Just hours ago, the New York Post and Metro reported an incident that transpired in New York City that is said to be an act of terrorism. According to the news source sites, a truck driver operating a white Home Depot rental pick-up truck veered onto a bike path at West Street, only a few blocks north of Chambers Street around 3:15 p.m. After hitting at least two bicyclists, leaving their and bodies and bikes strewn in the bike path, the driver continued on his rampage, hitting other pedestrians, leaving them injured and hurt.
As the trucker continued to drive, he eventually crashed into a school bus nearby to Stuyvesant High School. He then began to display imitation firearms and finally got out of his vehicle. After doing so, he was allegedly yelling “Allahu Akbar” before he was shot by police. Officials are saying they have already identified the man and that he was carrying Florida ID.
ABC News reported that the scene of the entire incident ran approximately 10 blocks along the West Side Highway and was described as a “bloodbath” as there were numerous individuals injured and killed. Eight people have already been reported dead and at least 11 sustained an injury from the truck accident. Although we have yet to learn why this incident transpired and if the man was working with anyone else, we can be sure investigators will get to the bottom of it.
What should you do if you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident?
While this truck accident is one type that doesn’t occur often as it was a sheer display of a terrorist attack, truck accidents do transpire and often result in injury or death. In 2015, a total of 3,852 people died in large truck crashes [Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety].
Truck accidents can happen at any given time. Some are accidental while others are intentional like the one that occurred earlier today. Either way, when an individual is involved in a truck accident or injured by a truck driver, it is only right that they hold the person responsible for causing the accident. In most truck accident cases, a victim may be entitled to collect compensation for their injuries. In the event the truck accident resulted in a death, the surviving family members of the decedent are permitted to file what is known as a wrongful death claim.
When a person is involved in an accident that is a result of another person’s negligence, that person is expected to be held accountable. The best and most efficient way to determine whether negligence played a role in an accident is with the help a truck accident lawyer can provide. If you or a loved one was seriously injured because a distracted truck driver crashed into your vehicle or struck your bike while riding on the bike path, USAttorneys.com will gladly help you locate a truck collision lawyer in your area.