After a recent fatal accident in the Bronx, cab drivers are coming together to express their concerns about local roadways. The fatal car accident occurred after an SUV collided with the median and became airborne. The roof of the taxi following it was torn off, and the driver and his fare were both killed. The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers spokesman is contributing the accident to the metal medians on the highways. Instead, concrete medians would be preferable as they tend to limit accidents. In the past, the metal medians have been replaced with concrete barriers, and cabbies are hoping to see this stretch of the Hutchinson River Parkway see the same treatment.
There is never a simple answer when a fatal accident occurs. In this case, both victims were fathers, and their families are left to pick up the pieces. The SUV had skidded across three lanes of traffic before colliding with the median and flipping. At this time, there are no additional details about the accident, such as whether it involved speed, distraction or alcohol.
Regardless of the other factors involved, it is important to remember that there are legal options to pursue if a loved one has been killed in a car accident. In non-fatal accidents, for example, insurance companies are often the most difficult challenge. Insurance companies do not have the driver or the driver’s loved one’s best interest at heart. Their staffs include lawyers and adjusters who seek to minimize the payout to the family.
Attorneys who are familiar with insurance companies and personal injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents can offer options to families in need. Unfortunately in this case, the families left behind will have the expenses associated with the loss of a wage earner in addition to their lasting grief. Though compensation cannot bring a loved one back, it can help to ease the burdens of the accident.
Source: New York Daily News, “Cabbies blame gruesome deaths of Wells Fargo Banker, livery cab driver on metal highway median barriers” Joey Scarborough, Nov.