Airports are typically busy places, scenes of joy and sorrow as loved ones depart and are reunited. While one busy New York airport has seen its share of airline mishaps, authorities say there have been surprisingly few accidents involving motor vehicles in the airport’s parking lots and along its access roads. However, a recent accident ended tragically, and loved ones may have difficulty determining responsibility if they decide to file a wrongful death claim.
In a news video accompanying the media report, authorities described the scene when police and medical crews arrived at the airport access road around 11:45 p.m. Rescuers assumed they were dealing with a one-vehicle rollover accident. The pickup truck was on its roof, three of the four occupants were injured and a fourth passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. As investigators questioned witnesses and reviewed surveillance video, they realized a second vehicle was involved in the crash and had fled the scene.
Hours later, they located and arrested the man who had allegedly been driving the other car. While that driver faces felony charges for his role in the accident, video footage also suggested to New York investigators that the driver of the truck, who had just picked up the three out-of-town visitors at the airport, may have been speeding at the time of the crash. It is possible he will also face charges.
While losing a loved one in a tragic accident may bring unbearable grief, the suffering is often compounded when the accident occurred because of someone else’s negligence or recklessness. By filing a wrongful death claim, survivors of someone who dies in such an accident may seek damages that include the pain, suffering and loss that accompanies the death of a loved one, as well as compensation for expenses incurred because of the accident. An attorney can provide advice and guidance to those who are considering filing such a claim.
Source: wgrz.com, “Williamsville man arrested following fatal airport accident”, June 8, 2017