When someone is killed in a truck accident, the family may be shaken and overwhelmed with sadness, questioning how such a tragic situation could occur. A tractor-trailer is most deadly when the person who is driving it fails to obey the rules of the road in New York. If driver negligence is established as a causal factor in such a vehicle accident, financial damages from a wrongful death claim could help the victim’s loved ones to better cope with the mental anguish and expenses linked to the crash.
In a recent accident in New York, a tractor-trailer struck an 8-year-old boy who was on his way to school. The truck’s back tires hit him when the truck driver was attempting to make a left turn. The boy died as a result of the accident.
The 51-year-old truck driver was arrested. He faces several charges, including operating a vehicle in violation of safety rules, negligent homicide and aggravated unlicensed operation of an automobile. The company for which he has worked has actually faced several lawsuits for negligence.
The truck driver will have to respond to his multiple charges. Moreover, the driver as well as his employer could face additional legal troubles in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. The family of the boy who lost his life can rightfully sue the truck driver for reimbursement of any monetary damages incurred in the fatal vehicle accident, based upon evidence of negligence that caused or contributed to the fatal accident. A criminal conviction specifically might help to establish the driver’s liability for the fatality in a New York civil court.
Source: The New York Times, Tractor-Trailer Kills 8-Year-Old Boy Walking to School in Queens, Michael Schwirtz and Rebecca White, Dec. 20, 2013