A recent and high-profile accident that occurred on the Long Island Expressway (LIE) has now claimed a sixth fatality with others still injured. The vehicle that caused the collision had been seen speeding and veering in and out of traffic before crossing the median and hitting a BMW and a Honda. The resulting deaths of the horrific accident so far include the wrong-way driver, his sister, her ten-year-old son, the driver of the BMW, his wife, and Scott Martella, who was driving the Honda and had once been Governor Andrew Cuomo’s aide.
Some people are blaming a construction site for the LIE accident, because there is a two-inch steel plate covering the highway where the accident occurred. Some motorists claim that even drivers traveling at normal speeds can briefly go airborne and lose control.
The quality of the road conditions could fall under the construction company’s or the government’s responsibility, depending on the specific details. The speeding motorist in this accident may have been completely at fault or it may be that at least some of the fault lay with the plate if it wasn’t angled or set properly. With so many variables, it will likely be some time before investigators fully decide who was to blame for the tragedy.
With so many vehicles involved in the LIE accident, comparative fault is almost certain to come into play should any lawsuits or insurance claims arise later. If the driver of the first vehicle is determined to have been speeding, then he will almost certainly receive the brunt of the fault percentage.
However, his speeding will not absolve the construction company of fault for the steel plate that ultimately caused the vehicle to lose control—particularly if other drivers have complaints on record leading up to the accident. Like many other crashes, this could lead to a situation where multiple parties are responsible for compensating the victims and their survivors.
With so many deaths and injuries resulting from this LIE accident, there will be massive costs to all involved—and therefore compensation due to more than one victim or family member. The victim of any accident caused by someone else’s fault is owed reparations for his or her injuries and losses.
Immediate and long-term medical care can be in the millions in some cases—well past what many insurance companies will be willing to cover. Hopefully, the survivors of this accident heal fully, but they may have need of such compensation to enable their recovery. From injuries to wrongful deaths, car accidents can have catastrophic consequences for all involved.
Experienced New York City Car Accident Lawyers
These are dangerous times on our roads, as this brutal LIE accident clearly demonstrates. With governments slow to address dangerous road conditions and speeding drivers putting others at risk, even careful drivers can easily find themselves in a car crash.
If you or a loved one has experienced an accident, please get the recompense you deserve and need to sustain your family through this troubled time and into the future. Call an experienced car crash attorney from Greenstein & Milbauer, LLP at 1-800-VICTIM2 (842-8462) today for the guidance you need. You may also complete the form below to make an appointment for a free consultation to discuss your case.