of Montauk Highway in Westhampton that locals say is “very dangerous,” and has already been the site of a number of other accidents.
The latest victims were a 63-year-old woman from Remsenburg and an 89-year-old man from Cutchogue, who died after the man’s Honda Accord crossed over from the westbound to the eastbound lane of the highway. A retired firefighter who lives nearby says the area features a blind intersection, which means you can’t see people coming if you’re heading east or west and you have very little time to react.
It becomes especially difficult to stay safe when dealing with inclement weather. On the day of this most recent fatal accident, it was a rainy afternoon that caused some slickness and visibility issues.
Municipalities must ensure the safety of roadways
In certain cases, municipalities can be defendants in personal injury or wrongful death lawsuits if the plaintiff is able to demonstrate poor roadway design or lack of safety measures in the area.
It is the responsibility of municipalities to make sure roadway conditions are reasonably safe for use. If one particular stretch of roadway seems to be particularly dangerous and there is a demonstrable history of accidents (and fatalities) in that area, a victim could seek to prove in a legal claim that the municipality is liable for those accidents. This is much more complicated than a more straightforward accident claim in which the defendant is another driver, but it is possible.
To learn more about the best approach to take with your auto accident case, contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia LLP.