A food deliveryman who was riding his moped on Astoria Boulevard was struck and killed by a Bud Light delivery truck. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the truck accident occurred when the victim riding his moped eastbound on Astoria Boulevard was run over by a tractor-trailer. The big rig was also going in the same direction on Astoria and making a right turn to head southbound on Crescent Street in Queens at the time of the incident.
It took about 10 minutes to extricate the victim who skidded beneath the truck. He was transported to a local hospital where he died from his injuries. The victim, an immigrant and a father of two, was described by family members as a hardworking man who had lived and worked in the city for 11 years and was planning a return to his hometown before the end of the year, possibly for good.
Witnesses said both the scooter and the Bud Light truck were headed in the same direction and both had the light when the driver made the right turn. The truck driver remained at the scene and no charges were filed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family members of this deceased truck accident victim.
Liability in Delivery Truck Accidents
In accidents involving delivery trucks, there are a number of different parties that can be held liable for injuries and damages suffered by victims. Some of the potential responsible parties include:
• The truck driver: The driver who operates the truck may be held accountable for the injuries and damages caused. It is important to look into whether the accident was caused by the driver’s negligence (carelessness), recklessness or wrongdoing. Common causes of these types of accidents include impaired driving, operating a vehicle while distracted, failing to yield the right of way, failure to obey the rules of the road such as stopping for a red light, etc.
• Employer: In most cases, the truck driver’s employer can also be held responsible. This is particularly true if negligent (careless) hiring or employee retention played a part in the crash. If the driver’s inexperience or lack of training caused the accident or if the accident occurred because of poor or inadequate vehicle maintenance, the trucking firm can be held liable.
• Maintenance companies: Delivery companies often contract maintenance companies and mechanics to service their vehicles or replace worn-out parts. If these companies fail to do their job, they may be held liable as well.
What is Your Case Worth?
The value or worth of your case will typically depend on the nature and severity of the injuries sustained in the crash and the degree of negligence (carelessness) on the part of the driver and/or the delivery company. An injured victim of a crash involving a delivery truck can seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, lost future income, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. The family of a victim may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as lost future income, medical expenses, funeral costs and pain and suffering.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, or if you have lost a loved one in an auto accident caused by a negligent (careless) driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.
For over 49 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims get fair compensation for their losses. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.
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