Who's at fault?
A fatal accident where multiple parties dropped the ball and a man died when driving down a private road where he drove off a defunct bridge that had been destroyed in July 2019. He supposedly was following the route on his GPS.
Seems that there were no warning signs and the map was either out of date or had not been updated.
So, was it the property owner's fault, the county, the state, the driver (out of date maps) or the map supplier. GPS manufacturer was not named.
Property owner's responsibily to put up signs, block road, whatever it takes for safety.
Owner could have blocked road, so again his fault. Negligence.
Property owner's responsibily to put up signs, block road, whatever it takes for safety...
I wish it were that simple when it comes to "roads", streams, crossings.
When my home was built in 1964, the developer of the neighborhood gave (was required to give?) a road right of way to the county, who in turn gave an access easement to each property owner. My property has a very small stream across my access easement and I must maintain the water crossing (culvert). But, under EPA regulation I can be fined for disturbing "silt". However, the actual road was never built to the width specified in the developer plats of record so the pavement up to my access point is NOT my responsibility as it belongs to the County. The road past the crossing and up to my property line (as per plat of record) is also not owned by me, and only paved for "my convenience".
Now, let's fast forward to today. Stormwater and Watershed areas fall under multiple County, State, and Federal jurisdictions, all of which require permitting before ANY work can be done over them, in them, or near them.
In my case, the County's failure to maintain sediment & debris in this watershed stream led to blockage during floods, and partial failure of my access crossing. If I want it fixed, I'm on my own, and to do it properly it has been estimated to cost $20k to $30k.
Having said all that... we don't have enough details to determine all of the responsible parties, imo. But one glaring fact is that his vehicle was under his control (as is usually required by law).
Too much reliance on technology, not enough critical thinking......
Nah, too many lazy public servants sucking at the public teat, not doing their jobs.
It's God's fault!
The guy's dance card had been fully punched, the music no longer was playing, the dance hall had burned to the ground. So God decided to take him home.
Many years back my Garmin wanted to route me through a lake when trying to get to Radio Shack. I couldn't believe it. This was ten plus years ago and software is a little better today but still, it was quite shocking at the time.
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