The family of lobbyist James “Jimmy” W. Holway has settled its Cambridge truck accident lawsuit over his 2006 Massachusetts wrongful death. Holway was killed on September 11, 2006 after a construction vehicle that didn’t have working rear brakes in West Yarmouth hit his car.
According to the Holway family’s Cambridge motor vehicle crash lawyers, not only did the truck owner insist that the 26,000 vehicle continue to be used to deliver materials despite its advanced age of 18 years, but also the truck’s rear brakes and a number of warnings and instruments, including a disconnected odometer, were not working.
The 63-year-old lobbyist had been leaving a restaurant parking lot on Route 28 and crossing the roadway in his car to head home when the construction truck went over a solid double yellow line to strike his car. Investigators confirmed that only the front brakes of the truck were in operation at the time.
The defendants of this Massachusetts truck accident case, truck owner Universal Construction and Massachusetts inspector TD & I reportedly both tried to pin some responsibility on each other and then ultimately attempted to place all of the blame for the deadly collision on Holway.
It goes without saying that every working vehicle needs brakes that work. Not only should they be regularly maintained, but also brakes should be free from any brake defects or malfunctions. Depending on who is the cause of a brake defect or failure, possible liable parties might include a vehicle owner, driver, automaker, brake manufacturer, maintenance shop, or others.
Holway family settles lawsuit after fatal 2006 crash, Wicked Local, January 7, 2013
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