A tragic accident on the Cross Bronx expressway has taken the lives of three people, including a dad and son. A 51-year-old man was on his way up Long Island heading to the Hamptons for a job when the driver of a tractor-trailer in front of him slammed on the brakes. The man was able to stop his Ford pickup truck on time but another big rig came from behind and slammed into the man's vehicle. Inside was the man's 21-year-old son and three other workers.
The 51-year-old man, his son and one of the workers, a 58-year-old man, were killed at the scene. Authorities arrived on the scene shortly after the 5:45 a.m. crash. They reported the three deaths and indicated the five other people were injured in the chain-reaction collision.
While insurance is designed to take care of the families that these men leave behind, some companies try to get away with doing as little as possible and other may even deny coverage. That's when an attorney can be helpful. He or she can conduct an investigation into the accident, asking questions like:
- Was the driver of the first semi drunk or distracted at the time of the crash? How about the second 18-wheeler that failed to stop?
- Was there a mechanical problem that caused the semi to be unable to stop? Could the trucking company have prevented the problem with regular maintenance?
- How long had these two truck drivers been driving? Was there fatigue involved?
The answers to all of these questions could help the families get compensation for medical bills, funeral costs and pain and suffering.
Source: nydailynews.com, "Three killed including, dad, son in multi-vehicle crash on Cross Bronx Expressway," John Annese, December 28, 2016