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A violent and powerful crash involving several passenger vehicles and two semi-trucks on the Cross Bronx Expressway left three men dead and seriously injured five others.

A Brutal Chain Reaction

What police have put together is that the beginning of the chain reaction occurred when the driver of a semi-truck came to a fairly sudden stop in the middle lane of the expressway due to the traffic in front of him. A pickup truck traveling behind him and carrying five men was also able to come to a complete stop, as well as a Toyota Corolla in the lane to the truck’s left. The driver of a semi truck that can't come to a complete stopsecond semi, however, was unable to stop.

The second semi slammed into the pickup at high speed and then veered to the left, also hitting the car and the first semi. The impact sent the Corolla up and over the concrete center divider and the pickup ended up wedged underneath of the semi.

Three men in the pickup, a 58-year-old, a 51-year-old, and a 21-year old were all killed instantly by the collision. The other two passengers, the driver of the Toyota, and the two men in the second semi were all rushed to the hospital. The only person who remained uninjured was the driver of the first semi.

After questioning the driver of the second semi the police believe that a combination of traffic, poor weather conditions, and potentially speed all contributed to the accident, however, their investigation into the matter is ongoing although they have confirmed that alcohol was not a factor.

The Estimated Losses

Not only is there likely more than $100,000 in property damage but the medical bills for those that survived are likely to be in the hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, which is shocking for many to learn.

The Average Cost Of Medical Care

Despite the fact that car accidents injure millions of Americans every year, the fact is that the amount of debt it typically puts the victims into is not common knowledge. Take into consideration the average cost of the treatments needed for the following medical conditions:

Broken Bone

When someone breaks their bone, it’s rare that doctors are able to simply cast it and move on. First, multiple x-rays need to be taken, pain medications administered, and if the break is severe, surgery should be performed. Depending on the location of the break, the average cost is between $2,500 – $35,000 – and that’s just for one broken bone.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Bruising on the brain, swelling, bleeding, or tissue death can have serious consequences for a victim. They could potentially lose their memory, fine motor functions, speech capabilities, or even experience a change in personality. Both the initial treatments, like CT scans, surgery, and the long-term care needed can cost a victim between $600,000 to $3,000,000.

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Damage to the vertebrae or spinal cord, which can result in partial or full paralysis, limited range of motion, and chronic pain, typically leaves a victim with anywhere between $185,000 to $3,500,000.

Burns

When a collision damages the gas tank or line in a car, there is always a chance that the vehicle may burst into flames. With the gas acting as an accelerant, the flames spread quickly and burn intensely, which can leave a victim seriously burned. Burns can cost a victim between $205,000 and $1,700,000.

So many Americans assume that either their car insurance or the driver at fault’s insurance will cover their medical expenses but the reality is that insurance companies are more concerned about their profits than their policyholders or the people that are harmed in an accident.  Once the limits of a policy are reached the company will no longer pay.

So How Can A Victim Afford To Recover From Their Injuries?

The best option that most car and truck accident victims have is to file a personal injury lawsuit. This complaint is filed against the party who was at fault for the accident is designed to give victims a chance to recover full compensation for their:

  • medical bills
  • physical pain and suffering from the injuries they sustained
  • emotional trauma such as PTSD, depression, and anxiety
  • lost wages

The loved ones who the deceased have left behind also have the option of filing a lawsuit, through which they can obtain additional compensation for their losses.


by Lever Gottfried Ecker PLLC
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