Many of us remember the 2011 bus crash that killed fifteen passengers in
Bronx, New York. The driver, Ophadell Williams, was eventually found not
guilty of manslaughter for the wreck. In addition to the deaths, many
other passengers were seriously injured in the crash. The bus company
was insured, but considering the amount of harm done to the victims, the
insurance payout will not be much for the victims in the end.
The victims also sued the New York State Thruway Authority, claiming that
the thruway had highway defects.
Experienced Newburgh wrongful death attorneys know that roadway defects have in the past been tied to traffic accidents.
Vehicle manufacturing defects cause fatal crashes too. In fact, there
is somewhere around thirty five thousand roadway fatalities every year
in the United States of America.
In addition to roadway and vehicle defects, motor vehicle accidents are
- Poor weather conditions
- Inexperienced drivers
- Drunk driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs
- Drowsy driving
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Distracted driving
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals
If the accident is determined to be the result of
negligence, the victims that were harmed or killed can sue the responsible parties
so that they receive compensation for their injuries. Even though the
deceased persons cannot themselves sue, for obvious reasons, a personal
representative can be appointed after the victim’s death so that
the family of the decedent can be compensated for losses attributed to
the decedent’s death.
Motor vehicle insurance will not cover all losses when serious accidents
occur. This is why victims and relatives of victims must resort to
civil litigation for additional compensation. The driver that caused the accident should
be named as a defendant, but other parties can be sued as well.
If the negligent driver was working when the accident occurred, the driver’s
employer can be sued as well. If the driver was drunk and on his way from
a bar, it is possible to sue the bar owner. You can probably ascertain
from the bus accident discussed above that the government can be named
as a defendant if some sort of roadway defect caused the accident. And
of course, if a defect with the vehicle caused the accident, the vehicle
manufacturer can be hauled into court.
Learn more about wrongful death cases in New York in
our latest article posted here. Read more about wrongful death cases and who can file a claim in New York in
our recent blog posted here. Learn more about important overview points of wrongful death cases in
New York in
our blog posted here. Read about the statute of limitations in New York wrongful death cases in
our blog posted here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
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