An Oct. 31 accident in New York resulted in the death of a 38-year-old man. The man was traveling on Route 90 when his car was struck by an oncoming dump truck, according to authorities. The dump truck, being driven by a 27-year-old man, was headed west when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the victim's pickup truck head-on.
The pickup truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the auto accident, and his 50-year-old male passenger was transferred to Cortland Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released after sustaining unspecified injuries. The dump truck driver was also taken to the same hospital and released after treatment of unknown injuries.
On the day of the incident, police had not yet determined whether speed or impairment may have been factors in the deadly crash. The investigation was ongoing at the time of the report, and no charges had yet been filed against the dump truck driver.
Even when it is unclear if criminal charges will be filed against an at-fault driver, he or she may still be found liable for civil damages. The family of someone killed in a car accident caused by the negligence of another driver may wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver to cover the cost of accident-related damages. These damages may include funeral expenses, the value of lost support and services and the victim's pain and suffering. An attorney may help with filing this claim and proving negligence.
Source: auburnpub.com, "Town of Sempronius dump truck involved in fatal crash in Homer", Carrie Chantler, October 31, 2014