Tragedy struck late last month when the son of a NYPD officer was killed in a fatal truck accident in New York. The crash occurred at around 7:30 in the morning on April 19th. The victim was driving a smaller vehicle when it collided with a fully-loaded truck. Both the truck and the car suffered severe damage and both operators and a passenger in the truck were injured.
When EMTs arrived at the scene, they found the young man in critical condition and rushed him to a nearby hospital. He was declared dead shortly after arrival. The individuals in the truck were treated and released.
Such truck accidents in New York City often end in tragedy as these vehicles become high-speed wrecking balls. With so much mass behind them, these trucks often cannot stop in time to avoid a collision. When they don’t and smash into other vehicles, they cause tremendous damage—seriously injuring or sometimes killing the drivers and passengers.
Investigators closed had road as they re-created the accident. Such re-creations are important for determining liability and criminality. While police investigators are concerned with whether either operator broke the law, victims or their surviving family members also have a vested interest in their determination.
Regardless of the outcome of a police investigation which may be inconclusive, enlisting the help of an experienced New York City truck accident attorney is the next important step. Experienced attorneys have investigators and experts to gather the important evidence such as witness names and statements and to reconstruct the accident to demonstrate who was really at fault. This is especially critical in a death case and where the injured victim has become disabled and cannot work. In such cases, not only will there be a claim for pain and suffering, there will also be a claim for the loss of income to the household for all the years the breadwinner cannot work.
If you’ve been hurt by a reckless driver, call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation today.