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New York SUV Accident Blamed on Faulty Highway Design

On Behalf of | May 3, 2012 | Car Accidents

A fatal accident on the Bronx River Parkway last week that caused an SUV to fly off the highway, and fall 6 stories down to the grounds of the Bronx Zoo, is being blamed on the shoddy design of the highway. There’s nothing to suggest than any other accident factors caused this accident.

The SUV, which was traveling south on the Bronx River Parkway seems to have clipped a highway divider, which damaged the tire, causing the SUV to jump the curb and fly off the guardrail. The vehicle fell 6 stories down, killing 7 people in the car, including 3 children.

Initially, some reports held that the car was traveling at a high rate of speed, because of the manner in which the vehicle went out of control, and off the highway. However, that has not been confirmed. Toxicology tests have been conducted on the driver, who also died in the accident. The results of the tests are still pending.

There is nothing to suggest that any other accident factors were at work here. For instance, there is nothing to indicate that the driver was driving the vehicle was using a cell phone or texting while driving at the time of the accident.

However, New York car accident lawyers are focusing on the shoddy design of the highway, and the lack of safety features at the site where the accident occurred. The New York City affiliate of the American Automobile Association says that this critical stretch of highway lacks important safety features. The turns are too sharp and tight, and there is no break lane. Moreover, the guardrails were inadequate and failed to prevent the car from flying off the highway.

In New York, state, city or county agencies are required to build safe roadways, and maintain these properly. If failure to do this results in an accident, then the government can be named in a car accident lawsuit.