An 8-year-old boy is dead after being run over in a tragic truck accident in Queens. The boy was crossing the street with his 11-year-old sister on their way to school when he was struck by the back wheels of the truck. It was the last day of school before the holiday break, and the boy was carrying a gift for his teacher. Normally, his mother walked him to school, but on this day she had let the kids walk by themselves. He was just a half-block from his school when the accident happened.
The boy's death leaves grieving parents and questions about how the accident happened and what could have prevented it. The truck driver, who works for a New Jersey truck company, was unlicensed. He was arrested and faces criminal charges, according to police. Drivers of large semi trucks are required to have additional training and meet strict requirements for licenses. How did the truck driver end up on the road without a license?
The driver, whose lawyer said he had driven for 13 years without incident, hit the child on Northern Boulevard, which is known to be dangerous. In fact, the Department of Transportation lists Northern Boulevard as one of the most dangerous roads in Queens. In October, a 2-year-old boy was struck and killed while crossing the same boulevard. In 2012, there were three pedestrian fatalities. There was one fatality each in 2010 and 2011, and two fatalities in 2009.
Could changes to the boulevard have prevented the boy's death? Would things have been different if the truck driver were licensed? The boy's parents may never know the answer to these questions, and even if they did, the answers would not bring their son back.
In a fatal accident case, a personal injury lawsuit cannot stop the pain that survivors feel. However, a successful legal claim can provide grieving family members with money damages to help recover the costs of their financial losses and provide compensation for their pain and suffering.
Source: New York Daily News, "Queens family mourns 8-year-old killed by unlicensed truck driver in Woodside," Alfred Ng, Barry Paddock and Corinne Lestch, Dec. 20, 2013
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