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Big rig mechanical failure results in seven deaths

August 28, 2013

Seven people were killed when an 18-wheeler’s load detached from the cab.

The semi-truck involved in this fatal accident was hauling a load of crushed cars, when the unthinkable happened —- the trailer unit broke free of the cab. The renegade trailer then veered across a rural New York two-lane road, just south of Syracuse, in Cortland County, slamming into a minivan.

The minivan driver was 24-year-old Carino Vanorden. His passengers: included his fiancé, 21-year-old Lena Beckwith; a 26-year-old mother of two; a four-year-old girl; a five-year-old girl; a seven-year-old girl; and four-year-old boy. The driver, father of the seven- and four-year-old children, was the only occupant alive when emergency medical responders arrived at the scene of the accident. He was immediately transported to the nearest medical facility for care.

Accident reconstructionists were called in to determine what caused the crash. Investigators were able to ascertain that the collision was caused by a mechanical failure involved the lock coupling between the tractor and trailer. The part required to securely lock the coupling failed, sending the heavily loaded trailer across the road, where it crashed into Vanorden’s van.

The families involved in this horrific accident may want to file wrongful death lawsuits, and the surviving father may wish to pursue filing a person injury case. While they are talking to their attorneys, they might want to discuss the possibility of applying for litigation funding to assist them in paying their staggering medical, funeral and burial expenses.

A lawsuit cash advance is an emergency loan for plaintiffs that helps them get back on their feet financially while they wait for their case to be handled. Whether it goes to settlement or to court, pre-settlement funding allows the victim to pay off their outstanding bills and keep current with their usual expenses, such as a student loan, rent or a mortgage.

While litigation funding is not for every plaintiff, there are a number of significant advantages worth researching. For instance, the victim does not pay any money upfront, does not make monthly payments, is not required to submit to a credit check, does not need to be employed and does not need to pay back the lawsuit cash advance if they do not win their case.

Applying for a lawsuit loan requires that you hire an attorney, who is responsible for providing case file information to the litigation funding company. Pre-settlement funding is then awarded based on the potential winnability of the case. Call for information or find it online. The lawsuit loan representatives understand that you have been through a lot before coming to them for help. You are treated with great respect and dignity.

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