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Wrongful death lawsuit might follow tractor-trailer crash

New York State Police reported a tragic accident on State Route 104 that claimed two lives on a recent Friday. Reportedly, the accident involved a 58-year-old truck driver who operated a tractor-trailer that belongs to a distribution and trucking company that is based in Farmington. The accident reportedly occurred shortly before 9 a.m., and grounds for a wrongful death claim may exist. 

Reportedly, the trucker was eastbound when he lost control of the big rig. The vehicle veered off the roadway and down an embankment where it struck a light pole before hitting two vehicles. The trucker did not survive, and a medical emergency might have caused him to lose control of the vehicle -- a possibility that will be investigated.

This turned out to be a freak accident because two county workers -- one inside a sewer and the other one alongside the sewer gate -- were in the big rig's way as it traveled down the embankment. One worker managed to get away safely. The other worker might have been safe if he remained below ground level, but he was struck and killed as he attempted to escape. One of the two drivers of the other vehicles that were hit suffered minor injuries, and the other one was not injured.

The truck involved in this accident will be inspected by the State Police Vehicle Enforcement Unit to determine whether any malfunctions occurred that might have caused the incident. The surviving family members of the deceased 30-year-old county worker can consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to assess the viability of a wrongful death lawsuit. If there are grounds to file such a claim in a New York civil court, the lawyer can also help determine which parties to name as defendants in pursuit of financial relief.

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