CITY MAY BE LIABLE FOR FATAL ACCIDENT FOR INSTALLING INADEQUATE RAILING NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY (July 25, 2016) – A 22-year-old man and his 21-year-old passenger were killed in a car accident after their car pierced through a guardrail and went into the Raritan River while the vehicle was traveling down the freeway on Route 18, according to CBS News. Authorities have been able to identify the two men that died as Robert Veras-Toribio and Kelvin Lantigua. Emergency medical workers rushed to the scene of the crash in order to try to rescue the men from the car submerged in water, but they were later pronounced dead. Police are saying that Robert Veras-Toribio and Kelvin Lantigua were traveling north when for some reason the driver lost control of the vehicle. The collision happened Monday morning around 1:00 a.m. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash, but there may be liability on the part of the guardrail manufacturer or city that installed the railing. The city has an obligation to create and maintain safe roads. Guardrails are typically placed in locations where their absence would prevent an even greater risk to the public. For example, a guardrail may be placed along the highway near a solid fixed object like a metal poll in order to prevent cars from striking it. Similarly, the city is obliged to install adequate guardrails that serve their purpose and to make sure that those guardrails are well maintained. If a normal car traveling down the road is able to puncture a guardrail that’s protecting drivers from a river, that’s a very dangerous situation. It may have something to do with structural deficiencies of the guardrail itself.
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