• May 25, 2022

One Injured in Three-Vehicle Accident at 34th and Seventh in Manhattan, NY

New York City, NY -- May 24, 2022, one person was hospitalized after a multi-vehicle crash along 34th Street in midtown Manhattan.

Authorities say the incident was reported around 11:30 a.m. and occurred at 34th and Seventh Avenue. It's not clear what happened yet but images at the scene show a badly-damaged Tesla vehicle owned by Revel rideshare services, a double-decker tour bus, and a large UPS truck. The UPS truck appears to have run off the road onto the sidewalk in front of a nearby Old Navy.

One person was reportedly transported to an area hospital with unspecified injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Multi-Vehicle Accident on 34th Street in Manhattan

Images at the scene look like the Tesla was hit pretty hard in this crash, but it's still not clear how the damage was done or how the UPS truck ended up off the road. Hopefully investigators will connect some more dots soon.

This is likely to be a pretty sticky situation because all three vehicles seem to be owned by different companies. Long experience in the field of commercial vehicle accidents tells me that means they're likely to point fingers at one another, particularly if any are pointed at them. No company wants to be at fault in a crash like this if there's somewhere else the blame could reasonably land, so corporate lawyers may already be building cases to get them off the hook. If the companies look to one another to make things right for the damage done in the crash, there could be a lengthy game of "hot potato" in the near future.

One Injured in Three-Vehicle Crash at 34th and Seventh in Manhattan, NY

So where does that leave the injured victim? Unfortunately not in the best of places. If they were driving on behalf of one company or another they may get some workers' comp benefits (strongly dependent on a number of unknown details), but if they were just riding along in one of the vehicles they may find nobody's willing to take responsibility or help them get back on their feet. The best way to make sure the truly at-fault party does what they should is for the victim to conduct an investigation of their own.

That's a tall order when they're busy just trying to get their lives back on track. An average citizen also doesn't have the forensic training or equipment to really dig into what happened. Instead, I often tell people who call the firm after a commercial accident to work with independent accident reconstruction experts. Armed with the evidence those professionals find on their behalf, many victims have successfully sought accountability and help from a company whose driver hurt them.

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