Truck kills 15,who is to blame ,government,driver ,owner ,passengers or fate !!!

@ronnyb (6125)
Jamaica
January 6, 2009 7:52am CST
What I am about to relate to you might be disturbing, I sincerely apologize but I feel strongly about the issues inherent and also seek your input . Recently here on the island a market trunk went over a precipice killing 15 people and injuring 5 others. Now a consortium of lawyers are seeking redress for the victims by bringing a lawsuit against the government. Before we get into that let me give you the issues as I understand. Now in some areas of the country the roads are particularly bad and in this particular area it is mountainous and treacherous also. This means that many taxis and other vehicles will not venture in these parts based on wear and tear ,consequently these poor farmers primarily have to resort on trucks as their only means of transportation. Well this is the most practical means of transportation. Well on this ill fated night it seems for reasons which are not yet clear the driver went over the precipice and the tragedy is the result. Now these are some of the issue 1 It seems as if the road may have given way at the edge and this caused the plunge of the vehicle 2 The driver did not have a license and the truck particulars may not be current 3 There was no seating or protective facility in place for the passengers Now after reading of those issues who do you think should be blamed • The government for not maintaining the roads properly .The government for not ensuring that road standards are maintained and the safety of passenger.: • The passenger for not ensuring that these standards are in place before entering the vehicle. The passengers for not checking the license of the driver • The driver since he was driving the vehicle • The owner for not ensuring that certain safety standards are in place and also for checking to see who is driving his vehicle What are your views and who would you blame and why ? In addition what do you think is suitable redress for the victims if any such redress is possible. In all fairness the government has already started a fund for the victims but these lawyers think
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@snowcat46 (2324)
• United States
6 Jan 09
If the road gave way, probably the government. But if it's on a precipice, is there really any way to fix the road? I don't know anything about construction, but it seems impossible to me to fix something like that. I know a lot of people drive without a license, and without some things being current, but that also shifts some of the blame to him. As for there being no seating or protection in place for the passengers, they chose to ride in it of their own free will. They knew there wasn't seating, and if there was an accident they'd be injured. For those passengers, they really shouldn't blame anyone but themselves. If they receive any help, they should be extremely grateful for it. It's kind of like the woman who sued Hardee's for getting hot coffee. ??? It's up to each of us to pay attention.
@ronnyb (6125)
• Jamaica
7 Jan 09
Pretty well laid out answer.What about the owner though isnt he to blame for giving his truck to an unlicensed driver.Thank you for responding
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@snowcat46 (2324)
• United States
7 Jan 09
I assumed he was the owner. My bad!
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@Frederick42 (1968)
• Canada
10 Jan 09
The government is to be blamed for not maintaining the roads properly. The government is taking so much in taxes and yet fails to maintain the roads properly. That is a very sad thing. The drvier is also partly responsible, but I do not feel that the passengers are responsible in any way because it is not the duty of the pasengers to check the license of the driver.
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@suzzy3 (8418)
10 Jan 09
It is a bit difficult because all vehicles are licenced before they go on the roads and seat belts and the all things like the roads are maintained by law in this country.Buying a ticket on public transport in this country means they have entered into a contract to take you safely to your destination and if they don't as long as you have not thrown yourself off the bus or something else to yourself then the bus or transportation company pays,for any mishap along the way.out where these poor farmers have no choice in the matter that is the only way they can travel and the government they pay their taxes to should make them safe and provide the laws and legislation to make sure these vunerable people should be looked after and catered for. These farmers by buying their ticket beleaved they would be safe and delivered home to their destination as anyon else would do,they beleaved the driver and the truck was not luxury but when you have no choice ,you take what you can get.It sounds like this was an accident waiting to happen and maybe something will be done about the road ,the rest of the people will have to live with themselves for the part they played in this terrrible tradgedy and may be the realatives will be able to something to improve their lives now,it is a terrible way to get money poor souls.