A tragic delivery truck crash on Long Island left both the driver and the passenger dead earlier this month. The two victims were in a truck delivering Boar’s Head deli products while on the Long Island Expressway travel lane, when it overturned, and smashed into the supports for an overpass near Exit 36. EMTs rushed to the scene of the accident but the two men were both deceased by the time the medics arrived. Police investigators immediately launched an investigation into this fatal truck crash in New York, looking for contributing factors like speed, distracted driving, mechanical failure, or driver impairment.
While this truck crash remains a single-vehicle crash at this time (though evidence may yet prove otherwise), the fallout isn’t so cut-and-dry. The passenger’s case will turn on whether he was working at the time of accident and who he was working for, who owned the truck and whom the driver was working for. As far as the driver’s case, if the crash was indeed caused by mechanical failure, the dependents of both men could seek compensation from the company which owns the truck for failing to properly maintain the vehicle (as long as it was not the employer of either men) or possibly the vehicle’s manufacturer. If other factors (such as road design or construction) are ruled a contributing factor by investigators, the passenger’s surviving family members could seek compensation for the loss of their loved one from the at-fault parties.
Depending on the employment status of the driver and passenger, their medical and funeral expenses would either be paid by the workers’ compensation or no-fault insurance company.
As you can see, the legal implications of such truck crashes in New York City can be quite complex. That’s why accident victims (or their dependents) should always seek out experienced and competent legal assistance.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a commercial vehicle crash, contact an experienced truck crash attorney in New York City immediately. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 today for your free consultation.