This week, in Pasadena, Texas, plastic barrels that reportedly “flew from the flatbed of a truck” caused a chain reaction that left one woman dead, said KHOU (10.27.14).
Apparently the woman behind the fallen barrels swerved and applied her brakes. The 18-wheeler behind her then slammed into the back of her small sedan. The impact killed the driver of the sedan.
The crash was so catastrophic that it took several hours before investigators could be sure the woman was the only car occupant. Police believe that the truck driver appeared to have had little time to react, reported KHOU.
The driver of the truck that dropped the barrels may still not even know that he caused the accident. The driver may see a story on the accident and come forward. However, if this is not the case, investigators will try to determine who the barrels belonged to based on the time, proximity, and description of them.
Injuries or deaths caused by objects or debris that falls off a truck and onto the roadway, or even directly onto another vehicle, are preventable.
If something falls from a car or a truck, it has been improperly secured. If another motorist is injured by that object, the driver of the vehicle that lost the object may be held responsible.
In the case of a truck, the truck driver and the trucking company are responsible for the unsecured load. The company that loaded the truck may also be liable for any property damage, injuries, and-or fatalities. An experienced lawyer can help identify all parties who may be liable so that they can be held accountable for the full measure of the injuries and damages they helped cause.
If a loved one dies in a vehicular accident that is caused by another person’s negligence, it may be possible to file a wrongful death claim for compensation. The compensation may cover lost wages from the deceased, lost companionship, funeral expenses and more according to New York’s wrongful death statute, the Estate Powers and Trust Law (EPTL), Article 5, Part 4, EPTL 213-217.
The KHOU story cited is “Driver killed in violent crash with big rig on Highway 225.”