The families of the people killed in a horrific 2007 tanker truck crash on I-95 will be getting their day in court. On November 2, 2007, a tanker truck owned by Northeast Carriers careened out of control and jumped across the highway, striking another semi. The ensuing pile-up closed the Interstate near East Lyme for hours, injured several people and resulted in three fatalities.
Jury selection recently began in a Hartford courtroom in the wrongful death action between the victims' families and the truck owners. According to reports, eyewitnesses will testify that the driver of the tanker truck was displaying aggressive behavior. It is this evidence that will support the victims' recklessness theory. The fatal accident trial was set to begin on April 9.
Some locals are surprised that an accident that occurred over five years ago is only now coming to trial. The timeline is a testament to the complexity of a wrongful death lawsuit. The process starts when attorneys agree to advocate for the rights of the victims' families. They do so without any out-of-pocket expense to the family. Then, a thorough investigation is conducted before negotiations get underway.
Oftentimes, mediation between the victims and the companies responsible can result in a settlement that grants fair compensation to the families. But, in cases like these, damages are likely well into the millions of dollars and the release of such significant funds can be challenging. But, local attorneys are committed to working through the entire process from beginning to end no matter how difficult that may be.
While the legal process can be arduous, going through the process the correct way can limit the family's exposure to hurtful proceedings and ultimately provide closure to the tragedy.
Source: The Day, "Deadly I-95 crash headed for trial," Karen Florin, March 26, 2013