Few car accidents are more tragic than those involving the death of a child. A recent fatal accident in New York claimed the life of a 3-year-old girl, and the family is still struggling to cope with their loss. An ongoing investigation is attempting to determine who – or what – is to blame.
On Saturday, April 29, the little girl was riding in the back seat of her family's vehicle with her mother and grandparents, at around 10 in the morning. The child's grandmother, who was driving at the time, was forced to slam on the brakes in order to avoid a raised metal sewer cap in the street. This braking resulted in their vehicle being rear-ended by a garbage truck that was traveling behind them.
The collision sent the car crashing into a metal pole. Tragically, the child was killed in the ensuing crash, according to officials. The driver of the Avid Waste Systems garbage truck remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. No criminal charges were filed and police did not make any arrests.
It is still possible that fault or negligence on the part of the truck driver could be uncovered, in which case he or his employer could potentially be held liable in a civil suit. However, area locals have apparently been demanding an investigation into the crash focusing on whether recent road construction or the habitually poorly maintained road conditions there contributed to the fatal accident. Wrongful death civil suits over poor road conditions are not unheard of, and the family of the little girl may choose to exercise their legal write to seek the counsel of an experienced New York attorney in the wake of their devastating loss.
Source: New York Post, "Family mourns 3-year-old killed in car crash", Kevin Sheehan, April 30, 2017