(PRWEB) January 01, 2014
For the third time in less than three years, a fatal accident has occurred at a Queensboro Bridge exit that many are alleging to be notoriously dangerous, according to the The New York Times (3rd Death After Another Crash at Hazardous Queensboro Bridge Exit, December 11, 2013). Police reported that an off-duty police officer, Elisa Toro, 36, was the latest driver to die in a crash while coming off the Queensboro Bridge exit that lets cars off into Queens Plaza. Officer Toro was not wearing her seatbelt and was thrown from her vehicle, according to police. The exit had been altered in 2011 to allow for bike lanes and the widening of sidewalks and a park, and soon after a driver lost control coming off the ramp and killed a pedestrian.
The Department of Transportation noted that thousands of drivers exit the bridge safely at the crash site and highlighted several measures it has taken to warn drivers to take the exit slowly, including three warning signs telling drivers to go under 20 miles per hour, yellow and white reflectors, rumble strips, and an electronic sign. Still, many believe the exit is unnecessarily dangerous and needs to be re-investigated. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer issued a statement saying that the number of fatalities at the same location amounted to an “emergency” and demanded that the Transportation Department look into making it safer. Several lawsuits involving the crash site are pending against the city and the company that redesigned the roadway.
“Before commenting on the allegations that the exit ramp is unsafe, we would first like to extend our deepest condolences to Officer Toro’s family,” said Adnan Munawar, Partner at Munawar & Andrews-Santillo LLP. “Officer Toro was a 10-year veteran who left behind two teenage sons and we are truly sorry for the grief they must be experiencing. As for the allegations that the exit is unnecessarily dangerous and the demands that the city further investigate any potential safety measures it can implement, we agree wholeheartedly that the Transportation Department should investigate, but we refrain from drawing any conclusions until an investigation is underway. Of course, if the city does come up with further safety measures to take, we would encourage the city to install them.”
“Regardless of what findings are made about the safety of this particular crash site, anyone who is in an accident coming off the Queensboro Bridge, or in any other part of the city for that matter, should be aware that they may be entitled to monetary compensation under the law. If you or a loved one has been in an accident, you should consult a lawyer right away to find out what to do next. Especially if you are filing a claim against the city, the process is highly complicated and difficult and should be handled by an expert. While you are taking the time to heal or grieve the loss of a loved one, you can at least have the piece of mind that your claim is being managed professionally and that you will get the financial compensation you may need and deserve. Do not hesitate—if you wait too long you may lose you right to file your claim completely. Consult with a New York Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyer today.
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