Nearly 1,000 accidents have happened on Freeway Drive in East Orange and Orange New Jersey in the past four years. Residents are blaming poor design for the freeway’s dangerous history.
East Orange City officials and residents want the county and state to take action to make the freeway safer.
Problems with the freeway
Local officials say that the freeway has poor traffic light synchronization and insufficient crosswalk hardware. Drivers traveling too fast to slow down in time for the next traffic light frequently run red lights, causing accidents.
Liability for dangerous roads
Generally, people can not sue cities and municipalities in New Jersey for personal injuries because of sovereign immunity. However, there are some exceptions. In most cases, even on a dangerous road, the drivers involved in a collision are liable for the damages they cause. If a driver runs a red light and hits your car, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries and property damage.
How drivers can stay safe
Avoiding dangerous roads is one way drivers can reduce their accident risks. However, this is not always an option. Drivers can reduce their risk of an accident on dangerous roadways by driving defensively:
- Obey posted speed limits
- Look for vehicles that are entering or may enter the intersection before accelerating when the light turns green
- Know the rules of the road and yield the right of way when appropriate
Drivers should always employ safe driving practices. However, it pays to be extra vigilant when traveling roadways known to be dangerous.