The family of a truck driver killed in a 2008 truck accident has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the manufacturer of the truck, according to sources. Edvin Medina, the driver, drove off the Williams Street Bridge in Brattleboro, New Jersey and died at the scene. Medina’s widow and children have filed the lawsuit against Daimler Trucks North America, claiming it was responsible for the accident.
“We are investigating the design of the vehicle and how it contributed to his death,” said William Caldwell, the family’s attorney. “It was reported that there was an explosion on the deck of the bridge which lead to fire engulfing the cab. Mr. Medina was unable to escape the fire and died as a consequence.”
Medina was attempting to avoid a broken down minivan on the bridge when he lost control of his rig. The truck collided with the van, but Medina was able to survive the initial impact and died in the ensuing fire when he could not escape the cab of the truck.
“Medina survived the initial accident but the tractor portion of (the truck) was engulfed in flames,” wrote Caldwell. “Medina could be heard screaming before he died.”
If there was a defect that prohibited Medina from being able to escape the truck, Daimler needs to be held responsible. Contact an attorney immediately if you or a loved one is involved in a truck accident.
Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys.