In October of 2018, 20 people died in a horrific limo accident in New York. Recently, a grand jury decided that the operator of the company should face charges for negligent homicide and manslaughter. He faces 20 counts of each, for a total of 40 counts.
The man facing those charges did not own the company himself, but his father did. Reports note that the devastating accident was the worst single traffic accident in just under a decade.
Though the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is still investigating, they have released some details of the accident. It appears that the 2001 Ford Excursion with 18 people inside ran a stop sign at a T-shaped intersection.
After running the sign, the limo careened wildly through a restaurant’s parking lot and then crashed. All passengers in the limo passed away in the accident, as did the driver. Furthermore, two of the dead were merely pedestrians who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Four of the women who died were all sisters, and three of them were riding with their husbands. The impact to that family cannot be overstated.
The reason behind the charges is that the limo had failed safety inspections, but the company used it regardless. On top of that, the driver’s own record precluded his being allowed to drive commercially, state police noted.
When loved ones get killed in car accidents, it’s important for their surviving family members to know what rights they have to compensation, especially when the other driver’s negligent behavior caused or contributed to the person’s demise.