Some car accidents make a bigger impact that others. The impact is not
always because of the number of casualties or the horrific details. Sometimes
car accidents just seem more tragic because of how they hit loved ones.
A recent accident in New York seems to have made a larger impact on the
community than others, and perhaps will lead to at least one personal
According to reports, a livery cab driver had picked up his fare and the
two were headed to one of New York's airports. It appears that they
were only a short distance from the passenger's home when the lives
of both of their families were changed forever. As the cab driver drove
southbound, a northbound SUV reportedly lost control, came over the median
and tore the roof off the cab's car. The SUV then allegedly hit another
SUV and then the overpass, before landing upside down and coming to a stop.
The two occupants of the cab were pronounced dead on the scene. Gruesome
reports indicate that one of them was decapitated when the roof was torn
off. One witness to the crash who tried to help reported that there were
body parts in the road. Each of the deceased men leaves behind a wife
and several children.
The driver of the SUV who caused the crash survived, as did the passenger
he was transporting. They suffered serious injuries, however. The woman
and her son who were in the other SUV that was struck suffered minor injuries.
All four were sent to a local hospital for treatment.
At last reports, authorities were pursuing a court order to obtain a blood
sample to determine if the driver of the SUV who caused the crash was
under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The victims who survived this
terrible accident may pursue civil litigation if there is proof of reckless
and negligent driving. A successful personal injury claim may award compensation
that can cover the costs of medical bills, rehabilitation costs and lost
wages, among other things. Similarly, the families who lost loved ones
may be able to pursue wrongful death claims, which can cover the costs
of pain and suffering, final expenses and loss of companionship.
Source: New York Daily News, Wells Fargo banker, livery cab driver killed in Bronx
crash that left one of them decapitated, Clare Trapasso, Erik Badia, Larry
McShane and Joseph Stepansky, Nov. 10, 2013