A commercial dump truck overloaded with dirt was careening out of control in Manhattan when the dump truck struck a bus, sending the bus crashing into a storefront, killing 57-year-old Lai Ho of Brooklyn and injuring at least four others, the New York Times reports. Officials are still trying to determine what caused the dump truck to go out of control, but say that the big rig, owned by CPQ Freight System in Rutherford, N. J., was loaded beyond its capacity with dirt.
Officials also say the truck driver, 54-year-old Alejandro Fallo, and the CPQ Freight System dump truck shouldn’t have been on that road in the first place because of numerous prior safety violations. Fallo successfully passed a Breathalyzer test.
But it is quite obvious that alcohol was not the reason for this horrible fatal accident. In this case, CPQ Freight System’s dump truck was so overloaded that it suffered a mechanical failure and careened out of control on a busy New York roadway. It’s a miracle that there weren’t more fatalities or injuries given the weight and size of this dump truck.
Tractor trailer and big rig accidents often result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities because of their size and weight. When you factor in overloading, the consequences are devastating. There is no question that this trucking company and the driver should be penalized for this incident, the damages caused in terms of life, property and injuries. The enforcement agency in New York City should consider revoking the company’s business permit for sending an overloaded truck to the middle of a crowded street when they’ve been prohibited to travel on city streets because of prior violations.
The families of Lai and the other victims who suffered injuries should consider retaining a personal injury and wrongful death attorney specializing in big rig or large commercial truck accidents. They will most likely be entitled to compensation for loss of life, injuries, and medical bills, loss of wages as well as pain and suffering.