Bohrer & Lukeman Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Bud Light Truck Crash
The trucking accident lawyers at Bohrer & Lukeman have filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the estate of a Queens-based New York City food delivery worker. At approximately 8:30am on November 12, 2020, a Bud Light tractor trailer struck and killed Alfredo Cabrera Licona, 35, while riding his moped to deliver food on behalf of a local restaurant. According to the police, Licona was heading east on Astoria Boulevard when the beer truck turned right onto Crescent Street striking Licona’s scooter. Licona hit the pavement and was trapped under the truck.
“He was pinned under the trailer,” said Doug Patel, 53, who works at a nearby deli. “It took 10 minutes to lift him from under the trailer, but he didn’t scream or cry. I walked there and someone was trying to talk to him and ask him his name, but he passed out and then he just stayed down.”
Emergency medical workers pulled Licona from underneath the rig and rushed him to Mount Sinai hospital in Queens. Tragically, Licona succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.
Licona, a Mexican immigrant, was planning to return to his hometown of Tenango de Doria before the year’s end. He had spent 11 years working tirelessly in New York City in order to provide for his wife and two children, ages 8 and 11, back home.
“He was a very good man, he never got into problems with anyone,” said Isaias Licona, 30, Alfredo’s younger brother. “He was a very honorable man, hard worker. Whatever he made, he sent back to his wife and two kids.”
Astoria Assemblywoman-elect Zohran Kwame Mamdani organized a gofundme fundraiser to assist Licona’s surviving family in their time of need.
“Alfredo died because of inadequate road safety infrastructure in the Astoria neighborhood that incentivizes the kind of reckless driving that took his life,” Mamdani stated on the fundraiser page.
“New York City’s Department of Transportation had been alerted to the danger of this particular stretch of roadway by local officials less than one month prior to the accident, and they urged the city to implement badly needed infrastructure improvements before tragedy struck. Unfortunately, the city dragged its feet, and now Alfredo is gone.”
Licona’s younger brother, Isaias, is working with the American Consulate to return his older brother’s body to Mexico for burial. According to the New York Daily News, Isaias’ “brother’s family back home was crushed by news of the fatal accident.”“Forget about it, they can’t even process it,” said Isaias. “They never expected this.”
The Licona family’s lawyer, Abe Bohrer spoke about the perils that face NYC food delivery workers, “This senseless tragedy is just another example of the risk that our city’s hard working restaurant workers face on a daily basis. These workers are the backbone of our city’s economy and they are sent out with little to no training, safety equipment or benefits. Our law firm is 100% committed to making sure that people like Mr. Licona and his family receive justice and we will not stop until they get it.” Bohrer continued, “ Our investigators are interviewing potential witnesses in the field and our expert witnesses are inspecting the truck, reconstructing the accident and preserving evidence to use in court at trial.
And Bohrer knows a thing or two about trucks. As a younger man, Abe’s dad was a truck driver so Abe grew up around the business and worked on loading dock after graduating college. He understands that commercial trucking cases are very different than automobile accidents lawsuits. Abe stated, “winning a trucking case is about getting a jury to understand that trucking companies often create work environments that value corporate profits over the safety of the general public. That means that safety corners are often cut and short cuts are often taken to meet hectic delivery schedules, deadlines and other business needs. Drivers are often overworked, tired, distracted by technology, infrequently re-trained and re-qualified and pushed to complete routes on time. What results are massive trucks barreling through our streets that create an unreasonable risk of harm to ordinary citizens who share the roads with these 18 wheelers.
Bohrer & Lukeman has extensive experience handling significant commercial truck accidents and wrongful death cases. They understand the unique characteristics of trucking cases, including the latest technology which newer trucks are equipped with and how to download it from the truck onto a computer for review by our forensic experts and investigators. Bohrer stated, “most newer generation commercial trucks are equipped with cameras, event data recorders or “black boxes” and other devices that contain evidence and data crucial to client’s claims. We immediately move to demand that all of that data be preserved to insure that we have everything we need to prove and win our clients’ cases.
Bohrer & Lukeman will continue to investigate the events surrounding the tragic loss of deliveryman Alfredo Cabrera Licona’s life in the Astoria Bud Light truck crash accident and will fight on behalf of the victim’s family to win the maximum compensation permitted by law. We will update this post as more facts and events develop.
Bohrer & Lukeman is a personal injury law firm committed to fighting for the rights of accident victims. Based in New York, they handle catastrophic personal injury cases and aviation accidents and injuries throughout the United States.