Fort Drum Soldier Brandon Needy Died In Rollover Car Accident In The Town Of Pamelia On the Interstate 781 On-Ramp After Leaving Interstate 81
JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK (September 2, 2021) – A Fort Drum soldier identified as Brandon Needy has tragically died after being involved in a rollover car accident on the Interstate 781 on-ramp in Pamelia.
New York State Police are saying that the collision took place around 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Brandon Needy was driving a red 2006 Dodge pickup truck when his vehicle rolled over as he was negotiating a turn in the road.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Brandon Needy was extricated from his pickup truck with major injuries.
Despite life-saving measures the Fort Drum soldier died due to the severity of his injuries. This tragedy has raised concerns from first responders who have said that they’ve seen more accidents on this stretch of highway than they can count.
Leah Murphy, who works with the Evans Mills Ambulance Squad, said that the on and off-ramps can be very sharp. Speaking about this accident in particular Murphy told reporters, “That intersection is just as dangerous. There’s a lot of blind spots in that intersection. So, both ends of 781 are pretty dangerous.”
This tragic accident comes just a few weeks after Suffolk County was sued for a similar collision on Montauk Highway.
Liability For Pamelia Rollover Car Accidents Involving Dangerous Roadways
Car accidents remain one of the leading causes of injury and death in the United States. In any given year, nearly 32,000 people are killed in car accidents and over 2,000,000 people are injured according to the CDC. Many of these collisions are due to driver error, but the cause of accidents can be complex. For example, poor road design may lead to serious collisions. What follows are just a few of the ways that a road could be dangerous.
- A roadway could lack traffic calming measures such as speed bumps or jersey barriers.
- An intersection could have it’s line of sight obstructed by a tree or other large structure.
- A road may have insufficient warning signs to alert drivers of a dangerous condition with the roadway.
- A roadway may lack improper banking or curves. Overly sharp curves could contribute to a rollover accident.
New York and local municipalities have a responsibility to keep their highways in a reasonably safe condition. This must be done for the protection of everyone on the roadway. When state officials are aware of a dangerous condition with a roadway or a history of similar accidents on a road they must take action. A study should be conducted and corrective action should be taken if a roadway has an improper design. When local or state municipalities fail to study or correct road defects they could be liable in the event of an accident.
Consider, for example, the 2016 New York Appeals Court ruling of Turturro v City of New York. The Court of Appeals held that the city of New York could be liable for failing to “study or implement traffic calming measures” along a stretch of road that became known for speeding. There are, in fact, measures that can be taken to calm speeding including speed bumps and warning signs to indicate a sharp curve in the roadway. Depending on the facts of any case liability for a car accident could extend to a vehicle manufacturer.
Companies that manufacture cars and pickup trucks have a responsibility to make those vehicles reasonably safe. This includes taking steps to ensure that vehicles have the structural integrity to withstand most rollover crashes. Companies must perform roof crush testing that measures the vehicle’s “strength-to-weight ratio.” If a vehicle manufacturer fails to perform adequate tests of their vehicle’s roofs they could be held liable in the event of an accident.
Studies of the Dodge Ram 1500 have raised concerns about the vehicle’s safety. The four-by-four model of the truck only scored three out of five stars in rollover crash testing by the NHTSA. Similarly, the IIHSA has raised their own concerns about Dodge Ram 1500 pickup trucks low rollover scores. This led some reviewers to unofficially rank the Dodge Ram 1500 as one of the most dangerous pickup trucks in the United States for 2012. Victims of rollover collisions tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
The family of any victim that died in a rollover collision may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Civil claims are designed to help mitigate the impact that can come with the sudden and unexpected loss of a love one. Wrongful death claims are brought by a victim’s next of kin including their spouse, children or parents. Unfortunately, municipal entities and car companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the specific facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what caused an accident.
Investigating A Pamelia Rollover Car Accident Involving A Dangerous Roadway
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Fort Drum soldier Brandon Needy. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There have been far too many serious accidents where this collision took place.
It is wrong to blame all of the victims of these accidents. It is not their fault that this road may have been poorly designed. Perhaps that is why all of the collisions are occurring in the same spot. Jefferson County officials need to take initiative and conduct a proper traffic study of this stretch of road. This might make the difference in preventing additional collisions in the future.