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In the latest auto accident on the Queensboro Bridge off-ramp, the car hit a barrier, became airborne, and landed on the top of a parked livery cab. The car accident left the driver with minor injuries.
New York auto accident lawyer Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York’s auto accident law firms notes that the accident happened at the exact same hairpin turn as two recent – and fatal – auto accidents.
“By now the danger should be obvious to all New Yorkers,” auto accident lawyer Perecman said. “Twice is coincidence. Three times is a traffic pattern problem that the City Department of Transportation must address.”
A barrier put in place after the previous car crash was the only thing that kept the storefronts on the street from being hit a third time.
In April, a man lost control of his car while exiting the Queens bound ramp of the Queensboro Bridge. The vehicle crashed into a storefront, killing the car’s passenger.
In March, a car exiting on the same off-ramp jumped a curb, killed a pedestrian and hit a storefront.
Apparently, speed was a factor in all three car accidents.
Before the trio of auto accidents, a $44 million reconstruction project combined two exit ramps coming off the bridge into a single, sharply curving lane. The intention was to increase pedestrian safety. But, unintentionally, the changes created chaos by making the ramp harder for drivers to see.
After the first two accidents, the DOT installed speed limit signs on the bridge and added rumble strips to get drivers to slow down.
“The DOT needs to recognize that major changes must be made,” said Perecman.
Anyone who is the victim of an auto accident in New York should the experienced lawyers at The Perecman Firm.
“Our team strives to help take some of the pressure off victims and their families, which allows them to concentrate on recovery in and around New York,” auto accident lawyer Perecman said.