As the site of a recent fatal auto crash that took place this summer, a few safety improvements will be made by the Thruway Authority on the Exit 15 off ramp. Some of the alterations will include raising the concrete barrier, improving signage, and lowering the recommended speed limit along the curved overpass from 45 mph to 40 mph in one section and 35 mph in another. However, a lohud.com article stated that most of the changes will be made next summer. The ramp joins the Thruway to Interstate 287 and Route 17 in Mahwah, New Jersey.
According to the article, 23 auto accidents have occurred on this overpass within the last three years. And although this does not reflect a high accident rate, it is important for safety improvements to be made to help prevent collisions. Most of the accidents along the ramp resulted from unsafe lane changes, speeding, and motorists following other vehicles too closely. In July of last year, a 44-year-old garbage truck driver was killed after his vehicle changed direction suddenly while speeding. He fell off the overpass, struck the highway below, and plummeted into the Ramapo River.
It is important for motorists of passenger cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles to be alert at all times. There are many reasons for doing this, including potential changes in speed limit, slowed traffic ahead, obstructions in the road, and overall practice of safe and defensive driving.
If you or someone you care about has been injured in an auto accident in New Jersey, whether the incident took place on an overpass, highway, or city street, the skilled New Jersey car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein may be able to help you receive compensation for your injuries and property damage. Pursing a personal injury claim relating to an auto accident requires the legal counsel of an attorney who has many years of experience handling such matters. At Lependorf & Silverstein, our lawyers have the knowledge and resources to handle auto accident injury and wrongful death cases. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling 609-240-0040.